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  • Day1081

    Kempingas Slėnyje, Galvės Ež, Trakai

    June 12, 2019 in Lithuania ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Martha Motorhome is resting her wheels on well trimmed grass, under the shade of mature trees at Slėnyje Camping.

    After 17 nights of wild camping her waste tanks were full and her fresh water almost empty. We needed all the services a site had to offer so Will programmed one into the sat nav. Arriving after a bumpy drive down an unsurfaced road we were greeted with the sight of a barrier blocking the entrance track with nobody around. It would have been strange for this tourist business to be closed in June but whatever the reason we didn't feel like getting out and trudging around in the baking heat in search of someone who would take €20 for the privilege of letting us in.

    A search on Park4Night came up with Slėnyje Camping on the shore of Galvės Lake which, when we arrived had a welcome plaque and open area for parking while we booked in. Signs advertised €10 for a vehicle and €5 per person so we were taken aback when the total came to €26.20! Apparently these prices were for day visitors, with campers being charged €7.50 plus a 60c resort fee each! We weren't happy but we needed services and access to the lake would help keep us cool on this hot day so we paid for one night only. It was a large site and we'd hoped to get our laundry done. Upon enquiring we were told there were no washing machine facilities, although we could use the staff machine at
    €6 euros for a 5kg wash. Comparing it to the €3 we paid at Honey Valley we weren't impressed.

    A dozen or so other campers were parked up in grassy fields that could accomodate more than a hundred, but many of the pitches weren't flat. We found shade near the toilet and shower block and chocked the wheels to make the van more level.

    We couldn't see Galvė Lake from the pitch, but the site hosted boat moorings and a beach resort with restaurant, bar and concrete steps leading down to a sandy cove with loungers and a small wooden pontoon. You could even see Trakai Castle perched on one of the distant islands. Vicky's symptoms were flaring up badly in the heat, especially her fatigue, so while Will enjoyed several swims, she only went for one quick dip in the clean, warm water. It was a shame as we could have quite happily spent the day lounging on the beach. It was a little cooler here than at the van where it reached 35°C in the shade.

    We were grateful for the good quality showers within private cubicles (even if we did need to share them with frogs). Each of the stalls seemed to contain one that had taken up residence! Will managed to bear the heat and hand wash our clothes in the sinks.

    The following morning we made use of the waste facilities, recycling and one of the frequent fresh water points, while the gardener moved the temporary sprinkler around to try and keep the dried out grass alive.

    Camping Slėnyje was a pleasant site with good facilities and access to the beautiful Galvė Lake. We would have been happy to stay there longer had it not been for the high prices that weren't advertised when we first arrived.
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