Wild camping in Croatia or trips from travel agencies?
So how to get prepared for while camping in Croatia? And most of all, where to stop?
How to sleep in the car?
Wild camping – an option for the young people
How to wild camp in Croatia?
Unfortunately, same like in Poland, Croatia officially doesn’t allow for camping outside of places made for it. While I still lived in Sweden, I was really happy of their law called “allemansrätte” which gives everybody an equal possibility of enjoying their nature and sleeping almost in every place (of course except private possessions – unless the owner allows), until you’re not disturbing anyone with your presence and until you don’t destroy anything (and don’t leave garbage). I mentioned then about the special, free cabin in the woods which we used with my friends (read here).
Balkans are the great example for making that kind of journeys come true, and the still raising amount of tourists choosing those unconventional methods of sightseeing in this regions speaks for itself – of course if you decide to choose wild camping you need to have in mind those law regulations; however according to my experience I know that as long as you won’t destroy anything and won’t leave mess, nobody will have any objections.
How to find a perfect spot for camping for free in Croatia?
Everything depends on the way you travel. It will look different for the hikers (easy access to more places), and different when you search for the places in which you can safely leave your car. It limits our choices, because many beautiful beaches didn’t have the proper access, or the road – we decided to not go to places like this, and we’ve never parked right by the street or on the turns, to remain safe. Seeing crosses and candles out there discouraged us to use neighborhoods like those. But in practice finding the perfect camping spot wasn’t easy at all. During the day most of the best places were crouded by the tourists, and while driving down throught the coast sometimes you can’t see what’s underneath.
Our tactics was spending each night in a different place and usually we managed to find another destination within 1-3 hours of drive to enjoy the sunny day outside, swim and prepare lunch or dinner. The best method is the travel down the coast and keeping close to smaller, less touristy cities. The bigger chance of spotting the perfect beach is from Pula to Zadar, than around Dubrovnik.
Seeking for the beaches right after the turns on the cliffs was the one advice that worked for us the most. Skipping the public beaches, city centres and touristically interesting spots is a key to success when you look for an empty place. When you’re not limited by the car, hiking for sure would lead you to your dream destination with a sea view.
Those methods were useful for us during the whole week, and the only moment when we actually paid for the accomodation was in the mentioned Dubrovnik (read about it here). Of course the sum didn’t include the gas price and food, but everything was in the budget.
My favorite places to wild camp in Croatia
2. Near Karlobag by camping Luna (GPS: 44.31’25.8″N, 15.04’41.8″E) it’s also a very comfortable spot for the car travellers. It has an amazing view on the island nearby and it’s a charming place with just a couple of tourists and fishermen. Perfect place for bathing and enjoying the views.
3. Wild beach after Split (I don’t have GPS for this) – it was my third best spot because of the close access to the sea. Unfortunately in comparison to the previous locations, this was closer to the street – but while parking in the right spot we didn’t have any noises and we weren’t in danger. Except of us where were a few of other tourists travelling in the same way. Pictures below.
Where to bath during wild camping in Croatia?