With hundreds of thousands of tourists flooding the region in July and August, the West Coast is well equipped with beds in every kind of accommodation you could imagine.

Feature: Taking It All Off in Istria

Naturism in Croatia enjoys a long and venerable history that began on Rab Island around the turn of the 20th century. It quickly became a fad among Austrians influenced by the growing German freikörperkultur (FKK) movement, which loosely translates as ‘free body culture’. Later, Austrian Richard Ehrmann opened the first naturist camp on Paradise Beach in Lopar (on Rab), but the real trailblazers of Adriatic naturism were Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, who popularised it by going skinny-dipping along the Rab coast in 1936.

The coast of Istria now has many of Croatia’s largest and most well-developed naturist resorts and campgrounds.


The west coast is a mixed bag when it comes to food and doesn't have as much of the Istrian authenticity of the interior. Eating options range from Croatian seafood restaurants to touristy belly-filling establishments, though standards are fairly high across the board.