When I usually write about beaches, or when you read about them, we have this typical dream beach in our minds. A beach, where you can't get your pulse above the sleeping level. And probably you are not expecting anything else than a story about beaches, where you can relax, enjoy the sun, sip your cocktail, surf your tablets or phones and not strain yourself.
Well, you couldn't be more wrong. For this article you will need a healthy heart, courage, and be a bit of an adrenalin junkie. I will show you where to go, to find some fun and adrenaline kicks, down the Croatian coast. It is an invitation to dive off cliffs; head first, legs first, with a somersault, even a double one, in a pair or with friends, eyes closed or open,… the limitations are only in your head.
I recommend you watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoGMDsCw6Xc or this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=941l4Y5yfmM and you will understand what I'm talking about.
Croatia is famous for its beautiful beaches, not so much adrenalin beaches. But they do exist, you just need to know, where to look. Most are located near the town Pula in Istria. Some people know about them, mostly locals. But if they let you in on the secret, you will be amazed by the views of the cliffs. Most people don't even want to stand on the edge, let alone jump. But with the internet and camera in every phone, people tend to get braver, and more creative. Thanks to this more and more people dive off those cliffs into the debts of the sea.
The beginnings of cliff diving started in the second half of the 18th century. Hawaiian king Kahekili used this technique to test the bravery of his soldiers. Every year they got bolder and more organised. If you are brave enough or just curious, the beaches mentioned below will be the right spot to visit.
Let's start from what I feel is the fourth best beach in my book. The beach is called Punta Christo and it is not just perfect for the adrenalin junkies, but also for those that love a little bit of history on the side. Next to the beach is a fortress that goes by the same name. They used it in the 19th century for protection of, at that time, the main military port of the Austro-Hungarian state. The fortress is truly impressive and worth visiting. The beach is located about 200 metres (220 yards) from the fortress. Rocky surface that touches the sea has formed beautiful cliffs from which you can jump in the sea. The height of the jumps is from 1 to 5 metres (3 to 15 feet), which is enough to satisfy your restless heart. The rocky terraces are also perfect to just lie and enjoy the sun, the view and the masters at work. GPS coordinates (44°53'25.87"N 13°47'40.34"E).
beach Punta Christo
A spot higher on the list is another beach perfect for all adrenalin lovers. It is called beach Punta Verudela, near the cape Verudica and its lighthouse. Similar as Punta Christo it has an Austro-Hungarian fortress near-by, which was transformed into a city aquarium. The beach offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. And the turquoise blue waters with sandy base presents an amazing experience, when you are deciding from which out of hundreds of shelves you want to dive in. The height of the dive varies from just a few centimetres to up to 8 metres (26 feet). GPS coordinates (44°49'59.99"N 13°49'58.42"E)
beach Punta Verudela
The honourable second place belongs to the beach located on Cape Kamenjak. The beach called Mala Kolombarica is part of the bay that goes by the same name, in the south part of the Cape Kamenjak. There are rocks and cliffs, and it is easy accessible by car. You will find all sorts of adrenalin experience here, above and under the water. Next to diving off cliffs, which can be up to 11 metres (36 feet) high, there is a very popular underwater cave called Mala Kolombarica. Especially the divers love this area, because there is not only the cave, but numerous underwater tunnels. Pure adrenalin. After an exhausting day you can relax and freshen up in the legendary Safari Bar. If you are really good, know a trick or two, and love audience, better wait for high season, because there will be a lot of people waiting for your performance. GPS coordinates (44°46'8.06"N 13°54'42.88"E)
beach Mala Kolombarica
The best beach in my opinion is called beach Galebove stijene, which translates into Seagull's cliffs, and it is one to remember. Seagull cliffs are located west from Pula in the bay called Valovine. They will absolutely amaze every beach lover. The 'lazy' ones will be able to lie on rocky terraces, enjoy the sun and the view of the brave cliff divers. The cliffs differ in heights, going up to 13 meters (43 feet). The sight will take your breath away, but not just of the cliffs, but also what lies beneath. The underwater explorers will be amazed by the world under the cliffs. There are underwater tunnels, caves, holes; a whole new world to be discovered. When jumping in the water, you will be able to swim right next to the fences of an old military base. Really a true natural adrenalin park. If you want to enjoy the crazy and brave jumps of adrenalin junkies, I suggest you visit the beach during the high season in August. GPS coordinates (44°51'40.51"N 13°48'20.10"E)
beach Galebove stijene
I believe there is no reason to fight your desire for new adventure. Fire them up with a huge chunk of adrenaline. When you finish your vacation you will know, what you are capable of and be proud of yourself. Good luck.