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!
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