Lovrecina: Skyscanner’s World’s 2nd Best Beach

Lovrecina beach on island Brac

Although you may not get that impression at first, Croatia really does have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are literally thousands of amazing beaches you could visit and find your own place under the sun, but it’s still not very often one of them gets included in a world’s top best beaches.

Skyscanner published their own list of world’s top 10 best beaches, and Croatia’s own Lovrecina beach found itself in the 2nd place. Even though it’s not the most famous beach, Lovrecina is stunningly beautiful, calm and one of the nicest places to enjoy nature and warm sea. Lovrečina cove is located on the northern shore of island Brac (Brač), and is known for its large sandy beach and valuable archeological findings. Surrounded by pine trees and tall poplars, the beach has plenty of natural shade, as well as a restaurant offering a wide range of fish or meat dishes. Lovrecina can be reached by a boat or a car. It’s also very suitable for children due to the shallow sea.

Although this video doesn’t do it justice, you might enjoy it anyway.

The other beaches on Skyscanner’s list included more known locations such as Hawaii, Australia, Greece, Seychelles, Ibiza, Philippines and Endland. On top of their list is Laguna Beach in California.

If you’re planning a trip to Croatia this summer be sure to consider Lovrecina beach as your destination, or at least make it a part of your trip. When you’re thinking about the world’s most beautiful beaches Croatia may not be a part of your list, but we certainly have our own share of places worth visiting.

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Five Must See Beaches in Croatia

There are literally thousands and thousands of beaches in Croatia. Most of them are rocky or pebble, with only a few sandy ones. However, regardless of their type you can find some of the nicest beaches in the world in Croatia for whatever activity you’re looking for.

Some beaches are family-friendly, others are for partying, while some feature untainted nature perfect for sunbathing and swimming. The list below has GoCroatia’s five most favorite beaches in our beautiful Mediterranean country, and whatever your taste is I’m certain you’ll find the perfect place to visit.

1. Rajska Plaža (Paradise Beach)

Rajska Plaza beach in Lopar

Rajska Plaza beach is located in Lopar on Rab island

Rab has a total of 22 sandy beaches (among several rocky ones as well), and the most known one among them is Rajska Plaza (pronounced rayska plazha, literally means paradise beach). This beach is perfect for children, inexperienced swimmers or the elderly since it’s incredibly shallow: even if you walk more than 500 meters you’ll still be able to firmly stand on your feet.

In the beach vicinity there are plenty of hotels and private apartments, and if you need a break from the sometimes overcrowded beach there’s a sports centre, mini golf, and more than enough restaurants and bars. The beach also has lifeguards to make sure you’re as safe as you can be, and has been awarded a blue flag.

2. Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn)

Zlatni Rat Beach

Zlatni Rat beach is located in Bol on Brac island

On the southern coast of Brac island is Bol, an old harbor town with a 15th century palace, a fort, a monastery and a couple of renaissance citadels. Most known however is the Zlatni Rat beach, which is one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in the Adriatic.

Definitely a uniquely shaped beach, even more special by the fact that it changes shape depending on the wind. This distinctive beach attracts tourists not only because of the shape, but also because it’s one of the nicest places to swim and relax, with plenty of additional activities like windsurfing, scuba diving or other water sports. The beach also has plenty of restaurants, cafe bars, as well as parachute rides, jet skis and more.

3. Lokrum Island Beaches

Lokrum Island

Lokrum island is located just 10 minutes from Dubrovnik

Less than a kilometer away from the Old City of Dubrovnik lies a small island called Lokrum, a natural resort under protection by the Croatian Academy of Art and Science. You can get there by taking a taxi boat from Dubrovnik’s Old Harbor every 30 minutes (or 1 hour in winter). Lokrum is a great place for a one-day trip if you’re in the vicinity. It’s uninhabited, and there aren’t too many people there. Tourists come on Lokrum to enjoy calm swimming without the crowds and untainted nature.

On the island itself, there’s a restaurant and a cafe bar located in an old Benedictine monastery (you might have already seen it if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones TV series, as it was one of the filming locations). On the highest peak on the island there’s an old fort from which you can get a great view on Dubrovnik. Other than that, you can visit a botanical garden, and a small lake which is perfect for children to swim in. No houses, hotels, souvenir shops or anything like that: if you visit Lokrum do it for its nature, beauty and a relaxing day in silence.

3. Zrće Beach

Zrce Beach in Novalja, Pag

Zrce beach is located in Novalja on island Pag

Pag is the fifth largest island in Croatia full of bays, coves and beaches. On the northeast part of the island is Novalja, and just a few minutes away is Zrce beach (pronounced zrche), one of the more popular ones among young people looking to party all day and night.

Unlike some other beaches listed here, Zrce is not a place where you go for a relaxing swim or to enjoy the nature. It’s the most popular destinations for young people looking to have a great time, so if you’re into that you surely won’t be disappointed.

5. Vela Plaža (Great Beach)

Vela Plaza - Baska, Krk

Vela Plaza is located in Baska on island Krk

Krk is Croatia’s biggest island, and a very popular destination for families. It’s connected with the mainland with a bridge, making it even easier to visit. Baška (bashka) is a small town on the southern part of the island, immensely popular among tourists since it has facilities and activities for everyone. There’s over 20 sand or pebble beaches in the vicinity, but the most known and likely the best one is Vela Plaza (pronounced plazha).

Vela Plaza is a sandy beach very suitable for children or inexperienced swimmers, which is almost two kilometers in length (1 mile). In the vicinity there are plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as hotels and private accommodation.

Of course these five beaches only touch the surface of what Croatia has to offer, they are just our most favorite ones based on the immense popularity by tourists. In the heat of the season they may even be overcrowded for your taste, but perhaps you can get past that and enjoy everything that they have to offer.

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Google Street View Finally Available For Croatia

Google Street View - Croatia

Old City Dubrovnik on Google’s Street View

Google’s Street View has been the go-to place for anyone wanting to quickly and easily visit many locations across the globe from the comfort of their own home. Since its inception in 2007 dozens of countries have been added to the database, and since today Croatia is one of them.

A significant portion of the country can now be viewed in Street View giving you a unique opportunity to see your destination beforehand, whether it’s the Old City of Dubrovnik or the Botanical garden in Zagreb. Most towns and tourist places are covered so wherever you decide to go you’ll be able to find the location on Street View.

On our upcoming site gocroatia.com along with providing you with the most detailed and comprehensive accommodation database for Croatia, we’ll be sure to integrate Street View as well making it as easy as possible for you to see exactly where you’re going and what you can do there. Along with information on local events and businesses you’ll have access to the most detailed virtual tour of your chosen destinations.

Access to Street View is a big step for Croatia considering its focus on tourism. We’ll make sure to take complete advantage of the opportunity to bring you the best tourist information about the country, so stay tuned to our website for further exciting news.

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Game of Thrones season 3 continues filming in Dubrovnik

Game of Thrones

HBO’s award-winning and immensely popular TV series Game of Thrones will continue filming scenes in Dubrovnik starting from September 27 until August 7, according to Dubrovnik Tourist Board. HBO’s production crew is already scouting locations that will appear in the third season.

In case you didn’t know, Dubrovnik was the main shooting location for King’s Landing, a fictional city in the TV show. It first appeared in the second season, and the production crew as well as the actors are coming here for their second year. They already expressed their admiration with Dubrovnik, its walls, and remarkable resemblance to the fictional city, or at least how they imagined it.

Fort Bokar and Minčeta tower

Fort Bokar and Minčeta tower

“King’s Landing might be the single most important location in the entire show, and it has to look right,” says Co-Executive Producer David Benioff during the last year’s filming of season two.

“To find a full-on, immaculately preserved medieval walled city that actually looks uncannily like King’s Landing where the bulk of our show is set, that was in and of itself such an amazing find,” adds Co-Executive Producer D.B. Weiss.

The actors have also chimed in with their own thoughts of Dubrovnik and Croatia in the video released last April:

Dubrovnik isn’t the only Game of Thrones filming location in Croatia, as some scenes from the city Qarth are filmed on a small island called Lokrum, just 10 minutes off the coast of Dubrovnik.

Lokrum monastery

Lokrum monastery

As mentioned season 3 will be filmed in the Old City of Dubrovnik, which was the set for King’s Landing in the second series, and also a new location Trsteno Arboretum, which is rumored to be the set for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the third series.

Dubrovnik is most certainly one of most popular and memorable tourist destinations in Croatia you simply have to visit sooner or later, and if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones this gives you yet another reason to do so.

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First time in Croatia? Here’s what you need to know

Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with millions of visitors each year. It’s one of the most beautiful Mediterranean countries with great weather, food, beaches and culture, and it’s certainly worth visiting at least once in your lifetime.

There’s a lot of misconceptions about Croatia: people still keep asking whether this country is at war, or if it’s an Islamic country (neither is true). A surprising number of people, including those from Europe, don’t even know where Croatia is. That’s why this post will list the basic information about Croatia for those who are looking to visit.


Geographic location of Croatia on map of Europe

Croatia is located in south/southeast Europe. It borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Across the Adriatic Sea to the west is Italy.

Landmass totals 56,414 square kilometers (21,782 square miles), and water 128 square kilometers (49 square miles). Of over 1,000 islands the largest ones are Cres and Krk.


From sunny to snowy

Most of Croatia has a moderately warm and rainy continental climate, with temperature ranges between −3 °C (27 °F) in January and 18 °C (64 °F) in July. Most tourists visit the country in June, July and August to enjoy the warm weather across the Adriatic coast, but tourism is quite active throughout the year with a lot of different content for everyone’s taste.


Croatian Flag

Croatia is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic, with its current constitution adopted back in 1990. Croatia declared independence in 1991 and was internationally recognized by the United Nations in 1992. Following the declaration of independence the country was brought into a war with Serbia, which ended in August 1995.

Croatia has been a member of NATO since 2009, and set to become a fully-fledged member of the European Union in June 2013.


Zagreb main square

Croatia has a total population of 4.3 million, with Zagreb (capital) having 800,000. Most of the country’s population consists of Croats with almost 90%, followed by Serbs (4.5%), Bosniaks, Hungarians, Italians, Slovenes, Germans, Czechs, Romani people and others (5.9%).

Despite being dominantly Caucasian and Catholic, Croats embrace people of all races or religions and you’ll feel right at home.


Church of Saint Donat in Zadar

The main religions in Croatia are Roman Catholicism 88%, Orthodox Christianity 4.4%, with Islam constituting only 1.3%. There are many beautiful churches which are definitely worth visiting. Despite signs of Christianity everywhere, most Croats keep their religious beliefs and customs to themselves, and the last thing you should expect to see is any kind of religious zealotry.


Statue of Bishop Strossmeyer in Zagreb, a renowned historical figure known for advocating the use of Croatian language in government and church

The official language in Croatia is Croatian, with about 96% of citizens declaring it their native language. Due to certain similarities, Croats also understand Slovenian and Serbian quite well. Being a tourism-oriented country you can expect most people to understand English or German. Croatian language uses the Latin alphabet.

A 2009 survey revealed that 78% of Croats speak at least one foreign language, which in 49% of cases is English, 34% German and 14% Italian. Only 4% of the population speak Spanish and Russian, and 2% speak French. You can expect younger citizens to speak English much better and more often than older ones who predominantly speak German. Also worth noting is that Italian language is much more popular along the coast, unlike in the continental part of the country where people mostly speak German.


Sinjska Alka - a participant in Sinjska Alka, an annual event held in Sinj

Croatia is rich in history and culture, which is one of the most common reasons for visiting tourists. Most visitors are just looking to lay idle on a beach, but hundreds of museums, theaters, churches, cinemas, libraries, concerts and countless local cultural events are frequently visited by those looking for more content.


Croatian Currency - Kuna; features mostly historical figures and landmarks

For now the official currency in Croatia is Kuna, with Euros widely accepted as well. Most restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards or payment in either of these two currencies, and you can always withdraw local currency on any of the thousands of ATMs found on every corner.

No matter what your preferences are I’m certain you’ll have a great time if you decide to visit Croatia. We will be posting additional information about Croatia often on our blog and site, so be sure to stay tuned for our updates. We’ll help you find the best places to visit, hook you up with affordable accommodation and make sure you enjoy your trip.

Have any additional questions about Croatia? Ask in the comments below!

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