10 Best Camping Spots in Croatia
The camping connoisseurs have given Croatia the epithet of European camping destination No. 1 and for good reason! So much variety in natural beauty is rarely concentrated in one place but Croatia proves otherwise. About 90 % of Croatian camps are situated along the coastline or on islands and the rest is scattered around rivers and lakes. Nearly a thousand islands, peninsulas and islets, beaches and bays make this country situated in the Mediterranean basin a gem for camping enthusiasts and what is more it is still not properly discovered. A huge plus – one fourth of accommodation facilities is planned for camping tourism. A dream come true for all you campers out there! Spend your days under an azure sky and warm nights under clear stars.
Every year the German automobile club ADAC gives the award of the Best camping site in Europe. A camp spot can ‘win’ 5 stars in total or receive a special red Superplatz plate which places them high above the competition. This sought-after prize was received in 2012 by none other but one of the best campsites in Croatia, the beautiful Lanterna.
In 2015 it got another ADAC / ANWB Best Campsite 2015 award.
Situated on the west coast of the green peninsula Istria and not far away from the historical treasures of Novigrad and 10 kilometers from touristically vibrant and scenic Poreč, Lanterna has everything it needs to steal your heart. The nearby towns Tar and Vabriga will fascinate you with their rich history, fishing and olive oil tradition and belvederes.
If you are traveling with your family members this is your go-to camping destination. It has an open air resort with new Family aqua park, Teens Club, playground, children entertainment program (April – September). Don’t be afraid that this is an overcrowded family-oriented resort. The total camping area covers 83 ha, has two outdoor swimming pools and flaunts the capacity of 9000 camping places.
The length of the camping coast is 3 kilometers which offers you enough space for some time alone in nature and exploration. The market square is designed in Istrian-village style and around it are elegant and perfectly-equipped mobile homes. In the beachfront area you will find spacious pitches where you can enjoy the sea view and shade of fragrant oak trees.
Gatronomy-wise, restaurants, bars and shops on the campsite are nothing but exquisite. If you’re looking for sports activities you have a long list of options, tennis courts, boats to rent, scuba diving, bicycles, wall climbing, walking and jogging paths. A starting price for a camp spot of 90 m2 for two adults will cost you not more than 170 EUR.
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Situated right at the beachfront in the shade of pine trees, CampingIN Pineta Umag camp spot is the place to be. Escape from all that urban noise and stress in an active and fulfilling vacation. This campsite offers around 1300 camping spots spread across 13 ha beautiful green area.
Choose between two other camp spots CampingIN Stella Maris Umag or CampingIN Park Umag which are equally stunning. Pineta Umag is close to the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic coast. All three campsites are very near to the town of Umag, an increasingly popular tourist attraction in Croatia. Check out its rich cultural history dating back to the Roman period, or simply enjoy its amazing promenades and beaches.
All camp spots offer well-equipped pitches with electric hook-up, classic or luxury mobile homes. Restaurants, café bars and fast food stands will keep you continually supplied with the most delicious Mediterranean food. If you were thinking about the cozy atmosphere of home-made dinners, the campsites have their own supermarket and barbecue areas. CampingIN Stella Maris Umag offers its guests the use of Stella Maris resort facilities and it is very near to the international tennis centre where yearly a famous ATP tournament takes place.
Or just catch some sun at various stunning beaches of each kind, grassy, pebbly, concrete or natural. CampingIN Umag offers something for everyone and starting from 160 EUR pro person.
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Cruise over to Kvarner, one of the largest bays in Croatia and enjoy its coastline or one of its magnificent islands, Cres, Lošinj, Krk and Rab. The rich history is thanks to many influences of Liburnian, Roman, Greek and even Austro-Ungaric cultures. No wonder then that the campsite Krk has so many things on display and should catch the attention of any savvy camper. It is situated in the hinterland of Rijeka, county’s capital, so don’t miss out on spending a day or two enjoying the townscape as well.
Interestingly, the camp itself is reached via a bridge. To name just one of the qualities that earned this tourist destination its fame: Camp Krk was the recipient of Leading Camping Europe association award. And for good reason! Imagine a paradise of pebble beaches, shady caves, hollows, and terraced stonewalls.
Add to that some more modern comfort in the shape of saunas, beach bars and swimming pools and what you have before your eyes is nothing else but Campsite Krk. Delve into this enticing experience alone or accompanied by your loved ones. The camp offers playground with slides and attractions, Teens Club and excursions. Challenge yourself by trying out advanced courses in diving, or enjoy a day of beach volley, cycling or tennis. À la carte restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and island’s specialties offers nothing short of amazing and delicious meals. The campsite area can host 1300 persons, starting from 168 EUR pro individual.
Camp Strasko is situated just at the beachfront of Pag Island and one kilometer away from Novalja. In Novalja you’ll find amazing architecture like Roman Aqueduct, Basilica square, Tuna Tower Caska, and enjoy some amazing local food like Pag cheese and lamb meat. The family-friendly campsite of 60 ha is easily reached and lies on a beautiful beach promenade. Here you will be camping in the shades of Dalmatian woods od oak, pines and olive trees. The beach stretches out to two kilometers in length and is safe for children.
Camping Strasko was awarded the Blue Flag – an international eco-label for beaches (meaning that this beach area is perfectly safe and with clean water) and water quality Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia 2015 – Best seaside campsite of the year. The camp has a long list to offer to all sporty and active people. Choose between tennis, badminton or beach volleyball. There is also a fitness centre area for all aerobic fans. Shops, restaurants and bars, plus a bakery and a supermarket are all part of the resort complex.
Entertain your kids at the playground and have some fun for yourself at the cultural events of which there’s plenty of during the whole summer. If you are looking for some peace and quiet head out to some of the national parks, or to historical cities like Zadar and Nin. Starting prices are 130-150 EUR.
Zaton Holiday Resort
Campsite Zaton has everything it needs to become one of the leading camp spots in Croatia. Comfortable pitches and mobile homes, sports centre, well-equipped beach, heated pools designed for all age groups, organized culture and sport events and everything in enchanting Mediterranean surrounding.
The nearby town Nin, the oldest Croatian regal town, carries the epithet of one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Find out why! The very campsite prides itself on a capacity of 4500 persons, with comfortable pitches, mobile homes and apartments for rent.
For those looking for some more exotic sports activities, you can pick archery, diving, water skiing, windsurfing, or more traditionally, basketball, tennis, water toboggans. Experience nothing less than the immense grandeur of the Zaton Holiday Resort, as it has its own ambulance, hairdresser’s, massage, supermarket, gas sales, and car and camping equipment washing area. Various restaurants, beach and pool bars are also there to ensure you keep your good mood and satisfaction. This family paradise will cost you around 300-350 EUR.
Camp Cikat is another giant among great family-friendly campsites. It is the largest camp spot on the Lošinj island. It lies within a dense softwood forest and will lure you in with its fragrant greenery. It is also situated near Mali Losinj, which you can reach on foot or by cycling; or just hop on a regular tourist bus line.
The aqua park is new (2015) and flaunts over 2400 m2 clear water area. You can enjoy various swimming pools, hydro massage, 110m long waterslide, trampolines, 2 children pools. The whole area is surrounded with pine trees and it is a blissful green paradise for the entire family.
What makes Camp Cikat slightly different from others is its attention to wellness and health tourism. A large and specialized friendly team is there to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of all visiting campers. We suggest you check out the Vital One Program, you will not be disappointed!
The campsite is also oriented towards people suffering from asthma because the air here is especially clean and invigorating. Children can have their fun in Family Park Pepé, while the older family members can take part in various sports and fun activities, like for example surfing or diving. Specially trained instructors are there to ensure you have nothing but the very best time.
The restaurant offers healthy and full-flavored Adriatic cuisine. Prefer to be the chef yourself? The many shops on site have everything you might need. Enjoy many cultural events, museums, music nights and more. All this could be your summer experience starting from 180 EUR.
Experience the natural beauties of Cres Island in camp Slatina. Waiting for you there are two magnificent bays, one of the most beautiful pebble beaches in Croatia and all surrounded by fragrant Mediterranean wood. What gives this campsite an advantage over the others is its position on terraced ground which also offers an amazing sea view.
Accommodation varies from mobile homes, pitches to non-parceled camping plots, all with electric hook-up. Visit the nearby Martinšćica, a historical site with St. Martin’s church, Franciscan Monastery dating back to the 16th century and the family Sforza castle from the 17th century. Reward all your senses by dining out in one of the restaurants offering fish and local specialties. The day after, fight off the extra calories by doing one of the many sports on offer, aqua aerobics, sailing, diving, or even visit a firing range. Apart from 900 m long coastline with 300 m long pebble beach, campsite Slatina prides itself on having several pebble coves nearby and even isolated romantic beaches for naturists.
Camp Slatina is recipient of Blue Flag – international eco-label for beaches and water quality award and ADAC yellow board 2012. The starting prices are from 178 EUR.
For those who are looking for camping spots which are budget-friendly, Camp Poljana is your place to go. But don’t be fooled, it has so much to offer and it doesn’t stay behind its competitors. It is situated on island Lošinj and is easily reachable by traveling from Brestova.
What can you expect from camp Poljana?
Pure and green nature, picturesque swimming pools and crystal clear water. The very campsite lies on a thin stretch of land so that you can enjoy a view of Adriatic sea from both sides. On the sunny plateaus there are many places where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings.
In nearby Mali Losinj you can find great restaurants and shops and easily reach them by bus or water taxi. From this small town you can also travel on adventure boat tours. Concerning accommodation, you can camp in your own tent, caravan or camper van, or choose a luxury mobile house for 4 or 5 persons. Ask at the info counter about the various day excursions to nearby islands or the hinterland. Prices are 140-160 EUR.
The campsite Nevio has an exquisite location. It is situated on the Pelješac peninsula and close to the island of Korčula. Its terraced ground sloping towards the sea offers an amazing sea view.
What is a huge plus, this camp spot is isolated from urban noise and pollution and offers you a peaceful and fun vacation. Don’t miss out on visiting the nearby Orebić, a town of captains and sailors, which will enchant you with its rich historical and maritime treasures. Visit Franciscan monastery and Church of Our Lady of Angels and enjoy some of the finest local Croatian wines.
What does the camping site offer?
The campsite is relatively small compared to other resorts with the capacity for ‘only’ 630 persons, but actually it is just one of its many advantages as it offers you peace and quiet of traditional-style camping. There is a restaurant, a beach bar, tennis court and boats to rent. A swimming pool, Wi-Fi Internet, mini-market and a souvenir shop will offer you any thing you might need on this unforgettable vacation. Prices starting from 133 EUR.
Camping Bjela Uvala
Situated right on the Adriatic coastline and near Poreč, there is a family camping spot Bijela Uvala. The pine trees shades and clear water provide nice refreshment during hot sunny days in the Mediterranean climate. There are two swimming pools and also specially designed swimming areas for children.
All over you will find sun decks and we suggest you catch some of that Adriatic sun. Or just relax on the sunroof or in a restaurant and enjoy the view of sailing boats and the sea. When it is time to be more active, go to one of the tennis courts, trampolines or try out horseback riding.
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Camping Bijela Uvala
Enjoy a day trip to the tourist destination of Poreč (only 5 kilometers away). This town will steal your heart with its rich history and cozy restaurants and bars. The scenic town Rovinj is also worth a visit! Treat yourself with this experience starting from 160 EUR.
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