“Can we go straight to the pool, PLEASE?” shout three excited children as we arrive at our home for the week. A wave of nostalgia hits me as I stand breathing in the smell of BBQ’s, to the sound of happy children playing and sunlight twinkling through the trees overhead. I race up the decking steps, keys in hand, as excited as the kids for our holiday together and what an amazing week we have. My fondest memories of holidays as a child are of Eurocamping in sites across France, endless sunny days playing in the pool and making friends, before finishing each day with a BBQ. It’s something I have really wanted to do with my own children and this summer we did, but in Italy! It was a dream come true and if you are wondering, Eurocamp holidays are just as good as I remember!
So what is Eurocamp? I hear you asking.
Eurocamp is a self catering holiday, with various accommodation choices from the classic tent, to safari tents and luxury mobile homes with dishwashers and covered decking. With a huge amount of parcs across Europe, including France, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia and more. You can choose between beach, inland, mountains, even rivers and lakes and create a holiday that is right for you.
You can also decide on whether you would like a small and quiet or large lively site to stay on. Some like the one we stayed on have direct beach access whilst others are near to major attractions, have splash parks on site, or offer adventure sports.
“We build holidays around you. Not us. We’ve over 180 parcs in wonderful locations throughout Europe, each offering its own unique recipe of active adventures, peaceful moments and soothing treats. The mix is different, but the promise is the same: holidays the way you want them.”
One of the things I love about Eurocamp holidays is there is no pressure to do anything in particular, or times to keep to for meals. You can stay at the parc and relax by the pool or the beach. Or you can get out and about exploring the local area. You can also set the budget and spend as little as you want whilst on holiday. We ate out one night during our weeks holiday and instead cooked meals at the mobile home. We also went back for lunch most days or made some to take to the beach and it really keeps the cost down.
Many sites have kids clubs for various ages, plenty of activities for the kids to do and there are reps available to help you when you need it. (Ours came over within 10 minutes to help fix our aircon) or to let you borrow inflatables, buckets and spades and advise on where is the best place to visit locally, or the best wine on tap in the onsite supermarket.
A preconceived idea people have about this type of holiday is that you need a car, you don’t! We did this holiday to Italy without hiring a car. We flew from Luton to Venice airport then made use of the fab local bus services that stopped directly outside our site. It was a lot cheaper and a more eco friendly way to get to our destination.
If you have a look, Eurocamp has a list of sites that are easily accessible without a car. Also look to check there is a nearby town, within walking distance for picking up items you might not be able to get at the onsite shop. Our shop was great and the only time we walked in to the nearest town was to visit a pharmacy after seeing the onsite doctor. You can order towels, including beach towels and bedding packs to make your packing lighter if you aren’t taking the car.
We chose to stay on the Venice Coast at Portofelice. It’s just over half an hour away from Venice airport. The area is beautiful with a huge stretch of sandy beach, reached through a pine forest. It is also close enough to visit Venice for the day and the islands Murano and Burano.
The Azure is a new style of mobile home, with a fresh design. It’s a mid-range option and unlike the Avant or Aspect, there’s no dishwasher. But it has the same ample shaded decking area of the two more high-spec mobile homes. the Azure has an airy, bright interior and the living area felt the most spacious of mobile homes I have stayed in.
Our Azure’s kitchen included a single oven, hob, large fridge freezer and microwave. It also had plenty of plates, bowls, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans and of course wine glasses. Outside we had a gas-powered barbeque, sun loungers, outdoor chairs and table as well as a handy clothes airer. Eurocamp’s mobile homes are designed with changeable weather in mind. A covered decking to provide both shade and shelter as well as air conditioning and/or heating units. The decking was also gated so super safe for little ones.
The three bedrooms (One double and two twins) weren’t enormous, but we preferred having more living space. I was impressed with the size of our bed (European Queen size) and there is plenty of storage in each bedroom, with bedside tables, overhead cupboards and even hangers in the wardrobes. Every window has a mosquito screen and black out blind, perfect for travelling with kids!
Make sure you remember to bring plug adaptors, there were plenty of sockets, even in the kids bedrooms which meant no fighting for space to recharge those electronics.
Our Azure had two bathrooms: one with a shower and sink, the other with just a WC. The shower room was huge with a large shower, big enough for two and rectangular porcelain sink. There was also plenty of storage space, hooks for hanging towels and even a step stool for Ava.
For a complete tour of the accommodation have a watch of our video.
You can order an essentials pack which includes matches, washing-up liquid, a couple of cleaning cloths, a tea towel and cleaning fluid. The idea is that you try to leave your mobile home as you find it, when you leave. Eurocamp staff do come in and give the place a clean, before the next guests arrive and ours was spotlessly clean when we arrived. We also had the welcome pack which is a lovely treat to find when you arrive after a long journey, especially the coffee and wine for whichever takes your fancy!