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Is Camping Bled value for money

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Lake Bled is one of Europe’s most iconic sights. This small lake (only 2km x 1.4km) is heated due to it’s nearby thermal springs… so swimming is an option for active families. There’s also the iconic island and a medieval castle clinging to the cliffs with the backdrop of the Julian Alps to enjoy too!

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So with much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the backseats, we’ve packed up the vans and headed northwards through Croatia and into Slovenia. We’ve yet again loved the opportunities that Croatia presents to families, and would return in a heartbeat given half the chance!

This is our second visit (see our earlier blog post here) after enjoying some of Slovenia’s other treats last year including Piran, Postojna Caves, Predjama Castle and it’s capital Ljubljana. But we only had a day to spare this time enroute to Austria… so where better than Lake Bled!

For those of you who follow our website, you’ll recognise these guys below… Aussies on Tour(Dillon & Jess) our friends from earlier this trip had beaten us to it… and flew that impressive DJI Phantom drone across the lake to get some brilliant shots of what Lake Bled really looks like…

And if you’ve missed our earlier ‘joint posts’ then you might just love the footage from our Croatian adventures that included Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik , Split Cliff Rock Climbing or Korčula videos

But for any family motorhomers heading this way soon, we were pretty frustrated by the lack of value at Camping Bled compared to the  cheaper nearby parking option. Yes we realise it’s iconic and we understand that lake side campsites can all charge a premium. But is it really value for money?

Having used our ‘out of season’ ACSI card across Europe, we’ve become accustomed to good value campsites at reasonable prices. Sometimes it irks us that we pay at least 7 Euros more due to having 2 children in the van too (so a 15 Euros/night campsite soon becomes more than 22 Euros…) but by and large it does keep costs down. Especially as we’re trying to live on 50 Euros a day and give our girls lots of roadschooling opportunities.

So when campsites like Camping Bled charge 19 Euros (using ACSI) plus a further 10.50 (children) + local taxes! There’s really no change out of 30 Euros. Just like city centre campsites, this starts to mount up

  • But with loosely allocated pitches pretty much made up by those staying there (with some motorhomes taking huge acreage for dune buggies, bikes, scooters etc)…  it proved a fruitless task to find two pitches close enough to get electricity
  • Add in very average sanitary blocks or ‘site wide’ wifi which proves to be non-existent and a play area where all the fun activities (i.e trampolines) all cost extra

It just doesn’t really offer ‘value for money’ especially as next to the entrance lies a ‘lake side’ parking area (see below pictures) that you could stay overnight for 10 Euros (8pm to 8am). Next time, we’ll certainly opt for this as those lake views are well worth the drive there

For those that ask what constitutes good value, we’d argue these examples of places we’ve stayed might be better value :-
LOCATION – Camping Marina (next to Krka National Park in Croatia (13 Euros all year)
FACILITIES – Camping La Marina (next to Elche in Spain (22 Euros a night including water park/spa)
LOCATIONLa Roque Gageac in France (great aire next to the Dordoge, 15 Euros)
FACILITIES – Turiscampo in Portugal (23 Euros a night)

But despite this little ‘hiccup’ you really can’t deny it’s got a phenomenal view! Truly spectacular! and just part of the learning curve when taking a European Roadtrip….

So we once again set off in poor light and a trip to the capital Ljubljana, and the eco friendly campsite Ljubljana Resort… whilst the girls played on the excellent campsite playground trampoline we set up camp once more…. the city and old town /castle await tomorrow… fingers crossed it doesn’t rain like the forecast suggests!!!

A great day and one that we can’t thank Slavica Sterk enough for organising with her fellow Slovenian colleagues… Thanks Adria UK and Adria Mobil!!!!!!

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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