Best Beaches in Istria

With over 500 km of spectacular coastline, Istria, Croatia’s northernmost peninsula, is a hot spot for holiday seekers – and it’s easy to see why! From pebble-covered shores to sandy havens, there’s a beach for every taste. The crystal-clear, magically blue sea and the plethora of Blue Flag awards make Istria a go-to destination for a fun, safe, and relaxing seaside getaway. Plus, visitors often feel they get more value for their money here compared to the more well known areas like Dubrovnik and Split. Keep reading to discover the best beaches in Istria worth visiting on your next villa holiday!

Njive Beach

Njive Beach is a captivating coastal gem, nestled near the town of Premantura and acclaimed Cape Kamenjak Nature Park in Istria. Widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most stunning bays, this picturesque cove is ensconced within the protected confines of the nature park, renowned for hosting some of Istria’s finest beaches. Njive Beach itself is a breathtaking pebble sanctuary set against a backdrop of dense pine trees. The beach boasts an extraordinary ambience, accentuated by the brilliant turquoise hues of the sea and dramatic, untamed rock formations. Beyond its main allure, the beach harbours hidden, quieter swimming spots.

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Our villas Belissa and Villa Premantura are conveniently located nearby in Premantura.

Njive beach Istria Croatia

Photo: Njive Beach

Bijeca Beach 

Situated in the family-friendly town of Medulin, Bijeca Beach is one of the few sandy beaches in Istria. Stretching over 1 km, its shallow waters and gradual entry into the sea make it an ideal spot for paddling. The beach is well-equipped with facilities such as beach bars, restaurants, a pram-friendly promenade, and water sports rentals. Sun loungers and parasols are also available to hire. 

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Our villas Suncano I and Suncano II are nearby.

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Photo: Bijeca Beach

Hawaii Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Istria is Hawaii Beach in Pula. Nestled within the sought-after Verdula peninsula, this mesmerising bay offers a perfect setting for an idyllic beach holiday in Istria. Hawaii Beach’s allure lies in its breathtaking ambience, where the turquoise sea, white pebbles, and scenic rocky backdrop combine to create a scene reminiscent of a travel brochure. The crystal-clear waters not only provide an excellent backdrop for snorkelling but also contribute to the overall charm of the beach. In addition, along the coast of the Verdula peninsula are other beautiful beaches in Pula, which invite you to spend wonderful summer days.

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Hawaii Beach Pula Croatia

Photo: Hawaii Beach

Lone Bay Beach

Lone Bay in Rovinj emerges as a standout destination for an idyllic beach holiday in Istria. Situated within the enchanting forest park near the coastal town, this exquisite pebble beach is just one of the many beautiful beaches Rovinj has to offer. Fragrant pine trees grace the surroundings, offering natural shade and creating a romantic Mediterranean setting. Enhancing the experience is a great little beach bar with bamboo loungers and parasols, adding a fantastic touch to this small and cosy coastal haven.

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The beautiful Villa Rovinj is located nearby.

Lone Bay Beach in Rovinj Istria Croatia

Photo: Lone Bay Beach

Valbandon Beach 

Valbandon Beach in Fazana stands out as a must-visit beach on the west coast of Istria. Set in the heart of the popular seaside resort, this pebble beach is especially well-suited for families with children. The expansive shoreline features a beautiful snow-white sandbank, providing ample space for sunbathing. Alongside the beach, you’ll discover a wealth of fantastic tourist amenities, including numerous restaurants and cafés accessible via a lovely coastal promenade. 

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Our lovely villa Eligere 1 and Eligere 2 are conveniently nearby.

Valbandon Beach in Istria Croatia

Photo: Valbandon Beach

St. Andrea Beach 

Located in Rabac, St. Andrea is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Istria. Here you’ll find a pebbly bay with a shallow sea entrance, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque rock formations. Behind the beach runs a promenade that leads to the centre of Rabac, where you’ll find numerous cafés and restaurants.

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Photo: St Andrea Beach

Pinizule Bay 

Near the town of Premantura is the lovely little Bay Pinizule, a pebble beach and a dream cove in the Kamenjak Nature Park. The beach is surrounded by pine forests, offering a break from the heat and a beach bar offering up cool sangria and beer for refreshment. The crystal clear waters make for some of the best snorkelling in Istria. Additionally, history lovers will enjoy the nearby dinosaur trail with footprints and fossils on display. 

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Pinizule Bay Istria Croatia

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