First time camping...
You have never been camping before, and for the first time you are planning to spend your camping holiday by the sea in one of the marvellous campsites Croatia offers? If you think Croatian camping is all about muddy fields, gas lanterns and walking for miles in the woods to find a toilet, than you obviously haven't been camping in Croatia before.
Modern day Croatian camping can be a luxury experience, not dissimilar to staying in a very well established hotel or apartment. Visitors to Croatian campsites expect to enjoy a level of comfort and hospitality that is far away from the stereotype image of camping in forests and woods that many people sometimes perceive a camping vacation to be all about.
The following information is presented here to help you and we hope you find it useful for planning your camping holiday in Croatia.
Camping in General
What does camping mean?
Nowadays camping is a way of life, a lifestyle manifested by nature lovers who want to spend their vacation in direct contact with nature, surrounded by lush greenery, and as in almost all the campsites in Croatia, directly by the sea. It is for those who do not want to give up the simplicity offered by this kind of accommodation, but at the same time want to enjoy the highest comfort possible and the widest range of facilities, whether staying in a tent, a caravan, an apartment or in a mobile home. These are Croatian campsites today – often real „open air hotels“ with all the facilities you can find in a hotel, but with a special touch, in direct contact with nature that only a campsite can offer you.
Do I have to make a reservation for a campsite?
Even though it is not compulsory, it is recommended that you reserve your accommodation in advance, as this is the only guarantee that, after so many kilometres on the road to reach your destination, an accommodation is waiting for you in the campsite you have chosen. You could perhaps take the risk of not booking in advance if you intend camping in a tent, and you are prepared to take a pitch that isn’t parcelled out. These are generally the cheapest areas of a camp, and even in high season it is likely that there will be space available there. However, bear in mind that they will have the least facilities and are further from the sea. If you require a pre-defined pitch of a certain size, in a certain location, or with specific facilities – or if you intend staying in an apartment, bungalow or mobile home, you should certainly book in advance, especially during July and August. In any case, it would be best to get in touch with your selected camp before departure and check with them what kind of accommodation is available.
How do I get food, drinks and other stuff?
The majority of campsites in Croatia offer a variety of shops located within the campsite, and in situations where this is not the case, often the closest store is situated at most 10 minutes walk from the campsite. The same case is true for restaurants, fast food outlets, and pizzeria's etc. In middle-sized and large campsites you will find supermarkets selling a wide range of other non food articles (diapers, camping equipment, soap, cleaning materials etc.). When it comes to small campsites similar stores can be found within easy reach of the camp.
What about personal hygiene?
Having reached your campsite after 500 or even 1.000 kilometres on the road, the first thing you will want to do is certainly to take a shower! You will not have a problem with that – all campsites in Croatia are equipped with full sanitary facilities, that in general meet European standard. Baby changing tables, cabins suitable for disabled people, single washing cabins or special showers for your pet's hygiene have become the standard for middle category Croatian campsites. Another important benefit: in Croatian campsites hot water usage does not incure an additional charge.