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This question is a spinoff of the question about wild camping in Europe since none of the answers cover the area where I am now with my tent and sleeping bag (-:

Do any of the following countries in the Balkans allow free camping in the countryside, or maybe limited to certain areas such as beaches or mountains?

  • Bulgaria
  • Serbia
  • Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Albania
  • Greece
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All the quotes are from my LonelyPlanet:

Bulgaria:

Camping in the wild (ie outside a camping ground) is technically prohibited but normally accepted if you’re discreet and, most impor tantly, do not build wood fires (which attract attention and damage the environment).

Greece:

Free (wild) camping is illegal, but the law is not always strictly enforced and some areas are more tolerant and renowned for it, espe cially along the south coast. It is wise to ask around.

For Macedonia and Albania I could only find a general Western Balkans quote:

Camping in the wild is usually illegal; ask locals about the situation before you pitch your tent on a beach or in an open field.

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I think I'm learning one lesson about giving up travel guide books (-: Also I appear to have been too lazy to read the country overview for each in WikiTravel, which I shall now do and report back... –  hippietrail Aug 31 '11 at 9:12
    
I'm not a big fan of travel guide books too, but for overview information about a country or region, I really like the Lonely Planets. –  RoflcoptrException Aug 31 '11 at 9:15
    
So far WikiTravel has nothing about camping free or otherwise for any of these countries )-: –  hippietrail Aug 31 '11 at 10:18
    
At least at the Bulgarian beach Irakli north of Burgas many people camp wild for the whole summer both in the woods behind the beach and directly on the sand. The only restriction is to be away from the "paid" end of the beach. Even campfires were very common. –  hippietrail Jul 31 '12 at 12:02
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we have been doing a bit of a eastern Europe camping, in our old merc camper,

  • Croatia its illegal, especially near the coast and the national parks, but if you get away from the touristy areas, and camp then its generally ok, met a couple from germany who got a fine and moved on, but they were not far from the national park, and the locals there want the money,
  • Montenegro is fine to camp, even the national parks allow you to camp and even light fires for a small fee,

  • Albania is also fine, technically illegal, but never inforced, if you see locals, ask them, and they will point to a good spot, may be a gift for the owner, chocolate etc

  • Serbia also good to camp freely

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I have camped in Montenegro in the mountains without any problems.

I have also heard a second-hand story of a group of tourists camping in the Durmitor National Park and being approached by rangers in the evening. They told them to move to another place a few hounded meters away to have a better view on the valley :)

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I've been wild camping a couple of times in Macedonia and Kosovo and I've never had any problems.

Your only real concerns are the small packs of Sharpinina dogs that roam the forests/mountains at night.

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I'm from bulgaria.I don't know is the free camping permitted,but it's verrrrryyyyy popular in Bulgaria.Most of the young people do it at all the time when the weather is good.We also live on some beaches on Black sea like Irakli,Karadere and many others it's full of people who live there on tents for 3-4-5 months!!!We also did it in the mountains during the autumn.You can make campfire there is no problem just be sure that it is safe .So come in Bulgaria and camp where you want,there is really lots of beautiful places here. :))

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