Koversada Naturist Resort, Vrsar

Rating: 4 out of 5.

We’ve been going to Koversada since 2005, sometimes for a day visit while staying across the Fjord at Valalta, other times taking an apartment perched on the hillside overlooking the sea. People say the place doesn’t live up to the reputation it once held back in the day – when Croatia was still part of communist Yugoslavia, but we love the place, nonetheless, for the long walks along the shore, the bars and restaurants with fresh seafood and amazing views, and especially the quiet little island where only tent camping is allowed. The nearby village of Vrsar is quaint, with a few charming restaurants if you’re willing to put your clothes on. (Our favorite is Petra, on a quiet side-road leading into town.) There are two small markets on the grounds, and a sundry store where you can purchase water -shoes, floaties, and the usual beach apparel. You could easily survive a couple weeks there with a pareo and a pair of flip-flops. If you’re a devoted naturist, you owe it to yourself to visit this legendary resort.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE? You really need a car, though you probably won’t use it much once you get there. It’s about a six hour drive from southern Germany, (Munich) or less than an hour if you want to fly into Pula or Lljubliana, Slovenia. There’s also a fast-ferry that crosses the Adriatic from Venice to Rovinj or Poreč, but you’d still have to hire a taxi to the resort.

WHAT’S THE FAMILY VIBE? This is most definitely a family resort and you’re likely to see lots of families with young children, (not so many teens) especially during July and August. The weather is still good in May, June, and September, though mornings can be chilly during the shoulder season. Overall, the family naturism thing seems more popular in France, but most kids would still have a really great time here, especially if you invest in an inexpensive rubber raft!

HOW ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS? There are many options, ranging from tent camping, to smallish caravan sites, to studio apartments without cooking facilities, to full apartments with wifi and kitchens. You have to pay for wifi by the day or the week, but I’ve always had good connectivity, so it’s been well worth the money. Also nice to have a car so you can stock up on groceries at the Consum super-market in town. The apartment complex is at the end of the resort up a pretty steep hill. We enjoy the exercise, but that might be a consideration for some.

ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? This is a great place, especially if you are seeking a quiet place to read a book next to the deep blue Adriatic sea. Even if you’re staying across the Fjord at Valalta, it’s most definitely worth hiring a water taxi to make a day visit and have lunch at the fish restaurant. Most definitely one of our happy places!