Where to camp?
The choice of destination is where it all starts; my first experience of staying in a tent came more out of necessity than desire: the places where I wanted to stay at least overnight often did not offer any kind of accommodation or else they exceeded my budget. It took me a little while to realize that raising a tent in good company can be a source for countless memories and anecdotes which are retold for years to come. Each experience, even the worst one feels different if it can be shared with other people and in a beautiful place. But if you don’t have the time to discover whether this is your kind of holiday, and have instead decided to give camping a try, come what may, Northwest Istria will be an excellent choice.
Kanegra, Mareda, Park Umag, Stella Maris… the camping gems od Northwest Istria
Once you have chosen the destination, all that remains is for your to choose the right camp. The company you’re in as well as your mutual preferences are the most important factors here. A family man will choose Park Umag camp, deservedly known as an ideal family camp, while a group of active holiday fans might be more interested in Stella Maris, renowned for its sports and recreation facilities, and a requisite if you happen to be around during the Umag ATP.
If unspoiled nature is what you are after, then Mareda camp near Novigrad is the right place for you. Those who want to become one with the nature, and discard all things not provided by nature itself, will love the naturist camp Kanegra, which while revealing most things, also happens to hide one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
Tent, camper, trailer… how to choose?
Today camping is more evolved than ever, and campers have at their disposal a wide range of tents, campers, trailers and motorhomes. Your choice will depend on the season, destination and duration of the camping trip, as well as the prices, which can greatly vary from one type to the next.
(In)essential camping equipment
Regardless of your chosen type of accommodation, the essential camping equipment always includes a sun cream, mosquito spray, first aid kit, flashlight and a multipurpose pocket knife (of the Swiss Army Knife type). The rest of your equipment, just like your choice of wardrobe, will depend on the type of accommodation that you have chosen: those in campers will have no need for a small gas cooker, while those in tents will find it an essential element of their camping inventory. Another essential accessory of every camper is a good quality raincoat. A less essential but still very popular part of camping equipment are social games: perhaps you won’t bring your foosball table with you, but remember that even the smallest backpack can fit a deck of cards.
What to do in a camp?
… besides enjoying the beach and sea activities? Almost all the mentioned camps offer a wide range of sports and recreational facilities and free activities for the kids. For those who would rather skip experimenting with the gas cooker, or just prefer not to think about cooking when they are on holiday, there is a great selection of establishments with good food and drinks, usually located in places where you will want to stay for a while even after finishing your meal. For a bit of peace of mind and solitude, there are nice walking paths as well as Internet access in most camps. Some of the camps try to include educational programs about the region and local culture, so if you happen to stay at the Park Umag Mobile Homes camp, make sure to take a peak at the eco park that exhibits the emblematic features of Istria.
Why is camping a great idea?
Because it provides you with a great deal of flexibility in terms of organizing your time, accommodations and meals. The fact that you can dictate the position of your accommodation also provides you with memorable moments, such as waking up with the sound of the waves, just a few meters from the beach.
In my experience, camping is an excellent choice for all those planning to take their pets on holiday. Camps are also equipped with showers for pets and pet friendly beaches, which will surely delight their owners as well as their four-legged friends.