Prestigious web-site European Best Destinations published their 2019 list of the best beaches in Europe, and Pasjača beach, located in Konavle was given the title of the best European beach, while Nugal beach in Tučepi was awarded a bronze medal for the third place!
Neither of the two beaches are routinely mentioned in the lists of best beaches in Croatia, but European Best Destinations researchers have worked hard on their research and have managed to bring the two jewels to the front of their list.
The article on their website explains that Pasjača beach is located 10 minutes away from Cavtat and around half an hour from Dubrovnik (not in high season, during the nightmarish traffic around Dubrovnik town!). The article about the beach explains that it’s actually a miracle, created by man and nature working together. It was created when a tunnel was dug to help battle the frequent floodings of the fields located inland, and some of the rocks were left at the seaside. The waves turned the rocks into pebbles, and then into sand. After that sand has been lost to the sea, the people of the Konavle region kept bringing more rocks for the sea to grind and maintain the beach.
If you’re into parties, loud music and being seen, this is not the beach for you, as there’s nothing but the nature and quiet here. The closest village to the beach is Popovići, which is a nice kilometer walk.
The third beach on the list, Nugal beach in Tučepi, is a partly nudist beach, and a beach that’s really not easy to get to. Located in Makarska region, it takes around half an hour to walk there, but it’s totally worth it. It’s also quite a private location, with a friendly atmosphere and no bars directly on the beach.
Both of those beauties are worth exploring, as are many other amazing Croatian beaches!