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Discover Sakarun – The #1 Beach in the Zadar Archipelago

calendar iconMar 24, 2024

The Adriatic coast boasts a treasure trove of stunning beaches, each with its own unique charm. But among these gems, one beach reigns supreme: Sakarun. Nestled on the northwestern tip of Dugi Otok, the largest island in the Zadar archipelago, Sakarun Beach is a vision of pure, unadulterated beauty. Its reputation as the best beach in the Adriatic is more than justified.

Sakarun beach boasts turquoise waters so clear you can see each grain of sand separately, and a shoreline carpeted with soft, pristine white sand that feels like powdered sugar between your toes. The backdrop of emerald pines gently swaying in the breeze creates a picture-perfect scene, with legendary sunsets and transforming panoramas that leave you breathless with their splendour.

 Why Sakarun is a Paradise for Water Enthusiasts?

Sakarun beach is a playground for water lovers. The gentle waves of the shallow bay are perfect for a refreshing dip or a leisurely swim. Float on your back, gazing up at the endless blue sky, and let all your worries float away.

For the more adventurous, the crystal-clear waters offer excellent snorkeling opportunities. Explore the vibrant underwater world teeming with colourful fish and diverse marine life. Dive beneath the surface and discover a hidden realm of natural beauty.

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Zadar to Sakarun Beach Boat Tour & Shipwreck – Playing Picigin on the Beach

But the true star of the show on Sakarun’s sporting scene is picigin, a unique Croatian sport that’s a delightful blend of volleyball and water polo.

Played in shallow water, picigin involves a small, brightly coloured ball that players have to keep in the air using their palms or forearms. It’s a fantastic way to cool down, have a laugh, and experience a slice of local culture.

Natural beauty makes relaxation easy

Beyond the water’s edge, Sakarun beach offers a haven for relaxation and exploration. Take a leisurely walk along the shoreline, sinking your toes into the soft sand and collecting seashells as keepsakes. The gentle rhythm of the waves crashing against the shore creates a soothing soundtrack to your beach escape.

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For those who want to delve deeper, a network of scenic walking trails winds its way through the pine forest bordering the beach. Breathe in the fresh, pine-scented air and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature.

After a day of soaking up the sun and indulging in water activities, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, Sakarun beach caters to your culinary needs as well. Several beach bars and restaurants are conveniently located, offering a tempting array of fresh seafood dishes, traditional Croatian fare, and refreshing drinks.

How do I get to Sakarun beach?

One of the most exciting ways to reach Sakarun beach is by embarking on a Zadar Archipelago speedboat tour. These exhilarating tours not only whisk you away to the beach in style, but also provide an unforgettable adventure in themselves.

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Zadar to Sakarun Beach Boat Tour & Shipwreck – Enjoying the Beach with no Crowds

As you speed across the turquoise waters, the islands of the Zadar archipelago will emerge on either side, offering stunning vistas. You might even spot playful pods of colourful fish frolicking in the water while incorporating stops for snorkeling near shipwrecks or exploring hidden coves, adding another layer of excitement to your journey.

Beyond the Sakarun Beach: Exploring Dugi Otok

While Sakarun Beach is undoubtedly the star attraction, Dugi Otok, the island it calls home, offers a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered.

Venture with Zadar Archipelago`s speedboats to the other side of the island and explore the hidden side of Dugi Otok, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Hike through breath-taking landscapes, marvel at the imposing shoreline, and discover many island secrets.

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Venture beyond the beaches, sites of interest and beauty and explore the culinary delights of Dugi Otok’s charming villages. Sample fresh, locally sourced ingredients like seafood, cheese, and olive oil, all transformed into mouth-watering dishes by skilled Croatian chefs.

For the more adventurous, a trip to Veli Rat Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Adriatic, is a must. Hike to the top and be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding islands and the endless blue horizon.

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Explore the nearby islands with Zadar Archipelago

Since the lighthouse is very close to Sakarun beach, you can either walk to the site or just hop on the speedboats and be delivered straight to the lighthouse`s doorstep.

A Tranquil Escape in the Off-Season

During the spring and fall, Sakarun beach sheds its bustling summer crowds, transforming into a haven of peace and tranquillity. The crystal-clear waters remain inviting for swimming and snorkeling even in the shoulder seasons. You might even encounter a pod of playful dolphins frolicking in the waves, adding a touch of magic to your off-season adventure.

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Breathe in the fresh, crisp air as you soak up the serenity of this secluded paradise.

Exploring Sakarun’s Untamed Beauty

Explore Sakarun beach and marvel at the unique flora and fauna that thrive in this pristine protected area. During the summer months, you are most likely to spot a goat or a donkey grazing in one of many olive orchards, scattered around the island.

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Whether you crave a peaceful escape from the summer crowds, a chance to explore the island’s natural beauty, or a taste of local traditions, Dugi Otok and Sakarun Beach offer a compelling reason to visit, no matter the season

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