Dalmatian beaches are scattered along the coast and the islands. Some of them are easy to find, while others are well hidden and perfect for everyone who wants to hide away from tourist crowds. Typical beaches in Dalmatia are pebble beaches and even thought they might not be ideal to make castles and figures, they form a perfect combination with crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.
In Split you can find pebble-sand shores, especially in Marjan Park. These beaches are equally popular among locals and tourists. The most popular one in Marjan Park is Kašjuni, a great pebble-sand beach with a bar and public toilet at your disposal. On the other side of the bay, not far from the harbor of Split, you can find Bačvice – sandy beach which is often crowded, but definitely worth spending some time on it. Here, in Bačvice, you might come across a unique view – locals playing Picigin. Picigin is a water game developed in this area thanks to the fact that locals enjoy spending their summer in the sea playing this exciting game. The game is very relaxing and informal so don’t hesitate to ask the locals to explain this game to you and then join them for a unique experience.
Not far from Split, in the area of Trogir and Čiovo Island, you can find many beaches. If you are looking for beaches with cocktail bars, cafés, restaurants, sun chairs and playing ground for children then this is the perfect area for you. Not far from Trogir, you can visit Medena Beach and on Čiovo Island you can find the so called “Croatian Copacabana”. On this island you can also visit place called Slatine and relax on one of the beaches on that side of the island. While you are on Čiovo, make the most of your visit and explore the island. There are many interesting sites on this island worth seeing apart from all the beaches and restaurants. On the southeast side of the island, on tall cliffs, there is an old abandoned monastery called Gospe do Prizidnice, where you can relax in natural environment and take a swim.
South from Split, on the way to Makarska and Dubrovnik, you can find beautiful small coves with sandy beaches, especially in places like Brela. Here you can hide in shade of pine trees and spend some time hidden from the rest of the world.
If your vacation plan includes islands, don’t miss your chance to visit Zlatni Rat – famous beach on Brač Island. This is a unique natural phenomenon because the beach changes its shape under the influence of wind and tide. You can find numerous other beaches on Croatian islands, some of them are pebble, others sandy, many of them are crowded in summer, but you can always ask locals to tell you secret beaches, hidden from the eyes of public