The 5 Best Beaches in the Dubrovnik Region

Daniela Rogulj

best beaches in the dubrovnik region

July the 9th, 2024 – Southern Dalmatia is overflowing with natural beauty and azure waters. Here are the 5 best beaches in the Dubrovnik region – away from the city.

veliki Žali

Considered to be among the best beaches in the Dubrovnik region, this stunning, natural bay is named after the large white pebbles that make up its beach area (Big Pebbles). The beach is located just off the Jadranska Magistrala (Adriatic Highway), a mere 30 minute drive from the City of Dubrovnik in the direction of Split. There is parking available, as well as toilets and a bar and restaurant which serves cold drinks and local food in the shade. Parasols and loungers are readily available at a reasonable price. It directly faces the island of Sipan, and Lopud’s idyllic harbour area can be seen further in the distance.


If you understand Croatian, it isn’t hard to understand how this beautiful beach earned its name. Meaning “beautiful” in English, this is one of the best beaches in the Dubrovnik region. Located on the northern shores of the famous wine making region of Pelješac, Divna is just a few kilometres from Gornja Vručica. Small and usually very peaceful, Divna is home to just a few traditional houses along the bay. This is the place to go if you need an escape from the crowds of Dubrovnik, but be warned that there are no shops and the only shade is provided by the trees, so be prepared with supplies and take a parasol to stay protected from the harsh sunlight.


Another Pelješac peninsula favourite is Prapratno beach, located approximately three km from the ancient oyster loving town of Ston, Prapratno is south facing and unusually for Croatia (more-so for this region) it has a sandy beach. This is a great alternative for people who aren’t a fan of rocks and pebbles and offers a more comfortable way of getting in and out of the sea. The beach is considered to be one of the most picturesque in Croatia and it doesn’t draw as many visitors as you’d expect. The beach is surrounded by naturally occurring fauna and foliage and ample shade is offered by pine trees.


Viganj is heaven for water sport lovers, this pebble beach is located on the Pelješac peninsula and has a host of activities available for those who seek more than just a good swim. Due to its geographical position, favourable winds make it a perfect spot for windsurfing, parasailing, sailing and other water sports, all of which are readily available.

trstenik beach

Yet another attractive beach boasted by the

Trstenik beach is one of the best beaches in the Dubrovnik region – locals will even tell you so. It is located on southern shores in the very heart of the Trstenik bay and village. The beach stretches quite a distance and is fairly wide in Croatian terms, making for more room to ”breathe” than can be found in your typical rocky cove or bay. The sea is crystal clear and perfectly clean. Its favourable location offers great views over the channel and this unique beach spends considerably longer under direct sunlight due to its position. Cafes are dotted along the bay, and a general store can be found nearby. This beach has pushchair/wheelchair access and there are no steps (yes, you read that right). Taxis and local buses can be caught just a few minutes walk away from the shore.


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