Travel Diaries: My Memorable Croatia Trip in an RV

Written by EJ Ray

March 27, 2023
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A road trip gives you the chance to experience more of Croatia. A great way to experience the country is by RV. Here are the best moments on a Croatia trip in an RV.

Are you planning a trip for the weekend? Whether you’re from Europe or the United States, nothing beats a road trip in CroatiaIn this post, I’ll talk about one of my most recent and memorable trips to Croatia in an RV and what you can expect from “The Land of a Thousand Islands.” I’ll also give insight into what you can do once you’re in the country. So without waiting another minute, let us begin exploring Croatia in an RV.

Why Should You Consider Traveling through Croatia in an RV?

You might wonder why you should travel in a recreational vehicle (RV) in the first place. Whether you’re into road trips or not, heading to this beautiful country in an RV is your best choice for many reasons.

Firstly, traveling in an RV is cheap! Whether you own or rent one, if you do the calculations, you’ll find it more affordable than when you book a flight. In the United States, I have my own small camper Stracraft launch that I often travel in, so once I was in Europe I didn’t hesitate to rent one. Trust me; it saved me a lot of bucks during my trip because I didn’t have to worry about accommodations. You can rent RVs in Croatia online at Camping Adriatic 

Secondly, the feeling of being able to explore the whole region one by one as you make stops to try some delicious wine is second to none! I, for one, am a wine lover. Croatia is an upcoming European wine producer with almost 400 wineries! So, you know what to expect during these stops.

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Dubrovnik is a great stop when you explore Croatia. Photo by Maria Vonotna via iStock by Getty Images

Finally, you’ll come across breathtaking islands, sandy beaches, and spectacular coastlines on the road. Oh, and did I tell you? The people here are very friendly. If you’re unsure of a particular place or your GPS doesn’t work for some reason, the people here are more than happy to help you!

Must-Stop Places in Croatia

While traveling through the country, I quickly stopped in the capital city of Zagreb. Boy, oh boy, was it worth my time! Situated along the Sava River, the city is known as the Homeland of the Necktie. The Cathedral of Zagreb is one of the city’s famous tourist attractions. You could also head to the Maksimir Park and Museum of Illusions if you have time.

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There are many stops as you explore Croatia. The Sava River near Zagreb is quite scenic.

Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, and Pula are some of the most famous must-stop places for RV travel. These cities have plenty of sites for RV tourists that allow them to explore this magnificent city. If you’re a nature lover, you should spend a night at Ribnik’s Heart of Nature Camp.

As for me, I spent the night in my RV at Cres Island. Remember that you must catch the ferry to the island before the last ferry trip. Overall, there are many more RV parks in the country. It won’t be long before you end up in another fantastic place to spend the night.

What to Expect When Going Through Croatia in Your RV

As mentioned, you’ll encounter many fantastic sights by road through the city. These routes may take you through Coastline towns like Banjole, Rovinj, Lovran, Miletici, and Trogir. Undoubtedly, these routes will be wholesome and a treat to your eyes! You could also drive through the capital city to set your sights on some nature reserves.

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Exploring the coastal towns is a treat in an RV.

As for me, I wanted a combination of both. So, I took the route through Zadar, where I spent the whole day sunbathing and swimming at some of its best beaches. I ended the night by going through the Zumberak natural reserve, with stunning waterfalls. From my friends I learned about the RV parking lot, and without hesitation, I went there and it was the right choice. On one side is the Neretva River, and on the other side is the sea bay. I wish I knew how to sky board, it looked amazing. This place is called Neretva Delta, near Blace. 

Caravan on campsite. Camping view.

There are great places to camp in an RV throughout Croatia.

You may also want to stop at Plitvice Lakes if you pass through it. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that you should go early. If not, you may find yourself surrounded by crowds! When you arrive there early, you can enjoy the wonders surrounding the lake. Also, it’s a way to escape the heat, especially if you’re visiting the country during summer.

What to Expect in Croatia During Different Seasons

One thing’s for sure: the summer season in Croatia is hot. However, it’s also when many tourists from all over the world visit the country.

If you can’t take the heat and don’t want to be among crowds, visit the country in Autumn, around September or October. At this time, you may find yourself in luck and enjoy basking in the sun at a beach alone! I was traveling at this time. The beaches are deserted and the water is warm. I took a SUP board with me and could freely use it along the coast, which is impossible in the summer.

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Fall is a great time to visit Croatia.

Winters in Croatia can get extremely cold. When traveling to Croatia in your RV during the winter, ensure you have enough blankets and heat supplies. The last thing you want is to spend sleepless nights and make it a not-so-memorable trip.

I prefer the spring and autumn seasons. Apart from the weather being pleasant, there were also several tourist places in various cities that my loved ones and I could visit and partake in activities at this time.

Planning Your Trip to Croatia in an RV

Before you embark on this wonderful journey, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. This will help make your trip with your loved ones even more memorable without hurdles and roadblocks.

Figure out what you want to do before heading to the country. Since Croatia has plenty of tourist attractions, you may get flustered. Moreover, if your time is limited, you may not get to fully enjoy the trip.

Also, plan your itinerary and route according to the number of days you will be traveling. For this, you also need to consider the starting point and how long it’ll take you to get to the country. If you’re taking your RV, don’t forget that your vehicle insurance is crucial. Determining whether you’ll need a visa to enter the country is also one thing you shouldn’t ignore.

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Overall, my RV trip to Croatia was memorable and fun. With plenty of things to do while there, I wouldn’t mind doing it all over again! If you’re still in doubt about whether you should embark on this trip, don’t hesitate and go for it! Believe me, it will be worth your time, especially if you’re planning on visiting with your family and friends.

A road trip gives you the chance to experience more of Croatia. A great way to experience the country is by RV. Here are the best moments on a Croatia trip in an RV.


Travel Diaries: My Memorable Croatia Trip in an RV

Written by EJ Ray

EJ Ray is a traveler at heart. It is part of her soul and she loves to share her travels through her words. She has traveled the world, seeking great food, wine, and experiences. EJ was born in the Eastern US but has lived across the country and in Europe and Mexico. She also took to the road for a while, exploring from her RV. EJ always seeks the next great sip, bite, and adventure.

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