Having not been on a 'Camping' holiday since the 90s, it took a bit of persuading by friends to finally choose this place for our family holiday with young kids (5 & 7). But with it being half term and with very few other options we took the plunge.
Despite many people obviously visiting this place, I still didn't find some of the useful information on Tripadvisor that I was looking for, so hopefully I can put that right here.
For simplicity I have broken our main experiences up into parts, so if I don't manage to type them all up here in one go look out for any continuation as a 'Part 2'.
1. Getting There
2. Check In
4. Things to do
5. Kids stuff
6. Food & Drink
8. Check Out
8. Things to be aware of
1. Getting There
We flew from Gatwick (LGW) to Venice (VCE). There seemed to be differing views as to the best way to the campsite with the local bus being the cheapest but longer, to hire car being the dearest if you are staying for a week or more. As we had 2 young kids in tow and quite a bit of luggage we opted for a private minibus from the airport, which we booked online before we left the UK. A return trip for the 4 of us was 180 Euros (i.e. 90 each way/22.50 each). You also don't have to pay for this in advance as they simply give you a confirmation email and contact number for the firm in case they aren't there when you land. We used
The driver was there at arrivals with our name on a card and escorted us to a brand new air conditioned 8 seater Mercedes Viano minibus. The drive was about 50 minutes and he even drives you direct to your caravan/tent/bungalow with your bags - so no need to lug heavy bags around.
We considered renting a car, but to be honest you don't need one unless you intend driving around - which isn't that easy to visit all the main sites. The cheapest we could get for the week was £218 (250 Euros), so the minbus was much better and less hassle. (Plus you also cant drive on or off the site between 1-3pm)
2. Check In.
When you get to the main gate of the park it's very secure. You can't get in without first giving over your passports and getting a wrist band - which you must keep on your wrist for the entire stay. You don't need to fill all the forms in there and then (which would be a pain if you arrived late), you just have to hand them in within a day or two.
We stayed in a Thomsons/TUI 3 bed Vivaldi caravan - and the reps cabin is right next to these for formal check in and keys. Beware though that you may have a wait if its a busy season, as the reps take each group to their caravan, so you may have to wait until they return. Dont expect to get in to your unit before 4pm unless its quiet.
The Thomsons ones are in the 'Marina 2000' part of the site, which is about 1km from the main gate, so if its raining and you haven;t got a taxi to the unit - take a brolley!
It would be fair to say that this place is huge!. We reckon about 1200 pitches/units. We were very impressed with the cleanliness and efficiency of the place and you have everything you need without leaving the site. There are numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, cash machines, amusement parks, you name it and its there - even a full sized supermarket which is comparable in price to UK ones. If you like a bit of a drink, the draft chilled wine is excellent and a snip at 2 euros per litre in your own bottle. Dont worry if you only have 1.5l bottles, they work it our pro rata for you.
We also forgot our travel money, but even using the cash machines on site we got a competitive rate through them and our bank (HSBC) even with the 2.5% handling fee.
Accommodation wise, the caravans are more than adequate - having a fully fitted kitchen with utensils, air con (at extra cost), shower and separate bathroom. We also had a nice wooden terrace with table and parasol which was lovely to sit and have lunch with some chilled wine.
The biggest attraction and bonus of the place is their AquaMarina water park - its fantastic for kids of all ages. If you want a sun lounger its 1.50 Euros per session (AM or PM), but you can just as easily lie on your towel by the pool or one of the grassy areas for free. The kids pools are a lovely 26 degrees all year round and we couldnt get our 2 to come out!. There are good slides, a big 'wave pool', an Olympic size swimming pool (laned off for the serious swimmers), a dive school, and 2 other big play/fun swim areas. there is also a couple of bars next to it for drinks and snacks, although these arent allowed in the pool area. There are lifeguards everywhere, so the kids can splash about quite safely.
Food wise, it will depend upon whether you want to cook or not! We did a combination of both. The quality and range of food and veg was very good and not too expensive, although there is also another supermarket just outside the main gate which was marginally cheaper.
The restaurants on site are ok, with the Pizzas probably being a good safe bet for about 6-7 Euros per person. There is also another nice restaurant just outside the park called 'Vanin' which does a nice variety of dishes. A big meal for 4 with drinks costs us 48 Euros. there is also a lovely seafood restaurant about 200yds left of the main gate exit which is a bit pricier, but is worth it. I thin kit was called 'Oasis', but there is a big sign on the road, so you cant miss it.
In the cafes/bars a nice cheap drink is the Camapari/Prosecco spritzer, which comes in a litre carafe for 11 Euros, which is a nice way to watch the kids boogie to the 8.30pm disco in the main square.
4. Things to do
To be honest, it's whatever takes your fancy. You can rent bikes on site, go wind surfing on the 4 mile pristine beach attached to the site, swim, walk, eat, drink, dance, sing, golf, go kart etc etc. Our main attraction was having things for the kids to do so we could get a break from them - and to be honest you are spoiled for choice. There are many play parks and safe areas to bounce, trampoline, slide or jump, and all within walking distance, or you can walk the 1km from the site to the main ferry port at Punto Sabbianno to take a 20 minute water taxi to Venice or Murano for the day.
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