Naturism has a long history in Croatia, going back to the 1930s when naturist bathing started in Rab island. It was popularised further when King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson swam naked off Kandarola beach in Rab during their Adriatic cruise before his abdication and Kandarola is still also known as 'English Beach.' Beach also has a restaurant, bar and facilities, with wonderful swimming. Fish come right to the surface to feed off any bread you have.

Croatia was the first European country to commercialise naturism, opening the Koversada naturist resort near Vrsar in 1953. There are dozens of resorts in Croatia, some exclusively naturist, some 'half and half', others with a beach on site for nude use. Most are in Istria, the Croatian epicentre for nudism. Valalta outside of Rovinj is easy to get to by bus from Rovinj bus station, so you can visit for a day. Istria is still tremendously popular with Austrians, Germans and Slovenians because of the easy distance to drive. Although there is more competition now from other countries such as France and Spain with naturist resorts and beaches, Croatia remains a very popular destination, beloved by naturists as well as other tourists for the beauty of the landscapes and scenery, the clarity of the sea, the peacefulness of the beaches and not least, the friendliness of the local people. The locals are not great partakers of naturism themselves but they appreciate the money that naturists spend, who often do not stay in the dedicated campsites and resorts but also in local accommodation. Many resorts offers taxi boats or other transport to nearby naturist beaches. Some of the most famous are the Pakleni Islands off Hvar Town, Maskin Island off Rovinj and Lokrum island off Dubrovnik, as well as the aforementioned Kandarola on Rab. The wonderfully shaped Zlatni Rt beach in Bol on Brac is used by naturists at the far end. There are hundreds of naturist beaches official and unofficial on the coastline and on the islands. Generally any quiet beach is acceptable to enjoy swimming and sunbathing as nature intended, so don't be surprised if you happen across nudity on the coastline away from towns, the Croatians are exceedingly relaxed about it, and even on crowded beaches in towns topless is totally accepted. The human body is not regarded as shameful here, just a common sense way of enjoying the sun.

 Somewhere different is the island of Mljet, half of which is a national park. Any quiet spot around the lakes, you can disrobe. The lakes are warmer than even the sea.

 There is no better place than Croatia to try naturism if you have never done so before. Because of the geography and family oriented nature of most beaches, annoying voyeur problems that are a feature of some other countries are rare, and swimming nude in the Adriatic is a glorious experience. Just treat other beach users with the same respect that you would like and never leave anything except your memories.