Nature lovers in need of a private, serene holiday: Treat yourself to winter camping in Croatia and enjoy the slow-paced Mediterranean life once the vibrant summer noise turns into a relaxation oasis! With mild winter temperatures and year-round open campsites that offer mobile homes, glamping options, and caravan pitches, Croatia is a rare gem to enjoy during wintertime.
Although it's safe to assume that all Croatia is equally mesmerizing during winter, a camping adventure tends to lure us to warmer parts with mild temperatures that don't go below zero during the night. The Adriatic coast is especially inviting during winter for those in need of a private camping holiday with many possibilities to enjoy intact nature, the serene life of small coastal towns, and an occasional breeze when the Bora wind kicks in.
Istria, or sometimes known as Terra Magica, can amaze you with its wintertime charm. Those who visit it for a quieter holiday in Autumn will enjoy a spectacle of nature from October to mid-November. However, December and later winter are the real treat for those wishing for a private camping adventure. During Autumn, the coastal parts sometimes reach 20 celsius - those brave will still enjoy a brisk swim in the sea! What's so special about Istria in Autumn?
Nature gives the fruits of year-round labor: the season of young wine, excellent world-renowned olive oil, prosciutto, and the season of the famed white truffle. Istria has many taverns and family-run restaurants and estates that offer these exquisite products, so make sure to book a tour. With the eastern Istrian coast that tends to be colder in sea temperatures, your best bet is to enjoy the western or southern Istrian coast in one of the year-round open campsites. Istra Premium Camping Resort is a five-star pet-friendly resort offering excellent camping amenities, different types of accommodation, and even five heated pools. The southern Istrian coast has one of the most spacious campsites in Istria, the Arena Grand Kažela campsite. With a 2 km long beach, a rich gastronomical offer, this year-round open campsite is ideal for a family winter camping adventure in Istria.
Winter camping in the Kvarner region - a treat for anyone looking to experience the peaceful island life of Krk, Lošinj, Cres, and Rab. Enjoy the serenity of coastal fishing towns that guarantee good and quality seafood experiences. The charm of the Kvarner islands during winter is the slow rhythm of life. But having great outdoor adventure possibilities in your close vicinity makes it more interesting. Whether it's island exploration of the region's rich cultural heritage or regional mountain peaks - a good time is guaranteed.
Islands of Kvarner enjoy a mild winter climate and many blue-flag awarded beaches, so swimming in the pristine sea is a definite must. Our Ježevac Premium Camping Resort on the island of Krk is a year-round open campsite and a good base point for exploring the region. This resort features five different accommodation types and blue-flag beaches and will meet any needs for a relaxing winter holiday in Croatia.
Zadar region is perhaps, the most promising region for winter camping in Croatia. It is the ideal blend of city strolling and island life. Due to the favorable location of the region, you are at the midpoint of a few national parks - Paklenica, Northern Velebit, Plitvice, Krka, which are all less packed in the winter.
Whether you're camping on an island or in Zadar city, you're bound to have a memorable winter camping experience. How to choose your winter camping plan and make an itinerary? Start with where you'd prefer to be based. Between year-round open campsites, the Zadar region offers the Falkensteiner Premium Camping Zadar resort. Located on the outskirts of Zadar, this premium camping resort offers all types of camping accommodation, including glamping tents. Close enough to the historical city of Zadar, it is an ideal starting point to explore the region.
The second year-round open campsite in the region is Camping Village Šimuni on the island of Pag. Among caravan pitches and mobile homes, this campsite also offers several apartment units - ideal for a winter holiday. While being a bit further from Zadar, camping village Šimuni will nonetheless charm you with its quiet island life in winter.
Between the three choices for winter camping in Croatia, we vote for mobile homes first. They are a safe option and great if the temperatures you've expected turned out to be lower. Mobile homes have heating, and at the same time, you can enjoy the light breeze from your terrace overlooking the sea.
If you are prone to wandering while on a camping holiday, rent (if you aren't already an owner) a caravan and don't settle down for just one destination on your winter camping adventure in Croatia. This option gives you mobility and is nonetheless a safe option during winter. For real adventures, we recommend glamping tents - but take this with precaution as it is a tent, after all, so more layers of clothes are almost mandatory.
Even if you had in mind a quiet winter camping holiday in Croatia - it probably meant quiet in terms of crowds. Wintertime is still a great time to actively enjoy nature or take on some cultural exploration of whichever region you choose for your camping experience.
Istria will enchant with dreamy hilly landscapes ideal for lighter to medium difficulty hiking, with the Učka mountain being a real hiking treat. Also, don't forget to book a truffle hunting tour, as it is a real authentic experience. Those in desperate need of sun will discover the Kvarner region as a real treat. Many cycling and hiking trails on the islands are ideal for a combination of city and nature exploration. Finally, to get the best of your winter camping in Croatia, opt for the Zadar region - and enjoy unforgettable mountain sceneries in Paklenica and North Velebit national parks. For more information on year-round campsites in Croatia, visit our website.