Martinščica on Cres, Croatia

Far from mass tourism, this quiet holiday resort on the west coast of the Croatian island of Cres attracts visitors with its relaxed tranquillity and its kilometre-long pebble beach.

After Cres Town, Martinščica is the second largest settlement on the Croatian island of Cres, yet it can be described as an unspoilt Mediterranean town. Situated in the midst of olive groves, Martinščica's main attraction is its wonderfully relaxed tranquillity.


Peace and relaxation are also the main attractions of Martinščica, because apart from a few small guesthouses and pubs, a small harbour and an impressive pebble beach, you won't find the classic "things to see" in Martinščica. Only the eponymous parish church of St. Martin in the centre of the village can be visited.

Tip: Day trips from Martinščica include the absolutely picturesque farming village of Lubenice, the Blue Grotto nearby, or Lake Vrana in the island's interior.

Picture book beach of Martinščica

The pebble beach of Martinščica stretches for several kilometres across the bay and is fringed by crystal-clear water in a bright turquoise blue. The entire coastline is protected, which means that the beach is regularly awarded the Blue Flag for its excellent water quality. This wonderful stretch of coastline is one of our 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

Its shallow sloping bottom is also suitable for families with small children, who can splash and frolic in the warm waters to their heart's content. Flat rocks are ideal as natural sun loungers. When it gets too hot, fragrant pines around the bay provide sufficient shade.

Sanitary facilities are also available at the beach section, which belongs to the Slatina campsite. Thanks to water sports facilities, restaurants and bars, it almost feels like a club holiday. A small nudist area is also part of the campsite.

Tip: A catamaran anchors in the harbour of Martinščica three times a week, which runs between Rijeka on the Croatian mainland and Mali Lošinj on the neighbouring island of Lošinj.

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