The first thing you need to know about Istria beaches is that they range from pebbly to stony to rocky. There are very, very few sandy beaches in Istria. Not that the Istrian coastline is without its attractions! The water is clean and there are some great scuba diving possibilities.
Also, the indented nature of the coastline means that you can curl up in your own rocky little cove. The privacy afforded by Istria's coves is one reason why the Istrian coastline has become a magnet for naturists. If you absolutely must have a wide, sandy beach, consider heading to Baska on nearby Krk Island or travel further south and hit the Dalmatian coast.
But should you decide to stay put, here's a rundown of the best beaches in Istria:
This peninsula at the tip of Istria and south of Pula is an unspoiled coil of rocky beaches and pastures. Protected from development, it's a wonderful place to get away from it all. Watch out for the currents though! The winds make it great for windsurfing and the water couldn't be clearer for snorkelling.
Red Island (Crveni Otok)
On the outskirts of Rovinj and easily reachable by boat shuttle, this rocky, brush-covered little island is riddled with pebbly little coves. It's actually two connected islands. The one furthest away is Maskin island, known for its naturism .
around Lone Bay
Katoro & Polynesia beaches
These are the town beaches of nearby Umag and are mostly rocks and pebbles interspersed with sand.There are plenty of facilities to keep kids entertained.