Wednesday 12 October 2016

Camping In Croatia Arrives In The 21st Century

Croatia Camping Guide - Camp Belvedere Reception

As already mentioned in earlier postings, I was expecting to be disappointed by Croatian campsites in general, when I embarked on my last trip in May, but could not have been more wrong. My general impression of a few years ago was that many campsites were a little “tired”, in need of renovation, were mostly of the holiday resort type and somewhat overpriced for tourers (rather than pure holiday makers) like me. Admittedly it was a bit of a sweeping generalisation, as I’d spent a lot of time, on that earlier trip, on private premises close to friends, but the campsites I did stay at, for example Borik, did fit the bill (and still does I’m sorry to say). This time, I visited scores of campsites the length and breadth of coastal Croatia, and a few inland, and really noticed how many had gone up market and how the newish minicamps had quickly found their niche.

That focus on quality, reflective of the new style of Croatian tourism in general, may be arriving relatively late in some quarters, but is really taking hold now in much of the camping world. Pictured above is the reception at Camp Belvedere, Seget Vranjica, near Trogir, a camping destination that really exemplifies the best of 21st century camping in Croatia. There’s clearly been a massive investment in upgrading existing facilities and providing new ones, and it shows.  Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, arrival, reception, new holiday homes and toilet blocks all ooze class, and it’s still great value for money with a friendly and efficient service. It’s had some international recognition too and been awarded 4.5 stars by ANWB & ADAC – amongst the largest Dutch and German auto-clubs and camping associations. More on Camp Belvedere when we “get there” on our trip, but here’s the website link if you’d like more information now Camp Belvedere, Seget Vranjica

Another example of this new approach to camping is a smart, “portal type” website called AdriaCamps, which aims to help those considering a Croatian camping holiday in the very early stages of the process, walking them through the process of selecting and booking their campsite or campsites via a one stop website and call centre. This might save a lot of time and anxiety, particularly if, for example, you’re looking to find a campsite in the high season, when most Croatian campsites are fully booked. The website will also help you search for campsites or holiday homes by theme – pet friendly, sandy beaches, campsites near towns or with wellness facilities, etc., and it’s a growing resource for locating campervan, caravan or camping related services and information.

Founded in 2015 and run by a small friendly team of travel professionals with plenty of experience in the camping industry, AdriaCamps aims to help overcome any camping challenges with ease and should be a real boon to first time visitors as well as more seasoned travellers.  I‘m sure we’ll be writing plenty more on AdriaCamps as it grows but in the meantime have a look and see what it’s got to offer for yourself by following this link - AdriaCamps

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