Independent travellers have made camping Croatia popular. So there's a new generation of small, family owned sites springing up on the Adriatic coast. Services like WIFI are widely available. A mix of location and atmosphere define the best sites. And campgrounds on South Dalmatian Islands are now the top choices.
Take a look at our nine favourite beach camping Croatia spots, from north to south. Remember all sites are on hard, stony ground, so watch your tent pegs. The information in this article is taken from Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia: Split and the south Dalmatian coast.
Avoid staying in overcrowded Dubrovnik in summer. Choose beachfront camping instead. Molinat is 35km south of the city on a small, shallow bay. Surrounded by greenery, the village faces east and has several campsites.
Don't avoid Dubrovnik completely. An old town guided walking tour is easy to do from Molunat.
Want to island hop from Hvar? Take a full day sailing tour of the Paklinski Islands.
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Travelling to Hvar's south coast is an adventure. Take care on the winding road through Pitve. And beware the single-lane tunnel. Your reward is blissful peace. No clubs or cocktail bars on this stretch of coast. Local beaches range from shingle cove to rocky outcrop. And the landscape mixes sloping vineyards with cliffs.
In search of more peace? Try an afternoon sailing tour of the Paklinski Islands.
Milna sits east of Hvar Town. It's just a small group of houses below the main Hvar–Stari Grad road. But the main beach here is broad, pebbly and sheltered. And smaller, quieter Mala Milna beach is only a short walk west.
Drop in on Split and take a guided walking tour of Diocletian's Palace.
Head to Šibenik for a full day boat tour of Kornati National Park.
The windsurfing village of Viganj is camping Croatia at its best. A string of sites line Ponta Beach here. And you don't have to be a surfer to get the vibe.
When the wind drops, try a sunset kayaking tour from Dubrovnik.
Camping Medveja is right behind the beach.
Spacious site in sheltered location.
Close to popular Učka mountain hiking trail.
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