Croatia has so much more to offer than just the established tourist sites such as Dubrovnik, Split or hidden gems such as Korčula or Rovinj. With the region of Zadar fast becoming the newest member of Croatia's tourist elite due to the beautiful cities (Zadar or Sibernik) and wonderful countryside, explorable islands and coastline. There are endless tracts of wild mountain paths to explore, as well as some spectacularly beautiful stretches of coast between the pebbly beaches. So how better to explore this diverse countryside than on horseback....
Seemingly scattered among the waves by the gods themselves, the Croatian Islands surrounding Zadar were made to be seen by boat. You’ve probably seen their quaint villages and azure waters a zillion times on postcards and travel brochures, but even the greatest images are no match for the real thing. Think Kornuti Islands Archipelago or beach paradises like Dugi Otok.
So a chance to explore Zadar's islands with skipper Milan & his authentic 1932 'ZvizdaMora' boat gave us sight of a side of Croatia you’d otherwise miss. An opportunity to see where history (and myth) happened, meet the present-day inhabitants, and, of course, soak up as much sun as we could get. (just check out his Trip Advisor reviews and you'll know why we chose his boat tour! - click here).
They say you should visit Croatia in late spring or the end of summer to explore the inland National Park of Krka or the Velebit mountain range. Considered a great hiking country you'll find plenty of opportunities in Croatia on the islands such as Korčula, whilst others might prefer to sail the archipelago of the Kornati islands National Park.
But have you ever considered a Buggy Safari? No? Well, nor had we until we until we chanced upon Buggy Croatia's fantastic 'adventure tour' at Vransko Jezero, Biograd. So if you fancy a day filled with views of emerald lakes, azure blue seas, islands galore and a little adrenalin filled fun... then read on!
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 discover more about Zadar's wealth of attractions than Zaton Holiday Resort just outside Zadar, another of the fantastic campsites that fall under the banner of Europe's Leading Campings.
Ever felt like it's time to hit the open road in your motorhome? What's your favourite scenic drive in Europe? Here's a few of ours ( click here )
But we reckon you could pick pretty much any coastal drive in Croatia and be satisfied. It may not be an alpine pass where you see the whiteness creeping into your knuckles on each vertiginous hairpin bend... but those coastal landscapes are sensational! So here's a few pictures from our journey south from Camping Šimuni to the Leading Camping's site of Zaton Holiday Resort.
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.
It's been an eye opening view into another side of European culture for our girls. Full of new adventures with plenty of new friends met along the way. It's been full of 'wide eyed' stares at the poverty witnessed in Poland or Hungary, yet these are often the places with the warmest of local people... We've seen the impressive canals of Venice, climbed the steep cliffs of Split and been staggered by the beauty in Budapest, Vienna or Prague.
Our 'Roadschooling' Road Trip really has become an ‘adventure’ in every sense of the word with every day full of surprises as we move from one location to another. Now, everyday brings a new outdoor classroom / playground / family adventure for us to discover together as a family. Just like the fantastic Dinopark in Croatia which proved to be a great addition to our 'History' Roadschooling topics
It's not often you see a piece of ancient history that is as well preserved as the Roman Ampitheatre in Pula. Situated on the Italian facing, southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, this amazing piece of architecture dates back to the 1st Century BC.....So if you get the chance to see Pula's amphitheatre, we think you'll be amazed by this limestone 'arena' that could hold over 23,000 spectators in its heyday in 27BC. One of the 6 largest 'arenas' left in the world, it stands over 100ft tall, with 15 gates and 'perfumed filled' cisterns in the towers to keep spectators refreshed during the action.
Do you Love Motorhoming? Are you one of those people who love to grab a wetsuit and go Scuba Diving? Well read on, as you might just love another of those Camping Adriatic campsites we've visited this month. Camping Marina near Labin is on the Istrian peninsula opposite our previous campsite at Camping Krk. Just over a 2hrs drive away, this coastline is by all accounts a mecca for diving enthusiasts.... So judging by the rubber suited people who have exited vans today beside or behind us or even emerged at times in front of our motorhome.... this campsite and diving centre is obviously the place to come!
With the spring sunshine hitting Europe, thoughts might just be turning to summer holidays later this year. So if you're looking for the best value 'family motorhome site' in Europe? A place to unplug from daily life whilst the kids are fully entertained? Why not consider taking your family on a camping / motorhoming adventure to one of Europe's 'Leading Campings' sites at Camping Resort Krk in Croatia.
Having experienced some fantastic sights on our European Roadtrip for over 500+ days now, we've also enjoyed celebrating festivals and special days in other countries. Loving the opportunity to see how different cultures/countries celebrate these days (i.e Hallowen in Spain or Bastille Day in France). So having seen how the Italians celebrated Easter last year in Catania, Sicily... we couldn't wait to see what Croatia would have in store for us this year....
Heading north from our sea kayaking and climbing adventures in Split, we've moved northwards up the coastal road (Highway '8') to visit Camping San Marino (part of the Camping Adriatic campsite group) on the island of Rab. Camping San Marino is similar to the Orbitur campsites of Portugal. Almost always great places to stay and you know the quality will be amongst the best of on offer across Croatia (just like we'd seen at Camping Solitudo in Dubrovnik earlier this month)
"Life's a challenge... you face it front on and accept the bumps/bruises or you just let it wash over you and watch from the sidelines"
Great advice we once got from a special friend, and it means we vowed to take every possible challenge as long as we feel it will benefit us (as a family) or help challenge the girls. So what better way to prove this than with another climbing adventure, this time with 'Red Adventures' in the Croatian city of Split
Looking for a family adventure this summer with your kids? Something for everyone to enjoy? Yet is safe but offers a little challenge too? So why not see what Split in Croatia has to offer on their combined Sea Kayaking & Cliff Jumping Adventure with Red Adventures....
The terraced sea-view pitches at Camping Nevio can be found on the peninsula of land that reaches out to Korčula. Undeniably one of the best we've seen in Croatia. Flanked by steep mountains, the crystal clear water only adds to the staggeringly beautiful view over a sweeping bay full of small islands. Add to that a private beach, sports facilities and some truly fabulous sunsets.... It really is a 'picture perfect' destination that's great for kids too!
Croatia's stunning coastline has more than 1,000 islands and islets, so it's no surprise, then, that there's a little something for everyone. Whether you're looking for history, culture or watersports, fresh seafood, or some of the most stunningly clear water in the world, you'll be able to find it in one idyllic trip to the Croatian Island of Korčula. An island easily reached by a short 'walk on' passenger ferry from the stunning campsite in Orebić for less than £10 (Read more on our stay at Camping Nevio here)
In truth, there's no better way to show that you love a place... than to return almost a year to the day... Not to somewhere close by, but to exactly where your family created some very special memories in Dubrovnik... A city that has completed captivated us! But as ever, it's where you rest your head at night that sometimes matters as much as the activities on offer in the city.... so we thought'd we'd show you where Camping Solitudo is with this short 'Drone Video Clip' (in partnership with 'Aussies on Tour')
Ever considered Sea Kayaking? If you're exploring Dubrovnik with a Family soon, maybe it's time to give Sea Kayaking a go? We're hoping we can reassure you that it's suitable for those with and without previous sea kayaking experience. So imagine seeing Dubrovnik's Walls on those crystal clear waters or visiting those secret places only accessible by sea kayak.... a real family adventure! And if all that doesn't convince you, then why not check out our short video below (in partnership with drone videographers 'Aussies on Tour')
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