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Unnamed Bay near Stara Baska (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★★☆

At about 10 km south of Punat, right between famous Oprna Bay and the Škrila camping site in Stara Baska, lies this unnamed pebbly beach, where a good day at the beach (and some good trekking) are both guaranteed. You can sunbathe, swim or snorkel within this unspoiled environment. There are no shops, bars or facilities around, so that you have to make sure you bring everything you need before you get there. If you forget something, you might be lucky enough to find it at the nearby camping site, but it’s still going to cost a good 30 min walk uphill and downhill again, so that you probably want to make sure you have anything you need, before you descend to the beach in first place.

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Harbor Beach in Baska (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This small pebble beach lies right next to the harbor in the town of Baska in the island of Krk. It is a good alternative to Vela Plaza and not too far from it either. Water is usually clear and calm, thus making a good candidate setting for swimmers (and sunbathers alike). The proximity with the harbor, although not a busy one, can cause some disturbance on the water on those days when currents are adverse; never too much of a problem though. Just as Vela Plaza, this little beach can also get crowded, so that it’s suggested that you show up early in the morning (or at lunch time) in order to secure your spot.

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Vela Plaza in Baska, Island of Krk

Rating: ★★★½☆

Right within the center of the town of Baska, Vela Plaza is one of the most famous (and hence crowded) beaches in the island of Krk. Water is crystal clear and usually calm, thus providing an ideal setting for everyone, especially families with children. It always gets crowded though, so that you have to show up early in order to secure your spot and also to expect a day surrounded by other people (mainly Italian, German or Croatian tourists) if you decide to stop here. It is mainly a pebble beach with a few spots where sunbathing on the concrete curb and docks is also an option.

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Croatia – Bunculuka Bay (Baska, Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★½☆

BanculukaBanculuka Bay is a sandy/pebble beach within the premises of the FKK Banculuka naturist Camp, in the island of Krk (near the town of Baska). The beach is pretty wide, offering lot of locations where to sunbathe. Although it’s rare to find yourself suffocating in a dense crowd, you still have to be prepared that you’ll definitely share this beach with other people – to get you an idea about numbers, the camping alone can accomodate more than 1000 guests. Most of these people will be naturist and hence they’ll be naked. Just be prepared for this. Water is crystal clear and facilities of all sorts are present (restaurant, bar, mini markt, bakery, grocery, fast food kiosk, etc). There are also some sporting facilities (tennis, miniature golf, volleyball) .

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Croatia Beaches – Storišće (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★½☆

Storišće BeachStorišće is a nice little pebble beach in the island of Krk. It’s located not too far from the FKK Banculuka naturist camp and can be reached either from there or by boat. If you decide to get there from ground, be prepared to walk (for quite a lot and following a winding, offroad path), since there’s no way to access it by car. There are also no facilities within its premises, so you have to make sure you bring everything you need (especially drinks, since the road to get there is pretty rough and long, especially under striking sun). Once there you’ll experience some crystal water and the company of few other tourists, most of which came there by boat.

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Croatia Beaches – Mali Raj (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★★½

Mali Raj Bay - Near Baska, Island of Krk, CroatiaMali Raj (little heaven in Croatian) is a secluded tiny bay in the island of Krk. It is so small and intimate that no more than a couple or two can share it. Of course, you have to get there early in the morning in order to take it before someone else does! Yes, it’s THAT small. It’s located near the Bunculuka nudist camping (you can indeed find some naturists here also), and can be reached from there through a step and rough trekking path. Once there, you’ll find yourself immerged into the intimate atmosphere which surrounds this tiny pebble beach with clear crystal water; a perfect place to spend the day, especially with your loved one. Snorkeling is decent with outstanding visibility (a little fish, nice reef) and water is usually calm and hence perfect for swimmers. There are no facilities, so make sure you bring some food and especially drinks (definitely needed to get there in first place).

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Croatia Beaches – Jablanova (Island of Krk)

Rating: ★★★½☆

Jablanova Beach - Around Baska, Island of Krk - CroatiaJablanova is a nice little pebble beach within walking distance from the FKK Bunculuka naturist camp, so that you usually meet many naturists sunbathing here. Although technically outside the camping site, this beach is so close to it, that it basically constitutes and extension of it. Hence it can get very crowded. Although there are no facilities, you can rely on FKK Bunculuka facilities (a 15 minutes walk) for your needs.

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Malta Beaches – Mistra Bay

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Mistra Bay is a pebble beach located between Xemxija Bay and Selmun. It is more common among locals rather than tourists, to the point that many tourist maps do not even mention it. It’s not large and is usually overtaken by Maltese, so that you have to show up early if you really want to spend the day there. There are a few facilities in the area, such as a restaurant and a bistro just across the road from the bay. It might be good choice if you wish to experience a “Maltese day at the beach”, but my personal opinion is that there are far better choices in Malta. If you decide to visit it, it might be worth following the coastline to get to the next bay also; it could definitely provide you a good chance to take a cool picture of pristine crystal clear water (as seen in the map below).

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Malta Beaches – Imgiebah Bay

Rating: ★★★★☆

Imgiebah - SelmunImgiebah Bay is a sandy, remote and secluded beach in the north-eastern part of Malta. Water is crystal clear, the environment is usually pristine and very quiet, since very few people usually hang around here. There are no facilities around and the road taking you there is pretty rough (and relatively long), so you might want to prepare yourself before getting into that. Once you get there, you most likely realize it was worth the effort, since you find yourself surrounded by beautiful natural elements, both on the ground and under water; this beach is in fact also good for snorkeling. Just be sure to bring some water supplies and refreshments with you, since you’ll most likely need them. Since there’s no lifeguard on duty, please also pay attention to sea conditions. It’s usually not dangerous, but if it gets too crispy for your taste or you feel some activity, it might be wise to just get out of water.

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Malta – Azure Window – Dwejra Bay, Gozo

Rating: ★★★★☆

Azure WindowRather than talking about about a bay, it’s probably more appropriate to refer about an area here. Within close distance you have in fact a chance of both enjoying a magnificent natural setting provided by a natural arch and surrounding rocks, forming a natural pool and other interesting formations, as well as sunbathing, swimming or snorkeling in the so-called azure window. Actually the so-called “beach” wouldn’t be nothing spectacular, if not for the natural hole in the rocks forming a cave interconnecting this natural pool with the sea. It’s a quite cool experience to swim/snorkel/dive into it, even if you have to pay attention to the boats which come and go at an incredible fast pace. This run has obviously also an impact on water which tends to get pretty dirty as time passes during the day. So it’s probably a good idea to show up there early and swim/snorkel through the cave, before leaving to the “natural pool” on the other side, where water tends to keep clean through the day. If you plan to swim/snorkel through the cave you might not spot too much fish but divers on training could offer you a cool environment where to swim. You might also encounter some water creatures such as jellyfishes. Be warned though that you might end up being surrounded by them pretty quickly and you won’t have too much room to escape. So please pay attention both to them and incoming boats.

With all this said, the location could definitely represent a good place where to spend a day or half of it.

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