We couldn’t stop in Slovenia for a day or two as we would have liked as the motorhome aire we had chosen in Portoroz by the Marina was totally unsuitable this time of year due to the absolute lack of shade and, in this heat, that would have been suicidal for the steep price of €26, so we went into reception to ask if they could recommend somewhere with shade and they said there was a campsite just round the corner and we followed the road as indicated with the Tomtom selecting a ‘point of interest near you’ just 5km away. We didn’t realise that was taking us over the border to Croatia and we ended up here just after 11am at this fantastic campsite of Stella Maris, which is part of the Stella Maris holiday resort, with everything you could wish for a family holiday. We were very impressed with the place when looking around choosing a pitch and decided to stay for 3 days, today being our last.
The facilities are spotless, with lots of washing and shower blocks all over the place, the pitches are very spacious and with much needed shade, as we are totally surrounded by pine trees and oaks. We have pitch No 303, which is in a very convenient corner for extra space and we have a water tap a few paces away, very handy for cooling Beano down.
The site itself is a mere 5 minutes walk to the beach, although there are 3 altogether, as well as two supermarkets, one on site and a very popular Konsum just outside. There are all kinds of kiosks, café bars, restaurants and ice cream outlets, as well as souvenir shops, where we bought 2 new hats to celebrate our first ever visit to Croatia. Something that amused us greatly were the people sleeping in the water with their heads and shoulders on the sand, just to keep cool, or groups of friends just sitting in the water having drinks and a chat for long periods of time while we sat in the shade. Just like in Italy, It has been too hot to lie in the sun at all.
Umag also holds the Croatian Tennis Open Championships, which are going on at the moment, and the tennis ground seems to be full every night, which gives the town a warm and lively atmosphere.
As for family entertainment, there is a climbing wall area on site as well as mini golf, ball painting and floating rides on the Adriatic sea. This proved to be a source of great hilarity for us as I decided to climb on the floating pyramid after having had 2 mojitos and it would be fair to say that it wasn’t the greatest idea I’ve ever had, as just getting on the wretched thing was near impossible and got stuck fast with one leg on a ring at the bottom of the pyramid and one arm somewhere else above my head and I couldn’t go any further up. Adonis kept going up and I kept going down, which triggered on me an attack of the giggles that didn’t help at all and resulting with me falling back into the water with a great splash. I tried a couple more times with the same result, so I gave up on that and tried my luck on the ‘easier’ kiddies’ rides, onto which I was able to climb with Adonis’s help pulling me up from the top. We decided to go down the slide and, encouraged by my dearest success in making it all the way to the bottom, I bravely followed only to find myself falling off the side not even half way down. After all that strenuous exercise, I felt it would be a lot safer just playing dead in the water, which is what I ended up doing before I gathered the strength to swim back to shore. Fortunately, no photos or videos are available of my disgraceful performance on the Adriatic sea, but Adonis and I were still laughing about it this afternoon and no doubt it will remain a source of amusement for many years to come…
The site fees from 11th July to 21st August for 2015 are €16.30 per pitch per day plus €7.80 per person per day and there are extras for dogs, etc, but we think it’s really reasonable and wouldn’t hesitate to come back here again. The total bill for the 3 of us for the 3 days came up to 801 HRK (Kunas) (£77.89 or €106.16): not bad at all.
We have simply loved the place and even didn’t mind the music at night, which is part of the summer entertainment and of very good quality. Last night, we listened to a saxophone player playing and singing old Jazz classics while we enjoyed a drink at one of the bars on the beach and he was really first class. We left at midnight, which is quite unusual for us these days…
We have noticed that Umag is a very popular resort among eastern European countries, judging by the vehicles’ registration plates, and we can really understand why: it is simply superb!
Tomorrow, we are heading back to Italy, hoping to stop at the sosta in Noale, Veneto, but who knows where we might end up???