Holiday Review: Campiente on Orbetello Camping Village

Campiente LogoWe have just returned from a well earned and much enjoyed week with Campiente on the Tuscan Coast at Orbetello Camping Village. The weather was good and while we spent most of the week at the beach or at the pool we also ventured out a couple of times to visit the picturesque town of Orbetello and the peninsular of Monte Argentario.

View from Monte Argentario

View of Orbetello Camping Village from Monte Argentario

Monte Argentario is  a mountain (635m) in the south of Tuscany connected to the mainland by three narrow strips of land which encapsulate two lagoons, in the middle of which lies Orbetello. The southern strip is a national park consisting of a pine forest and long wide sandy beach. The northern strip also contains a long sandy beach, but is more developed, with holiday homes and campsites.

Orbetello Camping Village is a medium sized campsite and lies on this northern strip and is only around 100m from the beach. The path does cross the main road to Argentario, so children must be accompanied, though at busy times of the day the crossing is staffed by local volunteers (acting much like lollipop ladies!).

Orbetello Beach

The Beach

Arriving at the beach there is an area on the left where you can rent sunloungers and umbrellas, whilst on the right the beach is free. We were there in mid July and there was no problem with space even though the beach is not the deepest. The sand is fine and more importantly clean and the water very shallow. The depth remains knee deep for a good twenty metres which is perfect for children. Obviously the shallow water combined with the fine sand and sun creamed people left the water a little murky but it seemed clean. The water quality is classed as excellent (as it is along 97% of the Tuscan coast) and close by on Argentario the water is crystal clear.

Orbetello Camping Village Beach

The Pool Complex

As an alternative to the beach the campsite has a very nice modern pool area with wooden decking, sunloungers (payment necessary) and plenty of grassy areas. There is a shallow kids pool as well as a 25m pool and  three jacuzzi pools! The pools opening hours are a bit restricted (10:00-19:00) and there is no swimming lane or hour, so actual swimming is difficult. It would be nice to see more time and space dedicated to people who actually want to swim, especially as the facilities are already there. This however is a common problem on many sites.

Orbetello Camping Village

The campsite entrance (and road!)

There is a multilingual animation team to entertain the kids, both on the beach and on the site, as well as aerobics in the sea, and other activites such as pool side yoga (payment required). The evening entertainment is more classic Italian campsite style: loud, cheesy and ends quite late (after 11pm). Our kids loved it and we didn’t find it too much, though if you are light sleepers and early to bed check that you aren’t too close to the centre of the site. The supermarket is well stocked is open till late (though does close twice during the day). The restaurant was fairly typical campsite fare, with friendly staff, but they were clearly overwhelmed on busy evenings. It’s best to avoid the busiest moments otherwise you may have to wait for your food.

Campiente Mobile Home

Campiente Mobile Home

We stayed in a Campiente Riviera mobile home booked directly through Campiente, which is one of the smaller and cheaper campsite holiday companies. They are based in the Veneto region and offer holidays on 22 campsites, mainly in Italy but also in Croatia, Austria and France. They have no staff on site so we checked in directly though the campsite reception (Note: armbands must be worn throughout the stay – a growing trend and another pet hate….. it’s one thing on the site, but when you go offsite you may as well stick a flashing “tourist” sign on your head).

The mobile itself seemed to be pretty new and in very good condition. The large covered terrace was great and everything was generally perfect for a family of five. We could have used a few more pots and pans, but nothing major was missing. The car must be left in the car park, but it was less than 50m away and to be honest, I prefer it when there are no cars around on campsites.

View from Monte Argentario

A Hidden Beach on Monte Argentario

Offsite we didn’t manage to visit anywhere near as much as we’d have liked, but we had too much fun relaxing. We did get out for a drive round Argentario though and the views from almost everywhere are spectacular, there are castles, islands (including the famous Giglio), bays, ports full of impressive yachts, with strips of beach heading of into the distance. We stopped for a while at small rocky sandy beach in a little hidden bay to relax for a while. The walk down (and back up) was quite hard work in the heat but the place was beautiful and the clear water amazing.

Sand Nymph!

Beach Nymph!!!!

We had a quick look at Orbetello which is a quaint little town, but a week wasn’t anywhere near enough to really explore the area. We had a great time though so will be happy to return to both the area and Orbetello Camping Village, and would holiday again with Campiente.

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday HAPPYCAMP!!!

Happycamp logoHappycamp is 15 years old, and to celebrate they are offering some last minute special offers for the week starting the 2nd August. The deals are particularly impressive with discounts of around 50%!

Just a couple of examples are:

Austria: Camping Bella Austria
1 week in a Happy Tent only €299 (reduced from €588)

Italy: Camping Vigna sul Mar
1 week in a Happy Standard mobile home only €529 (reduced from €1071)

Check out their Happy Week offers by visting happycamp.com.

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Eurocamp 2014: More sites, more offers, more choice.

There is a lot of exciting news in the Eurocamp world for the coming 2014, bring more offers and more choice for the summer holidays. Read on for details….

Eurocamp/Keycamp fusion

The big change is the integration of Keycamp into Eurocamp. The two have been sister companies within the large UK based travel group Holidaybreak, for many years, sharing some features such as the free kid’s clubs, whilst maintaining separate identities and different assortments of mobile homes and tents. Whilst they were both present on many of the same campsites, a large selection offered only one or the other.

This has all changed for 2014 with everything becoming Eurocamp. This rebranding includes a new logo, a new look website and a recategorising and renaming of the mobile homes. The old Keycamp only sites have been maintained thus increasing the choice of parcs, and being under one umbrella it is now easier to put together your favourite ones.

New Mobile Home – Aspect

What's New - Aspect accommodationThe brand new Aspect has been added to the Eurocamp range for 2014. This next generation holiday home  has been designed to give more space and modern comforts than ever before and includes a coffee machine, free Wi-Fi and extra-large decking. The Aspect is the largest Eurocamp holiday home on offer with the three bedroom version measuring a huge 40m2 and can be found on 26 campsites, mainly in France, though also on 4 in Italy and on 1 in Spain.

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Also brand new for 2014 is Eurocamp Active, dedicated to to the pursuit of your sporting passions on a choice of holiday destinations across Europe. For cycling enthusiasts there are parcs situated in excellent riding regions of France, while For those who like heights, there are some locations for climbers. If you prefer keeping your feet on the ground, there is also a choice of walking parcs in areas of natural outstanding beauty waiting to be explored and the alpine ski lover who can’t wait for the winter, Eurocamp has options located near ski resorts open across the summer.

Inclusive Options
In 2014 Eurocamp is bringing all-inclusive holidays to camping! Available on 12 campsites across Italy, France, Spain and Holland, you can choose between 3, 5 and 7 days and breakfast and dinner in the campsite restaurant are included as well as drinks with your meals, the campsite WiFi, bed linen and beach/pool towels. The offer starts from £75 per adult and £48 per child for 3 days and are available on some of the TOP sites including Duinrell, HollandPra’delle Torri, Caorle and Castell Montgri, Estartit.

Special Offers

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To tempt you further there are an array of special deals on offer including 50% off May Half Term breaks, Easter from just £245/wk,  May Half Term week from just £350/wk, and up to 20% off holidays in July & August and up to 25% off holidays in September & October.

There are also deals on long stays of over 17 nights and special discounts on Safari and Classic Tent holidays.  If you’re a previous Eurocamp or Keycamp customer you are entitled to a 5% loyalty bonus and if you travel twice with Eurocamp in 2014 you can save 40%! Visit the Eurocamp website for details or check the EveryCAMP page.

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AL Fresco Holidays 2014

Al Fresco LogoAl Fresco Holidays was born in 2004 as Thomson Al Fresco offering a wide range of mobile homes on some of the best campsites across Europe. This year the company celebrates it’s 10th birthday and continues to expand, giving it’s customers ever more choice. For 2014 they have added 12 new parcs and 3 new types of mobile home.

The company is now part of the large Homair group and beyond the general restyling, with the new Al Fresco Holidays name and the new logo, seen above,  the best Homair campsites have been integrated. These are bookable directly through the Al Fresco website further increasing the possibilities.

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The new mobile homes are the 2 bedroom Piccolo and Bellini Riviera and the larger luxury 3 bedroom Verdi. this last one is around 40m2 and has an en-suite master bedroom, oven, microwave, dishwasher and large L-shaped terrace.

Park Umag in CroatiaSome of the new campsites on offer are Camping Fabulous in Rome, Zaton Holiday Resort and Park Umag in Croatia, Tamarit Park in Spain, La Chappelle in France and Sole di Sari in Corsica. Plus there is the new Authentic & Value holiday range of parcs across France. These are all Homair owned sites and thus are able to offer low prices and have a more typically French ambiance.

The Verdi mobile homes on Park Umag in Istria share a private swimming pool!

If you book by the 2nd March you can secure your 2014 holiday with a just a £100 deposit and there are discounts available across the summer (up to 25% off) including July and August. There is also a £50 discount for returning customers and free nights on holidays of 10 nights or more.

Check out the EveryCAMP Al Fresco page for details and the full list of campsites, or visit the Al Fresco website for their latest offers. And remember that Al Fresco will always try to match any price offered by another leading UK competitor (Eurocamp, Canvas, Siblu), see the terms and conditions for details.

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EveryCAMP reaches 5000 campsites with the camping companies updated for 2014

You can now search through over 5000 campsites on EveryCAMP, with 300 in Belgium and nearly 500 in Denmark just this week. We have over a thousand Spanish sites listed and 1600 in Italy. They are all linked to their respective websites (where available) and you can quickly send them an email.

You can search through them via the Map Search page and filter by country, region and province.

The campsites can also be filtered by camping company, so if you are interested in Eurocamp, Vacansoleil, Canvas, etc, you can see which campsites they are present on and where they are.

The information regarding the main companies has been updated for 2014 including the texts, types of accommodation on offer and the opening period. Each campsite is directly linked to the companies website where you can find more information.

If you are the owner, manager etc of one of the campsites listed you can now fully edit the page, update it as required, add a photo, logo, campsite facilities and local attractions. Just go to your campsite on EveryCAMP and click on the link in the top right corner. Fill in the quick form and you’ll receive your log in details via email. If on the other hand you have a campsite that isn’t listed follow the relevant link in the footer and fill in your details.

Here’s to a good 2014 and Happy Camping everyone!

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Thomson Al Fresco: Easter Sale

Thomson Al Fresco has some special deals on offer for the Summer holiday period, but hurry, the offers run out at midnight on the 1st April! Save an extra £200 in July and August in their School Summer Holidays Sale and the kids won’t be bored this May Half Term with 7 nights from just £247!

Offer terms and conditions:

Offer ends midnight 1st April. Prices could go up or down after the promotion has ended. Prices exclude insurance, travel supplementsand additional extras. Savings are offered on selected dates and parcs whilst promotional stocks last on holidays of 7 nights and over. May be combined with the loyalty bonus subject to a minimum spend of £199 inclusive of all offers and discounts. Applicable to new bookings only. Subject to availability.

Source: http://www.thomsonalfresco.co.uk/school-summer-holidays-sale

 

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Siblu: Special Offers

Take advantage of Siblu’s latest offers by booking by the 29th March. Click the image for more details:

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Merry Christmas!!

A very Merry Christmas from EveryCAMP! We wish you all the best for the holiday period and hope you come back and visit us soon!!

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Early Booking Offers 2013. Eurocamp, Keycamp, Canvas, Thomson Al Fresco et al!!

The Summer is over and we are well into Autumn. The holiday’s are a distant memory and with the days getting ever colder, darker and damping maybe your thoughts are already turning to next years holidays?

Well, you aren’t you only ones. The camping companies too have been preparing for next year and most have updated their websites for 2013. Not only that but there are some interesting early booking offers to get you excited. Why wait til the New Year before booking? Check out a few of the offers listed below:

Eurocamp

What they say: “There’s never been a better time to reserve your holiday for next summer. By booking early you’ll not only beat the crowds and have first pick of the parcs, dates and accommodation, but you’ll also save up to 25% too.Plus, we’ve got thousands of holidays cheaper than 2012 prices but only if you book by 31st October.

So get into that holiday feeling and start searching for your next getaway. And remember, you can secure your holiday for just £99 deposit, as well as being able to make changes to your holiday free of charge up until 21st December.”

Book early for 2013 and save

 

Source: eurocamp.co.uk

EveryCAMP’s Eurocamp page.

Keycamp

What they say: “Exciting news – our 2013 holidays are on sale now! Book early and you could save up to 20% off your accommodation and if you’ve travelled with Keycamp before, you’ll also save 5% with your loyalty bonus!Holidays up to 16 nights

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Booking early means you can secure the holiday of your choice before our most popular parcs, dates and accommodation sell out. Best of all, you can have all of this for just £99 deposit.”

Source: keycamp.co.uk

EveryCAMP’s Keycamp page.

Siblu

Early Booking 2013

They say: “Need some sun? Book now for your 2013 holiday and save up to 30%.”

Source: siblu.com

EveryCAMP’s Siblu page.

Canvas Holidays

2013 holidays - book today

They say: “It’s never too soon to start planning your next holiday. Whenever you are planning to travel, we’ve got some great holiday deals to help your budget stretch further. What’s more – book today and you’ll only need to pay £99 deposit.

Save up to 30%

Save up to 30%

Book by 15 November and save up to 25% on your 2013 holiday. Add the loyalty bonus and you can save up to 30%. See the table below for full details. ”

First night on site Book by
15 Nov
Plus
loyalty bonus
Book by
13 Dec
Plus
loyalty bonus
Maximum
saving
Up to 27 Jun 25% Up to 5% 20% Up to 5% 30%
28 Jun-5 Sep 5%* Up to 5% 0% Up to 5% 10%
6 Sep onwards 25% Up to 5% 20% Up to 5% 30%

Source: canvasholidays.co.uk

EveryCAMP’s Canvas Holidays page.

Selectcamp

Early Booking Discount now extended until 31st October!!!

What they say: “Are you thinking it’s too early to book your summer holiday for next year? Our experience shows us that a lot of our most popular holiday accommodation and campsites will be fully booked by December. So don’t miss out, book your favourite holiday now and get the accommodation you want, on your ideal campsite, before they are all gone!”

Source: selectcamp.co.uk

EveryCAMP’s Selectcamp page.

Thomson Al Fresco

Save up to 40% off selected parcs

Book by 31st October and save up to 40% in early or late summer or save up to 15% in high season.

Source: thomsonalfresco.co.uk

EveryCAMP’s Thomson Al Fresco page.

Homair

First come, First served !
• Assured availability on our nicest campsites.
• And the mobile home’s type of your choice

Discount Prices, up to 20% off using the code EN13
• 20% off for stays before 6 July
• 15% off for stays between  6 and 13 July

Source: en.homair.com

EveryCAMP’s Homair page.

The opening and closing dates have also been updated across the EveryCAMP website, so by browsing the site you can compare what’s available, where and when. Have fun!

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Thomson Al Fresco: Last minute deals

Thomson Al Fresco Last Minute OffersBook a last minute deal with Thomson Al Fresco departing in the next few weeks and save up to 50%! Here are a few examples:

Country Region Parc Arriving Nights Was Price Now Save
France Champagne Paris Est 27/10/2012 7 £588 £265 55%
France Champagne Croix du Vieux Pont 27/10/2012 7 £360 £260 28%
Netherlands Wassenaar Duinrell 27/10/2012 7 £431 £331 23%
Italy Lake Garda Bella Italia 22/09/2012 7 £362 £181 50%
Spain Costa Dorada Sanguli 30/09/2012 7 £417 £250 40%
France Languedoc Yelloh! Village le Sérignan Plage 13/09/2012 7 £354 £247 30%
France Languedoc Méditerranées Beach Club 13/09/2012 7 £242 £170 30%
Holland Wassenaar Duinrell 04/09/2012 7 £356 £321 10%
France Adriatic Coast Adriano 08/09/2012 7 £320 £224 30%
France Languedoc Mediterranees Beach Garden 08/09/2012 7 £345 £242 30%

Source: thomsonalfresco.co.uk
Or visit the EveryCAMP Thomson Al Fresco page.

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