Croatian campsites, with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5, are second in Europe after those in the Netherlands, according to the latest edition of the German ADAC automobile club, which carries ratings and recommendations for thousands of campsites in Europe, including 119 in Croatia, the Croatian Camping Union (KUH) has said.
KUH representatives and others from the tourism sector attended a presentation of the ADAC 2017 camping guide at the CMT tourism fair in Stuttgart earlier in the week.
German campers generate a majority 33% percent of nights in Croatian campsites.
The average quality of Croatian campsites in the 2017 guide went up 2.3% on the year, with an average rating of 3.6 out of 5. The Istria and Dubrovnik regions saw the highest increases in quality, while Istria and Kvarner remain the regions with the best campsides, KUH says.
The 2017 ADAC guide rates 119 Croatian campsites, the same number as last year.
The Val Soline in Rovinj was rated Super(platz) 2017, ranking among the best campsites in Europe alongside six others in Croatia - Park Umag in Umag, Lanterna in Porec, Valalta in Rovinj, Krk on Krk island, Strasko on Pag island, and Zaton near Zadar.
ADAC gave those seven campsites five stars, while another 24 Croatian campsites were given 4.5 stars, including 13 on the northern Adriatic peninsula of Istria.
Lanterna, Krk, Park Umag, Val Soline, Valalta, Strasko, Zaton, and Solaris in Sibenik were given the Top Campings 2017 award by the Dutch ANWB auto club. Materada in Porec was the only campsite in Croatia and one of three in Europe to receive the Glamping Award 2017 from the Dutch Vacanceselect tour operator.
The 2017 ADAC guide notes that nine Croatian campsites show visible improvement in comparison with 2016, and that the locations of 65 campsites are outstandingly beautiful. However, the guide says that no campsite operates all year long.
KUH says 2016 was a successful year for campsites, with 17.3 million nights, up 2% on the year.
Croatia has 640 campsites, including 187 medium and 453 small ones, with an accommodation capacity of 242,000, of which nearly 50% in Istria, followed by 28% in Dalmatia. One in three camps have four stars and only Krk on the island of Krk has five.