Organised naturist holidays in Croatia first appeared in the 1930s with one of the early pioneers being none other than Edward VIIIth – a vistor to one of the naturist beaches on the island of Rab. (He was travelling with Mrs Simpson, but she apparently was not too keen on bathing in the nude.)
The real boom in naturist holidays started in the 1960s when many naturist camps and facilities were opened in Istria and Dalmatia. Over 100,000 holidaymakers enjoyed these holidays annually.
At present, this type of holiday in Croatia is not as popular as it once was due to competition from other European countries, in which similar facilities have been created. Nevertheless, thousands and thousands of naturists still come to Croatia to enjoy the beautiful country and its coastline and for a peaceful holiday.
There are many naturist beaches in Croatia, located all along the coastline, and you will see these marked locally (or on maps) as ‘FKK’ - this stands for Freikörperkultur; FKK is the German notification for naturism. There are also specific naturist holiday camps in Croatia, such as the Naturist Resort Solaris and Naturist Camping Ulika, both near Porec, Istria; Naturist Camp Valalta near Rovinj, Istria; and CampingIN Kanegra FKK Umag, near that town in northern Istria.
In case you’re wondering, we wouldn’t say that Croats are especially keen on naturism (although we’re sure some are) – naturist holiday camps and beaches were largely set up for foreign visitors, rather than because of any particular interest domestically.