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“Poor out of date site” 2 of 5 stars
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El Bahira Camping Village
4.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   91010 San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, Italy   |  
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“Poor out of date site”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

First impressions of this site are that it is about 25 years behind the times, the buildings and facilities are old, shabby and outdated, although the site is (on the whole) clean and tidy. The "Beach" is a non starter for anyone who wants to do anything other than lie in the sun, mainly small pebbles with no desirable access to the sea. It is also covered in dog and goat excrement which is not the best. walks along the sea front would be superb if it was not for the mass of litter that is piled all along the coast. The welcome at the site office is offhand at best with little English spoken in reception, the bar and the shop. You are immediatly asked for an extra 50c per person per night as a tourist tax. There is little or nothing for children to do and certainly not a "safe site" for those with small children. Everything on site is expensive (as expected) and money seams to be the driving force of everyone in the local community. To fleece the tourist out of as much as they can is a priority. Given that tourism is the main industry locally is is surprising that tourists are treated with such distain. This is not something that I have experienced elsewhere in Italy.
All of this said. El Bahira is a beautiful place. The accomodation is typical Eurocamp/Keycamp accomodation. Excellent value, I am not sure tthat this site will win any awards for friendlyness or for the facilities, but don't be put off. There is plenty to see and do at this end of Sicily and this site is a good base to do that. Shop before you get here as local supermarkets are very expensive. Don't forget to bring a cap to wear in the salt water pool as this is compulsary (3 euro each on site). Also the pool closes each day from 1 til 4 so hat is worth bearing in mind.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Perfect if you are there to climb! The crag is on your door step. However if you want to laze around on the beach, the beach is rocky, but it seems they make an effort in the summer to make the beach better. The campsite itself is lovely. Pool and bar is only open peak times. Mobile homes are basic but clean.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset, UK
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5 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We (My Husband, 2 toddlers and my Mum and Dad) stayed in a Eurocamp mobile home at El Bahira mid Sept 2012, the last 11nts of the season and had a really enjoyable stay. The Eurocamp and Keycamp pitches are all situated at the bottom of the park near to the beach but also just down the steps from the pool and kids park. I agree with some others comments that the pitches were VERY close together but I think we were lucky and had one of the best ones as we were at the bottom of the steps leading down from the pool area and looked out onto an open area rather than being feet away from someone elses decking as was sometimes the case.

The mobile home was immaculate, well maintained and stocked, the site was a little shabby in areas, some of the lattice style bricks in the wall by the pool were broken and the park equipment needed some attention but some of the shabbiness such as the boat sat on the beach added to the quirky charm of this site. We were quite pleased that it had this charm and character rather than being a generic holiday camp.

The pool was exceptionally clean due to the close maintenance by the Lifeguard, whose name escapes me, and the tightly regulated rules on showering and swimming cap rules. I admit we weren't keen on the thought of wearing caps but everyone has to and they can be bought at the poolside bar for a few Euros. The only time we didn't wear them was when we were stood in the childrens pool helping the kids. The children weren't asked to wear caps, although this may have been due to it being quiet and the end of season.

Whilst we were there the Pizzeria was open twice a week in the evening from 7pm and offered a vast selection of beautiful pizzas which could be ordered to take away. We didn't use the restaurant so I can't comment on this.

All the staff we encountered were polite enough and helpful however our Eurocamp rep, Colin, was exceptionally helpful, friendly and informative. If you have him as your rep he will take good care of you! A nice touch was the buckets, spades, parasols and kids chairs that could be borrowed for the beach.

The beach at the site was ok for sitting in the sun for those without children but essentially consisted of buliders sand un rocks and a small gangplank/jetty on the rocks out to deep water. Far better to drive the 5-10 mins into San Vito where the beach is amazing! Crystal clean turquoise sea and clean golden sand, hire of 4 sunbeds and a parasol cost us 20 Euro for the whole day. Also park in the 24 hour car park on Via. San Vito off of the Via Pier Santi Matterella where you will also find Capriccio Pasticceria, their Cannolo, delicious!!! Only a few minutes walk to the beach from here.

Last tip, when stocking up on arrival, the cheapest supermarket we used, as recommended by Colin was not in San Vito but on the road back towards Palermo you come to Custonaci. Pass the Simply supermarket on the right, carry on past the turning to Palermo, down the hill and turn right, keep right and there is an MD Discount store on the right, park around the back. It's very much like a Lidl, we then bought a few extra items like our fruit and veg at the Simply store. It feels like a bit of a drive the first time but the amount of driving we did on this holiday meant it soon felt like popping down the road!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We'v been in El Bahira Camping Village during 6 days, by tent, and the experience was reasonable.
Is is undoubtedly in an amazing location, where the nature is very well preserved and there is the possibility of putting the tent in different places more or less wild. We'v chosen to put the tent in an large area filled with pine, which was only occupied buy another tent at that moment (beginning of September). The idea was to have a closest contact with nature and enjoy the landscape, being even thought close to toilets and an electrical box, however even knowing we had camp there, the staff of the reception has not been kind enough to turn on the electrical box (apparently, without informing us, they turn off the electrical boxes in that area after September..BUT when we pay the electricity is a guaranteed service!!).
Apart from that the hot showers that are payed in reality are only hot the first 10 sec..then is a rush of warm&cold water

If you are looking for a peaceful place to rest and relax, so this is not the place, at least after 10 pm (the moment you expect to relax), where the animation staff starts acting mainly for the children and its relatives - not underestimating the value and importance of these activities, and the great work of the animation staff, BUT should be taken into account that this camping welcomes people apart from families!The saturday nights the noise of the music and disco is disgraceful, going till 4 am.

And as a very last experience we wanted to use the barbecue for some days and we went to inform ourselves at the reception about that possibility. They informed us (always with great effort and unwillingness) that there were some grills for common use that we could try to find around the camping.... at the end we finished using a private one since the ones of common use were scrap metal!

At the our of payment a fee of 50 cents is added per day and per person...however as far as we know this is a common fee that is applied per stay and not per day!

In sum..the camping has a very great potential for tourism, for its beauty and its fantastic location, but who welcomes/ the "organization" only demonstrates lack of performance, unwillingness, careless and disorganization...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes, France
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

we went to this camping in august and it was top-full...too much people, too much noise. music and loudspeaker until 3 am on saturday!!! we were looking for a place to sleep, not a night club!!!
indeed, the day we had to leave the camping, they did not allow us to remove the car and get it out because it was forbidden to use the car between 1 and 4 pm in the camping (not to bother people who are having a nap!!!) so they blocked us inside the camping until 4 pm...lack of sense, lack of comprehension, lack of respect...we had a big argument and we left with lot of anger...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011 via mobile

We booked a week away at el bahira through a newspaper deal. We therefore got a very good deal. Aside from that, we would have paid more. El bahira campsite is gorgeous. We stayed in a vilanova mobile home which sleeps seven but there was only two of us. The mobilehome had all kitchen equipment that we required. Outside, you have a little decking area with table and chairs, parasol, 2 sunloungers and a BBQ. The swimming pools are large and clean. The only downside is you have to wear swimming caps. There are plenty of sunloungers around the pool. We however preferred the beach. It's literally on the campsite. There's also a beach bar which is great. The beach is a mix of sand and stone, mainly rocky but beautiful. If you want to explore further than the campsite you will need a car!! We hired a cute fiat 500 for the week for 190 quid and it was well worth it. The campsite is approximately 3 miles from the nearest town, San vito, which is also well worth visiting. San Vito also has a fab beach and loads of restaurants, bars etc. We also ate at the campsite's restaurant a couple of times and were impressed. Debbie and Colin, are keycap reps, were also very helpful and very friendly. Erice is well worth a visit, absolutely gorgeous!

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxfordshire, UK
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Set in a stunning, arid location on a rocky coastline with direct access to clear seas and enjoying a fantastic climate, this campsite has the ingredients for a great holiday. The grounds full of cacti and dwarf palms are well maintained and the Eurocamp mobile home we stayed in was excellent in terms of quality and value for money.

The site is authentically Sicilian in that the majority of customers are locals, not from the UK or Netherlands as with some other campsites. This also means that there is a lot of socialising noise throughout the night, which may also be regarded as an opportunity to make new acquaintances!

Over the Ferra Gusta holiday the camp is invaded by hordes of additional campers and takes on the feel of a refugee camp. Plus there is a nightly disco in the beach bar from 12.00 to 2AM that takes over from the standard entertainment (kids disco, then dancing, Mr & Mrs competition, local folk dancing troupe, karaoke....) which runs from 9pm to midnight. This is not a relaxing site - the pool is dominated throughout by deafening music and the 3 hour siesta doesn't make a great deal of difference. The noise and music did not bother us unduly, but if it peace and quiet are essential to your holiday, this is not the place for you.

The camp shop and restaurants are basic at best. The beach area is well maintained but in common with the rest of Sicily I found that there was a real problem with rubbish / litter collection and this definitely detracted from the experience.

The pool is saltwater and monitored by a zealous lifeguard so make sure you remember to wear a cap.There is also a series of daily aquarobics and pool side dancing, plus sundry other games - always accompanied by loud disco music.

The beach at San Vito Lo Capo is very busy but hospitable the shallow warm sea makes it an excellent location for children. Again crowded and touristy but where isn't in Italy in August?

Overall, we had a good time because of the weather and the location of the site - less than a minute's walk to the sea. We enjoyed the campsite more outside the Ferra Gusta period and disliked it during that week due to the mass overcrowding

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 91010 San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Trapani > San Vito lo Capo
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Ranked #17 of 33 Specialty Lodging in San Vito lo Capo
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Hotel Class:4 star — El Bahira Camping Village 4*
Number of rooms: 300
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