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Yorkydave

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Anyone any experience of camping in Croatia? We arrived today in Umag, found a car park with a Motorhome sign and an option for 24 hours, paid the fee direct to car park warden got a ticket so though all was well. Went to tourist info and told all wild camping illegal we must use a site if we do not register on a site then we will have to pay a fine to leave the country as we have to be registered each night. Checked with warden again who says not true and we are ok. One web site appears to agree with tourist info but says it’s ok to sleep in van in car parks with designated Motorhome areas which this has. Fine apparently €400 each so would like to avoid. Help please !
 

Robert Clark

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Wild camping is illegal in Croatia
Best to use campsites or camperstops
Loads on Campercontact
It will be expensive to stay now as it’s high season until September
 

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Take a photo of the sign and keep your ticket. According to Campercontact there are a very small number of free aires in Croatia and the ones I looked at just now are just parking areas.
 
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Thanks for the quick response, we sussed the expensive bit, camper contacts are showing the same type of site we are on carparks with designated Motorhome parking for 24 hours but we are being told it’s illegal to sleep in the van
 

Robert Clark

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Thanks for the quick response, we sussed the expensive bit, camper contacts are showing the same type of site we are on carparks with designated Motorhome parking for 24 hours but we are being told it’s illegal to sleep in the van
There are lots of small informal camperstops attached to restaurants
You’ll spot them as you’re driving along the coast
 
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Or if kayaking is your thing, mreznica river waterfalls, stunning location and they will let you overnight on the land opposite. The wildlife was amazing.
Marco the guide, a real character !
Even if your not kayakers I'd recommend you give it a try, great day in lovely location, and on the way to Plitvice.
There are a few wild camping places and your unlikely to be asked to move unless your very inconsiderate.
As stated campsites are expensive now.
Croatia has a beautiful coastline but not much of it is accessible outside the areas that are developed.
Many of the online places to freecamp are not really places you'd want to be, in my experience.
We spent a lot of June in Croatia but heading north now as it's getting much to hot for us !
 
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If you go to Plitvice I'd recommend you get as soon as the gates open and have some time in relative peace and quiet.
By 1100 there will be 400 tour coaches on the carpark having brought Japanese and Chinese tourists, all waving selfie sticks and posing to photograph each other, and walking against the flow on the boardwalks.
If you get what I mean !
I should add, not just Japs and chinks but they're the worst offerders.

Great place but gets sooo busy
 
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I expect the tourist info person was referring to actual wild camping, not paying to park in a designated motorhome bay. If you buy a ticket for a 24 hour stay then you clearly are allowed to sleep in the vehicle.
 
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Yorkydave

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That’s what I thought so checked with local police, response was no no no, after some pressing the desk copper said if we were passing through then they would turn a blind eye. In the event we stayed on the car park. No issues. I think the tourist info are very strict as the rules are set by the ministry of tourism and enforced by the police who have better things to do. They can’t be bothered filling forms in to fine English people. Every days a learning day! Many thanks for your help
 
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