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Croatia's popularity as the rising star holiday destination of the former Yugoslavian region is something of a badly kept secret. Sitting between the Mediterranean and Central Europe, Croatia is attracting visitors for its stunning beaches, architecture, good food and friendly people, without forfeiting its authenticity in the wake of mass tourism. Over 500 campsites dot the length and breadth of the country, with motorhome hire in Croatia becoming increasingly popular with each sunset on the Dalmatian coast.
Before starting out, you'll first need to pick a motorhome best suited to your requirements. Luckily for you, we already have a selection of fully equipped and modern motorhomes from our Croatian suppliers. Many come equipped with a kitchen with fridge and a bathroom which includes a working toilet and separate shower, plus a whole array of extras. You can choose to collect your vehicle on arrival from a selection of pick-up points within the country or, for an additional charge, an airport pick-up service can be arranged from a number of Croatian or European airports.
Croatia has nine passenger airports with the busiest in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split. Many low-cost passenger airlines fly daily to the country from airports all over the UK and the rest of Europe, and often at extremely affordable prices. Croatia also has some fantastic transport connections to the rest of Europe, and is easy to reach by train from Vienna, Budapest, Prague, or even Germany. If you are coming from Croatia's neighbour across the pond, Italy, then a simpler option would be to cross the sea by ferry, with many services able to carry larger vehicles such as motorhomes.
So what should you include on your itinerary? By far the biggest attraction of Croatia is its nearly 1,100 mile long coastline, with most tourists flocking to Renaissance-oozing Dubrovnik in the south on the Adriatic coast. Explore its winding marble streets and marvel at the Baroque architecture, but beware the soaring accommodation prices during the summer high season. With a good selection of coastal campsites with pitches located close by, you can avoid the high costs of a hotel. Just park up your motorhome, enjoy the on-site facilities, and catch the bus to Dubrovnik city centre.
An important note about camping in Croatia to be aware of is that camping outside of campsites is prohibited by law, with high fines dealt to those who ignore it. So make sure you plan in advance where you plan to stay and give yourself plenty of time to get there.
After Dubrovnik, start making your way north, but be sure to make a trip to the island of Hvar along the way for a day or two of island hopping, boat trips, markets selling local produce and some fantastic views from high up in the olive and lavender fields. Once back on mainland, your next port of call should be the stunningly well preserved Roman city of Split. Centred around the ancient Diocletian's Palace, it is the largest city on the Dalmatian coast, as well as one of the oldest at more than 1,700 years old. Continuing north after Split, take a detour away from the coast and check out the Plitvice Lakes National Park inland. This is an absolute must-see, with over 1 million tourists visiting every year to gaze in wonder at the prehistoric caves, waterfalls and natural dams set amongst pristine azure, green and blue lakes. From here you can continue north alternating the coast with interesting inland towns and farmland, branching out into continental Croatia if you plan to go into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia or Austria.
Still not convinced about a motorhome hire holiday in Croatia? You will be when you see our fleet of vehicles. Fill out an enquiry form over at the Campanda website today and start planning the motorhome holiday of a lifetime!