Villa Ana, near Hvar Town, Hvar Island (24)
Lila Bay Beach Villa, Hvar Island (4)

Croatia the Clearest Waters in Croatia

According to Travel writer Gianni Jaccoma ( Thrillist.com ) there are ten spots with the clearest waters in the world, and one of them is in Croatia. The waters off the coast of Hvar are in a league of their own , with crystal clear water brushing pristine beaches .

It’s a well known fact that the water quality in Croatia has been the top in Europe for years. We found some more of our favourite locations where the quality of the water is outstanding:

St Johns Beach ( Svetu Ivan ) – on the island of Cres , a favourite stopping place for yachts as the water is amazingly clear. The beach can be reached by foot , takes around 45 minutes to climb down but its heart stopping scenery all the way – going back up takes about one and a half hours but the sight of that snow white pebble beach against the crystal blue sea is worth it.

Punta Rata ( Brela) –  just south of Split is a popular family beach, well catered and beautiful with its back drop of olive and fig groves and shallow clear waters make it a big favourite for small children.

Kornati Islands National Park – consisting of 89 islands islets and reefs, loads of places to drop anchor, swim or just chill. If  you don’t have your own boat sign up for a day sea kayaking an unique way to make the best of this location or there are several companies offering all day island trips . At the south end there is a good diving location ( Rasip) packed with colourful sponges and corals and a hige range of fish. And also check out one of the most stunning beaches Sakaun Beach on Dugi Otok.

Krk Island  – a favourite with snorkelers and scuba-divers , around 30 diving spots to explore around the coastline.

Peljesac Peninsula – 65 km long  peninsula with a range of islands offshore , starts off at Ston where the oyster beds are, also loads of mussels etc grown here as the water is so pure and then work your way up the coast with loads of little beaches some only reachable by boat or quad. Right up to the end of the peninsula to  Viganj and Orebic which are very popular with wind surfers , kite surfers etc as they catch the breeze in the afternoon.

Or head across to one of the islands, there are some lovely places with clear water from  more well known Korcula ( ferry from Orebic ) and Mljet to lesser known Lastovo and the smaller  but stunning Proizd island ( taxi boat from Vela luka ) totally unspoilt crystal clear waters , take plenty of water and a picnic there is a restaurant there  but it’s not cheap. 4 beaches on the island, pebbles and rocks, ( one is for naturists ).

Then heading down the coast to Dubrovnik –  Zaton bay is a favourite clear deep blue water in this protected bay.  As everywhere sea shoes are recommended as sea urchins are attracted to clear water and you don’t get much clearer than the coast around Croatia.

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Croatia Michelin Guide 2

Croatian restaurants awarded Michelin’s ‘Bib Gourmand’ rating

By Saron Lease, 23rd March 2019

According to The Dubrovnik Times, as well as new stars for restaurants Noel (Zagreb) and Draga di Lovrana (Lovran), taking the number of Croatian Michelin starred restaurants to five, Michelin has awarded its Bib Gourmand rating to a further four restaurants taking that number to eight.

The Bib Gourmand award is made “to excellent restaurants where the food is very good and at a very reasonable price” – indeed the type of restaurant which holiday makers are most likely to discover.

Croatia’s Michelin Star restaurants:
Noel (Zagreb) – new
Draga di Lovrana (Lovran) – new
Pelegrini (Šibenik)
360º (Dubrovnik)
Monte (Rovinj)

Croatia’s Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants:
Konoba Mate (Korčula) – new
Dunav (Ilok) – new
Vuglec Breg (Krapina) – new
Konoba Fetivi (Split) – new
Batelina (Banjole)
Konoba Vinko (Konjevrate)
Agava (Zagreb)
TAČ (Zagreb ).

Photo © guide.michelin.com

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