Croatia Rally 2013 – Mike Bendall


                          CROATIA RALLY 2013

             10 MOTOR HOMES ON RALLY wacky races

29-May  Meet at Barcelona.  Nice Site.   Camping Barcelona. Mataro.  Meet and greet postponed.

30-May Long Haul across France to Beaurecueil, (Provence-Alps) camping

Sainte Victoire. Nice Site. One van had starting problems, this was tract down to a bad earth by a very efficient mechanic on call. At Provence one lady burnt her arm, this was quickly sorted by Jan, with her magic spray.

31-May Early start off to Sarzana ItalyIron Gateway Marine3B

This is a long run, mainly due to Heavy Goods traffic and restricted passing through the many tunnels and Viaducts. We all ate out in the very nice on site restaurant, a little expensive but worth it. This site has lovely views by the large river, with several Marinas.

1-June Early start again off to Venice. – Parco Caparo.  3 night stop here.

Claire re-arranged our booking for better pitches, this site has really good facilities, but is some way from Venice. The weather is holding good up to now considering rain all around. Most of us ate out at a nearby restaurant the first night, day two was spent in Venice, via a bus trip with one change, a boat trip across the lagoon to Venice. The ticket we had enabled us access, on an all day ticket with the same boat operator, so that all the Islands ect, could be reached. Day three was used to veg out, we all had a group Barbeque, early evening.

4- June,  off to Fazana Croatia,  Bi-Village.  4-night stop here. A Very nice site next to the sea, beautiful views, sea  clear blue, Islands, At five in the evening all were invited to a Champagne celebration, of Janice’s 70th, Birthday. At Eight we all went to a lovely restaurant to finish celebrating, ending with the Birthday cake. Some of this was made possible with friends Trevor and Ann, who were on site several days before, and communicated with Claire.

Day two was a do your own day, some used the gorgeous pools, some the beach, others went into Pula, or Fazana. In Pula docks there was a very large Oil rig, in for maintenance, which I for one had not seen before.

Day three, off on boat trip to an Island, and a train ride around the Island.

This Island called VELI BRIJUN  was President TITO’s private Island. The weather was perfect so all had a lovely day. At 8-30pm some of us enjoyed a show, put on by the camp staff.

Day four, was a do your own thing day, most just rested, in the evening we all went for a meal in the site restaurant.

8- June,  off to Plitvicka-Croatia,  Autocamp Korana. This is in the National Park, a special section has been set aside just for us Brits, set in beautiful grassed woodlands, a massive area , very useful as we had a music evening courtesy by Jeff playing the Saxophone.

Day one,  Coach to the National Park, where we had day passes to all road trains and boats, the weather was perfect for us to cope with the very long walk’s, some took the shorter route option. This Park is not to be missed, most spectacular, many many water falls, falling into a spectacular blue lake‘s, the facilities and natural environment is a credit to Croatia.

Day Two, A day for us to relax.

11-June, of to Seget.  Nr, Trogir Croatia.  We will spend five nights here.

The trip down through the mountains opening up to the spectacular coastline, with the Islands set in a clear blue sea. This really is a pretty and very clean country, most people speak English, the money Kuna tends to be confusing,

Day One, a free day, most went into Trogir, the Town close by, consisting of Town on the mainland, bridge to small very historic Island, bridging to a much larger Island.

The small Island with its Castle, small very old streets, Restaurants, looking out over the quay to the many super yachts, moored alongside. This is probably the nicest place I have ever seen.

The evening we all went to a very nice restaurant, to celebrate Jeff and Brenda’s Wedding Anniversary. Weather Hot.

 Day Two, a free day, to do whatever.

 Day Three, We all went on a boat to cruise the Islands. The weather was perfect, we had wine and soft drinks all day, One Island stop was spent having a very well prepared Barbeque, still with wine and soft drinks flowing non stop. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

 Day Four, a free day, most went into Trogir again, or for a swim in the sea, a bit cold.

Most evenings we all went out to a restaurant, for the evening.

16-June, off to Dubrovnik.   Camping Solitudo, a very large site close to the sea, Long run of 286 Km, 2/3 Motorway, but not yet completed, rest of the roads were slow going, we also had to pass through Bosnia.

Out to restaurant in the evening.

 Day One, Catch the bus into Dubrovnik Old Town, really hot today, the old walled

Castle town is in lovely condition, a huge tourist attraction. Out to restaurant in the evening.

18 June off to Sibenik, Now we start our return run.  Just under 300 Km. Again excellent run on a traffic free new motorway. Camping Solaris, huge camp site, queuing to check in, we of  course were pre booked, there was a small problem with our last Van as two pitches were not free. Some ate out some BBQ.

Day One, Free  day very very hot , good to have the sea so close. Facilities here five star.

Day Two. Some went on a boat trip to visit several Islands, where they enjoyed a splendid meal, and visited a National park. The rest went swimming in the sea on a very hot day.

Day Three and Four, was spent swimming and keeping cool in the very hot weather. In the evenings we ate out in several of the on site restaurants, the last night in the Dalmatian Restaurant.

The camp site has the most beautiful old stone creations of Dalmatian Village Life. 

23 June off to Trieste Italy, where only five Vans continue to Pisa. The rest of us go our separate organized ways.

For us all Croatia has been a very big surprise, certainly one of the best and prettiest coastlines that we all have seen. We have had perfect weather, a very well organized Rally, all credit here to Clare and Graham, who have worked hard, and much attention to detail.

Terry kept us busy throughout the Rally with DINGBATS.