Stiniva Beach (also referred to as Stiniva Bay or Stiniva Cove) on Vis island is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia and not to be missed during your visit!
A secluded turquoise cove with pebbly shores and surrounding verdant cliffs are just some of the reasons why Stiniva Beach was rated Europe’s Best Beach in 2019.
I have put together this complete guide including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS STINIVA BEACH?
Stiniva Beach is located on the southern coastline of Vis Island in Croatia.
HOW TO GET TO STINIVA BEACH
There are two ways of getting to Stivina Beach Croatia, one is by boat and the other is by hiking.
Stiniva Vis can be accessed via boat along the south coast of the island. Stiniva Bay is located just offshore from the beach with an allocated area for larger boats to anchor. From here you can swim into shore, cruise in on a dingy, or paddle over on a stand-up board.
If you don’t have your own set of sails, there are a number of boat tours on Vis that will take you around to all of the secluded bays and beaches, including the incredible Vis Stiniva. A boat tour is definitely one of the best ways to explore the outer edges of the island.
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If you are exploring Vis Island by scooter or car, you can drive over to Stiniva Cove and park up in the parking lot located at the top of the hill.
From the parking lot, there is a hiking trail down to the beach that takes around twenty to thirty minutes each way.
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Drone shot of the beach
BEST TIME TO VISIT STINIVA VIS
As I mentioned earlier, Stiniva was awarded Europe’s Best Beach in 2019, so you can expect every man and his dog to be there in the middle of summer.
However, don’t let this deter you from visiting during your summer holidays in Croatia.
The best time to visit Stiniva Beach in Vis is early morning just after sunrise at around 7:00 am and I guarantee there will be fewer people. You may even get lucky and have this secluded haven all to yourself.
Another good time to visit Stiniva Bay is at sunset. The majority of tourists will spend the entire day down at the beach and eventually head back to the main city by the late afternoon before nightfall.
So watching the sunset may just be an unforgettable experience not to miss!
ARRIVING AT STINIVA BEACH
My friends and I decided to rent scooters for the day, drive over to Stiniva Vis and hike down to the ocean as opposed to going on a boat tour around the island
We arrived at the top parking lot around midday and there were at least a dozen other cars and scooters here too. It probably wasn’t the best time to visit because it was hot as hell in the midday sun and we knew it was going to be packed with other beachgoers.
Nevertheless, we were all so keen to go for a dip in the ocean at the most talked-about beach in Europe!
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Girl squad at Stiniva Vis
THE HIKE DOWN
From the parking lot, there is a walking trail that is clearly signposted and it will lead you right the way down to Stiniva Vis.
The hike takes around twenty to thirty minutes from top to bottom and for the most part, it’s unshaded, so be sure to slip on some sunscreen and slap on a hat.
Note: The hiking trail is a combination of steps, rocks, and loose gravel so I highly recommend wearing closed-in shoes. Trust me on this as I saw many people struggling on the trail wearing flip-flops.
The trailhead to Stiniva Bay
Halfway down to the beach
WHAT TO EXPECT
About halfway down the trail, there is an opening of the trees, revealing the incredible beach below. I stopped here to take a couple of photos and these images ended up being my favorite snaps from the adventure.
At the end of the trail, you’ll emerge through some bushes and directly onto the pebbly shoreline at Stiniva Vis. A rewarding sight for sore eyes after a sweaty hike down the mountainside.
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Emerging on to the pebbly shores
There is a small bar located down on the shoreline if you would like to grab some snacks and refreshments before finding a nice spot to perch up by the water’s edge.
If you love cliff jumping then you are in heaven! There are a number of cliffs to climb at Stiniva Cove and you can show off your best jumps to the onlooking crowd.
Note: The rocks on the cliffs can be quite sharp and jagged so you may want to pack a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes to protect your feet.
If you’re not so much of a thrill-seeker, you can go for a snorkel in the turquoise-colored Stiniva Bay or simply lay on the hot rocks along the beach and work on that summer tan!
Beachgoers at Stiniva Vis
WHERE TO STAY IN VIS
Vis Island has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Vis Island below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Villa Luana
This 3-star villa is one of the best finds on Vis Island. Featuring a terrace, air-conditioning, private parking, and beautiful ocean views. Villa Luana is a 2 bedroom apartment with a lounge room, fully equipped kitchen, private bathroom, flat-screen tv and it can sleep up to 6 people. Perfect place to stay for families and friends.
Mid Range: Guest House Bellevue
Guest House Bellevue is one of the best mid-range accommodations on Vis Island. Featuring an outdoor pool, terrace, close to the beach and city center. The rooms have a seating area, balcony, flat-screen tv, and private bathroom. Guest House Bellevue sleeps up to 3 people making it a great place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Val Comeza
One of the cheapest accommodations on Vis Island. Val Comeza is situated on the beachfront in Komiza, just 10km from the main harbor. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a sitting area, wardrobe, flat-screen tv, private bathroom, free wifi, and city views. Perfect place to stay for couples and solo travelers on a budget.
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Another option for accommodation on the island is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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