We have returned from 12 nights in this campsite where we stayed with canvas holidays. We travelled as a couple with our 2 children age 4 & 5.
We have stayed in similar sites in Spain but this was out first visit to Italy on this type of holiday.
Firstly I have to say it was absolutely boiling. 37C every day and most nights it was still 30C at 11pm. I found this a little stifling having young children and we had to limit our activities as our son got heatstroke at the beach on the first day. Apparently this is normal temperatures at this time of year.
Our canvas caravan was pokey, a classic 2 bed, I can really say there wasn't anything to get excited about with it. Also the caravans they offer back on to a noisy road. Be prepared to hear every motorbike and tractor at the early hours of the morning. It was "adequately" furnished but something in the beds was definitely biting us. It had air con but its on a power save system so it will switch off after an hour. I woke several times in the night boiling and had to put it back on. That's not uncommon with this accommodation type though, but when we've stayed with Keycamp we've had accommodation that's been higher up the range so they've been a little more spacious.
I had to contact Canvas before arrival to clarify we could check in after 10pm as our flight was due in late and their booking confirmation letter said we wouldn't be able to check in after 10pm. They were very prompt in replying and clarifying it would be fine.
We paid €105 for a taxi from Treviso airport as unless you book direct with the campsite you are not entitled to the discount they offer. I would look to hire a car if I were returning as we didn't based on what people said on here but it's too hot to be waiting around for buses and the campsite shop is adequate but I didn't think it was reasonably priced. Wine is yes, but nothing else is cheap. Crisps, ham, bread, fresh fruit, all are about 30% more than I would pay in the UK. I paid the same price in euros for a portion of mozzarella that I pay in sterling in Asda. Beer is very expensive relative to prices at home, even the local beer. Our rep told us (on the last day) the big supermarkets are much cheaper.
On the subject of the rep, our canvas rep was it's one selling point. He was very visible but in no way pushy, extremely knowledgable and helpful and is the only reason I'd consider using them again. Thank you Lloyd.
As for the site, it was very busy, but then it was peak time in summer early August so I imagine lots of places would be the same.
The pools are good for the kids, but packed. The loungers have to be booked and paid for €6.50 a day at the pool, €11 a day at the beach.
The bouncy castle type things that are shown on the campsite picture are also fee paying €5 per child.
The pool bar is adequate but expect to pay €4.20 for a beer and €5 for a gin and tonic.
The staff are helpful and friendly.
The entertainment team seemed to do a good job with the children but mine weren't interested and the songs and dance routines were starting to drive me a bit mental by day 10. Their shows in the evening were not really worth going out of the way for.
There are adequate restaurants in walking distance of the site but don't expect air con at any of them, they're all open fronted and again very busy. Arrive at 9pm and you'll have to take what table you can get where you can get it. We didn't have a bad meal and again I found all the staff in the local area to be friendly and helpful.
You'll have already read about the mozzies, yes they were hideous. We used 100% DEET, coils, a hand held zapper and citronella and all of us still got bitten alive.
I would not choose to return here, not because its bad, but it wasn't anything outstanding enough to warrant a return. We had a good time but would prefer to try elsewhere next time.
- Also Known As:
- Camping Portofelice Hotel Eraclea Mare
- Camping Portofelice Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Portofelice, a peaceful oasis in the midst of green vegetation beside the Adriatic Sea and not far from Venice. Portofelice is the ideal setting for a revitalizing holiday in direct contact with nature and the well-known pinewood of Eraclea Mare. Portofelice is a well-organized Camping-Village offering countless opportunities for amusement and sport to ensure a relaxing stay that does not just include sun and sea, thanks to the comfort and the pleasure of our modern accommodations! ... more less