Set in a beachside location on the Adriatic Coast, Eurocamp Portofelice Camping Village is sure to keep the whole family entertained
Rating ★★★★ (4/5) Eurocamp Portofelice Camping Village Eraclea Mare,
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Portofelice Camping Village – a Eurocamp site in Northern Italy – has direct access to a private sandy beach and is perfectly situated for exploring places of interest off-parc. Catch the daily bus in peak season to Punta Sabbioni, where you can hop on a boat to Venice and the surrounding islands.
The great thing about Eurocamp holidays is that you can choose how you travel - whether it be by plane, ferry, train or the Eurostar. We chose to fly and decided on a airport transfer rather than hire car, flying to Venice Marco Polo (VCE). Travelling from the airport to Portofelice holiday parc took around 50 minutes by car. But if you don’t get a private transfer, there is a bus route that stops right outside the camping village from Marco Polo.
Our holiday home
We stayed in the 3 bedroom Azure holiday home which has the following features:
Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults)
1 double & 2 twin bedrooms
Open plan living and kitchen area with central dining area & corner sofa
Contemporary kitchen equipped with oven, grill, gas hob, microwave & fridge-freezer
Mosquito nets and blackout blinds in all bedrooms
Large, part-covered decked terrace
Duvets & pilllows provided (duvet linen is pre-bookable)
Air conditioning available in some units (look for ‘+AC’ when checking availability)
The space inside the holiday home was compact. Although small, the kitchen was equipped with pretty much everything we needed for a one week stay. We had pre-ordered an essentials pack, which included: box of matches, cleaning sponge, dish cloth, tea towel, bin liners, washing up liquid (125ml), all purpose cleaner (125ml) and soap.
There’s also an option to pre-ordered a linen, duvet and towel hire pack and these were left on each guests bed. The space inside the Azure has been very cleverly designed and the holiday home had everything we needed. We had a spacious terrace with a dining table and chairs, plus a clothes airer and two sunloungers. We that found the outside terrace space was essential in helping us to not feel too on top of one another. Thankfully, it only rained once during our stay so we were able to sit out and enjoy this space at mealtimes. Inside, the dining table seats up to six people – although I imagine it would’ve been a little cramped if we all sat at it.
On site entertainment
The evening entertainment ranged from kids discos, to shows put on by the animation team. Our five-year-old daughter’s highlight was the foam party which we stumbled upon on our way to dinner. We certainly weren’t dressed for the occasion, but after 30 minutes of fun, we continued on our way again (looking a little less presentable than before). The bar area was fairly busy each evening and had a great atmosphere.
The following activities are available on the parc:
Archery 18/05/2019 - 07/09/2019
There are also the following activities available off site in the local area: golf, crazy golf, fishing, horse rising, karting, boat trips, windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayaking.
The swimming pool area was impressive, with a large six lane family pool, a big shallow splash pool (designed for young children) and a leisure pool. There’s also two slides and jacuzzis.
The only negative we found was that there was a charge for the sun loungers and parasols in the pool area. However, there is an area where you are able to sit with your towels. It’s also worth noting that the pool is closed during the siesta period from 1pm to 3pm.
There is direct access to the beach which can be accessed by a 10-minute walk through the woods. On-route, you’ll pass an outdoor play area which our kids loved. The sea was lovely and warm and shallow, so perfect for families with young children. We enjoyed our afternoon at the beach so much that for our second visit, we decided to book some sun beds as it was incredibly hot and we needed some shade. But I’d strongly advise booking these in advance as they get snapped up very quickly!
Restaurants and facilities
The parc has lots of facilities including it’s own well stocked mini mall and bazaar, which are both reasonably priced. And there’s no chance of boredom with the playgrounds, trampolines, mini go-karts and inflatables. It also has great camping facilities and although we weren’t camping, I would’ve been really happy with the facilities that were provided for this area of the parc if we were. We made use of the washing machine and dryers once during our trip. These machines use tokens that you can purchase from reception.
Where to eat
The restaurant was lovely and great value, with different offers on each night. We took advantage of the family pizza evening and got a gigantic family sized pizza to takeaway and enjoyed it on our terrace. We also ate in the restaurant one evening and both the food and service were brilliant.
Apart from our transfer from the airport we travelled everywhere else by bus. The bus links were brilliant and resonabley priced. We were lucky that there was a bus stop right outside the campsite and a bus station in the town, which was just a 10-minute walk away. You do, however, need to remember to purchase your tickets before you travel, as the bus driver will validate the ticket once you board the bus - otherwise you can be given a penalty. We had thought about hiring a car once we had arrived at Portofelice but were pleasantly surprised that we were able to get to everywhere we wanted by bus. The bus trip to Venice picked us up from outside the Portofelice and took us directly to Punto Sabbioni, where we caught the ferry across to Venice.
Many of the families we met didn’t feel the need to leave the parc and made the most of the many activities on offer. We wanted to visit Venice as well as explore the parc facilities – so we did a bit of both. The nearest town is Eraclea Mare, which was around 10-ten minute walk away. There are a few shops, some lovely restaurants and an excellent gelato shop - which all of us would highly recommend!
If you’re after a self-catering holiday with plenty of family entertainment on your doorstep, then you can’t go wrong with a Eurocamp holiday. We really recommend Portofelic Camping Village. I like the flexibility that Eurocamp offer; you’re able to choose to arrive and depart on any day of the week and there is no minimum or maximum holiday duration. We would highly recommend a Eurocamp holiday and wouldn’t hesitate in booking with them again for our next holiday.
Parc size: Medium - 397 Pitches | Opening Dates: 18/05/2019 - 14/09/2019 | Nearest Airport:
Venice (VCE) - 40km | Recommended Port: Calais - 1431km | Nearest Beach: Direct Access | Nearest Town: Eraclea Mare - 0.5km
Call Eurocamp on 01606 787125