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50+ best campsites in Istria for rent

Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, is located in the north of the country on the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. The region is a popular holiday destination for campers from all over Europe – and rightly so, as it has the most and best-equipped campsites in Croatia. Many of them are located directly by the sea in the shade of dense pine forests.

But sun, sea and beach are by no means all that Istria has to offer. Because of its distinctive natural landscape and unique combination of seaside holidays and picturesque hilltop villages, it is often referred to as a little Tuscany. With an average of 2,400 hours of sunshine a year and a Mediterranean climate along the coast, you can’t go wrong with Istria as a holiday destination. Thanks to its location in the north of the country and excellent transport links, Istria is also very easy to reach.

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Campsite Veštar

Rovinj, Istria (Croatia)

4.0

Very good

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Tent Pitches: 563 Mobile homes: 235
  • Capacity: 2100
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: IV - X
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Papafigo

Pula, Istria (Croatia)

4.7

Great

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Tent Pitches: 8 Mobile homes: 8
  • Capacity: 60
  • Surface:
  • Type: Mini
  • Season: I - XII
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Finida

Umag, Istria (Croatia)

4.1

Very good

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Tent Pitches: 182
  • Capacity: 800
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: IV - IX
  • WiFi free of charge

Brioni Sunny Camping

Fažana, Istria (Croatia)

3.8

Good

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Tent Pitches: 485 Mobile homes: 65
  • Capacity: 1500
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: III - XI
  • WiFi free of charge

FKK Naturist Campsite Koversada

Vrsar, Istria (Croatia)

3.8

Good

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Tent Pitches: 1670 Mobile homes: 30 Apartment Apartments: 335
  • Capacity: 5000
  • Surface:
  • Type: Naturist
  • Season: IV - X
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Arena Tašalera

Medulin, Istria (Croatia)

3.8

Good

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Tent Pitches: 312 Mobile homes: 5
  • Capacity: 936
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: IV - IX

Campsite Ulika Rovinj

Rovinj, Istria (Croatia)

4.4

Great

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Tent Pitches: 28 Mobile homes: 12
  • Capacity: 123
  • Surface:
  • Type: Mini
  • Season: III - X
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Arena Medulin

Medulin, Istria (Croatia)

3.8

Good

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Tent Pitches: 949 Mobile homes: 121
  • Capacity: 3210
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: III - X
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Pineta

Pula, Istria (Croatia)

3.8

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Tent Pitches: 600 Mobile homes: 49
  • Capacity: 1800
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: IV - IX
  • WiFi free of charge

Campsite Polari

Rovinj, Istria (Croatia)

4.0

Very good

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Tent Pitches: 1668 Mobile homes: 372
  • Capacity: 4900
  • Surface:
  • Type: Textile
  • Season: IV - X
  • WiFi free of charge
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Campsites with pools for the whole family

Of the total of 22 ADAC Super Campsites that Croatia can boast until 2023, 13 are located in Istria. And not without reason: the campsites in Istria are excellently equipped and offer many facilities for a relaxing camping holiday. Campsites with swimming pools are particularly popular, and the larger ones even have entire aqua parks. This means lots of water fun and endless hours of entertainment for your children.

And when you’ve had enough of the pool, the sea is usually just a stone’s throw away. Istria, like the rest of Croatia, has very clean beaches. Proof of this is the fact that most beaches in Istria have been awarded the Blue Flag, an international symbol for clean sea, environmental protection and beach facilities. So nothing stands in the way of your camping holiday with the family.

Pet-friendly campsites near the city

If you’re camping in Istria and want to take your four-legged friend with you, there’s no need to worry. Pets are welcome at most campsites in Istria. Dogs are man’s best friend and part of the family, so it’s natural to take them on holiday with you. Istrian campsites have many exercise areas, walking paths and often a special beach where you can swim with your dog.

In addition, many campsites in Istria are located close to towns, which can be easily reached via the coastal promenade or the tourist train. A good example is the Aminess Sirena campsite near Novigrad. Here you can enjoy peace and quiet during the day and take a relaxing family walk in the evening – with your dog, of course.

Mobile home or glamping for comfort above everything

Mobile homes are an increasingly popular type of accommodation for camping in Istria. They offer a lot of comfort, are usually designed for 4+2 guests, have bedrooms with comfortable beds, bathrooms and a covered terrace with a dining table and deckchairs. This allows you to enjoy all the advantages of a campsite while maximising comfort. They are often located in secluded areas or settlements within the campsites, where there is a pool, playgrounds and plenty of entertainment – and probably most importantly, no traffic is allowed. If you are travelling with younger children, this can be a great advantage.

And if you want to take the camping experience one step further, glamping is an ideal option. The glamping tents in Istrian campsites are very modern and offer everything you need for a relaxing holiday while enjoying direct contact with nature and sleeping in the open air. Particularly recommended for all types of campers is the Park Polidor campsite near Funtana. Here you will find attractive pitches close to the sea, various types of mobile homes with modern facilities and their own whirlpool or unique glamping tents for a different kind of camping experience.

Popular destinations for a camping holiday in Istria

Poreč

Poreč is one of the most popular destinations for campers in Istria – a place with a history that is second to none. The campsites in and around Poreč are particularly impressive due to their facilities, but also because of their offer for an active holiday. Cycling and hiking trails are easily accessible from all campsites. You will also find numerous taverns, restaurants and agritourisms in Poreč, where you can not only experience Istria, but also savour it.

Rovinj

Narrow cobbled streets, galleries and museums. Rovinj is the city of artists and will enchant you with its beauty. A postcard of the colourful houses, which from a distance appear to be immersed in the sea, will make your loved ones and friends at home envious. The campsites in Rovinj, such as Campsite Veštar or Campsite Polari, are ideal for a relaxing family holiday, as they offer first-class facilities as well as plenty of nature and peace and quiet.

Pula

The largest city in Istria with one of the most famous sights in Croatia. The Arena of Pula is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Today it serves as an important cultural centre and venue for many concerts and festivals. The campsites in Pula are located along the indented coast near the most beautiful beaches in Istria.

Umag

Umag is a well-known destination for sports lovers and active holidaymakers. The ATP Croatia Open Umag tennis tournament, which takes place in July, attracts tennis fans from all over the world to the small Istrian town. The largest campsite in Istria is also located here – Camping Park Umag. It will delight you with its pitches in the first row to the sea or family mobile homes with 3 bedrooms. What’s more, there’s no room for boredom here. Thanks to the wide range of water sports, sports grounds and entertainment programme, there is something for everyone.

Popular campsites in Istria

Lanterna Premium Camping Resort

This ADAC Superplatz (as of 2023) is one of the best-equipped and most popular campsites in Croatia. Located on the Lanterna peninsula, halfway between Poreč and Novigrad, the campsite offers everything you could wish for from a campsite. Pitches in the shade of dense pine forests, first-class and clean sanitary facilities, pet-friendly accommodation and a dog beach in the immediate vicinity, a water park, pools, sports fields and entertainment for young and old are the ideal choice for a family holiday you will never forget. Discover the campsite and find out why so many guests are regulars here and come back year after year.

Campsite Aminess Maravea

This 4-star campsite near Novigrad is ideal for a relaxing stroll along the coastal promenade that connects it to the town. The choice of pitches is huge, depending on whether you are looking for a quiet spot or want to camp right by the sea. Mobile homes and glamping tents are also a popular choice here. Savour the culinary delights of Istria in one of the restaurants within the complex and relax on one of the many blue flag beaches. The campsite also has a pool area with three pools – including a children’s pool with slides for lots of fun and fond memories of your beach holiday in Istria.

Camping Polari

There is another ADAC super campsite near Rovinj – the Polari campsite. Enjoy the huge range of first-class pitches and be sure to treat yourself to a trip to Rovinj, Pula or the Brijuni National Park. The campsite has barrier-free and pet-friendly beaches and is ideal for a family holiday in Istria.

Delicious food and a good glass of wine

Istrian gastronomy is well known. But sometimes you will park your motorhome and not necessarily feel like leaving the campsite. But you don’t have to. In many campsites in Istria you will find numerous restaurants, bars and taverns where you can sample all the best that Istria has to offer.

Be sure to try the local cheese with prosciutto, the trademark of Istria. However, if you want to experience Istria to the full, we recommend a trip to the interior of the peninsula. This is where the real hidden treasures lie, in the truest sense of the word. Discover the many hilltop towns that will enchant you not only with their historical tradition but also with their breathtaking views. The best examples of this are Buzet and Motovun, two small towns that you should definitely visit. Here you can taste the black truffle and if you are adventurous you can even go on a truffle hunt. On this occasion, you can search for the hidden treasure accompanied by specially trained dogs.

Of course, a drop of olive oil is a must. Istria has been voted the best olive oil region in the world by the well-known olive oil guide Flos Olei for the 8th time in a row. And there is a good reason for this. Don’t miss one of the numerous wine cellars in Istria and taste autochthonous varieties such as Istrian Malvasia or Teran. Bon appetit!

Active holidays in Istria and popular sights

If you are looking for an active holiday, there is no better choice than Istria. Especially on two wheels, Istria looks particularly enticing. The many cycle paths along the coast or through the small inland towns will tempt you to stay active every day. Particularly recommended is the Parenzana, a former train route that has been converted into an attractive cycle route and attracts many cycling enthusiasts on the way from Poreč to Trieste.

There are a few water parks in Croatia and two of them are located in Istria. Lucky you – treat your children to a day at Aquapark Istralandia near Novigrad or Aquacolors near Poreč. One thing is for sure – when you return to the campsite in the evening, you will fall asleep with a smile on your face.

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Camping Region of Istria located?
The region of Istria is also Croatia's largest peninsula. Located in the west of Croatia, on the northern Adriatic, it is also called Terra Magica. The diverse and recognized gastronomy of Istria is the main asset of this region, along with famous winemakers and world-class olive oils. Some of the famous cities are Rovinj, Pula and Poreč on the coast, and smaller towns in the interior such as Motovun, Grožnjan and Hum - the smallest city in the world. Due to the influence of the past and tourism, the majority of the population in Istria speaks Italian, German and English well.
How to get to Istria with a camper?
You can reach Istria by car from European countries through border crossings, through Slovenia or Hungary. It is important to note that from January 1, 2023. there are no border controls - the Republic of Croatia has become part of Schengen. In the summer months, expect traffic jams on Croatian highways, especially on weekends due to increased arrivals/departures. Payment for the highway is made at toll stations, and you can pay by credit card or cash. If you book your accommodation through our website, you will receive detailed information about the best routes, weather forecast in our pre-stay mail. Distance of Istria from European metropolises: Munich - 561 km. approx. 6 hours Düsseldorf - 1,176 km. approx. 12:30 hours Frankfurt - 957 km. approx. 10 hours Berlin - 1,150 km. approx. 12 hours Amsterdam - 1,387 km. approx. 2:30 hours Zurich - 768 km. approx. 8:30 hours Vienna - 545 km. approx. 5:30 hours Warszawa -1,207 km. approx. 12 hours Prague - 869 km. what. 9 hours Budapest - 602 km. approx. 6 hours Ljubljana - 164 km. approx. 2 hours
How to get the easiest way to move around Istria during a camp stay?
The easiest way to move around Istria is certainly by car. If you have a large camper, it is possible to rent a car or a scooter in all major cities in Istria. Some of the larger campsites in Istria are connected by bus lines, trains or taxi boats to nearby towns. Transfers to cities are charged additionally and can be booked on the spot, without prepayment.
When is the best time to camping in Istria?
The climate in Istria is Mediterranean, with hot and dry summers and pleasant, mild winters. Istria has an average of 2,400 sunny hours per year, and the hottest months are June, July and August, when the average temperature is 32°C. The coldest months are December, January and February with average temperatures of 6°C. The swimming season lasts from May to October, and the sea is warmest in July and August. If you decide to travel in those months, prepare for extreme heat and crowds. We recommend staying in the pre- and post-season, when the air and sea temperatures are very pleasant for swimming, and the crowds are significantly reduced.
What are the beaches in camps in Istria like?
Beaches in campsites in Istria are mostly pebbly, while rocky beaches predominate in the south of the peninsula. Stone and concrete beaches and sandy beaches are less common, of which there are only a few in Istria. You can find sandy beaches at the Campsite Stella Maris in Umag, the Lanterna Premium Camping Resort in Poreč and the Campsite Arena Medulin. Most of the campsites have marked dog beaches, and you can find the exact information on the separate sites of the campsites. In naturist/FKK campsites, all beaches are naturist, and some naturist beaches can be found outside the campsites. On many beaches, it is possible to enjoy various water sports for an additional fee. Many beaches in Istria have the Blue Flag, which indicates a particularly high quality and cleanliness of the sea. Sunbeds and umbrellas on the beaches in the campsites are charged separately according to the valid price list for the current year.
What does Istria offer to camping guests?
In addition to the beaches for which Istria is famous, it is important to mention the rich cultural and historical heritage of this region. Some of the most famous sights are the Roman Amphitheater in Pula, the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč and the Brijuni National Park. It is important to mention the town of Rovinj and its old town center, as well as places in the interior such as Motovun, Grožnjan. Small towns on the coast such as Labin, Vrsar and Novigrad also stand out with their charming streets, and you can find more on the official website of the Tourist Board of Istria County https://www.istra.hr/hr. An active holiday is also an attractive option if you are planning a visit to Istria. Namely, this region is intertwined with bicycle and pedestrian paths. All trails in one place and details about each can be found here http://www.istria-trails.com/en/home_page. Istria is also home to famous winemakers and wine cellars that are hidden at every turn. Enjoy tastings at the most beautiful locations in Istria with local wages. Istrian gastronomy is especially proud of its dishes with truffles, prosciutto, pljukanci, fuži and world-recognized and award-winning olive oils.
What is the average price of pitches in Istria and is it necessary to make a reservation in advance?
The average price of a pitch for a family of four in a four-star campsite in Istria is €50-70 in pre- and post-season, while in high season the price varies from €90 to €120. Plot prices are affected by: the number of people, the period of stay, the percentage of occupancy of the campsites, holiday periods, the level of equipment of the pitch and the location of the individual plot itself (closeness to the sea). The tourist tax is included in the price at certain campsites, while at some it is calculated additionally at the reception of the campsite. Pitches that have connections for electricity, water and drainage do not charge extra for the connections, they are included in the price of the pitch itself. Some pitches in the high season (July and August) are often sold out already at the end of March. For this reason, timely booking is recommended during Early Booking, in the period from November to February.
What are the booking and cancellation terms and conditions?
At some campsites, an advance payment or the total amount is required when booking. The amount paid in advance or the total amount is deducted from the bill for the stay in the campsite. At certain campsites, you only need to fill in your credit card information. The credit card is valid as a guarantee for the trip and confirmation of the reservation. Most campsites allow free cancellation of reservations up to a few days before the trip. Certain campsites do not allow free cancellation and keep the advance payment or charge the credit card for a certain amount. You can find the exact reservation and cancellation conditions for the desired campsite in the first step of the booking process.
What kind of campsites can you find in Istria?
Family campsites are the most common in Istria. You can find large campsites with swimming pools, but also smaller campsites that have an animation program for children and young people. Campsites in Istria are pet friendly - pets are allowed for an extra charge according to the current price list, and better campsites have showers for pets as part of the sanitary facilities. Of the other campsites, Istria has naturist/FKK campsites, campsites near cities, campsites in the interior and campsites with wellness.
What contents and amenities can you find in campsites?
In most campsites, an animation program is organized for children and adults, along with evening programs with live music. In the pre- and post-season the animation is in a somewhat more modest form. The complete animation program runs from mid-June to mid-September and is usually free. In the campsites you can find a really diverse sports and recreational offer. The campsites have multipurpose playgrounds, volleyball, soccer, tennis and basketball courts, as well as outdoor gyms. From water sports, you can try surfing, diving, pedal boats, and rent a kayak or SUP, and there are often inflatable water parks in the campsites. You can rent bicycles and scooters in most campsites, and you can find detailed information on the page of the particular camp you are interested in. Sports fields are not charged in most cases, while other activities are most often charged additionally.
What are the most famous camping destinations in Istria?
The most visited and famous camping destinations in Istria are Umag, Novigrad, Poreč and Rovinj. In these locations, it is possible to find large resorts, but also smaller, simpler campsites. Istria is an ideal destination for families with children, pet owners, but also for couples and naturists.
Which campsites in Istria have a marina or the ability to moor the ship?
In most cases, the campsites have boat ramps and some even have boat lifts. Some campsites offer guests buoys for rent in the campsite. Bove cannot be booked in advance and we are unable to guarantee a place in advance. Buoys are arranged with the reception on the day of arrival or with the harbor, depending on the campsite where you are staying. Prices for buoys are in accordance with the price list for the current season and differ from campsite to campsites. Boats must be up to 5 or 6 m long (depending on the campsite), for larger boats you need to reserve a place in the marina. You will find detailed information about the desired campsite on the separate pages of the campsites.
Do the campsites in Istria have charging stations for electric cars?
Electric charging stations for cars can be found in most of the larger campsites in Istria, and they are charged. If the campsites do not contain electric charging stations, they can be found in nearby larger cities in the region. You can check the exact data on the separate pages of the campsites or here https://chargemap.com/map

Fully flexible booking

Due to the uncertain travel situation, it is important to book flexibly. At AdriaCamps you can cancel this accommodation free of charge up to a few days before your arrival.