Although Croatia can not boast with too many sandy beaches, Nin Lagoon beach close to Zadar, will be a great discovery for all those looking for a sandy pleasure under the feet.
Particularly this beach and many other sandy beaches around Nin town offer the best conditions for families with children of any age.
Among most attractive Zadar surroundings spots, Nin town and its area, stands out as the most visited. Among Zadar surrounding areas, Nin offers the best sandy beaches on the whole Adriatic coast.
It is situated in the shallow lagoon just 18 km north of Zadar, far from traffic and industrial zones. As the sea is shallow and cut into the land, the temperature of the sea is 2-3 degrees higher than in the open sea, which creates higher salinity and aerosol.
The whole area around it is an oasis of shallow and long sandy beaches. Beaches are located in a large, from winds protected bay with a magnificent view on mountains. The water is always clean and warm.
Nin region is the top naturist friendly destination with many official and non official nudist beaches.
The most popular are: Punta Skala (Petrcane) – Nudist beach and Sabunike and Zaton naturist beaches.
Nin Lagoon Beach
It’s the most known Nin’s beachs, almost a mile long beach, well known as Queen’s Beach.
It is a long sandy beach ideal for families with children and elderly people. This beach has been declared many times as one of the most beautiful Dalmatian sandy beaches by German auto club ADAC. The beach is also known for areas with medicinal mud located in the center of Nin’s Lagoon. It’s the biggest site of medicinal mud in Croatia.
Driving from Zadar to Nin, the whole area is covered by numerous sandy and pebble beaches. The first one on the way from Zadar is Petrcane, a 900 years old small fisherman’s village, 12km northwest of Zadar. It’s one of top tourist destinations near Zadar.
Just a few miles further, there is a Zaton, situated in the bay of the same name in Zadar channel, only 3 km from the historic town of Nin. It lies in a broad bay between Nin and Zadar.
Zaton bay has a 1.5 km long pebble and sandy beach surrounded by a pine forest. It offers a wide selection of sports and recreational activities including tennis, horseback riding and water sports.
Nearby Zaton Holiday Resort is the most popular destination among families with children, rated as the best resort for its location, great on-site restaurant, a great pool and multilingual staff to ensure that every visitor has a comfortable stay.
To the west from Nin Lagoon beach there is a small settlement of Sabunike (see the above map). Near Sabunike, especially to the north, one can find many sandy beaches that stretch for several kilometers.
After you enter Sabunike you have to take the road to the left to reach sandy beaches which are mostly clothing optional.
One of the biggest villages of Zadar Riviera – Privlaka is nearby. It also has some very pretty sandy beaches, offering a wide range of holiday properties .
North east of Nin, only 6 km, lies Vrsi place. It’s divided into several districts of which two are directly by the sea, Zukve and Mulo. There are beautiful sandy and pebbly beaches in the circle of 3 km.
The most known are a sandy beach Jasenovo, pebbly beach Duboka Draga, sandy beach (with a small part of pebble) St. Jacob and many smaller ones.
I hope you will enjoy this sandy paradise in Croatia!