There are few places more beautiful than Croatia in the summer. The surrounding mountains turn bright green with foliage and the blue-green waters are lined with sailboats. Even the locals can’t resist the scenic coastline, putting up with groups of tourists snapping pictures in every direction.
Everybody is looking for an excuse to spend more time outside. And one of the best ways to stay cool and enjoy the summer in Split, Croatia is by visiting Bačvice Beach. This beach is a total scene–there’s no better way to put it. Men in tiny speedos play picigin in the shallow waters, while children scream as they jump off the diving plank.
If you’re planning a visit to Split, Croatia during the summer months, your trip isn’t complete without visiting this local beach. Here are a few things that you’ll need to know before you visit Bačvice Beach.
Bačvice Beach is located just south of Split’s Riva Harbor, the central downtown area. From the promenade, it’s a very doable 5-10 minute walk. Once you arrive at the beach, there are a number of entrances where you follow a short set of stairs down to the main sandy beach area.
Based on location alone, Bačvice Beach is probably the best option if you want to visit a beach without taking a cab or bus. It’s very convenient since many of the other beaches are way further from the main downtown area. Other popular beaches in Split include Firule Beach and Beach Bene, both of which are a much longer walk.
What to Expect
There are a number of things going on at Bačvice Beach. The first thing that we noticed was the people playing picigin (a unique water sport) in the shallow waters. Basically, the gist of the game is that players pass the ball with one-hand strokes and attempt to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible.
Picigin is a game that is very unique to Croatia, so it is a part of their culture that you are witnessing. It was fun watching grown men dive belly-first into the shallow water to attempt to save the ball from hitting the water. Then, they’d get right back up and keep on playing!
Next, we noticed that there were a ton of amenities well-suited to children. Out in the middle of the swimming area, there was a floating playground for kids to play on. There was also a diving plank for them to jump off of, as well.
To the left of the main sandy beach area, there is a cement walkway to follow. There, you’ll see lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops. This makes a great place to take a break from the sun and get a drink or a bite to eat.
Further down the walkway, there are lounge chairs available to rent. It costs 100 kuna (about $15 USD) for a lounge chair, which looked padded and very nice. They also have sun umbrellas next to them. A lot of people were using the lounge chairs, which is a great alternative to the busy sand area.
If you follow the walkway around the corner, the beach becomes much less crowded. This is likely because it gets pretty rocky, so you’ll probably want sandals to wade into the water.
We also saw another set of lounge chairs for rent. Since they are further away from the main scene, they were cheaper–80 kuna (about $12 USD). A great option to consider if you are looking to save a little money.
The water actually felt really nice, and it was only June when we visited. It was definitely a comfortable temperature for swimming, especially if the day is hot and you want to cool off.
What to Bring
When you’re packing for a day at Bačvice Beach, plan to pack your typical beach gear. Bathing suit, towel, water, and sunscreen is a must. Additionally, you may want to bring some money if you plan to go to any of the restaurants or shops. We saw some very tempting looking gelato!
If you want to avoid the crowds and go to the quieter area of the beach, bring a pair of sandals that you are comfortable wearing into the water. The rocks are pretty uncomfortable to walk on barefoot, so you’ll want shoes that can get wet.
Bačvice Beach was one of our favorite places that we visited while in Split. It definitely gets crowded, but it’s so fun to people watch and enjoy the beautiful weather. We also loved checking out all the restaurants and shops along the beach. We even stopped for a beer when we needed a break from the sun.
Plan to spend at least a few hours at Bačvice Beach, since there is so much to do. You could definitely spend an entire day here, but it was very hot when we visited and we wanted to go back inside. Overall, an amazing experience and a great taste of summer life in Croatia!
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