Croatia and Venice

Eurocamp

Although we went to Eurocamp in South France, read the blog about it here. This was the first eurocamp holiday we had booked. We saw what we thought was a cheap deal to Camp Lanterna in Porec Croatia. The price for the whole party was £600 (£300 each as we were a party of two families with one adult and two children each) for a 2 bedroom classic mobile home which sleeps up to 7 adults. The accommodation we had in South France was a 3 bedroom Espirit mobile home, it was spacious and clean. This mobile home was small, it wasn’t well kept, every room had a light blown and the door for the shower had a leak. It was just was not well kept and this is not an issue with the camp it is with Eurocamp. It was a two bedroom with one room with a double bed where me and the boys slept and another room with a bunkbed with a single bed. However I didn’t let this issue bother me as I hardly spend time in the accommodation anyway.

Eurocamp is not the only company who provide mobile homes on the site so if you did want to go there don’t let this put you off. The campsite itself is amazing but do look for alternative accommodation or not book a 2 bedroom classic.

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Jet2.com

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This is my first time flying with Jet2.com and I have to say that it was a pleasant journey there and back. I paid £446 for the flight for me and the boys. Checking in online was simple and easy. This was the first low cost airline where I was able to put all my hand luggage in the cabin above my seat, it was very spacious. Both flights were on time and the staff were very friendly. I also received a £60 voucher towards my next holiday with them at the end of the flight back so I am very impressed and will not hesitate to book with them again. In fact I need to start looking for a holiday so I can use my voucher.

Croatia Transfers

Looking for a transfer was expensive. We managed to find a reasonable transfer with croatiatransfers.com for 159 euros which worked out to be 144 GBP which ended up being £72 each. I think this is a fair price for a return 1 hour journey from the airport to the campsite. I would like to add that they only take credit card payment online or pay euros to the driver on  the day. However it was straight forward, the driver was waiting for us outside the airport and was at the reception of the campsite on the day of departure, there was also Free Wifi in the mini van.

Camp Lanterna

Camp Lanterna is the biggest campsite in Croatia with almost 3000 pitches. The campsite is well maintained with large pool areas with enough space for everyone. It is located on the beach with lots of watersport activities. One of the main reasons why we booked this campsite was because you can book a ferry to Venice for the day. On the camp itself there are two main pools, bike hire and lots of restaurants. We didn’t get to do half of the things on the campsite while we were there. On the last night we took the tourist train around the site, it cost 30 Kuna for an adult and children are about 15 kuna. The journey last around 1 hour, you see some amazing views along the way.

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Camp Lanterna Beach

The campsite is on the beach so it is easy to access. The camp surrounds the beach so there are different bays/ sections you can go to. The part that we went to was quite small. There was sand but rocks in the water which made it hard to walk on. There are a lot of water activities including jet ski, paraguliding, sailing and inflatables in the water. You can hire deck chairs for 30 kuna per day.

Sunset with Dolphins Tour

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Sunsets and Sunrises are one of my favourite things. I could take a million pictures of the sunset, I could watch it every day. This tour was one of my highlights of the trip. It cost 190 kuna for 1 adult and 95 kuna for a child. This was booked with a tour operatior on Camp Lanterna beach. A cab picked us up from the reception and took us down to the port of Porec. The journey took about 20 mins. The boat set off at about 5pm, we sailed out and saw the dolphins jumping out of the sea. It was amazing seeing 3 at a time. We continued to search for more and the sun began to set. It honestly was the most relaxing and breathtaking experience ever. If you have a chance to do this excursion please do. The boys I’more tops can be purchased from www.imorekids.com I’more is a children’s brand which is committed to building confidence in children and breaking the cycle of negative thinking.

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Venice

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Going to Venice for the day was one of the main reasons why we booked this holiday. Ive been to Venice before and I really enjoyed it and I wanted to boys to experience a Gondola ride. We pre booked this excursion with aferry.com we paid £190 for all 6 of us which worked out to be £95 pounds. If you would like to book this excursion you can book it at the campsite it works out a little bit cheaper. However I feel like we did get a good deal overall. What aferry don’t tell you in the terms and conditions (well I didn’t see it anyway) is that the price does not include transfer from the campsite to the port and it doesn’t include transfer from the port of Venice into the main part of Venice. These all come at an extra cost. When we asked local cabs they were charging 200 kuna each way. We rang a number that one of the tour operators at the campsite gave us. She gave us a price which was 30 kuna per adult and 15 kuna per child. However, no one took this payment from us so we managed to get a free transfer.

On the boat they had different packages for different excursions in Venice one included the transfer from the port into Venice, this was 80 euro for 1 adult and 2 children. We decided that we would just freestyle it. So we just walked around Venice, we got on a Gondola ate lots of ice cream and pizza along the way and saved ourselves 80 euro. I have been to the main part of Venice and St Mark’s Square before and I don’t think the boys missed out by not going to that part. They still were able to get on a gondola and go walk through the alleys and over bridges. The boys #melanin is my superpower top is from melvninmvde.bigcartel.com Melvin Mvde is a brand that empowers children to love and accept their beauty. It is a power movement to encourage and build confidence within our black community.

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Swimming Pools

This campsite has two main swimming pool areas. The first one we went to overlooks the beach which gives a beautiful view. It also includes a hydro- massage section which I enjoyed. There was small slides and and the play area for Micaiah was lovely, I could relax in the hydro- massage section while watching him play in the children’s pool. The pool is a fresh sea water pool which is good especially for my children who live in the water.

The other aqua pool was really good as well. The boys literally spent the whole day inside the pools and on the slides. These pools have chlorine in them so unfortunately Ahaziah’s eyes were really red because he forgot his googles and stayed in the water all day.  There was a pirate ship with shallow water for Micaiah to play in by himself. There was lots of slides for the boys, Micaiah even went on a big slide! It was amazing to see because he never used to like water so I was so proud of him.

 

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Food & Drink

Food and drink is reasonably priced on the site. There is a local supermarket about 10 minutes away called “Tommy’s” this is where we went and stocked up on water and juice for the week. Eurocamp provide BBQ facilities but because we couldn’t understand the writing on the meat we decided not to have a BBQ and ate takeaway every night which wasn’t expensive overall.

Price Breakdown

Mobile home which sleeps up to 7 adults £600

Flights 1 adult 2 children £450

Transfer for 6 people £144

Venice day trip 1 adult 2 children £95

Sunset with Dolphins 1 adult 1 child £36

Conclusion

Overall Croatia was amazing, being able to go to Venice for the day was a bonus. There is so much to do on the campsite so I would definitely go back and explore the campsite more. The only let down was the Eurocamp mobile home. They need to maintain their properties especially for the price that we paid. Other than that the pools, the food and the excursion was amazing.

 

Thank you for reading

Nahdz

2 thoughts on “Croatia and Venice”

  1. This is great, so detailed.

    I was sceptical about Eurocamp but this and Croatia looks lovely. I definitely need to look in planning a short break.

    Thanks 🙂

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