04/07/2017

CROATIA WITH EUROCAMP


It's not everyday that you're able to travel with your job, but two weeks ago I was and I've never been more excited to publish a post before.

Croatia is somewhere I have always wanted to go and I'm so happy I can now tick it off my travel list. From its gorgeous scenic views, deep blue and crystal clear waters and its very strange Kuna currency; I loved everything about my 7 days stay in Croatia and I am now sad to be home.

This year, I teamed up with Eurocamp who I have holidayed with before. You may remember a few years ago, I did a road trip through France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole Europe camping experience and have always recommended it to people to do at least once in their lives. 


After a short-haul two hour flight from London to Zadar with my sister, her boyfriend and my friend; we arrived at the airport and it was time to find a taxi. The exchange rate in the UK was really bad, so we waited until we arrived in Zadar to change up some money. The currency in Croatia is called Kuna and it's a really strange one to get to grips with at first. Basically, roughly £10 is 84 HRK, so expect to be paying what feels like £200 for a meal but is only actually £20 (169 HRK). 

Uber runs in Croatia and we found the trip from Zadar airport to Eurocamp's Camping Village Simuni would cost around 800 HRK with them, so I took off to talk to the taxi drivers outside to see if we could get it a little cheaper. At first, they quoted us 1300 HRK; but with a little flutter of my eyelashes, I managed to persuade the guy to get it down to 730 HRK. Job done.


The journey was 73km and took a little over an hour, but the views on the drive were stunning and totally worth taking in. We stayed near the local town of Pag, so we was able to see the stunning Pag Bridge, its beautiful blue waters below and the small town of Pag itself. 


Eurocamp is a great way to see and stay in Europe if you're on a budget. Depending on the budget you have, there's a wide range of different mobile homes that you can choose. If you're hardly going to be inside during your stay, you may want a classic mobile home. Or maybe you need a bit more room, so the Azure mobile home or bungalow style house is a perfect way to sleep all of the family. However, maybe you'd prefer to traditionalise your camping experience and use a tent or drive a caravan over to Europe. There's so many different options! 


Just over an hour later, we finally arrived at Camping Village Simuni and I checked us all in at the check in reception. The lady was really pleasant and welcoming and told us to walk over to the main reception to be taken to our mobile home. 


The staff at the main reception were also very friendly and we had a sit down talk with them. They explained what facilities the camp had to offer and pointed these out on a giant map we was given for future reference during our week stay. 

We was booked into a Classic Home and driven to it in a golf buggy. The mobile home is the most basic one with two bedrooms and one bathroom; but it's all we really needed as we planned on being outside and adventuring about as much as possible.

With its very own decking, outdoor dining area and two sunbeds, it is more than enough for 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children to have a comfortable and satisfied stay. Inside, the van is fully equipped with kitchen equipment, toilet rolls and plates, cutlery etc. Bed linen and towels are also available for hire, but these are normally charged for.


We was placed right at the back of the camp on top of a hill, so we got the best views of the sunrise and sunset on the sea. The perfect view to see whilst indulging on a bowl of chocolate granola every morning. 


The camp itself is easy to navigate around; stretching over 35 ha (hectare). It is surrounded by evergreen oak and pine woods; giving you that true camping feeling that you would expect from a camping experience.


The town of Pag is only 12km away, but you could easily stay inside of the camp for however long you are there for. We didn't hire a car or take a trip outside of the camp, but I have done in previous Eurocamp stays. 

Eurocamp is great because everything you could ever need or want from a holiday is inside of the camp waiting for you. With a supermarket, restaurants, cafes and bars on site, sports, wellness treatments, water sports and activities for kids; it has everything you could possibly need to fulfil your holiday.


The supermarket also offers a recycling programme with its glass bottles. Every time you return an empty glass bottle of cider or beer, you would receive 2 HRK back. So, we naturally took advantage of this!


There are a few different beach bars where you can enjoy an ice-cream, cold drink or snack food. There's also a fish restaurant on site which is quite expensive compared to the pizzeria restaurant, but totally worth a visit if you have the budget to do so. 

We dined at the pizzeria twice and enjoyed the second time more as the pizzas were quite salty the first time. A pepperoni pizza is 45 HRK, so it's really cheap and you obviously can't beat a pizza after a long day swimming in the sea, can you?!


The camp also has a whole bunch of different showers and toilets on side if you're tent/caravan camping or feeling impatient with one bathroom in your mobile home. There is also an on site shop that sells everything you could need for the beach. The staff there did seem to change their mind on prices on products every single day, so it may be worth haggling your way for a good deal on something. 


Camping Village Simuni is the first camp in the world with a salt beach. The Salt Beach has the three elements of Pag; oil, salt and stone. When you dry off after swimming in the waters of Salt Beach, you are left with a layer of salt on your skin. Really weird, but quite cool to witness first hand!


Salt Beach offers a number of wellness centres and Halotherapy; a natural method that directly affects the improvement of the general state of the body. Crystal rock salt is incredibly beneficial to health and mood. It is recommended to breathe in the air of the Salt Beach as it's rich in negative irons, so can help to improve fatigue, stress and irritability. 


Only one beach out of the six is sandy, so I would recommend buying some rock shoes from the shop if you're not used to rocks and large stones on the beach; aswell as spiky sea urchins in its waters. Buying rock shoes was the best thing I bought for the entire holiday, as they gave me much more confidence in walking in the waters and swimming out quite far. No worrying about what was unknowingly touching my feet!


The beaches have several wooden floats in its waters which you can swim out to and sunbathe on. We took full advantage of this every day and it was bliss; not to mention the best way to catch a tan. They do tend to get overtaken by children, so it's best to keep your eye on when they are free or head over to one early morning or midday when families return to their homes for lunch.


They have mosaic tile sunbeds available for free use all the way down the beach and straw umbrellas for shade. You definitely need to take a towel to put down on the beds as they get really hot from the sun. They also aren't they comfortable and do make your back achy, so I did place my towel on the floor a few times.

We never got the chance to find an umbrella that was free during our stay, so I would recommend getting down to the beach very early to nab one of those! There's not as many umbrellas as there are beds, so it would be nice to see a few more of these on the beaches for people who need shade during heat in its 30s. 


There's no rules on what time you need to leave the beach, so we was down there most evenings. It was so lovely to watch the evening sun set over the waters and enjoy every second of 'golden hour'.


On one night, we headed back down to the beach to capture the sunsetting in its very last moments and it was incredibly beautiful to witness.


The animation programmes have so much to offer for both adults and children. Children can enjoy kids club, discos, carnivals, a theatre, shows, musicals and face painting. Adults on the other hand have a lot of different things to enjoy all day long.

During the day for adults, there is an outdoor gym, pilates, yoga, aerobics, dance lessons, surfing, diving, catamaran school, nordic walking and cycling. There's also a wide range of sports available; including tennis, football, sumo games and beach soccer. 

When the evening hits Croatia, there's cabaret acts, comedy nights, music quizzes, live music and European themed nights. We got to see a fire show and firework display on a Wednesday evening at 11pm, which was spectacular. This also included a free BBQ serving pork rolls!


We ate at the Pizzeria and Beach bar a few times, but also used the kitchen facilities we had in our caravan and went self catering. 

The supermarket is really basic, so you need to have a rough idea of the meals you intend on cooking. We managed to make a sausage pasta and a few vegetarian meals; but they also have a limited amount of BBQ food  available, as each van is given their own BBQ to use. I recommend getting the food early in the morning as it does sell out quite quickly each day!


There are three different Eurocamps in Croatia, but Camping Village Simuni was definitely the right choice for us. It was a fantastic trip and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the camp. 

Once again, Eurocamp have performed excellently and I fully recommend staying at a Eurocamp if you're looking at holidaying or travelling in Europe. The people I went with had never stayed at a Eurocamp before, but are already recommending it to their friends. I have nothing but good things to say!

Thank you so much to Eurocamp for having us and you can also expect a vlog of our trip coming very soon! 

Disclaimer: Complimentary stay in Croatia for 4 people, was provided in exchange for an honest review on Being Ashleigh. All words, opinions and photographs are my own. 
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  1. Man, that looks like such an awesome trip! I've wanted to go to Croatia for years!

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    1. It was amazing! I definitely recommend a trip if you're looking into it :)

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  2. Wow it looks like you had an amazing trip. I've not been to Croatia before so it is somewhere for me to consider in the future. We are loving Eurocamp we travelled to Spain earlier this year with them. Mich x

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  3. Congrats on the trip to Croatia and how amazing are the photos please, looks like such a stunning place to go to for a holiday! Glad you had a good time :)

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    1. Thank you Shelley. We all had a lovely time :)

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  4. what an amazing trip!! I can't wait to visit dubrovnick for instance<3

    xx from Italy
    Cate // 35mminstyle.com

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    1. I'd love to go there too! Maybe next time :)

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  5. Wow what an absolutely amazing sounding trip, I have to admit I had no idea that Eurocamp had parks in Croatia, I need to look into that more.

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    1. Yeah, they have 3 different camps, but this one looked the best and it's honestly great! x

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  6. Absolutely stunning pictures. My friend did euro camp Florida when younger but I never had the guts to do them

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    1. Maybe it's a different camping company as Eurocamp only do Europe trips x

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  7. Wow your photos are amazing!! We are planning to do eurocamp next year but hadn't even considered Croatia! What a beautiful place to visit, I think we will definitely look into this option!

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    1. I honestly really recommend this camp if you're looking into Eurocamp holidays. Either this or the Switzerland one linked in the post :)

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  8. What a beautiful place, I've never been on a eurocamp holidya but I will be looking into them now as this isn't what I expected it to be like x

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    1. Not many people know about it to be honest!

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  9. It looks like you had an awesome holiday! I've always wanted to go to Croatia. Watching the sun set from the beach must have been bliss. I've been looking into Eurocamp recently and this has made me want to look into it further.

    Debbie x www.hellodeborah.co.uk

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    1. Aw, that's great! You'll definitely have a fab holiday with Eurocamp, for sure :)

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  10. I really need to check out Eurocamo for our family holiday, it sounds like a great option.

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    1. It's amazing for families! They also have dog friendly camps if you was wanting to drive through Europe with a dog.

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  11. What a gorgeous place! And your photography captures it perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow Eurocamp looks like it has absolutely everything. I really want to go to Croatia and this seems like a nice way to relax x

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    1. I had such a relaxing time. It's a really tranquil and peaceful place to holiday.

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  13. What a beautiful place! I used to go on Eurocamp holidays as a child, should look into it for my next break x

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    1. We used to camp a lot when I was younger around Europe, but not at Eurocamps. I honestly love the experience!

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  14. I love your pictures! they're breathtaking and what an amazing trip! Love the sound of rock shoes! I wish I had purchased something like this during my trip to thailand! I had bruises all over my feet after snorkelling!

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    1. Oh gosh! Rock shoes are so ugly to wear, but I got pink ones so I felt a little better about wearing them haha. Saved my feet so much!

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  15. Wow it looks like you had an awesome time! I get to travel with my work in October to San Francisco! You are brave for doing a road trip in Italy! Italian drivers and the vespas are crazy. I feared for my life when we drove in Italy last year! Haha

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    1. I am insanely jealous... i need your job! Luckily, I didn't do any of the driving on the Italy road trip.. but it was quite an experience to be a passenger too!

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  16. Oh wow this looks amazing! I wish I'd read this last week, I've just booked my holiday for this year but will definitely be bearing Eurocamp in mind for next year :) I'd love to go to Croatia ♥

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    1. There's always next time! I hope you have an amazing holiday - where have you booked to go?

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  17. Croatia is still on my travel list! It just looks absolutely fab

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    1. Amazing! It's honestly so lovely out there. x

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  18. Never stayed in a European campbefore but looks like an ideal way to see Croatia :) x

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  19. Croatia looks incredible! I have heard great things in the past but I have never ventured there myself. I love the look of Eurocamp too - looks like a great way to travel x

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  20. It looks so dreamy and ideal for summer holidays :D
    I loved your photos!!

    Kisses
    Claire
    notebookofclaire.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I've heard so many great things about Croatia, Eurocamp looks like an amazing experience :)

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  22. Croatia is high on my bucket list too and I have been hearing a lot of great things about Eurocamp. It looks like you had a fab time.

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  23. Croatia looks like an amazing place to go on holiday! I want to go there one day

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  24. We've heard a lot of bloggers rave about EuroCamp! Camping Village Simuni sounds a lovely place to stay and we like the sound of the beach even though you did have to wear rock shoes x

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  25. Such a wonderful looking trip. I've heard so many good tales of holidays in Croatia, it certainly looks amazing. I like the idea of Eurocamp, seems like a reasonable priced way of having decent accomodation.

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  26. I have wanted to go to Croatia for over 20 years now. I honestly didn't know they had Eurocamps there and I plan to go and have a look now! Thank you for sharing your Experience!

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  27. Lovely pictures, and not a single one where the sky isn't flawless! Croatia is such a beautiful place :)

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  28. Croatia has been on my list for a long time, it looks like you had an absolute ball! Fab pics

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  29. Wow this looks like an amazing trip! I can't get out the colour of that water!! You've definitely inspired me to plan a camping holiday.

    xx Pia
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  30. Wow, what an amazing trip! I'd love to go to Croatia. :)

    Chichi
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  31. I adore Croatia - it's just stunning, isn't it? I knew that Eurocamp covered France/Spain, etc, but didn't realise they also operated in Croatia: it looks you had the most amazing time! x

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  32. This looks amazing. Will be adding Croatia on my to travel to wish list.

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  33. This looks like you had so much fun! I already loved your little bikini lookbook over in instagram but the pictures here are also stunning! I really want to visit Croatia now.. xxx

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  34. This is amazing and I'm jealous now ^_^
    http://themysteriousemirati.blogspot.ae/2017/07/coffee-with-tme-q-a.html?m=1

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  35. As a regular Eurocamp holidaymaker, I've been to lots of different countries with Eurocamp, but I've never really considered Croatia, because of the language barrier. Was this a problem for you?

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