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“Almost perfect” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Camping Les Criques de Porteils

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Camping Les Criques de Porteils
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Almost perfect”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

This seems to be a very well known campsite - on our way down through France everyone we talked to at campsites recommended it so no need for many words from me. It is absolutely beautiful with spectacular views over the sea and the mountains. The pitches are spacious, and some of them completely lovely. The staff are all charming, very friendly and speak excellent English. The only slight criticism would be that the toilet blocks are a little dated and the water wasn't particularly hot. Otherwise it's a delight, in an area of outstanding beauty. The picture shows a little corner of our pitch, but I think that was rather unique!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

Travelling around France and on our way to Spain the many campsite books we carried recommended this campsite. Yes, it's beautifully situated and the pitches were of a decent size. However, we weren't too impressed with the way we were approached when first trying to call ahead a few days before arrival to reserve a pitch. We were told that we'd have to call back on the day of arrival and they'd be able to assign us a pitch. When doing exactly what we were told, they informed us there were no pitches available.

We decided to drive down to Argeles sur mer anyway and look for a different campsite in the area. Argeles sur mer was not to our taste and we decided to move on to Collioure. On our way there we happened to drive by the campsite and decided to take a chance. Reception informed us that there were 2-3 pitches to choose from and we were taken around in a little golf cart to take a look.

The campsite is quite pricy and a little pretentious. F.e you are not allowed to hang out your washing for esthetic reasons.
When we asked to put the freezer elements in a freezer, we were looked at as if we were aliens who just landed on earth. They suggested that we hired a fridge. However, some of us actually still camp old school, I.e in a small tent. The suggested fridge was bigger then our entire tent!

The showers and toilets were clean and nice and the restaurant was of reasonable quality.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reading
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

Fab campsite with spectacular views; set on a hill so you can be facing the sea or the vineyards on the other side; either pretty majestic. Facilities immaculately clean & well designed. Pool area not too busy while we were there. Nearest town of Collioure beautiful, though parking on market days impossible so might be easier to walk and can back if you too hot/tired to walk back. This is not the cheapest place in the world, but you get what you pay for! Would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed here for one week at the end of June. We rented a Bengali which is basically a large tent with added comfort of raised beds, fridge and cooker. I was with my husband and 3 children aged 14 12 and 10. The location was lovely, right on a cliff face with beautiful views. There is a stoney beach below the cliffs and I recommend you bring water shoes as its very hard on your feet to get into the water. Good for snorkelling. There are two very small pools on site and no slides. Perfect for adults and small kids but our kids were looking for more action. There is a nice sandy beach a short 6 minute walk from the site with nice restaurants we especially liked the oasis hotel on the beach Arglies sur mer is where all the action is. Not a pretty place but if you want some water slide fun or canyoning this is where to go. Would recommend the campsite but not for teenagers as there is not a lot going on for them. Restaurant on site not great either.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

We arrived having booked 6 months in advance only to be offered a pitch that was too small. Our 7.8 metre caravan did not fit on it. Also we booked for the famed great view and all we had a view of was a large tent.They were very friendly but had no interest in helping me. In the end I had to get a strop on and we got a great pitch looking out to sea.
We met loads of people who were upset by the deception. They also booked for a view and got a poor site. I really believe that if I was French we would have got a good pitch right away.
The pitch that we did get was only available for the 10 days and not the two weeks we had booked so we had to go early.

The site is wonderful but you must get a sea view pitch!!!

The restaurant was friendly but the food poor. Shop owner was great. Walks from site superb.

Room Tip: You must book a sea view and ring before to double check (e-mail would be better)
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

Articles in leading newspapers and reviews on camping forums were very positive about this site so we didn't mind the high charges and we reserved a pitch for our tent for a week. How disappointed we were! The first warning sign was the approach - a track off the main road and under the railway, with graffiti on columns and tents pitched on waste ground outside the site entrance which didn't feel safe. We know the site would be busy as it was August but the pitch reserved for us was basically a small dirt-patch, bounded by high bushes and a mud bank with no view. Descriptions of the site raved above the fantastic views of the sea or the mountains but we had neither. We couldn't park the car on the pitch (other reviews had warned about this but we didn't realise that you had to walk across other people's pitches to get to yours - and of course they would walk through yours). We declined the pitch offered and were shown the only other one available - which had clearly been used as a bin store next to the toilet block! We couldn't possibly have stayed here a week so left. To be fair to the campsite, they didn't keep all of our hefty deposit - just 26 Euros. We then found a lovely site inland on the edge of the Pyrenees. I'm sure that those who get a good-sized pitch with magnificent views and the chance to explore the famed coves will have no complaints but we can't be the only ones to be given such a dreadful pitch - after all there were rows of them.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Camping Les Criques de Porteils

Property: Camping Les Criques de Porteils
Address: Corniche de Collioure, 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Argeles-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Argeles-sur-Mer
Hotel Class:3 star — Camping Les Criques de Porteils 3*

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