After a glorious couple of months roaming around the islands of Croatia we’ve seen a lot of sea.. I mean a LOT of sea. Every island has it’s charm and I can’t wait to write about our adventure properly, but for the meantime here’s a run down on our fave swimming spots.
You need to know before you go that sandy beaches are few and far between, but what Croatia’s coastline lacks in sand it makes up for with the most incredible crystal clear water. Yes you have to get used to stony bottoms (in every sense) but there is nothing more joyful than swimming in these vivid shades of blue and green.
Brac - Splitska
We weren’t huge fans of resorty Supetar or the famous Zlatni Rat, so went off in search of something more our style. Lovrecina Bay on the north of the island was recommended and we found a beautiful walk through the pines just before the beach.
The beach itself was a little underwhelming so we did what we do best and went for lunch. We found ourselves in the gorgeous little fishing village of Splitska enjoying lunch in the shade of the Vila Marija Bistro.
Desperate for a dip, the swimming platform at the end of the village had steps leading into the most beautiful clear water below.
Mjlet - Saplunara
After 6 weeks of sandless swimming, the oasis-like beach at Saplunara on the south side of the island was our little piece of paradise.
The fine sand shelves every so gently into the sea making it wonderfully warm and a safe place to swim. There are a few apartments dotted around along with a couple of very nice hotels and restaurants.
Often overlooked in favour of the lakes of the national park, it’s a really special place to spend a few days, soaking up the sunshine before lazily strolling between the sand and lunch with fresh fish cooked over open flames with a views of the glistening sea below.
Korcula - Žrnovska Banja
Tucked around the headland from Korcula Town, this little bay has beautiful calm crystal water and a couple of fine pebble beaches with a gorgeous view of the surrounding hills.
The beach club at Korcula Hill has loungers, umbrellas and a beach bar available to guests of the resort, but you can rent a water-side sun bed for around £5 from the bar along with kayaks and paddle boards.
Tara’s Lodge has super comfy bean-beds reserved the the guests of their upscale boutique hotel (which is fabulous) but we did overhear that you can use a bed provided you have lunch at their excellent restaurant.
It's absolutely worth a visit anyway to have lunch at Mimi's Bistro with their modern classic menu very far removed from the usual fare of grilled fish and meat.
Korcula - Vela Prizna (Lumbarda)
Clean, sandy and within a stone ’s throw of the famous vineyards - this lovely little beach is located on the North west coast of the island. Combine with a lunch at the hidden away Konoba Luka (park in the car park and walk down) overlooking Lumbarda beach for one of their delicious platters served with homemade fried bread.
The 5 min drive to Vela Pirizna past the vines tumbling down to the sea is beautiful or there is a beach bar and cocktail bar waiting at the other end.
Hands up...we may have taken advantage of some adult refreshments before reaching this beach so our shots didn't turn out great...but here's a photo of the surrounding scenery which should be enough to paint the picture!
You must stop at one of the vineyards at the way back too like the Grk vineyard just off the main road back to Lumbarda village.
Korcula - Pupnatska Luka
Ok yes Korcula was our favourite island so we’re a little bias, but another beautiful place to stop is Pupnatska Luka. A pebbly little cove located just 5-10 mins from the famous Konoba Mate at Pupnat.
A pretty perfect day would involve winding along the Posip Path in Smokvica stopping at a vineyard or two along the way. Lunch at Konoba Mate is a must (as is a reservation) as the food and service are both spot on and it's excellent reputation well deserved. Finally spend the afternoon snoozing it all off on the perfect pebbly beach overlooking the island of Lastovo. If you go in season there is a restaurant and beach bar overlooking this beautiful spot - just park at the top and walk down through the trees.