Stiniva Beach, Vis Island, Croatia

Careful, Hvar. Though we’ll always love you, your position as Queen of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands/our hearts is under threat. Because we’ve got our sunnies, and booming hearts, set on the island gem of Vis.

We’ve long been in lust with Croatia’s string of unblemished beaches and sparkling blue waters, but when it comes to Vis, a ferry-ride from coastal city Split, it might just be true love. Vineyards, orchards, palms and pines tangle into the rolling green backdrop. Its relatively undeveloped tourist industry means that between the swathes of lush green and lapping blue bays clings cute, unimposing architecture, all shabby-chic stone-and-shutter types.

Head to the island’s south coast, hike down a steep path and you’ll find a place where dramatic limestone cliffs clasp a picture-perfect pebbly golden cove. On Stiniva, the still Adriatic waters are as welcoming as the sheltering rock faces towering protectively over you.  A perfect 30-metre stretch of smooth pebbles, Stiniva proves that when it comes to beautiful beaches, size – and sand – don’t always matter.

WHEN: May – Sept

Before hot-footing it to this oh-so-pretty pebbly patch, smother yourself in Institut Esthederm’s tan-enhancing body milk, turn up the tunes of The Temper Trap then bronze on the beach in Mouillé’s frilly black duo…

the bag: Carven’s striped shopping bag, £515

the swimwear: Mouillé’s Chloe Frill bikini, £90

the playlist:
Miike Snow’s Black and Blue (Caspa remix)
Grizzly Bear’s Southern Point
The Temper Trap’s Fools
Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Hit Em Up Style

the products: Institut Esthederm’s Adaptasun Body Milk, £41 and Becca’s Beach Tint in Peach, £20

the read: Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

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