We are driving along the beautiful coast of the Mediterranean Sea, our windows are open which makes our hair blow in the breeze and music is blasting from the speakers. Kuchi, the cat, is on my lap, Sebastiaan is driving our Seat Inca with our home, the caravan, which is being pulled behind the car – we are searching for a spot to spend the day and night as close as possible to the rocky beaches of Croatia, but it needs to be an area where the cat can roam around in nature, and thus spots that are close to a busy road are not an option.
We finally find a road off of the beaten path and we decide to walk to down the path to see if it’s a good place to set up camp. We pass a beautiful old brick church along the way, and I climb up to the window to see if there is anything inside, but it’s too dark for me to see. I decide I need to come back with a flashlight to investigate the inside. We walk along the rocky road, and we begin to see some good spots that are large enough for us to park both the car as well as the caravan, we keep walking further down the path to see if there’s an entrance to the sea from here. We eventually find a little path that seems to be headed towards the water, we decide to check it out to be sure it indeed leads to a spot where we can get into the water, we pass sharp bushes and branches while walking down this small path, and eventually we see the glistening water; the view is stunning from here, there are many sailboats on the water and there are mountains on the other side. There are large rocks in front of us, so we will need to climb over them to be able to get into the water, but we don’t see this as a problem, we will just have to wear shoes to climb the rocks before we jump in. We are excited about this spot, and we decide to walk back to get the car, caravan & cat and park here for the night.
That evening a group of three Belgian people ask us if we are camping here, they are searching for a spot to set up camp as well and we inform them that we indeed are camping here for the night and tell them that there is a good spot a little while up the road. We join them later that evening, after sunset, they cooked some food, we drank some beers, and we chatted about the travels in Croatia.
This is one example of how we find spots to sleep while traveling through Croatia, there have been many other spots, mainly in nature. The only downside of these spots has been the abnormally large amount of mosquitos that keep us up all night – we wake up in the mornings with about 10-20 bites. The only spot where we were nearly mosquito free was on the parking lot of the Lidl (German discounter) grocery store – not the fanciest nor quaintest spot, but the sleep was the best in days.