Zadar was recently elected Best European Destination 2016. Winning the prestigious title over more established rivals such as Athens, Plovdiv, Nantes, The Azores Islands, Paris, Novi Sad, Brussels, Kotor, Milan, Prague, Rome, Vienna, Madrid and Nicosia.
So where better to take our motorhome than Zaton Resort just outside Zadar, another of the fantastic campsites that fall under the banner of Europe's Leading Campings.
Apparently the new buzzword is ‘3G’, with three generations of a family holidaying together – grandparents, parents and kids. But could 'Camping Šimuni' offer enough activities to suit everyone’s holiday needs alongside a chance to relax together as a family? It certainly impressed us on our first visit in April but what would it be like with more people to please (see our first blog post on Camping Šimuni here)
Experiencing Europe by motorhome, we've compiled a list of some of our favourite driving routes (click here) So as we meandered southwards enroute to another visit to Camping Šimuni, we spent the journey south discussing which routes could possibly better 'Highway 8 (E65)' alongside the Croatia Dalmatian Coastline. So if you also love gripping the steering wheel that little tighter as you enjoy some stunning natural coastal scenery, you'd love this blockbuster drive. Taking you past sleepy seaside forts, 'picture perfect' islands, national parks teeming with wildlife or long stretches of isolated bays/headlands where your feet are the only ones in the crystal clear waters. It's worth grabbing some dash cam footage from (We used a Nextbase 512G which has proved brilliant all trip)
It wouldn't be the first time we'd visited Vrbnik with friends or family, having seen this charming hillside town with AussiesonTour (Jess/Dillon). But it's that spectacular that our re-visit to the island of Krk with the girl's grandparents had to include a trip to Vrbnik. Well, who couldn't resist a chance to see themselves inside the 'narrowest street in the world'?
If the Croatian Adriatic has an increasing reputation for mixing Mediterranean tradition with modern chic, then it's arguably on the southern Dalmatian islands, but you'll find a more rugged honest landscape if you head towards Baška on the northernmost island of Krk (close to Rijeka). The Dalmatian Coastline is a narrow belt along the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, stretching from the island of Rab in the north to the Bay of Kotor in the south... but just above this is the island of Krk which not only contains 'Camping Zabalaće' but also the 5-star 'Camping Krk Resort'
For those that have never explored the amazingly varied Dalmatian Coastline in Croatia... You'll never forget that moment that you crest the hills that line the Adriatic near Rijeka... to be met with that dazzlingly alluring blue of the Adriatic Sea.... Even after seeing it numerous times during the course of our two year European Roadtrip, we're still in awe of that first glimpse of the crystal clear waters of the island of Krk! So where better to stay than at Camping Resort Krk.
Leaving our base at Camping Lanterna, we spent the day driving around the Istrian interior which proved to be yet another amazing experience in the mild early May weather (mid 20°C) With plenty more sudden stops like this one at Baredine Caves , this corner of Croatia has something new up it's sleeve at every turn...
There are hundreds of campsites across Croatia so how do you choose one that's right for your family? After over 2 months in this stunning country, we've certainly stayed in a wide variety!!! Some are in fantastic locations with waterparks on site, others offer an array of on-site activities and even spas. Others are tucked away on mountain sides overlooking the glittering Adriatic whilst others can give great access to Croatia's national parks... But if you want to see which one was voted Croatia's best campsite in 2016. and has sunsets to die for... then read on to find out what we discovered at Camping Lanterna on the Istrian peninsula.
Almost all of the adrenaline-fuelled activities are to the north of Lake Garda, where the lake cuts spectacularly into the Italian Dolomite mountain range. But we had no intention of adding to our Family Adventures . So no white water rafting, kayaking or climbing, this time we'd be adding to our Bike Adventures alongside the south-east corner of Lake Garda, leaving our well placed campsite at Piani di Clodia and heading for Lazise & Sirmione.
The rambling 5-star Piani di Clodia campsite, spread along the shores of Lake Garda, Italy, offers four different ways to escape the summer heat... a huge water park, gentle swimming pools, a dip in Lake Garda itself or through the spacious, shaded grassy pitches. So if you're looking to book your next summer camping holiday, you could do much worse than try one of Europe's best campsites by a lake or river. Think less sand, more a combination of sun, aqua parks and great food and loads of opportunities for family fun!!!.
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