Set on a sloping hillside draped in pines, we've been lucky enough to find Camping Šimuni on the Croatian island of Pag. Our spacious pitch offers a shady, secluded spot with spectacular views across the Adriatic Sea. All no more than a few metres from the wide sweeping expanse of beach. What's more the campsite appears to offers extensive facilities, including aqua parks, playgrounds and even it's own impressive stage for live music (although we may be a month too early for all that!) ... and both girls are desperate to return and join their 'Summer Sports Camp for Kids'
There are hundreds of campsites across Croatia so how do you choose one that's right for your family? From great campsite chains like Leading Campings that offer some of the best in the country in fantastic locations with waterparks, an array of on-site activities and even spas. Or do you pick a small, family run campsites where service is everything? Or perhaps you find someplace which offers both like Camping Šimuni on the island of Pag.
If you missed yesterday's post, where we tried to discover a little 'Croatian Island Hopping Adventure'... you can see more by clicking here
But for those of you who love a decent 'dash cam' version of the day, then hopefully you're going to love the below video (take with our Nextbase 512G Dashcam)
They say that 'Island-hopping is an easy and affordable way to explore some of the 400 islands scattered along Croatia's coastline'... so we've given over 3 weeks of our European Roadtrip to try and discover the best islands, the most scenic drives and the best campsites enroute... Today's adventures saw us leave Krk and head for another of the larger islands at Pag. Opting to take the (5 euro) toll bridge with a view of that spectacularly blue water...
Leaving Slovenia behind us, we've headed back to one of our favourite places in Europe so far... in fact it made it into our 'Top 4 Places across Europe' video (click here). So why is Croatia so highly rated by us? Is it the crystal clear, azure blue water that attacks your senses when you arrive? Or the historic old towns that litter the Adriatic coastline following a tumultuous history with the Venetians? Or perhaps the amazing national parks like Plitvice or Krka.
Ok, so perhaps not our biggest amount in a day... but hey, three's not bad is it?? We reckon we've only beaten that once - on the first day of our Leg 3 down to the Adriatic.
Today's trip started in Hungary this morning at Tranquil Pines....and then onto the truly stunning Lake Balaton... if you've never been, it really is one of those idyllic lakeside locations... plenty of campsites and a lake that's permanently warm in the summer and only 3m deep! The ideal place to grab a watersports adventure with kids
Having seen what Budapest has to offer, we wanted to slow down our travels to grab a slice of the real 'Hungary'...Heading into the countryside away from all the hustle and bustle.... to a place of genuine calm and quiet... at Tranquil Pines.
At the heart of the ancient city of Budapest are some truly amazing sites like the Buda Castle, Imperial Palace or Houses of Parliament. Yet dig a little deeper with your kids and you might find history under your feet or along the snaking passages of the Danube that divides the city centre. But although it's history is inescapable, Budapest is now a vibrant, modern city that certainly rivals what we've seen this week in Prague, Vienna or Bratislava.
So this morning had seen us visit 30 European Countries in just over 40,000 miles across Europe. But today has seen us add 2 more countries to the growing list. As we left Vienna and headed east through Slovakia and into Hungary.... Each part of our European travels detailed in a total of 491 travel articles, blogs and reviews to try to help other families who love to travel across Europe too
If you've missed yesterday's article 'Checking Out Austria's Imperial Charms' about our first experience of this stunning city in the very heart of Europe - both politically, historically and geographically. You'll have heard that Vienna is famed as both a 'City of Dream's & ' City of Music'. Yet it also contains undoubtably one of the best city experiences across Europe... making it perfect for searching the city for fun things to do, see and explore. So what better way to explore Vienna on Day 2, than with the Vienna Pass!! And a mission to see if we could see 7 of Vienna's top attractions in just 24hrs!
Heading south from the wonderful city of Prague, we'd opted to visit the captivating city of Vienna. A mecca for museums, imperial charm and stunning architecture that matches any other we've seen across Europe. But interestingly, Vienna's history goes much further back than Roman times with a past of riches and woes to match any city in Europe!! It really does have a little bit of everything for kids and adults alike... so we couldn't wait to get out and explore the city.
A city that bustles with intent either day or night, Prague can rightfully declare itself to be one of the leading city break destinations in Europe. Existing before 500BC, the region played a crucial role in early trade routes across Europe whilst its city grew around the original castle (Praha) Its prominent defensive position clearly influenced the early Celtic settlers yet the current cosmopolitan city uses the hillside location to even great effect... perhaps best viewed from the funicular railway on the north side of the River Vltava ...
As Poland is our 30th Country visited in Europe and for those who might be reading this for the first time, perhaps we should re-introduce ourselves... So we're the Thorley Family on a family roadtrip experiences that has now included 30 countries and just over 40,000 miles across Europe. So if you've not seen the other 472 travel articles, blogs and reviews, we hope you enjoy the rest of our site as we love sharing our experiences with others who love to travel in Europe.
As a family of 4, an adventure or simple jaunt around a city can prove fairly costly.... especially when taking in some museums, using public transport everywhere and even some shopping before a lunch out.... So we set out to discover Berlin and how we could enjoy it on a budget!
Did you ever get that feeling as a parent when you hit 'autopilot' mode as you turn yet another page of a nursery rhyme/fairytale.? Words tumbling out without thinking about it. We did, but the story of the Pied Piper of Hameln always seemed to intrigue me more than the others... Apparently I wasn't alone as both girls were desperate to plan this into our current journey through Germany. So here we are!!!
Cologne (Köln) offered plenty of potential for a bike ride on a seemingly perfect spring day. Full of sunshine and the promise of spring flowers... the ideal opportunity to grab our bikes and head for the centre of Cologne along the bike paths alongside the River Rhine...
Perhaps the one aspect of travelling that can sometimes be harder than all others... Is the fact you do miss your real friends. New views and experiences can quench some of that thirst.... but nothing beats the chance to either make new friends or meet old friends.
Sitting in our motorhome enjoying a quick Sunday family breakfast before we head to Cologne to meet new friends & complete the next part of our '48hrs in Europe's Cities'.
Libby asked this question:- "So which country are we sleeping in tonight, Mummy?"
If you missed yesterday's Ghent article, you'd have missed the chance to see us explore Ghent's stunning historical centre (but you can read it by clicking here) However today was all about trying out Ghent's family friendly series of museums.
Having spent most of February working our way across the UK's most interesting cities, we've seen our share of impressive spires, imposing cathedrals and historic centres.... But Ghent (or Gent to locals) in Belgium is something else!!! It has a little of Amsterdam & Bordeaux about it.
So with the UK Cities Tour now a distant memory... just! We've spent the past 2 weeks doing some of the less glamorous 'nitty gritty' necessary for any roadtrip to run smoothly... Thankfully we've been well supported as ever by Adria's Dealership of the Year 'Geoff Cox Leisure' back in the UK. These guys have been brilliant from start to finish and it's always good to see some smiling faces when we return back to see them in Denby near Derby.
If you're someone who loves finding a campsite with a view or something nearby to do? Find out the best places we’ve stayed on our roadtrip across Europe. Find ideas & inspiration to make your European Adventures as enjoyable as possible. Your next family camping / motorhoming / caravanning adventure could start here!
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The best thing about owning a motorhome is the variety of places it allows you to visit, whilst the beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away from you.... So it was always going to be hard to choose our 'Top 10 European RoadSchooling Experiences'.
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