Camping SunÍlia L'Atlantique (Brittany, France)
The summer holidays were almost half way through and I still had not managed to find us a bargain last minute all inclusive holiday like I always have in previous years. This year prices seemed to be going up by the day and there was simply not a bargain to be had so after much discussion (and reluctance mainly on my part) it was decided ... that we would dig out the camping gear that had been stored in the deep depths of the garage, dust it off and head over to France like we used to do several years ago when our children were little. The thought of swapping my super king size pillow top bed for air sent a cold shiver down my spine but the decision was made and the ferry was booked.
Eleven years ago we discovered the "Camping Cheque" and I am thoroughly glad that we came across it. You purchase a "cheque" for each night that you wish to stay and that will cover the cost of your pitch, two people and electricity- they are currently (2011) £13.50/15euros each which is a significant saving on the drive in price of all of the campsites available. Camping Cheque currently have 316 sites across Europe, all of the sites are four and five star so you are virtually guaranteed that they are going to be of good quality; one drawback is that they can only be used in low season, but each site has different dates and this can easily be checked on the Camping Cheque website or in their directory. We knew our dates of travel and after much research we decided that L'Atlantique, would be our destination.
Bienvenue en France
L'Atlantique is located 2km outside of Fouesnant in Brittany. We had arrived in Roscoff and our journey down to the site took 1h 45mins and that was including going around several roundabouts a couple of times thanks to my poor navigation skills and an even poorer map! It was an easy journey down though in retrospect and once we were in Fousenant, the campsite was signposted clearly taking us right up to the entrance. Tired and weary were we, but the check-in process could not have been easier - after my much practised and therefore flawless (!) sentence was delivered stating our requirements the reception staff replied in perfect English and gave us a map of the site with available pitches highlighted, we left the car in the large reception car park and headed out in search of the perfect pitch. Once we were happy with our selection we returned to reception and told them our desired number so that we could be booked in, we were given a key code for the entrance barrier and each of us had a wristband attached - bright green which I don't usually mind at an all inclusive resort, but these bands were only necessary when in the pool area so I did not really appreciate wearing it full time and when we were sightseeing in other towns we stuck out like sore thumbs as tourists.
Les emplacements (the pitches)
Alongside touring pitches, L'Atlantique also has many static caravans and pre-erected tents for hire which come with their own services and rep. As we had our own tent, I cannot comment on these but I would say that if you are planning on doing this, checkout the pitches carefully as some are much better located than others.
Location, location, location. We chose our pitch because it was close to the pool and sanitary block but with hindsight, we might have chosen to be a little further away as the noise from the bar in the evenings went on until midnight which was a bit much for us on occasion and if you have young children you would want to be a lot further away. There did not seem to be the etiquette on this site that we have experienced before in France and I think that a lot of our neighbours forgot that they were shielded only by canvas and every loud word that was said could be heard and even the "SSHHHHs" from around us fell on deaf ears, this continued for our whole stay even though people came and went.
Each pitch is separated by a high hedge that goes halfway down the sides and across the back, it was nice to have the privacy, but it did give the impression of an unkempt feel as they all needed a major strim. Several high trees on the boundary of each pitch constantly dropped leaves and seeds and not a minute went by when a bird didn't drop its dinner on our tent (I gave up cleaning it in the end and got the power washer out when I got home.) Many of the trees were fruit trees and as we were there in late August, they were dropping fruit which was left to rot on the ground, not ideal if you are walking about barefoot, also the tree roots were a problem as they reared above ground periodically over the entire pitch so if you are in a tent they could be easily felt below the groundsheet (and airbed). Maybe I'm just not a back to nature kind of girl but I would have preferred a grassy flat space any day!
We chose a pitch right next to the electricity supply which was lucky as our cable was not that long, but it would be realistic to expect to have your hook-up 25m away depending upon your pitch so it is best to be prepared with a long extension. A tap (obviously not drinkable water) was located at the end of each "row" so not too far for anyone. If you are at the end of the row, be prepared and bring a torch - only the central area it lit and so it gets very dark around the edges, thank goodness for luminous green guy ropes is all that I can say!
Le bloc sanitaire (the sanitary block)
I know that it is not very British to discuss it but the sanitary block is an integral part of a campers holiday. First and foremost I have to say that I was surprised that there was only one main block on the whole site considering its size; there were several subsidary blocks dotted around the pre-occupied pitches but they were barely more than small festival type porta-kabins and not really intended for perpetual use I can only assume.
When we first arrived it took me a while to figure out what was masculine and femine, but after a day or so I figured out the there were facilities for women, men, mixed and children - not the easiest of systems to figure out from the pictures alone but I can only guess that it worked for the French ! My only personal experience of the mens was the embarrasing moment when I glanced through the toilet door to be met by a mans eye who should have been looking down if you see what I mean ! This was a problem according to my husband and sons equalled by the female cleaner who was ever present it seemed without such embarrasment! Also there were many french women who did not have an issue with wandering into the mens showers to wash. In the womens there were no such issues and remained man free for the duration of our stay. There were five toilets dedicated to females including a disabled cubicle which is not a lot if the campsite is full to capacity. The same with the shower and sink cubicles, the six or seven will easily be occupied at peak times and it was not unusual to see a queue form. Not a pleasant experience if you are standing there in your pj's with morning breath! The toilet block is simply not big enough and considering that it was only renovated in 2009 I would have thought that they should have increased cubicle numbers two fold at least.
One major problem : Although the block was very well lit with all good intentions, at night time this presented a major problem. The roof was sloped throughout and skylights were utilised which meant that in certain cubicles - about half of them - you were clearly visible by an upward glance from the next cubicle via reflection. The architects must be still laughing about it now but for a user of the facilities this presents a massive obstacle (or not depending upon how you look at it I suppose !). On the plus side, the individual cubicles were always clean and were fitted with sensor taps so water use is at a minimal, however I would have appreciated the toilet roll dispenser being less stingy and dispensing more than one sheet at a time! There are no hand dryers present or even paper towels but this seems to be in keeping with the rest of France. Hairdryers were available in both sexes shower rooms but they were not very hot or powerful and it would have been quicker to blow on my hair after a hot curry!
The washing up area is situated within the block, we never had a problem finding a free sink and it was always clean with plenty of hot water. Also this is where the laundry room is located, you can use a washing machine for 6 euros and a dryer for 5 euros if you need to but I personally prefer to take all of my washing home and consequently spend the following week doing nothing but washing!
La piscine (the swimming pool)
The overhead pictures of the campsite were one of the main reasons why we chose this site but on seeing them first hand, I must admit that they were a slight letdown. It is stated on the website and catalogue that there are seven pools but three of these are merely tiny baby pools. The actual swimming area is not actually very big at all, however this did not prevent my sons (12 & 9) from dissappearing for hours at a time (they are strong swimmers and I knew that they were safe). There is a small indoor heated pool with a jacuzzi area and this area is mainly occcupied with pre-school aged children, I had a slight dip into it but got the impression that it was heated by more than the usual pipes (lack of nappies? shudder). There was a curly slide (operated by a 'go' lights system) which landed into a separate pool and two other slides which landed into another pool that were suitable for unsupervised use. Several smaller slides for toddlers and smaller pools made up the complex in general making it a usable space for children - the depth of the pools ranges from 20cm to 1.3m. Adults would probably be less amused but there were comfortable sunbeds all around for all to use. Another negative I'm afraid - In high season I can not believe that there are enough sunbeds for everyone. By 12 even in low season most of the sunbeds were reserved (less than half actually occupied though) and I would imagine that it could become over crowded and cramped. Only a couple of parasols were dotted around and I can imagine that these are like gold dust at the height of a hot and busy season.
The pool area itself was generally clean and tidy, however the odd loose slab was disconterning and dangerous in my opinion. The toilets within the pool area had a very unsavoury aroma about them, but as the pool is next to the toilet block, the pool toilets are easily avoided. There is a small shack like bar at the centre of the area selling drinks (both soft and alcoholic), snacks and ice cream.
Pour les enfants (For the wee ones)
There is a large play area is situated near the entrance to the site which features all sorts of sturdy and interesting play equipment that goes one step further than the bog standard swings and slide. The park is suitable for children of all ages - toddlers through to early teens, and the sand covered floor makes it safe for all. The area was always clean and tidy even though it does get fairly busy in the early evening. Next to the park there are five table tennis tables complete with concrete net so if you want to play, come prepared with your own bats and balls. There is a tennis court available for hire, even if you have your own raquets you have to pay to hire the court which I thought was a bit stingy and put us off playing unfortunately, however right next to that there is a basketball court for free.
At the other end of the site and somewhat out of the way, there is a large football field - impromptu matches seemed to take place every evening, usually GB v France and emotions ran high on occcasion! As you would expect in France, there are several boules pitches (is that what they call them?) available for use if you have your own boules. Also in this area there is a mini farm which houses three small horses - available for escorted rides - and a couple of goats who all look well cared for. The childrens clubs are also based here, there are several gazebo type tents with various bits of small play equipment to keep the younger ones occupied and the children could often be seen going out on nature walks and various adventures. I have never and would never use such a facility so I can't comment on how well entertained they keep the children but the ones that were there all looked happy.
Most evenings there is either a childrens disco, karaoke, magician or such like to keep the younger ones entertained until 10pm, this really was for the u10's age range and after poking their heads into the small circus tent my boys quickly decided that it was not for them but the younger children seemed to be having a whale of a time. A variety of go-karts and bikes can be hired, the go-karts were about 6 euros for an hour, or 25 euros for 24 hours, we hired them for an hour which was plenty for the boys to thoroughly investigate the site. The site is not vehicle free so caution has to be taken at every turn because children on go-karts had a habit of appearing suddenly at junctions!
Nourriture et des boissons (Food and Drink)
There is a very well stocked shop on site which is not at all overpriced and has a decent selection of goods. As well as a broad range of canned goods, fresh groceries, basic staples and alcohol, it also freshly bakes bread and croissants everyday which taste delicious and the aroma emitted is divine! The shop also stocks a few toys like balls and swimming hoops, again not overpriced compared to the supermarkets. The shop is open from 8-8 but closes from 1pm until 4.30pm so don't be caught out by not having lunch thought about.
A small shed (open from 3-10pm) is well attended by two young girls selling ice creams, fresh waffles and crepes. These make a lovely evening snack, and this is probably where I put on the extra 4lb's that came home with me! If you want a bigger meal, there is a take away and also a sit in restaurant (which serves the same food as the take away). I found these to be quite expensive so whilst we initially intended to, we never bothered eating here. The menu was not particularly inspiring - pizzas, omelettes, chips etc) and for what you were getting the prices were inflated (6.50 euros for a very small portion of chicken nuggets and chips is unrealistic in my opinion). A large bar with plenty of seating is located right in the centre of the complex, there is a large screen TV in there which showed some of the bigger sports matches and in the evening there was occasionally a small disco but again, it was only ever toddlers dancing. The bar is open from 6pm-1pm. We expected some of the services to be closed during our stay as we were right at the end of the season, but they remained open - if you are visiting outside of the main season it might be worth enquiring exactly what will still be open if you think that you might utilise it during your stay.
Other bits of useful info
If you get bored in the evenings during your stay, there is a large number and choice of books and board games available for hire for free from reception (both in French and English). I really like this idea and only wish that more campsites/hotels would offer it! Also in reception you can use the fax machine and go online for a small charge and utilise their postal service either to send or receive letters, and a safety box can be hired for 3 euros per day. There are also a lot of tourist information leaflets in reception to enhance you stay and to help you to discover the local area which we found really useful, as did we the daily weather updates.
If you are feeling fit and springy there is a gym on site, you can get in for 2 euros a day or 10 euros for the week which I think is really reasonable, however not tempting enough for me unfortunately so I can not comment on the facilities, likewise the beauty centre with tanning machines and masseurs and the sauna - it just isn't my cup of tea but it is there if you want it.
It would be difficult to complete this review without mentioning the beach. A ten minute walk through the forest from the campsite leads you to a fabulous clean white sandy beach. The short walk isn't particularly buggy or wheelchair friendly as it can be a bit boggy after rain and there are a few steps and bridges, but there is a long way around so you can still get there. It appears that only residents of the campsite use this beach so there is plenty of space for all and it is simply lovely despite the freezing cold sea - I don't usually get the whole beach thing as I have an indescribable fear of all sea life, but even I had a lovely swim which was the highlight of my holiday (I had to swim because I had to get my feet off the sea floor incase I stood on a crustacean!).
Well, I am going to have to say yes. Despite a few niggles we all had a really good holiday and I would recommend going to L'atlantique despite its issues, if you are aware of them you can be more prepared! I do not think that I would go back though as we thoroughly covered the surrounding area and there are so many fabulous campsites in France that I would like to discover more. The weak pound against the euro definitely put a dampner on our holiday and I was consistantly surprised at how expensive even the basics appeared to be, but again, if you are prepared for this it might not be such an issue.
So has my love for camping being reiginted ? The jury is still out but I have to say that I am looking forward to the all-inclusive that we have booked for next March!
Sunelia L'Atlantique, Kerbader BP 11, 29170 Fouesnant, France. www.lAtlantique.fr
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Campsite San Marino (Rab, Croatia)
Camping...right. I always hated the idea of camping, and it took until my thirtieth year before I spent a night in a tent. My childhood didn't help - my parents aren't exactly "Outdoor Types". My one experience camping as a kid involved a three hour drive, another hour of bad-tempered fumbling to put the tent up, then a long ... enough look inside for us all to say "Sod that!" before packing up and driving home again.
Being a grown up and a self-confessed city lover, I also developed my own prejudices against camping, campers & camp sites - unappealing images of nippy showers in communal blocks on dewy mornings, and Dads in Speedos flipping burgers for their bored wives and irritating kids always sprung to mind.
Living abroad has changed my attitude somewhat, to such an extent that this year I was actually looking forward to my holiday camping in Croatia...
The Location & Getting There -
Lopar is not that easy to get to, situated at the base of a sprout-like peninsula blooming out into the strait between the island of Rab and the Croatian mainland.
Rab is accessed by car ferry from the small port of Jablanac, which is around 120km from Rijeka and 260km from Split, along the winding roads along Croatia's coast. Traffic can also be quite heavy during the high season, especially where the roads go in and out of resorts along the way. Once at Jablanac, you can expect a queue waiting to get on the ferry.
Once dropped off on the southern tip of Rab, there's another 20-30 minute drive to Lopar at the opposite end of the island.
We faced an even longer journey, taking the bus from Zagreb. This leaves the capital from the main bus station (Autobusni Kolodvor) and is scheduled for around a four and a half hour ride. Tickets cost 390KN (approx. 45 pounds) one way, which was more than we were expecting, plus an extra 14KN to put two bags in.
Finally Got There - First Impressions -
Autocamp San Marino is situated in the southernmost bay of the Lopar Peninsula, in an area monopolised by the Imperial Hotels group, to an extent it's hard to tell whether there was an indigenous population before they arrived.
The camp site itself runs right up against the promenade of Rajska Plaza (Paradise Beach), which makes the long journey worthwhile. Paradise Beach is a gorgeous stretch of golden sand that sweeps round in a crescent from the cliffs in the south to the marina in the north. Sheltered by hills, the beach looks out across the bay to the smoky blue ridges running along the Croatia's mountainous coastline. The water is crystal clear, warm, and shallow to around 500m from the shore.Imperial has a hotel complex to the north near the marina, and the camp site in the south, and sandwiched in the middle is a small plaza with a few restaurants, souvenir shops, amusements and bars.
The camp itself couldn't be any closer to being on the beach, and the plots at the front are on sand, although the majority of the site is situated in the leafy respite of tall poplar trees, but never more than 200m from the promenade.
There are plots available for camping, motor homes, and caravans - the bulk of the campers we saw had set up vast fortresses for themselves to chill out in on their holiday, and seemed to have brought the whole contents of their homes with them.
Also available to rent are caravans and static chalet-like holiday homes. Amenities are fairly basic, but provide all you should need - there are newsagents, a bakery, greengrocers, butchers, a mini-market and a couple of restaurants.
The camp is firmly family oriented, and there's plenty of play areas for the kids, as well as the sandy beach and shallow, calm water. The vast majority of the holidaymakers visiting San Marino are Germans and Austrians, with a fair few Hungarians. There's also a smattering of Poles, Czechs, Italians, Slovenians and Croatians - as far as we could tell, we were the only Brits staying there.
This was perhaps a good thing - while there were plenty of Dads-in-Speedos to satisfy my camping stereotype, all the kids running about seemed astonishingly quiet and well-behaved, apart from one little turd who tried hosing me down with his water pistol as I walked along the prom.
Although I don't speak German, I heard nothing that could be the equivalent on the red-faced, apoplectic English parent screaming: "ASHLEY!!! Get here NOW!", something once so familiar from the Co-Ops, buses and council estates of my home town Ipswich.
Amenities & Shops -
The reception handily offer safety deposit boxes at 8KN per day, and internet terminals at a rather stiff 10KN (about a pound) for fifteen minutes. Their rates operate on a sliding scale, all the way up to a whopping 500KN (around 50 quid) for a two week internet pass.
Toilet blocks appear every 100m or so along the camp's length, which are regularly cleaned by the ladies apparently stationed there on 24hr duty. The showers are in cubicles to offer privacy, and there's also refrigeration boxes for rent, and a place to do your washing up.
The mini market is reasonably well stocked, with all the bare necessities, along with a decent booze aisle, camping equipment, toiletries, and a small deli counter. Helpfully, for the likes of myself & partner holidaying Bear Grylls-style with no electricity or refrigeration, things like milk and butter are available in single serve portions. Cards are accepted - there's an ATM five minutes from the camp entrance, but none on the site itself.
The bakery offers fresh bread each morning, plus cakes, pastries and croissants, the butchers has plenty of cuts ready for the barbecue. Plenty of fresh, healthy looking fruit and veg is available from the greengrocers.
There are a couple of newsagents selling cigarettes, sweets, postcards, smutty mags, comic books and newspapers - although all the papers available are in German, Italian or Croatian.
Another stand sells all the essentials for a beach holiday - buckets & spades, inflatable dolphins, sun cream, shades, hats, sarongs, beach towels, snorkels, etc. There is also a shelf reserved for all the tat you might want - jewelery boxes decorated with seashells, anchor-shaped barometers, picture frames with "Croatia" written on them, all that lovely stuff.
Eating & Drinking -
All the restaurants in the San Marino area offer virtually the same menu - you can expect pizzas, salads, steaks, seafood and a few local specialities, such as Cevapcici - small sausages made from lightly spiced, minced pork.
The best place for a bite within the confines of the camp is Buffet Mel on the seafront, opposite the beach volleyball court. The decor is basic, but makes up for it with a lively atmosphere, great view across the beach and bay, and excellent fresh calamari.
There is also the Restoran San Marino, the largest and therefore emptiest restaurant on the site. It has a slightly larger range to chose from, prepared in a clean, open kitchen, but suffers from a dreary, cold interior and a dreary, hot terrace.
The third choice is also on the beach, the "Tri Jablan" (Three Poplars), a bustling bar restaurant with plastic garden furniture, but unfortunately they only have menus in German, Italian and Croatian.
For a drink, there is "Caffe Ice Bar", a quiet, relaxed outdoor terrace with even more relaxed staff. On the plus side, they serve the cheapest beer around (16kn Karlovacko) in frosted mugs, as well as coffees, ice creams and cocktails.
Outside the camp and all the way around the bay, and around the corner into the next cove are several other restaurants offering virtually the same menu; the only real variation seems to be one man selling grilled chickens, and another place advertising "the best kebab in San Marino."
If you're here for nightlife, then you've come to the wrong place. There are a couple of bars which offer a bit of music and a more up tempo vibe, but if you want a party, you'd better bring your own. It's a family resort, and people are content to go for a bite to eat and a few drinks in the evening, then stroll home along the beach.
The one disco we found looked like it had been downgraded from a strip joint to draw in some more punters, but the only people in there around midnight were the barman and the DJ. We didn't hang around to see if things picked up later on...
Activities & Things to Do -
Apart from Beach stuff, eating, drinking, relaxing and sleeping, there isn't a huge amount to see or do in San Marino. The Imperial's "Animation Team" - think Butlins Red Coats, without the coats and with a surlier attitude - try their best to keep people busy. Activities range from the Aqua-aerobics each morning from ten in the shallows opposite Buffet Mel, to welcome parties, karaoke parties, folk song, and Miss San Marino competitions. All the evening events take place on the terrace of the hotel, and there were no Knobbly Knees competitions scheduled at time of writing.
The tourist information office and various stands around the plaza offer island-hopping, sightseeing tours by boat. However, if you like the idea of getting around the islands by sea, my recommendation is to hire a boat from one of the stands just off the beach.
It'll cost you 500KN (almost 60 quid) for a day's hire, and for your money you get a small craft with outboard motor which will seat about six, an anchor, some life jackets, and a small awning to hide from the sun under. You also get the freedom to go wherever you want, and it's excellent fun to be out on the beautiful deep blue water, pulling into bays and wading ashore for a beer.
In a day, we managed to make it all the way around the peninsular, in and out of various bays, before stopping for refreshments at a beach shack in Lopar's northern most harbour, then visited Sv Grgur and Goli Otok ("Croatia's Alcatraz") on the way back.
If you take up this option, a couple of words of warning - take plenty of sun cream and a hat, because there's no escaping the sun when you're out there on the water.
Be careful when motoring into bays - most of them are sandy bottomed, but we got over-confident when chugging into Saramic bay. We saw much bigger boats much further in, and the bottom looked sandy, so thought we had plenty of room. Suddenly, a huge rocky outcrop lurched up from the sea bed, and we were going too fast to stop, and ended up running aground. Luckily, we managed to get free of the rocks with only a chunk knocked out of one of our propeller blades, and made a hasty, shame-faced retreat around the cove.
Lopar is an excellent place for a relaxing summer holiday, especially for families or couples looking for a quiet break. Despite my original reservations about camping, sleeping outside on the floor and all that unappealing stuff, I returned home from my break more refreshed and relaxed than I've been for many years. Highly recommended.
(This review originally appeared on Ciao! under my username Midwinter.)
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Camping Castell de Montgri / Costa Brava (Spain)
Last year we ventured to a Euro camp site staying in a mobile home and although we were impressed with the site the weather was actually better at home! We decided that we would opt for this particular type of holiday again this year but we would head for Spain which hopefully would guarantee sunshine! On the ... recommendation of my Brother-in-law we booked to go to Castille Montgri after careful research I booked with a company called Lifestyle Holidays as they seemed to be a big operator on this site but their prices were 50% cheaper than Eurocamp.
Castille Montgri is located on the Costa Brava you can fly with the closest airport at Girona about an 1 hour away however we drove (or rather he drove and I helped!) the Camp site once you are in the local town is easily signposted and our holiday company had sent Satellite co-ordinates getting there was only eventful due to the fact the youngest was ill!
This was very painless and incredibly efficient the reception had English speaking staff and required you to complete paper work and provide details of your car. They then notified your rep of your arrival and advised you on site rules and facilities all of which took about 10 minutes:
The site has barrier entry which is manned by a security officer upon reaching the barrier it reads your registration and lets you in with a personal greeting on the display! Although my children are too young to be left alone it was nice to know they would not make it out of the site.
Where do I start this site has so much that we didn't utilise everything that was on offer!
Disco and karaoke bar this was for Adults only and so we didn't visit as we have small children.
There is the L' Ombra area which contains a large pool with slides and a smaller pool attached ideal for little ones there is a restaurant alongside the pool and also this is the cinema area various films are shown at 8pm each evening. Next door is the gift shop selling inflatables and postcards amongst toys and shoes the inflatable's we purchased were very reasonable and possibly cheaper than most stores at home.
Launderette is also within this complex and here you can get a wash done at a very reasonable price I believe it was 8 Euros which isn't bad to drop and go and it was washed very well.
There is also a hire shop we didn't use this but you can hire a pushchair for 5 Euros a day my advice would be to bring your own and if your child sometimes still uses one bring it along you are also able to hire bikes.
Finally is the Supermarket which is very well stocked with everything you can possibly require and an incredibly large wine section! The prices are very comparable to the bigger local one and they can deliver free of charge for you. Very useful as the site is very steep!
This area has the most amazing pool with 365 degree views and is truly magnificent the pool opens from 9 am and closes at midnight in the evening it is all lit and has a lovely fountain.
Every morning there is activities for the children which vary in age suitability there is also entertainment at 6pm for the children and three times a week is the children's disco starting at 8pm then at 10pm there is entertainment which varies from flamenco dancing to circus acts all very good.
Restaurants are fairly priced but it isn't gourmet the menu is burgers, chicken, pizza but on the occasions we tried it was very good.
Situated just outside to the back of the site this is a long trek on foot so we drove and left the car at the bottom yet it is still a long climb but so worth it the pool was very quiet as it is such a trek and very cold water plus not a lot of entertainment to be had here just pure relaxation and the most spectacular views this rapidly became our favourite and we would be first at midday when it opened and often had this pool to ourselves perfect!
Service and Cleanliness:
I was very impressed by the site it was incredibly well maintained and very beautiful the outside areas where typically Spanish in design with lots of planting. The toilet blocks were very clean as were all the tables on the terraces.
The pool was just glorious and all the staff were friendly and polite and when we needed to take our daughter to see the Doctor the security officer drew a map for my husband all achieved without a common language! He then came to check she was ok the next day.
There are a variety of sized mobile homes operated by different companies such as Eurocamp, key camp (same company except Key camp tend to be more expensive) Thompson and lifestyle to name a few we went with lifestyle and they were very good and the mobile home met all our needs.
You can also bring your own caravan or tent or indeed hire a tent for hire of a tent canvass holidays.
We didn't take many trips as the girls were most happy swimming we visited the beach one day and also the market and cathedral at Girona and of course the local town L'estartit which is very lovely indeed one evening there were fireworks along the seafront. We also took a trip in a glass bottomed boat brilliant fun and something we would do again. Although I would advise to shop around.
I have just paid to go again next year and my daughters are practising to take part in the Castile montgri talent show! I am only sad that it is still 360days away as this was a brilliantly relaxing holiday because the children had so much fun they were very content which of course allowed us to relax as well. I have to say the mobile home was very compact but equally it had a large deck area and air-conditioning and the amount of time we spent in it was literally to sleep so why pay more for a larger van with an oven?! www.lifestyleholidays.co.uk
I also can confirm the weather was a perfect 30 degrees all day every day and the wine was 4 Euros for a good rioja!!
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