Beaches in Zadar and Surrounding Area
Zadar area is known for its crystal clear waters and beautiful natural beaches. Whether you enjoy private and quite beaches or you prefer popular and dynamic places, Zadar region is the perfect place, especially for lovers of sandy beaches.
Beaches in Zadar
Beaches in Zadar are mainly pebbled and appropriate for family groups with little kids. Taking into consideration that Zadar is a relatively big city it still has good quality beaches and it is possible to “take a dip in city center”, which is uncommon for coastal urban areas.
Kolovare beach is the oldest and longest beach in Zadar. The beach is pebbly with paved areas, pine trees and a green area, ideal for playing for kids and for protection from the sun. On the beach there are several bars and restaurants and you can also find showers, changing rooms and sanitary facilities. It's close to the old town and main bus station, just below Hotel Kolovare. It was awarded a Blue Flag - a symbol of quality and purity of the sea. The beach offers the possibility of renting equipment for numerous sports.
This beach is in the north, 4km outside of the city center and part of Falkensteiner hotel complex so you have to pay 10kn for entrance. It is a pebble beach with one sandy cove and a concrete plateau. It's good for kids, as the bay is shallow with a sandy bottom. There are numerous activities for children such as slides, pools, as well as numerous sports and entertainment facilities like windsurfing, jet-skiing, paddle boat riding, riding a tube or a banana, parasailing and many other activities
Vitrenjak aka Uskok is a pebble beach also in the Borik area, outside of town near the sailing club uskok. On the beach you can find shelter from the heat in a local café bar and there is a small playground for children. Part of the beach is adjusted for the handicapped. This is a excellent spot to hang around on a summer's night, when a walk along the seafront boardwalk is difficult to ignore.
Punta Bajlo Beach is a legendary meeting place for people from Arbanasi, Zadar and tourists alike. Parking is plentiful, shady and free. In fact there is shade for everyone in this lovely pine forest. It is the perfect place to relax, swim and have a good time with family and friends. It's mostly rocks and cliffs a not so crowded during summer. Tequilla Sunrise bar is a good place for coffee or beer, you can buy food there also.
Beaches in surrounding area
Queen's Beach, Nin
Nin's beaches are one of its trademarks and an impressive scene remembered by all those who have been here, at least once. It is not surprising that many rate them as among the most beautiful in Croatia, if not in the world. Nin's beaches total a staggering 8,000 metres in length. The longest and most famous among them is a three-kilometre long beach to which a legend is connected. Tradition has it that the wife of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, was especially attracted by its beauty, and the Royal Family, whenever they officially came to Nin would visit this beach to enjoy a few rare and relaxing moments there. Hence the name Queen's Beach because of its extremely long shallow beach and beauty, families with small children even today take delight. What is interesting is that you should pass over a ten metre long shallow stretch of water in order to reach it. In its vicinity there is the largest known location of medicinal mud in Croatia.
The long, mostly sandy beach is without a doubt one of the best ones in Croatia. It is just perfect for families with children, who can build sandcastles, freely splash in the shallow water, use the playgrounds and then cool off in the shade of the pine trees or on a deck chair under a beach umbrella. Teens and adults can also choose from a variety of fun activities and sport facilities available. In addition, the tiled path enables access for people with disabilities.
Biograd is one of the few cities in the region, if not the only, that can claim to have several pristine beaches in the near vicinity of the city centre. In the north-western part of the city expands the spacious gravel beach Bošana with its gradual access to water and numerous facilities. On the opposite side, in the south-eastern part of the city, there is an array of beautiful beaches encircled by a thick pine forest. The succession starts with the private beach of Hotels Ilirija and Adriatic, and it merges with the gravel beach Dražica, finally stretching to the sandy Soline Bay. There is a big waterslide with a diving centre on Dražica beach. About three kilometres away from the city centre there is another splendid beach located in a sandy cove surrounded by a pine forest – Crvena Luka.
Pine Beach, Pakoštane
The beautiful, natural, sandy beach at Pine Beach is one of the main attractions of the resort. Besides sand, the 1 km long coast also offers hidden cliffs and wooden pontoons for sunbathing and swimming. The beautiful sandy bay is a favourite place in the Pine Beach and it is the pride of the tourist resort. A natural, sandy beach presents a special experience for children and it is a real rarity in Croatia. Adult visitors will also surely enjoy the entertainment's programme and water sports which are available. You can enjoy diving, windsurfing, sailing boats, kayaking, the water park and beach volleyball. Jedro bar is nearby and you can renew your energy there while enjoying the beach. You have to pay 30kn for entrance but you get free deckchairs for the beach :) Besides the sandy parts, the 1 km long coast also has rocky places and several pontoons for sunbathing and jumping in the water.
Children's Paradise, Sukošan
The main beach "Dječji raj" (Children's paradise) as its name suggests, due to its shallow waters and sandy bottom is a paradise for children and all those who, in addition to know how to enjoy swimming with different games in the sea. It is particularly suitable for playing games with balls 'picigin'. On the beach you can rent beach chairs and pedal boats, refresh yourself with the ice cream or a drink at one of the cafes. The beach is equipped with showers, changing cabins and toilets. The coast is partially paved with stone, and mostly covered with pebbles.
Beaches on the islands
Most of the beaches are accessible with scooter or bicylcle, but to get some of them you will have to walk or even have a boat.
Sakarun, Long Island
Sakarun is one of the most famous beaches in Zadar County, located on the northwest coast of the island Dugi otok. Near the beach are the places Veli Rat, Veruni, Soline and Božava. The beach gained its reputation with the whiteness of the sand and clean sea, surrounded by pine trees that provide a welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 meters long and at some 250 meters from the shore it is 3.5 meters deep, which means that the bathing area is extremely large and shallow and suitable even for young children. On the beach are two catering facilities that offer refreshment from the summer heat and light snacks. Transport is organized from Božava to Sakarun with a tourist train, which departs every two hours.
Veli Žal, Long Island
Veli Žal beach is a beautiful pebble beach situated in the northern part of Long Island near the village Dragove. Right in front of the beach is a small islet Mežanj which is the only islet on this side of Long Island. The beach can be reached easily by car, just follow the well-marked asphalt road. Veli Žal beach is famous for its fine white sand in the sea which streches over a kilometer long. Even in the high season you will have more than enough space for enjoying the peace and quiet. Veli Žal beach is ideal for nature lovers seeking to escape from reality but it's also suitable for children due to easy entrances into the sea. Close to the beach there is a small bar where you can find food and drinks.
Sabuša, Ugljan Island
Sabuša Beach is located on the west coast of the island Ugljan. The beach is paved and is ideal for sunbathing and walking. The sea bottom is sand and very shallow so it is ideal for children and non swimmers. Behind the beach there is a pine forest that will provide shade during the great heat of summer. If you want to relax by practicing sports, we recommend that you take your own props because there is no sports equipment store on the beach.
Južna Luka, Ugljan Island
Južna Luka Beach is a sandy beach located on northern part of the island Ugljan near the place Muline. The beach is unique because of the rocks rising from the sea with make it a special place. There are no facilites on the beach, just a dressing cabin and toilet room. The beach is surrounded with pine trees where you can find some shade and protection from the sun. To get to the beach you will have to walk few minutes following the white road which goes along the coast and then turns left in to the woods. Južna Luka beach is perfect for those looking to spend a quite afternoon in private atmosphere enjoying pure nature.
Kostanj, Ugljan Island
Kostanj Beach is located on the island Ugljan north from Kukuljica. The beach is sandy with shallow waters ideal for children and non swimmers. Kostanj does not provide additional contents, so we recommend that you take food and drinks with you if you are planning to spend the whole day on the beach. If you want to relax by practicing sports, bring your own props as well, because there are no shops where you can rent or buy sports equipment. Behind the beach there is a beautiful pine forest, which will provide shade during the hot months. Kostanj beach is ideal for those who want to relax away from large crowds and busy traffic.
Mostir, Ugljan Island
Mostir beach is a local sandy beach in place Ugljan. There is not too much shade on the beach, but still is't a nice little cove where you can seek refreshment. Facilities like dressing room, toilet and access to the beach for disabled are provided. Since this beach is in the center of Ugljan shops, restaurants and bars are really close there is even on restaurant right at the beach. Mostir is a perfect place for the kids that can play in warm shallow sea. There is a convict of. St. Jeronim at the beach that you can visit but take in mind that you need to be dresses appropriate to visit this place.