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The 5 best campsites for family holidays in Croatia
The 5 best campsites for family holidays in Croatia

The 5 best campsites for family holidays in Croatia

Which campsites in Croatia are particularly suitable for families? Freeontour has found the top 5 campsites...

Author: Freeontour, Header image: Camp Cikat

Croatia is becoming increasingly popular among holidaymakers, especially among families with younger children. Year after year, the country is drawing record numbers of visitors, with camping holidays being particularly popular. For this reason, Croatia is investing a lot of money and effort in the camping infrastructure and in new campsites, which are generally close to the sea, and are often designed with families in mind. Freeontour presents the top 5 campsites for family holidays in Croatia.

When is the best time to embark on a family camping holiday in Croatia?

Families with school-age children are generally forced to travel during the peak season in July and August, which is also the main period for beach holidays in Croatia, reflecting the hot, dry summer weather on the coast, while the water of the Adriatic reaches very comfortable bathing temperatures. Many of the campsites in Croatia also offer free children’s entertainment between mid-June and the end of August, so that the parents also have a chance to relax a bit. Due to the popularity of the campsites during the peak season, reservations are often necessary, sometimes even months in advance, and it is not unusual for the campsites to demand a deposit and/or a reservation fee.
For families that are not bound to the school holidays, we recommend the months of May, June, September and October, when the air and water temperatures are often still fine for a beach holiday. In fact, the temperatures in spring and autumn are often a lot more pleasant if you want to go on a few daytrips or use the camping holiday to tour around Croatia. Another advantage is that the campsites are not as crowded in the off-peak seasons, and sometimes are even a little cheaper.

What does a family camping holiday in Croatia cost?

Generally, Croatia is still one of the cheaper camping destinations in the Mediterranean - even though the prices have risen somewhat in recent years. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, the price per day for a family of 3 on a campsite in Croatia is between 20 and 60 Euros. On average, the daily rate is 40 Euros, but there are a number of factors you can take into consideration that will ease the burden on your wallet when you are planning your camping holiday in Croatia. These include:
- Holiday time: The campsite fees are generally lower in the off-peak seasons.
Location of the campsite: The region in Croatia is less important than the position of the campsite. The rule of thumb is: The closer the campsite is to the sea, the more expensive it will be. - Size and comfort level of the campsite: Of course, the campsite amenities and infrastructure play an important role in the pricing. Campsites with full amenities, including a children’s entertainment program, pool, modern sanitary blocks, etc. are more expensive than mini campsites with a more family atmosphere, which are also plentiful along the Adriatic coast of Croatia.

And, of course, you can also use the star-ratings of the individual campsites to help you decide. Freeontour has selected the top 5 family campsites in Croatia, based primarily on the extent of the services and infrastructure for families the campsites offer, for example the suitability of the beach for small children including, of course, the water quality:

1. The island of Krk: Krk Premium Camping Resort

The new family campsite, the Krk Premium Camping Resort, was established a few years ago on the island of Krk to replace the previous naturalist campsite Politin. It can be found at the water’s edge in a secluded area of the island, and offers a playground, miniclub with children’s entertainment, a pool and paddling pool, and family bathrooms and children’s toilets. And for the parents there is a range of sporting activities and spa facilities.

2. Istria: Lanterna Premium Camping Resort

The Lanterna Premium Camping Resort is the largest campsite in Istria. The pitches in the luxury plots are a princely 200 m². The modern family campsite is situated on the Lanterna peninsula, between Novigrad and Poreč and offers a wide range of family-orientated amenities and services. These include family bathrooms and children’s toilets, pool and paddling pool, water slide, children’s entertainment program, playgrounds, water park, etc. You can even book a babysitter if you need one.

3. The island of Cres: Campsite Bijar

If you’re looking for a family campsite without all the extras, then Campsite Bijar on the island of Cres is perfect for you. With only 49 pitches, this campsite is considerably smaller and cheaper than a lot of the others, but it still it offers family bathrooms, children’s toilets, a playground, children's entertainment and a range of other activities. However, the main aims of the campsite are to be near to nature and to maintain a friendly atmosphere. The nearby town of Osor offers a range of hiking routes and cycling tours.

4. The island of Lošinj: Camping Čikat 

"Camping Čikat" is a family campsite with a 1 km long beach and a playground. If swimming in the sea isn’t enough, then why not try out the campsite’s own aquapark Čikat: Here is something for everyone in the 6,300 m² complex, which includes a variety of seawater pools, offering both fun and relaxation. Children can enjoy a range of pools, water slides and other water attractions. Entry to the aquapark is included in the campsite fee. And if this isn’t enough, close by is the 500 m² amusement park “Pepe”, with attractions and adventures for younger holidaymakers. Family bathrooms, children’s entertainment and a range of other activities are also available.

5. Dalmatia: Zaton Holiday Resort

Anything but small, the Zaton Holiday Resort close to Nin is almost a world of its own, with a total area of 300,000 m², its own beach, a heated pool landscape, children’s paddling pool, waterpark and a whole host of other activities for every age group. Family bathrooms and children’s toilets are, of course, also among the amenities, and a surfing and diving school rounds off the holiday experience, especially for the young adults in your party.

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