Croatia is a remarkable country, forged from centuries of history and transforming culture, and highlighted by its long, pristine coastline. No other form of transport is more suitable for Croatia than a campervan, as the freedom and flexibility they offer allow you to fully explore every National Park and medieval dwelling you come across on your trip.
The Intermediate or Budget-Friendly campervan is the safest choice for Croatia, as it pairs comfort with functionality, allowing you to drive along the narrow country roads smoothly. If you’re planning a rugged adventure involving rural exploration, the compact 4WD camper is your best bet. The larger, more expensive Luxury Class motorhomes offer all the creature comfort amenities.
Croatia's most popular places to visit include its capital, Zagreb, the ancient towns of Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, and Šibenik, and the picturesque villages of Poreč, Rastoke, and Cigoc. In Dubrovnik and a few select towns around the country, you can explore both real and fictional worlds by visiting the filming locations for the HBO Series Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. Eagle-eyed fans will also be able to spot some Star Wars: The Last Jedi backdrops in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
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Croatia’s shifting countryside, formed of dramatic coastlines and staggering mountains, is the perfect backdrop for a campervan adventure. All of the nation’s natural and historic sights are spread out across Croatia, so you’ll definitely need to drive on your trip.
If you visit Croatia during the warmer months, you’ll want to split your time between sightseeing and swimming. No matter how carefully you plan your itinerary, the shining blue waters of the Adriatic can tempt even the most strong-willed travelers. And the rock pools, sea caves, and scuba diving opportunities aren’t just found on the mainland. An estimated 70% of Croatia’s shoreline is made up of hundreds of islands, islets, and archipelagos in the Adriatic Sea.
Here are the top 4 reasons why we love cruising around Croatia on a campervan vacation:
Greater Flexibility: Rather than sticking to rigid public transport routes, campervans allow you to travel anywhere in Croatia so that you can visit all the out-of-the-way medieval villages.
Travel With Everything: You never have to worry about forgetting your favorite possessions in a hotel because your room travels with you.
Low-Cost Campsites: Most of Croatia’s campsites are family-run and offer shaded pitches and basic amenities for low prices.
Non-Stop Panoramas: Croatia has an endless array of breathtaking landscapes from top to bottom. See it all from the comfort of your campervan.
Park your campervan and hop on a chartered boat to turn your road trip into a seafaring adventure. Go on a gentle ride around some of Croatia's 718 islands and see marine animals flourishing in their unspoiled habitats. Small motorboats can be rented for £100-£300 per day. You can find rental shops near beaches and marinas.
The 7th-century Old Town in Dubrovnik was used as the setting for King's Landing and Qarth in the HBO hit series. Inside the limestone city, you can see the Jesuit Staircase, St. Dominic Street, Ploce Gate, Rector's Palace, Minceta Tower, and the City Walls, all real filming locations for the fictional destinations we know so well.
Dance at nightclub beaches on the island of Hvar, an up-and-coming summer hotspot to rival Ibiza. Hvar Town is even better during the day, with a cultural square and sandy coves. Hop on an affordable ferry to reach the nearby Jerolim island and the naturalist Amo Beach.
Once the capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia, Knin is now a friendly and walkable tourist town. The Knin Fortress is a must-see hilltop structure used as the backdrop for Meereen in Game of Thrones. The Burnum Ruins are the remains of an ancient Roman Legion camp. Nearby, you can visit the Manojlovac Waterfall, part of the Krka National Park, and the Krčić Waterfall, which flows into the winding Krčić River.
This delightful seaside town is packed with flavor; come here to try traditional Croatian dishes like crni rižot, a black risotto made with squid ink, and Baklava, a delicate pastry with finely chopped walnuts. The Istrian Peninsula, where Novigrad is located, is home to exceptional cuisine, including Boškarin, made from the native longhorn oxen, and Fuži, a hand-folded pasta. Both of these delicacies and much more can be found at Novigrad’s Gatto Nero. Don’t forget to round out your meal with the famous Istrian Malvazija and Teran wines.
The Pula Arena is a 1st-century limestone amphitheater with outer walls reminiscent of Rome's Coliseum. The Arena originally hosted gladiator fights, then tournaments for knights. Nowadays, the amphitheater is home to concerts, the Pula Film Festival, and reenactments of gladiator fights during the summertime Spectacvla Antiqva.
Diocletian's Palace and Cellars, making up half of the Old Town of Split, are two vast structures built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a home and military garrison. The nearby Jupiter's Temple is a 3rd-century ruin originally dedicated to the King of Gods. If you have time, check out the Klis Fortress on a hilltop just outside Split. During its long history, Klis has acted as a Roman stronghold, a royal castle, and a siege fort.
The Historic Center of Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the well-preserved buildings display classic Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanesque architecture, although the town was originally founded in the 3rd century BC. The best sights in Trogir include the St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Cipiki Palace opposite, the Clock Tower on John Paul II Square, and the Kamerlengo Castle.
Head to the docks of Zadar to hear the haunting sounds of the Sea Organ, a series of marble steps perfectly designed to produce music through the motion of the waves. Adjacent to the Organ is 'The Greeting to the Sun', a solar-powered glass floor that shines with the captured light of our solar system every evening.
Croatia's capital is the center of culture and history in the nation, but it's also a great place for shopping. In the center of Zagreb, you'll find Tkalčićeva Street, a long pedestrianized road lined with sun-soaked cafés, local restaurants, and boutique shops. Running across the north of Zagreb is Ilica Street, a 3.5-mile-long road packed with shops and bars. If you haven't found everything you need there, check out Centar Cvjetni, a modern shopping mall in the heart of the city.
Here are Croatia's 10 best campgrounds—some of which are only open from April to October:
near Novigrad: This coastal campsite is an ideal base for exploring Novigrad, only a 15-minute walk from the center. Onsite amenities include a variety of outdoor sports, and the nearby Istralandia Waterpark supplies a fun splash for family travelers. Daily prices for a full hookup pitch start from £22 in the low season and £42 in the summer peak.
near Pula: Nestled in a rocky outcrop over the sea, the countryside campsite offers electric hookup spots from £20 per day. Public restrooms are available for guests, and the pebble beaches are the perfect starting point for a day of snorkeling in the Adriatic.
near Zadar: This family-friendly campground offers kids' fitness activities and water sports, and a wellness spa for adults. The camp's ocean-view restaurant serves delicious Adriatic cuisine. All the sites have full hookups, and prices start from £26 a day.
near Hvar: This gorgeous farmhouse campsite offers electric and water hookup pitches for £34 a night. Hot showers, washing machines, and dishwashing sinks are available for guests. Kopito is perfectly situated for sightseeing in Hvar or splashing around in the turquoise ocean.
on the Pelješac Peninsula: Spend your vacation in this shaded waterside camp from £25 per night for water and electric hookup pitches. The Maestral offers hot showers, restrooms, and laundry services, and there's a restaurant directly on the sand.
near Slano: Rogac is a rustic campsite offering electric hookup pitches for a nightly cost of £15. Tucked between Luka Slano Bay and gentle forested hills, this camp is a great destination for scenic hikes and water sports.
near Trogir: Sleep on the sand at this café-adjacent campsite near the historic city of Trogir. For £27.50 a night, park your campervan in a Seaview spot with electric hookups; for minimal extra fees, you can use a washing machine and a fridge.
near Split: The perfect base for a day trip to Split, this camp has an on-site restaurant, convenience store, and full hookup sites for as low as £10 a night. As a bonus, the camp has a swimming pool and spa, beach volleyball, table tennis, and seasonal outdoor activities.
near Porec: This beachfront campground is pet-friendly and has a shower, laundry machines, and kitchen facilities alongside a large outdoor pool. Ulika is a naturist destination, but it's not adults-only. Standard sites with water and electricity start at £43 daily.
near Zagreb: This charming campground features a relaxed wellness spa and massage studio alongside a fine foods restaurant and kayak rentals for the nearby Rakitje Lake. Guests can use communal bathrooms and laundry facilities; water and electric hookup sites start from £25 per night. Camp Zagreb is an hour away from the Sljeme ski slopes.
In order to rent a campervan in Croatia, you are required to possess a valid Class B Driver's License and a form of identification such as an ID card or passport. If you're not a holder of a European license and passport or one that uses Latin script, it's necessary to provide a certified Croatian translation.
The minimum age for renting a campervan can range from 21 to 25 years old, based on the policies of the rental company. Furthermore, it's important to note that you must have held your driver's license for at least one year.