Is wild camping allowed in Croatia?

No, in Croatia, wild camping is officially not allowed. In the more rural areas, however, it is mostly tolerated.

Last researched: Autumn 2020

Particularly, in tourist areas, on the coast, and in national parks, the ban on wild camping is regularly enforced. In the worst case, penalties of up to 400 € can be imposed. In contrast to other countries, camping on private property is also forbidden.

Especially inland, away from tourist areas, the ban is not strictly controlled. The residents and police often turn a blind eye, and tolerate camping for one night or ask you to leave the area, without a fine.

If you want to camp inland, you should be very careful, as there are still areas with unexploded mines. This is especially true for:

  • The surroundings of Velebit
  • The surroundings of Zadar
  • Areas marked with ribbons or warning signs

In these areas, you should only walk on the existing paths.

Wild camping Croatia
Wild camping Croatia
Pitch at the coast
Pitch at the coast

Tips and tricks for wild camping in Croatia

From the coast with a fresh breeze and blue water that invites you to swim to the beautiful green forests that you can best explore on a short hike Croatia has everything to offer. Wild camping is forbidden on the coast and in tourist areas, but inland you have a good chance to find a nice place and spend a night in nature without any problems. We have put together a few tips for you to consider on your trip.

Traveling with dog
If you want to enter Croatia with your faithful companion you should pay attention to a few things

  • Your dog needs an EU pet passport
  • He must have a valid rabies vaccination.
  • Your dog must be chipped.
  • Bathing is only allowed on designated dog beaches.
  • All dogs must be kept on a leash
  • If your dog is categorized as a fighting dog, it must wear a muzzle.
  • The dog breeds Terrier, Bull, and their hybrids are not allowed to enter the country.

Parking
Most parking spaces are subject to charges, even if some of them are badly signposted and therefore difficult to recognize. You should also keep your pay and display ticket. In the last few years, despite paid fees, parking tickets have often been issued after the journey. The pay and display ticket may save you from paying a fine.

Payment
In the cities, it is no problem to pay with a credit card, but in the rural areas, it looks a bit different again. So you should always have some cash with you when you travel. In Croatia, you pay with Kuna and not Euro. It is best to change your money in Croatia, as the exchange rate is usually better.

By the way: According to a study by the ADAC, Croatia ranks fifth among the cheapest camping countries in Europe. Two adults with one child pay an average of 39.60 € here for an overnight stay on a campsite, including pitch and ancillary costs.

10 interesting, bizarre and funny facts about Croatia

That Nikola Tesla comes from Croatia is well known, and especially in recent years, more and more people have heard of Dubrovnik, as the location of one of the most popular series in the world. But where does the Kuna currency get its name from? What does Croatia have to do with the White House? We have compiled the answers to these questions and eight other interesting facts for you here.

Fact #1 - 101 Dalmatians
The dog breed Dalmatians comes from Croatia. To be precise, they come from the Dalmatian region, hence their name.

Fact #2 - Currency
The currency in Croatia is Kuna because in former times it was paid with marten skins. Kuna means marten in Croatian.

Fact #3 - Natural wonder
Almost 10 percent of Croatia consists of nature parks, national parks, and nature reserves. So you can explore a lot.

Fact #4 - pure sunshine
Croatia has an average of 2715 hours of sunshine per year. This means they have more sunshine than Sydney in Australia.

Fact #5 - On the move
The beach "Golden Horn" consists of many pebbles changing its shape depending on current and wind.

Fact #6 - The White House
The White House is known all over the world. The stones with which it was built come from the Croatian island Brač.

Fact #7 - Detached
The southernmost part of the country is separated from the rest of Croatia by a three-kilometer wide strip belonging to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fact #8 - Archipelago Sea
Croatia has 1,246 islands of which only 47 are permanently inhabited. The largest islands are Cres, Krk, and Brač

Fact #9 - The smallest city in the world
The title "Smallest city in the world" may be given to the place Hum. No less than 30 people are living in this cosmopolitan city.

Fact #10 - Tie
The Croatians invented the tie, which used to be part of the uniforms of the Croatian army.

Everything you need to know for your trip

Equipment

  • Warning triangle Yes, two pieces
  • Safety vest Yes, one per occupant
  • First aid kit Yes
  • Replacement lamp set Yes, except Xenon / LED
  • Spare tyre / repair set No
  • Fire extinguisher Yes
  • Tow rope No
  • Tear rope for all trailers No

Driving

  • Do I need a vignette, or are there tolls? Yes
  • Right hand trafficTo avoid dazzling other road users, you need to readjust or mask your headlights if they have asymmetrical light and are right-hand drive
  • Is it compulsory to drive with lights on during the day? Yes, with special requirements
  • Daylight obligation special features: From the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March, you must drive with daytime running lights or dipped headlights during the day.

Information

  • Is the tap water potable? Yes
  • Socket type: C+F
  • Energency numbers: 94
  • Currency: Kroatische Kuna (HRK)
  • Official Languages: Croatian
  • Country licence plate code: HR

Average prices, in €

  • Price coffee rounded: 1.25
  • Price beer rounded: 2.00

Entry conditions for animals

  • You need a valid EU pet passport in which your animal is clearly identified (microchip or tattoo), as well as a rabies vaccination valid on entry. The rabies vaccination must be at least 21 days old, but not older than 6 months. Yes
  • If your entry is from a non-EU country with a reduced rabies status, you must have a rabies antibody test carried out approximately four weeks before you enter the country and have it entered on your EU pet passport. Yes
  • Your dog must be treated for tapeworms 24 to 120 hours before entry. No
  • In addition to a valid EU pet passport with all the required entries, you also need an official veterinary health certificate (max. 10 days old). No
  • The import of fighting dogs or breeds classified as dangerous is not permitted. No

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