A dark picture with in the middle a setting sun. The sky around the sun is different shades of red. Below the earth is black, with a bit of blue sea. One of the campsites in Croatia
Camping,  Croatia,  Kids,  summer

Campsites in Croatia with kids

In 2016 and 2017 we spent the Summer roadtripping in Europe, especially The Balkan. The first year we camped most of the time, in 2017 a little less, mainly because of the weather. In the south it was too hot to pitch a tent, let alone sleep in it with 40+ degrees Celsius temperatures.

In 2016 it was our first time roadtripping with a tent. We did it again in 2017, you can say it’s something we love to do as a family. Why, well lot’s of time spent outdoors and in addition friends for Yuri, and a layed back vibe. One of the countries we did a lot of roadtripping in was Croatia. Which is a new favorite country of ours. In total we stayed at 6 campsites in Croatia, staying there from 1 to 4 nights and all over the country. In random order I will describe the campsites, the sites nearby, what we liked/didn’t like and the amnemities each campsite has.

1. Camping Stobrec Split

Picture yourself sitting on a bench in the shade watching others play in the sea in the heat of the day. The day is slowly moving forward and all you do is reading, writing and taking pictures of your husband and son playing in the water. Simply heaven, a small paradise. At the end of the afternoon you find another bench, and make a simple dinner for the family. Then back to the tent which is one foot away from the beach.

Not possible? Well, this was our day on the campsite Stobrec Split, the first of our campsites in Croatia. We stayed here for 2 nights and except for the beginning and the end it was super, we relaxed at the beach and had a great time. As a result this is one of the perfect campsites to stay at.

The green brenches of a tree hanging over a bench next to the beach. The bench is surrounded by a fench. Campsites of Croatia.
The perfect spot at the beach

We hadn’t booked any accomodations, we brought a paper guide with campsites and drove to the ones we liked on our route. Since we only had a small 3 person (officially 4 person) tent, most campsites still had a spot for us, while turning down big tents and campers.

This campsite was fully booked, but there were 2 places for people to pitch a tent that were trekking. We opted for a place with power near the beach. It was full on in the sun in the middle of the day and we were pitching our tent on rocky ground. Not a big succes. After an hour, some swearing and grumping, our tent was up with only a few pegs and stones. It just had to do and so were more youths thinking pitching their tents next to us.

In the middle a small blue tent (our tent), with larger stones in front of it. In front of the stones is the beach. There's bushes and trees on all sides. A caravan behind the tent.
Our spot near the beach

Well not having all the pegs in the ground came to bite us and the others early in the morning of the second night. First it rained, not a big problem. Then came the wind and it almost blew our tent away, literally. Yuri and I had to stay in the tent, while Paul loaded everything in the car and broke down our tent. It was the fastest time of breaking down our tent. We learned to take storm pegs with us the next time.

The entrance to a tent, a blue one is blowing up in the wind.
Our tent blowing away

But little did we know this on our arrival. We enjoyed blue skies and lots of sun the first afternoon and the second day. The first evening we had fireworks at midnight. I love a good firework show. The big campsite is on a bay and therefore surrounded with pebble beaches and water on 2 sides. Our tent was at the beach. Which was quiet. The other side was also accessible for people from outside the campsite, had a diving board and chairs for rent. 

We had one other incident (also not the fault of the campsite) that wasn’t great for us. On the far side of the quiet beach, there’s a beach for dogs. They’re allowed to play without leash and swim there. A heaven for dogs. But one person with a young dog let his dog run free without paying attention. It was a bigger, enthusiastic dog. Jumping over other people lying on the beach and running around. Since I’m scared of dogs, I hid myself in our tent, which was hot. But other people, not afraid, where also not enjoying this behaviour. It was reported to the management and a dog whisperer came. He took the dog with him. After another half an hour the owner came to claim his dog. But he didn’t get his dog back. It was an hour since he let his dog loose and the rule was that dogs should be on a leach.

A wooden table surrounded by 3 wooden benches. On the right bench there are hanging 2 towels to dry. A tube is tanding against it. On the table is dinner set out. I'm sitting on the bench at the back. A railing at the back and a wall behind me.
Dinner at a bench at the campsite

If you like a large, busy campsite with lots of kids and teens, this is certainly the place to be. Yuri made friends and loved it. There’s a playground, on the beach is a diving center, they rent out kayaks and waterbikes. Beachvolleybal, an animation program, massages and beachbars all there to entertain you. On the tip was a restaurant situated with a view on the bay. A supermarket conveniently located near the reception.

Big bonus also is that the campsite is located just 7 km from Old Town Split. So far the first of the campsites in Croatia we visited.

Adress:

Camping Stobrec Split

Sv. Lovre 6

21311 Stobreč

+ 38521325426

www.campingsplit.com

Open year round

2. Camping Beach Resort Solaris

A campsite you don’t need to leave to have a good vacation, that’s camping Beach resort Solaris. You can do something and dine somewhere else every day. In short this is one of the luxury campsites in Croatia.

In the forefront a tree, behind that our blue tent. Next to it Yuri and Paul are sitting on chairs with  picnic table in between. Behind them cars and trees. Campsites in Croatia.
Our spot on the campsite

Our days ended with strolling or sitting on the beach and seeing the sun set. We had 4 beautiful sunsets, during the 4 nights we stayed on the resort. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the sunsets. The first evening we were walking back from dinner over the boulevard and we stopped to stare at the beautiful colors of the sky. The other evenings we sat on chairs on the beach and enjoyed drinks from the beachbar. They have some pretty sunsets in Sibenik.

The promenade next to the Adriatic sea. A island with mountains on the horizon. The sun setting with colors of red, yellow and blue.
A fiery sunset

We enjoyed swimming in the sea, Yuri played on the bouncy castle in the water. You pay for half an hour of fun. But next to the campsite being near the sea, on the resort are also several swimming pools filled with sea water. We played in the one in the campsite area. The swimming pool had 3 different heights in which Yuri could stand up straight.

In the sea is aplaything lying to climb and slide on.
Playing at the sea

The staff off the beachbar near the pool was very kind. We sat there a few times over the days of our stay. On the first afternoon Yuri had a bit of bad luck. While on the bouncy castle, another kid fell down and kicked Yuri in his face. It was an accident, but Yuri had a bloody nose and a tooth through his lip. When walking back to our tent we sat at the beachbar for paper towels, and Yuri got a free ice cone. Isn’t that nice? It helped to ease his pain.

The sea in forefront, in the middle is an island, then a yellow and blue colored sky. A low hanging branch in the left corner.
Sunset at the beach resort

The first evening we went to a restaurant and had dinner there. Out of all the places to eat on the resort we choose the ethno village. The tables were all placed separate from eachother in a village style setting. They had rebuilt a traditional Dalmatian village. The waiters and waitresses all dressed up in traditional clothing. It made for a good ambiance and also not unimportant, the food was delicious.

On our last day here we visited the aquapark on the resort. It came with an additional fee. We loved our day there, it isn’t a really large waterpark, but large enough to enjoy a full day there.

People standing in water. Which is not deep. Waiting for the waterbucket to drop.
The water bucket at the aquapark

The only downside was, it was crowded. All the seats with shade were claimed by the time we got out of the lazy River, and we wanted a shaded place with 38 degrees celsius and a clear blue sky, no such luck. Finally in the afternoon we had a shaded place for ourself. After a whole day playing in the water for Yuri and some reading for Paul and me, we went back to our tent.

People being splashed by the waterbucket that drops.
And it drops

In the waterpark you can get fastfood, menus with fries and icecream. You can also bring your own lunch. We loved this aquapark, the only downside is, it was really crowded and no places with shade at an early time and a bit pricy. Also no big rides, just a lazy River, hot pools with bubbles, a kiddy playground with slides and a big construction for kids with a large tub that tilts. The resort is close to the old town of Sibenik and to Krka NP. In Krka NP you can swim near the waterfalls in Summer. Which was a highlight for us.

The campsite is part of a large resort with several hotels, swimming pools, an aqua park, a marina, supermarkets, restaurants, cafés, loungebars, a pirate golfcourse, a pirate ship and sport- and welnessfacilities. There was more to do than we had time for in 4 nights. The resort is on one side completely on seaside, partly with rocks and pebblebeaches, and a boulevard for strolling. All the amenities made that this is one of the campsites in Croatia where we would love to come back.

Water, with island in it, and a red, yellow and blue sky above.
Sunset

Adress:

Camping Beach Resort Solaris

Hoteli Solaris 86

22000 Šibenik

+38522361017

www.campingsolaris.com

Open 12.4-20.10 (2017)

3. Camp Arena Stoja

The third of our campsites in Croatia is near Pula. Swimming in the sea by twilight was fun. Yuri enjoyed it, on this campsite in Istria. We went into the sea from the rocks. Another fantastic thing was enjoying a beautiful sunset. The campsite is located on a peninsula, you can access the sea almost everywhere, but only a small part has a pebble beach and a sunbathing area, the rest is rocks.

The sea on the below half of the picture, sky in the upper half. An island on the horizon. Rocks in the water in the forefront. Yuri and Paul with a tube in the water. Campsites in Croatia.
Swimming in the sea at twilight

We stayed only one night on this campsite, so we didn’t see the entire campsite. It’s close by the center of Pula with it’s colosseum and other Roman era sights. From the peninsula you can see Brioni NP, an island group. A large, busy campsite with youths and kids. Dogs and other animals are allowed on a leach. We saw someone with 3 cats on a leach (!). A first time for us. The campsite had restaurants, bars, live music, animation, soccer and basketball field and a mini golf course.

In the forefront Yuri on a mini golf track, with a bat. He's with his back to the picture. In the rest of the photo trees and more courses. Campsites in Croatia.
Yuri playing mini golf

However camp Arena Stoja had also some downsides. Our view is that it was a chaotic campsite, with live music till late in the evening. Near the soccerfield was a ruin from a building not in use anymore. The mini golfcourse was also cracked up on several places.

Next to that they weren’t clear in handing out places for the campsite. One person at the reception handed out places on number to people coming in, the other person just said to people find a spot and come then claim your number here. Not a good system, we we’re almost done setting up our tent, when someone else came with our number. Since we didn’t intend to move our tent anymore, she choose the spot next to us. She however did not return the number anymore, she didn’t want to go back a 4th time to the reception. Since the previsiously 2 assigned spots also already had persons on them. When Paul went to claim our spot, he was told we couldn’t have that spot anymore and got another number. Kind of strange/creepy since they statched our passports on that other number.

Istria is popular in the Summer, and the campsites fill up fast. From all the campsites in Croatia, the ones in Istria you have to book in advance is our experience.

Adress:

Camp Arena Stoja

Stoja 37

52100 Pula

+ 38552387144

www.arenacamps.com

4. Camping Kate

The fourth of our campsites in Croatia is close to Dubrovnik. From our spot we could see the sea between the trees. I always love it when I can see the sea. So a big plus for the spot we had. A long walk down, almost entirely stairs, and we were at the beach. We spent both days at the pebble beach in the end of the afternoon/evening. Yuri loved it. The way up was hard, but the beach was worth it. A small walk further from the beach was a marina, with nice looking restaurants. From the marina there were several boats going to Dubrovnik. The boat took about half an hour, with one other stop.

In the right corner our blue tent. For the rest trees, with a see through on the ocean, way down. Campsites in Croatia.
Our spot at Camping Kate

We stayed 2 nights at this small, terraced and elongated campsite. There weren’t any extra facilities, like a playground or something like that on the campsite. We didn’t miss them, we stayed here to visit Dubrovnik, and had enough entertainment with the beach being close by. It was cosy, but a chaotic campsite. We picked our own spot on the terraces, the dedicated spots were all taken/reserved. We had no power on the spot we picked, but we could get it from the sanitary building, with several cords. Other campers had trouble with this, but the owner solved it.

In the forefront trees, after that the ocean, with islands in there. Above the sky. Campsites in Croatia.
View on the ocean from the campsite

There were not enough parking spots. At the front of the campground were only 4 (!) parking spots. No parking places for the terraces. Because of this cars were parked on dedicated spots and double parked. The end of the campground was a loop, if someone double parked then other people can’t pass anymore.

The campsite was relatively close too Dubrovnik, a half hour boat ride. Or a drive, but you have to park somewhere, if you do this. And that’s not easy and you have to pay for the parking.

Adress:

Camping Kate

Tupina 1

20207 Mlini

+38520487006

www.campingkate.com

5. Camp Zagreb

The first of the campsites in Croatia we visited driving in from Slovenia, and this one didn’t let down. Nice, new spots in a circle. In the middle stood the sanitairy building, also new. Our spot was half grass and half pebbles, they were actually for campers and caravans. Since there was a separate field for tents, but not with power hook ups. It was nice to have such good spots, close to the sanitairy building. The only downside was that there was no shade, so incredibly hot to pitch a tent. There were trees planted, but not yet tall enough for shade.

Our blue tent pitched on a grass field, for us alone, with next to the grass a paved place where our car is standing. Behind us another one of those spots. Campsites in Croatia.
Our spot at Camp Zagreb

The campsite is situated near a lake in which you can swim. In between the campsite and the lake is a restaurant and on both sides of the restaurant are play areas. The playground has a pirate ship which is fun, but completely in the sun. The rest of the playground was a bit faded glory. The restaurant, a pizzeria, has a balcony and a terrace with a view on the lake. The only downside of the terrace were the musqietos, but we still enjoyed our evening at the restaurant, seeing it getting darker over the lake and lights turning on.

On the right a soccer field surrounded by a white fence with a roof. On the left a gravel path with in the back trees and on the left a pirate play ground.
The soccer field at the campsite

We arrived in the morning and the campsite was almost empty; by the time we got back from Zagreb, it was almost completely full. We stayed one night and I think more people did. This is one of the campsites in Croatia people use to overnight on their journey to the coast.

A l;ake with at the back trees and above the sky.
The view on the lake from the campsite

The campsite is located 12 km from the center of Zagreb. You can easily go there by taxi or train. There’s a shuttle bus between the nearest trainstation and the campground, but it wasn’t the day or the times we arrived. We opted to walk the distance. The train was cheap and good. The walk up there not so, since we first had to walk on a street with narrow pavement and scary dogs barking and jumping in the yards, and only low fences between us. Then came a very busy road with trucks and not all the way with pavement but only grass/muddy. On the way back Paul walked back, while Yuri and I waited untill he picked us up by car. He said the dogs were all quiet on his way back.

In the middle are 2 buildings, sanitairy buildings. On a grass field. Around the grass field a paved circle. In front a paved path. Campsites of Croatia.
The new sanitairy buildings

Adress:

Camp Zagreb

Jezerska 6

10437 Rakitje

+38513324567

www.campzagreb.com/en/

Open 2.1-7.1; 29.1-31.12

6. Camp Turist Grabovac

The 6th and last of the campsites in Croatia is the one close to the Plitvicka Lakes. A hilly campsite, with no real straight spots. We stood with our tent in a larger pit and had nice neighbours. We loved the vibe that was the result. On one side our neighbours were a young German couple, we shared their washing poles and they tapped in our powerbank. Their powercord wasn’t long enough to reach the powertap on top of the hill and for us the problem was no trees placed nearby to hang our washing line in between.

The campsite was pretty full, the spots with numbers and different gradiations were all reserved, luckily they had different fields to pitch a tent. We drove a few rounds before we decided to pitch in one of the two pits. It was a bit steep, several people had trouble coming out of the pit again with their car. Driving around on the campsite wasn’t smooth, since there were one way paths, which was not always clear, so there were wrong-way drivers. On the campground was a swimming pool, which our son always loves and can spend a few hours in. The swimming pool was surrounded by cabins. Next to a swimming there were a number of playgrounds on the grounds. Next to cabins, they also have tipi’s, sadly they we’re completely booked during our stay.

On a field in 'ditch'are tents pitched in a circle with cars in between. Behind trees. Campsites in Croatia.
Our spot among other campers

The other thing we loved about this campsite was the restaurant near the entrance. It had a breakfast- and lunchbuffet and a menu. Yuri loves buffets, so we tried out both buffets and had dinner there the first evening. The rest of the breakfast and dinner we got at the supermarket.

The campsite is close to Plitvicka Jezera, or in other words Plitvicka Lakes NP. We used the campsite as a base to visit the lakes in 2 days. Our original plan was to spend 3 nights here, but where the first 2 days were hot, the 2nd night ended with rain, lots of it. In between 2 downpours we managed to pack up the tent. Since there was no sign of improvement in weather that day, was the forecast. We found we were already soaked enough and would only visit the lakes shortly with this weather. So we drove to better weather in the afternoon.

Adress:

Camp Turist Grabovac

Grabovac 102

47245 Rakovica

+38547784192

www.kamp-turist.hr

Open 1.4-31.10

These are the 6 campsites in Croatia we tried out. We liked all 6 of them, but if I have to pick a favorite it’s a tie between camping Stobrec Split and camping Beach resort Solaris. Both had lots of stuff to do and were at the beach.

If you’re looking for things to do with kids somewhere else than Croatia, than look at the blog about Utrecht.

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