Although there are a handful of genuinely sandy beaches in Croatia, most are pebbly or rocky affairs. Some beaches have a sandy sea floor suitable for paddling around, others are stony and uneven underfoot – so plastic sandals or swim shoes are a must. What you’ll find pretty much everywhere is clean, clear water and raw Mediterranean nature – here are a few recommended places in which to enjoy them.

Susak Not so much a sandy beach as an entire sandy island, distant Susak rewards the journey with a succession of bewitching silvery-grey coves.

Kraljičina plaža, Nin One of Croatia’s few sweeping sandy beaches, in a beautiful location.

Zlatni rat, Brač Very much the poster boy of Dalmatian beaches, with a long tongue of shingle extending into a turquoise sea.

Proizd A sequence of sloping stone-slab beaches on a compact unspoiled islet off Korčula.

Kupari, Župa Dubrovačka The derelict hotels of a deserted resort form the surreal backdrop to this sublime crescent of smooth pebbles.

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