Of all the places I stayed during my recent travels through Croatia, Turist Grabovac by Plitvice Lakes was by far my favourite. It was something that was rather amusing to my family as they consider me a “fussy luxe” type of traveller where they couldn’t imagine me anywhere near anything that didn’t resemble a hotel. But that’s the funny thing, Turist Grabovac is far more than just a place to park your caravan or build your tent. There literally is accommodation for any type of traveller, whether you are looking for a caravan park or a 4 star mobile home that overlooks the pool area, this is one resort that will have you eager to step out of the shade.
Turist Grabovac is far more than just a place to park your caravan or build your tent.
– Getting There –
Turist Grabovac is only a 90 minute bus journey from Zagreb, purchase your tickets here. Be sure to inform your bus driver you’re getting off at Turist Grabovac so that they can drop you off in front of the campsite. If you’re travelling by car, the resort is located on the D-1, one of the main roads linking Central Croatia to the Dalmatian Coastline.
Turist Grabovac is located 9km away from Plitvice Lakes and there a shuttle bus each that arrives at 9am each morning that will happily drop you off to the lakes and back (3pm, 5pm) for 15kunas (2€) each way.
Why Choose Turist Grabovac?
Most people travelling through Croatia consider visiting Plitvice Lakes as a ‘day trip‘ before they venture off down to the coastline or back towards Zagreb. I too, had this preconceived notion. My only regret now is that I wish I spent more time in this part of Croatia. While there are always plenty of places to stay around this region, there is only one smart option. I don’t know much, or anything about caravans, campsites and building tents as this style of travel terrifies me but I do know when I personally feel safe and comfortable.
Turist Grabovac offers many tremendous alternatives depending on your budget and travel style. I stayed in the pavilion ‘Jelena’ area which called home to 16 well-sized double bed rooms and fully equipped bathroom. These rooms were perfect for my way of travel as the rooms were spacious yet plush in their own way. Our room was very close to all the ground’s amenities including the restaurant, pool area, bar, children’s playground and sports/fitness zones. These common areas were free to use at all the guest’s disposal no matter which part of the resort they were staying in.
– 4 Star Mobile Homes? –
If you’re travelling with a family or a group of friends and are looking for your own private accommodation, Turist Grabovac offers 4 Star accredited mobile homes, with a maximum capacity for 6 people. The mobile homes compromise of two bedrooms and two bathrooms and pasts guests have mentioned it feels more like 5 stars. With a private terrace and outdoor furniture that overlooks the stunning pool area, the mobile homes feel more like a home away from home. Prices start from €150, click here for more information.
Plitvice Lakes is not the only local attraction close to Turist Grabovac Resort, National Park Velebit and The Caves of Barac are close by and easily accessible day excursions that can be organised by the friendly staff at the resort. If you’re looking for more specific types of activities, there is also horse riding, zip line, cycling, hiking, paintball, kayaking and free climbing also organised by resort staff.
Surely there must be a million mosquitoes waiting devour your skin at any given moment, right? Wrong. There are no mosquitoes and we comfortably slept with our bedroom window open. The only downside I would say is that the WiFi is at times quite slow and scarce however, who thinks about WiFi when you’re surrounded by unspoiled nature (& no mosquitoes)?
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I was pleasantly surprised with the current standard and also potential of Turist Grabovac. Not only is the resort the ideal place to stop over overnight, it is also perfect for anyone looking to get away from the city and be absorbed by Croatia’s natural wilderness.
With so much to see around the resort and within it itself, I would definitely consider a long weekend at Turist Grabovac.
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