Camping holiday in Croatia
World-famous national parks, the beautiful Dalmatian coast, and numerous Game of Thrones locations – these are some of the many highlights you can look forward to on a holiday near the Adriatic Sea. Croatia also draws in its tourists with plenty of romantic and historic towns, fantastic wine, delicious food, and over 600 islands to explore while camping in Croatia. We present the most beautiful routes in Istria, Dalmatia, and inland to discover and experience with your campervan in Croatia.
Author: Annika Ziehen
The best campsites and pitches in Croatia
What would a holiday with a camper be without the right pitches? Here you will find a list of our top roadsurfer spots in Croatia where you can park, sleep and relax without any worries. We have carefully selected all the top spots to make your trip unforgettable: you’ll find great views, lots of comforts and, above all, that certain roadsurfer something. Secure a camping spot now and put the finishing touches on your road trip!
The Most Beautiful Road Trips Through Croatia
8 days with the Campervan to Dalmatia
Dalmatia, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most popular regions in Croatia. Follow in the footsteps of Game of Thrones and take a tour of some of the country’s amazing historical towns. From Zadar, head to Dubrovnik with a stopover in Hvar listed as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. A car ferry will take you from Split to Hvar in an hour and then on to Korčula.
Day 1 – Zadar
- Stroll through the picturesque Foša Harbour, one of the city’s landmarks.
- You don’t have to go to Egypt to see the Sphinx, because there’s one in Zadar too, and it’s even rumoured to grant wishes.
- You don’t have to go far to bask in the sand – the Kolovare city beach is close to the centre and even has a saltwater swimming pool.
Day 2 – Šibenik
- There are 4 fortresses in the city, but the St. Nicholas Fortress, built on the sea, is particularly lovely.
- Take a sailing trip to visit some of the 240 islands and reefs that lie off Šibenik.
- The Krka National Park is a great place to hike and cool off, its grand attraction is the seven waterfalls.
Day 3 – Split
- Walk along the well-preserved Renaissance façade, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which makes Split feel like an open-air museum.
- Diocletian’s Palace is a must-see attraction in Split! It is one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in the world.
- Not only was Diocletian’s Palace a filming location for Game of Thrones, but in the village of Klis you can have a proper view of Split.
Day 4 & 5 – Hvar
- Chill out at the “Bonj’les Bains” beach resort. It is one of the most beautiful beaches and clubs in the Adriatic.
- Down for island hopping? Then take a taxi boat to the Paklinski Otoci archipelago.
- The Riva is a chic promenade where you can admire the beautiful yachts parked in the gorgeous marina.
- Take a walk to Fortica Fortress for a splendid view of the island.
- Explore Hvar Town and the lively St. Stephen’s Square, the heart of the island.
Day 6 – Korčula
- If you’re a globetrotter, you must visit the birthplace of the famous Marco Polo, which is located on Korčula.
- If you’re a foodie, Korčula is well known for its traditional pastries and delicious caramel cream.
- Take a hike to Kočje, a region known for its interesting Cretaceous dolomite rocks.
Day 7 – Orebić
- Learn all about the history of this former seafaring town at the Maritime Museum.
- Dive into Croatia’s beautiful underwater world: you can even see Roman shipwrecks off Orebić!
- The area around Mount Sveti Ilija is a great place for hiking and walking.
Day 8 – Dubrovnik
- The city walls of Dubrovnik are the highlight of the city and one of the best-preserved fortifications in Europe.
- The Stradun is the central square and heart of Dubrovnik, where festivals and processions still take place.
- See the highlights of King’s Landing for yourself, the Pile Gate and Minceta Tower are sure to look familiar to Game of Thrones fans.
7 Days with your campervan around Istria & the Kvarner Bay
For many, the best route to Croatia with your “home on wheels” is via the Istrian peninsula. Start in Poreč before heading south and then north across the Krk Bridge to the island of Krk. It is the largest island in Croatia, has 60 small towns and of course numerous beautiful beaches and bays. If you fancy some more island-hopping after that, continue on to Losinj in the Kvarner Bay.
Day 1 – Poreč
- Stroll through the beautiful old town and visit Trg. Slobode, the freedom square of Poreč.
- Admire the brilliant mosaic floors in the 6th century Euphrasius Basilica.
- Make sure sunbathing and fun are on the agenda at the many beaches located nearby, such as the municipal lido Gradsko Kupaliste.
Day 2 – Rovinj
- The charming old town is a proper labyrinth of tiny alleys – getting lost can be really fun here!
- The Golden Cape Nature Park is great for hiking or cycling.
- Families with children should go to the well-equipped Borik beach. And those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle should check out the stone beach Baluota.
Day 3 – Pula
- Immerse yourself in Istrian history at the Arena of Pula, one of the largest amphitheaters in the world.
- If you’re travelling with your four-legged friend, you can cool off together at the dog beach in Sakucani Bay.
- The Uljanik shipyard is a festive and unique place for an evening, come see as the cranes are illuminated with a light show by lighting designer Dean Skira.
Day 4 – Učka Nature Park
- Climb the lookout tower on Vojak peak – from the top, you can see Velebit, the Alps, and as far as Italy.
- Lace-up those hiking boots and trek from the Korita spring to the picturesque mountain village of Brgudac.
- Climbers should head to the Vela Draga gorge, where there are over 60 routes for all levels.
Day 5 – Rijeka
- The market square is a lively spot and offers lots of delicious seafood. The fish hall and pavilions are also an architectural highlight.
- Take an evening stroll along the “Molo Longo”, a 1.7 km long breakwater in the harbour.
- It’s easy to see why tourism is booming in Opatija – the Nice of Croatia is simply stunning and well worth the visit!
Day 6 & 7 – Krk Island
- Explore the “pearl of the Kvarner Bay islands”, Malinska, and its 10 beaches.
- In Dobrinj you must drink a glass of “Zlahtina” wine and eat goulash with “Surlice” pasta in one of the many restaurants. This delicious meal can only be found on Krk.
- Admire the bell tower of the cathedral in the town of Krk. It is the town’s landmark with its angel on the top.
6 days with a campervan in the heart of Croatia
The ultimate Croatian road trip from Zagreb through the centre of Croatia and finishing at the coast. You can look forward to seeing one of the natural highlights of the country, the famous Plitvice Lakes. On this route, you will also experience how effortlessly culture and nature blend together. Interesting fact: in the small village of Lun on Pag there are more olive trees than inhabitants!
Day 1 – Zagreb
- Do as the inhabitants of Zagreb do and go to pray in the small prayer room of the Stone Gate.
- Don’t be alarmed when you hear the cannons blasting at noon. The ancient Lotrscak Tower announces lunchtime with ceremonial cannon fire and offers the best view over the city.
- If you want to take a dip in the water, head to Jarun Lake, also known as the “Zagreb Sea”.
Day 2 – Karlovac
- Experience for yourself why Karlovac is known as the “city of many gardens” and chill out or picnic in one of the many green spaces.
- Take a trip to the 13th century Dubovac Castle for a great view of the city.
- The Žumberak-Samoborsko Gorje Nature Park near Karlovac welcomes you with vineyards and traditional mountain villages nestled on the steep slopes.
Tag 3 – North Velebit National Park
- The Zavizan mountain refuge is the best starting point for hikes in Velebit. Check the weather forecast at Croatia’s oldest weather station before heading out.
- Admire over 300 plant species in the Velebit Botanical Garden.
- In Mirovo, an old mountain settlement, you can still see the remains of historic stone houses and shepherd huts.
→The most beautiful spots in the North Velebit National Park
Day 4 – Plitvice National Park
- There are 16 jaw-dropping Plitvice lakes to admire, and you can even ride an electric boat on Kojak Lake.
- Go in search of deer, wild cats, and the symbol of the national park, the brown bear.
- Winnetou fans can visit Suljara Cave, a location from the film Treasure in Silver Lake.
Day 5 & 6 – Pag
- Taste delicious Croatian wines and then fill up your cool box in the vineyards on Pag.
- See how the famous Pag lace is made in the historic lace factory.
- In Zrće, Croatia’s Ibiza, partying until dawn is the order of the day and there are numerous festivals throughout the year.
- In Lun it’s all about the olive – there are about 80,000 trees and in the Wild Olive Botanical Reserve. You can admire wild olive trees, some of which are over a thousand years old.
Travelling through Croatia with your camper – Tips & Costs
Campsites in Croatia cost an average of 40 euros per night. If you want to save money, you should look inland and avoid popular national parks like the Plitvice Lakes and the more crowded coastal resorts along the water. Especially during the summer months or if you want a campsite right by the sea, you should book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
In the low season before May and after September, you can be a little more spontaneous with your travel plans. Alternatively, you can choose one of our awesome overnight options on our cool roadsurfer spots.
Wild camping and free standing are not allowed in Croatia. You should absolutely follow this rule, not just because you could face a steep fine but because in many border areas there is still a danger of mines. Known minefields are marked with warning signs with the words “Ne Prilazite”, but otherwise you should stay on designated roads and paths – both when driving and hiking.
If you want to take your dog on a road trip, you will need an EU pet passport for your four-legged friend. Dogs must be kept on a leash and certain breeds of fighting dogs are not allowed in the country.
When filling up with petrol, make sure you use Eurodiesel, as regular diesel is only suitable for trucks. You are not allowed to carry spare petrol canisters, but in summer most petrol stations are open until 10 p.m. On long-distance roads and in big cities you can also fill up 24/7.
You also have to pay tolls on some roads in Croatia. The costs depend on the season, vehicle class and kilometres driven. You can pay either in cash or by credit card at the toll stations.
Some ferries cannot be booked in advance, so you should be at the ferry port in time to get a seat at your desired travel time.
How do you get to Croatia with a campervan?
There are several ways to travel to Croatia and begin your roadsurfer holiday! If you’re a true road surfer and you have all the time in the world, then you can consider travelling from the UK to Croatia with your campervan. First, hire a roadsurfer in the UK, then you’ll have to cross the Channel by taking either the Eurotunnel or a ferry. Once you arrive on the other side in Calais, France, you have a relatively long drive south, about 1500 km until you reach Plitvice National Park. If your original trip starts in the UK, then you can enjoy a full European experience through France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and finally Croatia.
Camping Road Trip – Travel Tips
- The speed limits for cars and small campervans are 30 mph (50 km/h) in towns, 55 mph (90 km/h) outside towns, 70 mph (110 km/h) on motorways, and 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways. Drivers under 25 years of age are allowed to drive a maximum of 50 mph (80 km/h) in built-up areas, 60 mph (100 km/h) on motorways, and 70 mph (120 km/h) on motorways.
- The blood alcohol limit is 0.5 and 0.0 for drivers under 25.
- Paid parking spaces are marked accordingly, and you pay either with cash at the machine or by text message.
- During the winter season (which runs from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March) you must drive with dipped headlights during the day.
- Children under 1.50 m must ride in an appropriate child seat. Older children need a booster seat.
- If you are going winter camping in Croatia, you should be aware that winter tires are compulsory on some roads depending on the weather. Snow chains must also be carried.
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