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Discover Why Croatia’s Waters Are Named the Cleanest in Europe

Experience the beauty of Croatia’s waters, recently recognized as having the cleanest sea water in Europe by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. This recognition highlights Croatia as a top destination for travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure.


Overview of the Report

A recent study by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency ranks Croatia at the top for sea water cleanliness among European countries. This study involved analyzing sea water samples from beaches across Europe, assessing water quality, and rating cleanliness. Croatia competed against popular destinations like Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, France, and Cyprus.

  • Of the 936 bathing sites tested in 2023 in Croatia, 905 (96.7%) were of excellent quality, 22 were of good quality, and 5 were of sufficient quality. None were of poor quality.
  • For coastal bathing sites alone, Croatia ranks first in Europe, with 886 out of 894 tested waters being of excellent quality (99.1%).
  • For inland bathing waters, out of 42 tested sites, 19 had excellent quality water (45.2%), 18 were of good quality, and three were of sufficient quality.

The report covers 27 EU member states, as well as Albania and Switzerland, focusing on microbiological data to classify water quality as poor, sufficient, good, or excellent. Overall, the quality of coastal bathing waters in Europe is better than that of inland waters.


Scientific Explanation for Blue and Clear Waters

Croatia’s waters are renowned for their remarkable clarity and vibrant blue color. This is due to several scientific factors:

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  • Low Nutrient Levels: The Adriatic Sea has low levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which reduces the growth of algae and plankton. This results in clearer water.
  • Calcium Carbonate: The presence of calcium carbonate in the water, originating from the limestone and dolomite rocks along the coast, helps to scatter sunlight, giving the water its stunning blue hue.
  • Clean Environment: Strict environmental regulations and preservation efforts ensure minimal pollution, contributing to the overall cleanliness and clarity of the waters.


Significance for Tourism in Croatia

The crystal-clear waters and immaculate beaches significantly boost Croatia’s appeal to tourists worldwide.
In 2023, over 20.6 million visitors experienced Croatia’s beauty, contributing to 108 million overnight stays.

Croatia’s growing reputation as a top travel destination.

Source: Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board

Sustainable tourism initiatives aimed at preserving these clean conditions for future generations.

Source: Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac


Real-life Experiences

Visitors rave about their experiences in Croatia, praising the stunning, clean waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and boating.
Lux Nautic clients frequently share their delight in exploring the secluded bays and vibrant marine life, making every boat tour an unforgettable adventure.
Many of these adventures begin at the new Marina of Rovinj, where the Lux Nautic Colnago 35 is docked.
This state-of-the-art marina offers top-notch facilities and services, ensuring a luxurious start to any sea journey.
In front of the Rovinj Marina, you can find the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, known for its exceptional approach to luxury.

Croatia’s recognition for sea water cleanliness is a testament to its natural beauty and environmental care.
Dive into this beautiful paradise and create your own memorable experiences.

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