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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
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!
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
Day 2 – Šibenik
Day 3 – Split
Day 4 & 5 – Hvar
Day 6 – Korčula
Day 7 – Orebić
Day 8 – Dubrovnik
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
Day 2 – Rovinj
Day 3 – Pula
Day 4 – Učka Nature Park
Day 5 – Rijeka
Day 6 & 7 – Krk Island
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
Day 2 – Karlovac
Tag 3 – North Velebit National Park
Day 4 – Plitvice National Park
Day 5 & 6 – Pag
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.
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.
Spend the night on the farm
Camping at the sea
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