On the Dalmatian coast and jutting out into the Adriatic Sea, the city of Dubrovnik was once a center for trade as important as Venice. The islands off the coast of the city are bursting with Pine and Cypresses, and the mountain that rises behind the Old City offers the best views of this iconic city. Out of those, the Dubrovnik beaches are perhaps the most popular attractions here for summer holidayers.
Picturesque Beaches In Dubrovnik
Here is a list of the most popular beaches here you must explore on your vacation:
1. Veliki Zai Beach
Off the mainstream Dubrovnik beaches map (about 30 km away), the Veliki Zai beach is to the west of the Old Town and near the small village of Brsecine. The beach has gorgeous views of the Dalmatian island of Sipan, and its crystal blue and green waters are a welcome break from the dull colors of Banje of Dance. The beach is perfect for children as the water just off the beach is hardly deep and the bottom is soft.
What’s special: The charming views of the Sipan Island
2. Sveti Jakov Beach
The beach is located in a tiny bay on the seashore that makes the Old Town and the offshore islands of Lokrum look tiny. This is a pebble beach that can be reached by descending about 160 steps from the Jakov church located atop the cliffs that overlook the beach. It is a popular hangout for the Dubrovnik locals in the summers. The Sveti Jakov beach in Dubrovnik can be reached by taking a bus to the Jakov Beach from the Ploce Gate of the Old City.
What’s special: The lovely sunset view
3. Dance Beach
Pronounced dan-che, the Dance Beach in Dubrovnik is one of the oldest and most amazing beaches you will find in the city. The eastern slopes of the Gradac Park keep the sun away till midday, and sunbathers can lie on rocks here thereafter till sunset. The waters of the Adriatic are much cleaner here than the other Dubrovnik beaches. To get to the beach, you have to get to Gradac Park from where you can just follow the narrow path down to the beach.
What’s special: Break from the landscape of the city to the beautiful Adriatic coast
4. Buza Beach
This is a great place to swim and sunbathe while you are in Dubrovnik. The beach is located at the centre of the Old Town and can only be accessed via a hole in the City Walls and then descending steps through the cliffs. The beach itself is rocky with several concrete platforms where locals and tourists bathe in the sun.The place has a cute little cafe-bar where you can have snacks and a drink, and the place has gained popularity in recent times with locals and tourists.
What’s special: The views of the horizon at sunset
5. Copacabana Beach
This vast expanse of sand and pebbles is far away from the hustle and bustle of the Dubrovnik beaches in the city. Very popular with locals who detest the tourist crowds, it is located in Babin Kuk that is part of the Lapad peninsula. With a view of the blue mountains and the peninsula, the beach rivals the likes of Banje. It has changing rooms, sun umbrellas for rent, restaurants and cafes, and fruit and ice cream shops, so your day in the sun will be more enjoyable!
What’s special: Not crowded even during holidays
6. Uvala Lapad Beach
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One of the few sandy beaches in Dubrovnik, the place gets quite crowded in the holiday seasons and summers. The Lapad Beach in Dubrovnik has showers as well as changing cabins, and there is also a restaurant and lounge bar that has seen a steady growth in popularity. Because the waters off the beach are not very deep, it is a great place to take kids for some fun.
What’s special: The vast expanse of sand interspersed with pebbles
7. Banje Beach
If you are in Dubrovnik, be sure to check out Banje, which is amongst the best of Dubrovnik beaches. Located right next to East entrance to the famed Old Town, the beach has towering views of the walls and battlements, and you can also see the Lokrum islands from here. It gets very crowded in the summers so the best time to come here may be in September before it becomes too cold. To get to Banje beach in Dubrovnik, you can simply walk from the Old Town to the eastern gate.
What’s special: The walls of the Old Town rising behind the beachfront
This is not exactly a beach but a pier in the old harbour built to protect ships and reduce the intensity of waves coming in. It has now become a popular place to sunbathe and jump off and swim in the harbour. Barring the summertime, the place is an excellent place to sit alone and be one with the sound and sight of the sea – you can also see the Lokrum Islands. During summer, there are always people bathing in the sun, swimming or simply strolling. Note that it is not a safe spot to be when it is wet and windy.
What’s special: The Old City’s vantage point to the outer bay and islands
9. Bellevue Beach
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Located in the Miramare Bay, this pebble beach marks the start of the Lapad Peninsula and is just 20 minutes from the Old Town. The beach is a tiny sprinkle of sand surrounded by the water on one side and steep cliffs on all other sides. It faces south-east and there is shade from the strong sun in the early afternoon so you can swim by the cliff in the mornings. The Bellevue beach in Dubrovnik can be reached by descending the steps that are beside the Hotel Rixos Libertas.
What’s special: Cliff jumping, water polo
10. Sunj Beach
If you are tired of the rocky beaches in Dubrovnik, this quiet beach on the Southeast side of the Elafiti Island of Lopud will prompt you to start building sand castles. The crescent shaped bay is great if you want to just paddle in. The island’s port, which is where your ferry will drop you off, is a 30 minute walk from the Sunj beach, and takes you through the Mediterranean countryside with its flora and fauna in full glory.
What’s special: A peaceful break from the overcrowded beaches here
These Dubrovnik beaches provide myriad fun ways to spend the perfect Croatian vacation – you can bathe in the sun, play in the sand, enjoy the views or indulge in watersports. All you have to do in start planning your Croatian vacation with TravelTriangle for the best moments and memories!