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2018 Guide: Glamourous Camping: Glamping in Croatia
Ever heard of glamping?
No, it’s not some random word that someone made up, it’s actually a fantastic and glamorous way to experience nature in some of the most sophisticated surroundings possible! If camping isn’t for you, because you simply can’t be bothered with packing and unpacking a tent and dealing with the whole sleeping on the floor thing, then glamping is a fantastic source of middle ground between a hotel and a tent.
Think of a regular campsite – you get the beauty of nature and peace and serenity, but do you generally get much in the way of comfort? Glamping combines the best bits of camping but adds in total and utter comfort and style. You don’t need to pack or unpack a tent, you don’t need to make a fire, and you don’t have to go outside behind a bush if you need the toilet in the middle of the night!
Glamping is like a home away from home, but with extra sophistication thrown in. When you think about the scenery and nature in Croatia, you can imagine that a glamping break could be something very special indeed. There are several sites which have glamping facilities, so let’s look at some of the best ones.
Glamping Cikat Losinj
Located in Mali Losinj, you will find this real slice of outdoor heaven. Accommodation is like being on safari, with a wooden hut entirely at your disposal, including kitchen facilities, a coffee machine for your morning cup of java, as well as comfortable beds and living space. On-site you will also find a swimming pool, spa center, shops, and restaurants. Like about log cabins, the ones you get in ski resorts, but add in the sun, warmer temperatures, and Mediterranean-style scenery, and you’re not too far from what this site offers. You’re not cut off from the world either, as there is wifi throughout, as well as private parking.
Situated on the island of Losinj, you will be cut off from the hustle and bustle of daily life, making this is the ideal place to kick back and relax. Glamping here is fun, affordable, and luxurious to the max.
Just ten mins from Zadar you will also find the fantastic glamping facilities that this camp offers. If you love the holiday resort feel, almost like a holiday village, then this is for you. Here you will find luxury tents, which feel more like a house than an actual tent itself! Well equipped with all mod-cons, again, it is like being on safari, all situated in a very quiet and peaceful location in nature. Every tent is private, safe, and you will be extremely comfortable. If you prefer, you can go for a safari lodge instead which come with patios and queen sized beds and bunk beds for the kids. All have a dining room, kitchen, and en-suite toilet and shower.
This is a great choice if you want to be in the countryside, set away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but within easy reach at the same time.
The popular spot of Porec can be explored and enjoyed via glamping too! Camping Laterna has 14 luxury tents available for those who want to give glamping a try, set in a small village near Tarska Vala. The views of the sea are stunning to wake up to every morning, as well as the nearby town of Novigrad. Glampers can enjoy the on-site swimming pool and restaurant, while kicking back and relaxing in the large and well-equipped tents which are situated on the beach or above it.
The tents themselves are great for families, with a large room for adults, and a smaller room for the kids, including bunk beds. There are en-suite bathrooms and showers, a large kitchen and terrace, all including hammocks to really relax, as well as an outdoor seating area. If you want to watch something on TV, you can do that too, while you take in your surroundings.
Bi Village, Fazana
On the western coastline of the popular Istria region of Croatia, you will find the equally popular area of Fazana. Bi Village is a glamping slice of heaven, with huge tents offering comfort and sophistication. This is a great spot for families again, as you can enjoy the fun of camping, while cutting out the hard work and negative side of it. There are restaurants on site, as well as a playground, shops, and a large swimming pool. There is an entertainment team on site too, which keeps the kids happy during the early evening, as well as during the day.
Accommodation here is like a holiday cottage, and rooms are equipped with large beds, including mosquito nets, decorated in wooden, simplistic style. Your surroundings are entirely natural, set in the countryside and lush, green vegetation. It really doesn’t get more al fresco than this without actually sleeping on the ground outdoors!
Camp Simuni, Pag
In the north of the Adriatic, you will find the beautiful and very popular island of Pag, with an extremely long coastline, ideal for beach breaks. Here you can also find glamping facilities, and Camp Simuni is part of the large Eurocamp franchise, so you know you’re getting amenities and entertainment as standard also. There are six beaches nearby, as well as 14 cycling paths, and a watersports center to enjoy.
Choose from a variety of different styles of accommodation, ranging from 2-3 bedrooms, depending on your party size. All are like wooden cabins, with decking and outdoor living, made easy, as well as bathrooms, cooking facilities, and complete privacy.
Pag might be a popular spot, and that might mean crowds during summer, but the slightly out of the way location of this camp means you can enjoy the best of both worlds – peace and quiet while being within easy reach of holiday fun.
Mon Perin, Bale
There is a lot of beauty and history to explore in Bale, and glamping at the same time is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the traditions of the Istrian region. Mon Perin itself is very sophisticated, offering a true get away from it all feel. All accommodation is modern and well-decorated, almost like a show home, with glass sides to help you check out the beautiful beach and vegetation all around you.
The site is very close to the medieval town of Bale itself, and there are plenty of facilities and amenities on site. Children will be well catered for with a playground, mini golf, beach facilities and sports, a tourist train, and a free aqua park too. There are on-site restaurants, BBQ facilities, and a beach bar for your entertainment and ease of use. This is like a holiday village with an extra modern and extra sophisticated twist!
If you want to be based in complete and utter countryside, cut off from the world, then this particular choice is for you. Set on an island, you can have easy reach to the mainland, but enjoy peace and serenity as your base, with fragrant pine and olive trees to wake up to every morning. This is a site which is adults-only, so fantastic for honeymoons and romantic breaks, without noise.
The accommodation is like safari huts, many of which have direct beach views to wake up to. There are hammocks and chairs outside most huts, and ambient lighting available. Wifi is on hand, and each lodge has a bathroom, kitchen, and living area, which is well-stocked with everything you could need throughout your break. If you thought camping was bargain basement, a visit to this glamping site really will show you how sophisticated this new form of holidaying can be.
You don’t have to be in the total countryside; you can be very close to a large city but still enjoy the wonder of nature. Camp Zagreb is the perfect source of middle ground, offering easy reach to the city, but also being set in green, lush vegetation too. This isn’t a huge site, but it offers enough for visitors to enjoy, including wooden bungalows which overlook the lake, and plentiful water sports on offer, such as kayaking, to fill your day’s entertainment. There is a wellness suite on-site, as well as a large restaurant and pizzeria. There are 50 camping pitches available, as well as three luxury bungalows, and one with a deluxe room. As you can see, it will never be crowded!If you don’t like the idea of a soulless hotel during your stay, Camp Zagreb really will help you feel like you’re enjoying the best of nature, but the sophistication and glamor of glamping at the same time.
So, if you have always wanted to try camping, but you really can’t get your head around how to pitch a tent, perhaps glamping is for you? Here are dozens more camping options in Croatia to check out. Plus, if you want even more luxury, you can’t go past these Croatian unique hotels.
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