Croatia offers a unique type of accommodation appropriately referred to as “Robinson”. Robinson accommodations are known for their remote location, usually in seclusion on a barely habited island or deep in the woods far from civilization. The name of this type of stay is inspired by the novel Robinson Crusoe, a novel published in 1719 about a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote deserted island.
From what we can tell, the Robinson accommodation is a uniquely Croatian offering, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. It even has its own special classification with the government that allows for a lack of modern conveniences like running water or electricity. However, that doesn’t mean all of them are off-grid.
In this post, we’ve culled a batch of Robinson-style treehouses built amongst Croatia’s canopies, all of which offer the comforts of home with the seclusion you crave. If you’d rather go totally off-grid, check out these completely-free modern shelters for the long-haul hiker.
Here are some of the best treehouses in Croatia:
- Cadmos Village, Komaji
- Plitvice Holiday Resort, Grabovac
- Riverland Mrežnica, Donji Zvečaj
- Treehouse Gorski lazi, Tršće
- Treehouse Lika, Drenovec Ladučki
- Treehouse Resnice, Barilović
Into the woods, we go…
Cadmos Village is an adrenaline park located in the village Komaji, 25 kilometers from Dubrovnik and 10 kilometers from Cavtat. Within the park, there is a treehouse built in an isolated spot in the woods. It has a bedroom, toilet, and a terrace. The house and the furniture are all made of wood.
The sea is only 10-minute drive away. When staying at this treehouse, you have access to the resort’s activities including an adventure park, zipline, paintball, and shooting.
Plitvice Holiday Resort has 5 tree houses in Grabovac near Plitvice Lakes National Park. All tree houses are built amongst the treetops. These houses are ideal if you want to stay in nature, but still want to enjoy some luxuries.
Every house offers accommodation for up to 4 people. They have 2 bedrooms, 2 toilets, a living room and a kitchen. The surrounding nature is ideal for long walks in forests. Be sure to visit Plitvice Lakes while staying there.
View our guide to visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park here.
Riverland Mrežnica is located on an island within the river of Mrežnica in Donji Zvečaj – 70 kilometers from Zagreb. It is a complex made of 2 small wooden houses, built in a canopy of trees. Just walk out the front door and plop into the river to cool off.
Both houses offer accommodation for up to 4 people. They have terraces above the river, solar energy, outdoor showers and big windows that look out into the wild nature. Almost all of the furniture is handmade.
Treehouse “Gorski lazi” is located in the quiet village of Tršće in Gorski kotar. It is near the border with Slovenia and about 30 kilometers from Rijeka. The house is considered to be a “glamping” Robinson-style accommodation with remarkable views of the mountains of Gorski kotar.
The house has 4 beds, kitchen, shower, compost toilet, solar electricity, heating, barbecue, and even internet. There is also a big terrace and a garden below the house.
Nearby to the treehouse, you can visit the adrenaline park, relax at the Dolenjske toplice (spa), or go fishing. If you want to hike, the owners can organize excursions.
Risnjak National Park is only half an hour drive away from Gorski lazi. See our post about Risnjak National Park here.
Treehouse Lika resort includes two tree houses within Velebit Nature Park in Drenovec Ladučki. Every house offers accommodation for up to 6 people. They have big terraces that look out into the surrounding woods.
These treehouses are only 20 minutes drive from the Adriatic coast. Plitvice Lakes National Park is a one-hour drive away. The location is ideal for hikers since there they can explore some of Velebit’s peaks.
View our guide to visiting Northern Velebit National park here.
Treehouse Resnice is located in Barilović – 39 kilometers from Topusko and 32 kilometers from Slunj. This place is totally outside of civilization for those who truly want to escape the world. The only sounds you’ll hear are the murmur of the river Mrežnica. The river of Korana is also nearby.
The house is built on wooden beams, nestled between two trees. It is decorated in rustic style and offers accommodation for 4 people. While civilization may be far away, there are plenty of ways to spend your days. Fishing, walking, rafting, cycling, quad vehicle renting, and canoeing are all possibilities.
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