Autocamp Peros September 2012 and May 2016
is as unlike the huge, holiday-camp type of sites that people associate with Croatia as possible. It has about 50 pitches, a small swimming pool, a bar that also does pizzas, and that’s about it. The pitches are roomy and shaded by trees, there are open
views on one side across to the tiny Byzantine church of St Nicholas, and it’s just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.
The toilet facilities are new, smart and very clean. The washing-up area is reminiscent of Caravan Club
sites in the UK, with dish-draining racks, scourers and J cloths provided. The lady in reception is friendly, speaks good English and provides useful information and maps about the surrounding area.
This part of Croatia is interesting
and rather different. For one thing, there are sandy beaches, which are unusual! The sea is warm and shallow, so you have to walk out for a fair distance before it’s deep enough for swimming. However this makes it ideal for children.
Zaton itself is a very small resort with a couple of restaurants, beach bars and a tiny supermarket. The only fly in the ointment, IMO, is the presence of one of the above-mentioned huge campsites which broadcasts noisy 'entertainment' that can be
heard all over Zaton at times.
A short distance from Zaton is the tiny walled city of Nin, surrounded by water. It has what is said to be the world’s smallest cathedral, Holy Cross, which probably holds about a dozen people, but
is no longer used, having been replaced by the much larger St Anastasia’s. Another must-see is Zadar, 15 km away, which is Croatia’s fourth-largest town. Its main attraction is its fortified old town with the sea on three sides. There are Roman
ruins, a Byzantine church, Venetian palaces and numerous restaurants and shops.
It’s four years since we were here, and it’s still a very pleasant
little site with a friendly atmosphere. There have been a few changes - the reception area has been renovated, as has the bar, and renovations were still under way during our stay, but should be completed by high season. The biggest change is that 20 new mobile
homes have been installed in what used to be a field adjoining the campsite, with their own swimming pool. This shouldn’t really affect the touring part of the site, although guests might use the bar.
All the basic needs are catered
for within easy reach of the pitches – ehu’s, water, bins for recycling, washing up, and washing machine, which is more than can be said for some larger sites we’ve stayed at! The shower block is clean and functional, with loo paper, soap
and hand dryer.
The surrounding area is ideal for cycling. Zadar is still one of our favourite places - Alfred Hitchcock called the sunsets the best in the world, and they're even better now accompanied by the other-worldly sounds of
the Sea Organ, followed by the hypnotic light patterns of the Greeting to the Sun! And with the best ice-cream outside of Italy at 80p a cone, what's not to like?