Although the Croatian is one of the most beautiful in the world, with a multitude of islands, islets, beautiful beaches and hidden coves, sandy beaches are a real rarity.
This is why there are only a few sandy oases from the north of Istria to the south of Dalmatia.
The best known, biggest and most beautiful sandy beach in Croatia, bar none, is Rajska plaža in Lopar (island of Rab).
Lopar has an abundance of beautiful sandy beaches, in fact, there are 22 of them, of which 3 are nudist beaches (Ciganka, Sahara and Stolac). The largest and most famous is the Rajska plaža or 'Paradise Beach', which is 1.5km / 0.9m long and has the most tourist facilities and which was awarded the 'Blue Flag' in 2003 - the international symbol of quality and preservation of the natural environment as well as safety for the bathers.
'Paradise beach' is especially interesting for older people, families with children and less proficient swimmers, but equally for young people keen on sport and amusement.
At the height of the season it can be difficult to find sunbathing places on this beach because together with the tourists from Lopar, more than 50% of visitors to the town of Rab also bathe here.
At the very edge of the sea, in the shade of poplar trees, nestles the camp site 'San Marino' whose extraordinary ambiance provides an ideal place for relaxation. Its capacity is 3500 tourists and it offers a variety of catering services, shops, a market place, a fish market, a bakery, a tobacconist, gas bottling and various recreational sport facilities.
The hotel village 'San Marino' is situated on the other, northern, side of 'Paradise beach' in a beautiful pine wood and with an even more stunning views of the sea. It consists of five hotels (Plaža, Veli Mel, Lopar, Rab and Sahara) with a total capacity of 1100 beds in modern, well equipped rooms and with a communal restaurant, aperitif bar, dance terrace, souvenir and newspaper shop and hairdressers. There are also many sports facilities such as tennis, table tennis, mini-golf, a trim-track, etc.
Not far from 'Paradise beach' there is another sandy beach known as Livačina, which many consider to be even more attractive. In the shade of the pine trees you can find several catering establishments which offer a variety of local specialities. There is also a very good assortment of beach and sea equipment for hire including the ever popular jet-ski, para-sailing, board sailing, rent-a-boat or canoes, pedalos and an aquapark
In the nearby Lučica ('Little harbour') there are moorings for about 100 vessels (speed boats and yachts) with lifting, landing and vessel cleaning services as well as refreshments for tourists heading to or coming from the sea.
The AQUAGAN is a monumental structure in the uttermost southern area of 'Paradise beach' , whose three giant water slides offers endless enjoyment to tourists, particularly those younger ones.
'Paradise beach' proved to be an ideal location for beach volleyball, which is why Lopar has for many years successfully hosted tournaments in Croatian championships, the Alpe-Adria Cup and others and has big future plans for this attractive sport
f the other well-known sandy beaches in Croatia, we would like to mention the following:
Crni Molo (Crikvenica)
Saharun (Dugi otok)
Sabuša (island of Ugljan)
Zaton (near Zadar)
Crvena (Biograd na Moru)
Slanica (island of Murter)
Vela Pržina (island of Korčula)
Šimuni (island of Pag)
Zlatni rat (island of Brač)