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Croatias Best Kept Secret – Kamenjak National Park!

Kamenjak National Park, Croatia. I am pretty sure you have never heard of it. If you have, then I hope you have visited because I’m gonna tell you why it’s a must in this post. When you think of Croatia you probably think of Island hopping off the coast of Split, checking out Kings Landing in Dubrovnik or maybe even checking out Rovinj as it becomes ever more popular thanks to Instagram.

Luckily for us one of our Instragram followers suggested travelling to this amazing location when we got to Croatia. We are so glad they reached out to us because they helped create some of our favourite memories. Kamenjak National Park is on the Southern most tip of the Istrian Peninsula.


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You cannot camp in the National Park but you can camp right next to the entrance to the park, so you are within super easy walking distance. There are also plenty of hotels and guest houses you can stay with in Premantura. Booking.com has so many choices (all with really incredible reviews) and if you book through my link you get 10% back on your stay.

It is an absolute nature lovers heaven!! I cannot stress this enough! The water is an incredible crystal clear blue, it is clean as clean can be. There are masses upon masses of wild flowers of all different vibrant colours and varieties coating the coast. The rocky coastline is dotted with idyllic, secluded islands and there are literally hardly any cars around. You can cycle your way around the park (this is what we opted to do on our mountain bikes) or walk and find your own private piece of nature to bask in.

This little piece of Paradise is 100% well worth the visit and detour away from the usual Croatian hot spots.  If you plan on visiting the stunning towns of Rovinj or Pula it’s just a short distance down the coast. You will also be pleasantly surprised with the drive back up on the East Coast. Reminiscent of the coastal roads on the Amalfi Coast past cliff hugging fishing ports. We took a few days out of our schedule to just relax here, riding our bikes along the coast and admiring the views….oh the views! 

We stayed at Arena Stupice Campsite in Premantura, the location of this campsite could not be any better for the views. It’s located next to the sea and you can walk and cycle in to the park from the campsite (if you drive in you have to pay a daily fee). The camping pitches are not the flattest, many are on a slant and it’s very hard to figure out what actually classes as your pitch. But there are plenty to choose from so just take your time scouting out a spot.

HOT TIP: If you camp at Arena Stupice Campsite make sure you pre book your spot online before you arrive. You will get a much better rate and a better site to camp on. We ended up booking online when we were stood in reception as they could not offer the same online rate in person.

Plenty of visitors come here to sail, kayak, fish, hike, cycle and just spend time exploring the coastline. 

We are big cyclists so started our cycling tour on the Dinosaur Trail. Fun Fact – Dinosaurs used to frequent this area in the Cretaceous period. How awesome is that?! Along the path you can explore all of the geological curiosities of Kamenjak.

The path continues around the edge of the peninsula and mainly along the coast. We stumbled upon the quirkiest little beach cafe- in the middle of no where. Imagine turning up to what looks like vegetation on the edge of the cliff with a few wooden structures outside.

You hear the murmuring of voices and make your way into the bushes to find what looks like the Lost Boys camp from Never Never Land. Safari bar is surprisingly busy for somewhere thats completely hidden. Take a visit here just to witness the quirkiness including the giant swing, sea shell dens, roller slide and tiki huts. 

As you walk through the bar to the cliffs edge you reach the most stunning view and cliff jumping hot spot where the water is incredibly clear.

We hopped on our bikes to continue the ride and came across vast empty countryside, empty beaches and incredible views. We stopped to take a dip in one cove we had all to ourselves. It’s that quiet we would turn up to a beach and if there were people there we would just move to the next beach which would inevitably be empty.

A short while later we arrive back at our van in the campsite and settle in to our camping chairs to take in the view. We crack open an Ozujsko Limun, our favourite Croatian tipple and chat about how awesome our day was. All thanks to a fellow traveller recommending Kamenjak National Park. If you plan on visiting Croatia and like nature then make sure you visit here! It’s just incredible.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Banff National Park-Now!

During my time in Canada I have left Banff only on two occasions in the 8 months that I have been here, it has a magnetic energy that leaves you wanting more and awe inspiring landscapes like no where else on earth. It seriously is a must see destination and here are my top 5 reasons why-with a few of my own photos to help Illustrate.

1. The Wildlife!

Being located in a National Park where the wildlife is protected, WILD and easy to discover makes this one of the best destinations for wildlife spotting in the world. I have seen 10 Bears , herds an herds of Elk, Mule Deer, White Tailed Deer, Moose, Black Wolf, Columbian Ground Squirrels, Chipmunks,  Mountain Coyote, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. Close encounters are very common, especially with Elk and Bears. Follow Parks Canada’s rules to enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience.

2. The Snow!

With three ski areas covering almost 8,000 acres of ski able terrain you are spoiled for choice when you visit Banff National Park. World-class skiing in Sunshine Village with the driest powder perfection I have ever experienced, tiny Norquay only 5km from Banff Town and Lake Louise offering you the time of your life you will be begging for an apres ski pint and soak in the Banff Upper Hot Springs at the end of each day.

3. Mountain Biking

I came to Canada mainly to snowboard and mountain bike, and being surrounded by the Rocky Mountains this is one the finest places in the world to do this. With routes offered within cycling distance or in nearby Lake Louise there are trails to suit everyone’s standards-hard-core ripper to beginner. Couple this adrenaline filled activity with scenery from a movie (literally a movie-Matthew Mcconaughey was filming here just last week) and you are in bikers paradise.

4. The Lakes

Lake Minnewanka (pronounced mini-won-ka), Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake are some of the worlds most beautiful natural phenomenons. The Awe-inspiring natural features that include glistening turquoise waters surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains are what draw visitors to Banff National Park year after year. Hiking, sailing, swimming, mountain biking, boating and fishing opportunities are in abundance here where you can truly relax in Grizzly Bear country.

5. Camping

If you want to truly escapes the demands of the corporate world and experience nature at its most finest then there is nothing more wild than camping in a National Park where Grizzly Bears, Coyotes, Wolves and Cougars roam wildly around you. There is a bounty of campsites available for RV’s, tents and walk in sites to suit all types of adventure seekers. Set up camp, light the fire and relax.