The best Croatian campsites for outdoor adventure in summer 2022

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A stay at Croatia’s campsites is a chance to get way off the beaten track; deep in the hills, on a tucked-away beach, or by peaceful lakes. But it’s not all about quiet time. Most sites also have adventure sports and city excursions on offer for those keen to stay close to the action, reports

Best for lakes: Camping Plitvice

Plitvice Lakes National Park is easily one of the most beautiful parts of central Croatia. The country’s oldest national park is home to a chain of 16 lakes connected by waterfalls. It is a perfect setting for adventure sports, and it’s possible to arrange everything from ziplining to paragliding and wild river rafting.

Best for glamping: Plage Cachee

Camping at Plage Cachee is more akin to staying in a five-star boutique hotel, albeit a very outdoorsy one. This island retreat on Hvar has just six beautifully boho, furnished tents and its own private beach, so there’s the rare chance to soak in the Med undisturbed by crowds.

Best for families: Camping Park Umag

Kids will be thrilled to discover a pirate ship in one of the pools, slides, a Captain Hook snack bar, sandboxes, playgrounds and all sorts of activities with the camp’s Kids’ Club. If you can tear your kids away from all that, there’s plenty of exploring to do further afield.

Best for foodies: Camping Simuni

Cheese and winemaking are celebrated traditions here, making it a lovely setting to sample paški sir, the sharp and salty local cheese, or a glass of a glass of plavac mali, malvazija or graševina wine. Camping Simuni has a well-regarded restaurant where you can try these wines by the glass, along with traditional dishes.

Best for city excursions: Camp Zagreb

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Rakitje, Camp Zagreb is only 15km from the centre of Zagreb, so it’s just as easy to head off into nearby Medvednica Nature Park for cave tours and hiking as it is to pop into the Croatian capital for a spot of sightseeing.

Best for wellness: San Servolo Resort

Deep in the tranquil green hills of north-western Istria is the San Servolo Resort, which offers an unashamedly pampered way to camp. It’s all about wellness here, with luxury pitches coming equipped with a hydromassage bathtub. For a quirky way to relax, there’s an onsite beer spa, as well as the more conventional saunas, massage and fitness room available.

Best for naturists: Koversada

Croatia has a long-standing tradition of welcoming Europe’s naturists and there are a number of camps across the country where clothing is either optional or forbidden altogether. The sprawling campsite on Koversada island is one of the oldest and most popular, with a laid back atmosphere and space to accommodate 5,000 guests at a time.

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