Camping Holidays In Spain On The Costa Brava & Costa Dorada
Unwinding on the warm sand of a Mediterranean beach, wandering through whitewashed, sleepy fishing villages such as Cadaqués, made famous by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, strolling through medieval fortress towns such as Pals and Ullastret. If that’s your idea of perfect holiday bliss, Camping Holidays In Spain on the Costa Brava or Costa Dorada puts you within easy range of more than 2,000 Mediterranean beaches and countless picturesque villages to explore.
Let’s then look at some of the very best camping holiday parks on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada as voted for by those who should know, the holidaymakers who’ve booked holidays on them.
Cambrils Park, Salou, Costa Dorada
Topping the rankings at 9.1 out of 10 is Cambrils Park, bear Salou on the Costa Dorada. With a beautiful lagoon style swimming pool as it’s focal point, parents and other adults can soak up the Spanish sunshine or enjoy a cocktail from the swim up bar whilst the children are enjoying the water slides and fountains in the pool area.
With a reputation for being clean and well kept, there are five swimming pools in total, one of which has a man-made sandy beach. The lagoon pool has a bar and stage in the middle as well as waterslides.
There are plenty of other amenities including a tennis court, table tennis tables, a basketball court, playgrounds, trampoling nets and areas for other ball sports. Cycle hire is also an option and the seaside and it’s beaches are just a short walk away. There is plenty of on site entertainment and the nearest town, Salou, is within easy walking distance.
Accommodation at Cambrils Park is in the form of thatched roofed bungalows. There are pitches for 500 tourers. To find out more, continue reading via http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/campsites/costadorada/cambrils-park/
Camping Cala Gogo, Costa Brava
By common consent, Camping Cala Gogo enjoys the highest reputation amongst the larger camping holiday parks of the Costa Brava. As well as offering direct access to the location’s own private beach for your use and the sea, Camping Cala Gogo is packed with activities including: basketball, football, tennis and a play area. There’s a wonderful pool complex with two adult pools and a splash pool. In the evenings from the end of June, there’s also a disco at the beach bar.
If a trip to Barcelona appeals, there is a bus stop directly outside the campsite for the two hour bus journey there.
Tamarit Park, Tarragona
Tamarit Park has a large, tropical swimming pool surrounded by sunbathing lawns. A short walk will also get you down to a sandy Mediterranean beach, where kayaks and water scooters can be hired. The park has its own entertainment team with live shows and music in the amphitheatre during July and August.
Tamarit Park has it’s own beach restaurant with views to enjoy of both the Mediterranean and Tamarit Castle, a poolside restaurant and a bar. It also has a bakery, a minimarket and pizzeria so you should find there is plenty of choice both for dining and refreshments. If you wish to explore further afield, Barcelona is about an hour’s drive to the north.
There are three main ways to get to the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. Firstly by air to nearby airports such as Gerona, Barcelona or Reus which can be booked either with or separately from your holiday operator. Secondly, you could use the ferry route to Bilbao and then head across by road, depending on the traffic this could easily still involve a five hour drive. Thirdly you could head down from the Channel coast if you’ve got the time. If you are having a 2 or 3 week holiday or longer, that can be done without being too onerous with other stops as part of your holiday, either by adding extra campsites to stay at or one or two hotel stops. Indeed that is an excellent way to get further afield at your own pace as I myself have done on several trips as far as Spain, Italy and even Portugal.
Here’s a list of some of the main companies offering Camping Holidays in Spain on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, with links:
It is impossible to say which of the operators will have the most competitive offer at a particular time. That will depend on a number of factors including loyalty bonuses you may already have accrued from previous bookings and time related special offers available at a particular time. Please note that KelAir are based in Ireland and that with Hoseasons you will be booking privately owned accommodation where you will need to liaise with the accommodation’s owner during your stay.
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An Extra £50 Off At Ten Fantastic Eurocamp Sites
On top of their usual early booking discounts of up to 25%, Eurocamp are offering an additional £50 at ten of their top premium camping parks.
To get the extra £50 discount, you need to enter the code “17-STAR” when you go through with your booking.
The camps included in the offer are:
1) La Baume, French Riviera
2) L’Etoile D’Argens, French Riviera
3) Esterel, French Riviera
4) Domaine de la Rive, Gascony
5) St Avit Loisirs, Dordogne
6) La Croix du Vieux Pont, Paris
7) Domaine des Ormes, Brittany
8) Les Ecureuils, Vendee
9) La Garangeoire, Vendee
10) La Pointe St Gilles, Brittany
You’re being given a choice of some of the best holiday regions of France, including the Riviera, the Dordogne, the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and destinations a bit nearer to home in Brittany and in easy reach of Paris.
If you were planning to stay at one or more of these great locations and you’re ready to book your 2017 holiday now, this is a great opportunity to save yourself an additional £50 at a time when you’ve got a much better chance to get the location, type of accommodation and dates of your choice.
To continue reading and get all the booking details from Eurocamp, please refer to http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/offers-and-news/special-offer-two
The offer is scheduled to end on 31st October and applies to holidays taken in April, May and June 2017.
Book May Half-Term Early, Save Up To 30 Per Cent With Al Fresco Holidays
Al Fresco have announced savings of 30% on early bookings for holidays in next year’s May half-term week at many of their leading camping parks. Some of the sunniest weather in France at this time of the year can be found on the Mediterranean coastline and parts of the Atlantic coast such as the Vendee. This is a summary of a few locations you might wish to consider. There is a link to the entire list, together with more information at the bottom of the page.
Le Brasilia Campsite, Canet Plage, Roussillon
Campsite Le Brasilia is in the Roussillon region of France on the Mediterranean coast near the Spanish border and the Pyrenees. Much of the accommodation here has been modernised, installed in time for the 2016 season. It’s generally regarded as a lively camping park so would be good if you enjoy entertainment and a bit of a party atmosphere but maybe will not be the thing if you prefer quiet and solitude.
There is direct beach access to a glorious sandy beach, besides a pool complex complete with waterslides, a jacuzzi and a toddler area, together with the types of facilities you’d expect at a 5 star camping park. The nearest airport is Perpignan, or if you prefer to drive down, Caen/Ouistreham is a 600 mile drive.
La Garangeoire, Vendee Coast
La Garangeoire is located on the Vendee Coast of France. The campsite is in a peaceful woodland setting in the grounds of an elegant chateau estate. It has a lagoon shaped swimming pool, some of which is covered in case of colder temperatures or rain. There is a spacious bar, a restaurant and a gas BBQ is provided for each mobile home. The sandy beaches, restaurants and other amenities of Les Sables d’Olonne are comfortably in range, being just 12 miles away.
Les Prairies de la Mer, Port Grimaud, Cote d’Azur
Prairies de la Mer is an exclusive park with views of nearby St Tropez, which can also be reached via a short boat trip as an alternative to driving. It is in a prime position for direct access to a sandy Mediterranean beach. Port Grimaud itself is just a short walk from the campsite. There is plenty of entertainment onsite but do note there is no outdoor swimming pool here although the nearness of the beach more than compensates in the view of most visitors, given it’s high review rating.
As the half-term holiday falls in the early part of the French holiday season, it’s strongly recommended you check if any amenity that is particularly important to you is open at the time of your visit before booking.
This is also but a small sample of the available options. To continue reading and check all the available options please use the link immediately below:
Save £175 Per Week With Siblu’s 2017 Early Bird Offer
Siblu have announced their early booking discount incentives to book holidays now for 2017:
For holidays between 8th July and 25th August there are savings of £175 per week.
For holidays between 20th May and 7th July and from 26th August there are savings of £91 per week.
To get these savings the holiday needs to be booked by 30th September …. (Continue Reading)
If you haven’t booked a Siblu holiday before, they have 15 camping holiday parks throughout France of at least 4 star standard or higher, many of which have won awards. Les Charmettes (pictured above) for instance, won a TripAdvisor Cerificate of Excellence in 2013.
Siblu have 5 camping holiday parks on the Atlantic coast in the Charante Maritime & Vendee regions (Les Charmettes, La Pignade, Bonne Anse Plage, Le Bois Masson & Le Bois Dormant), 2 in the South-West (La Reserve & Le Domaine de Soulac), 3 in Brittany & Normandy (Le Domaine de Litteau, Le Domaine de Kerlann & Les Pierres Couchées), 1 in the Loire Valley (Le Domaine de Dugny) and 4 on the Mediterranean Coast (Les Sables du Midi, La Carabasse, Le Lac des Rêves & Le Montourey (pictured below)).
To get more information about each location refer to http://www.siblu.com/siblu-camping-villages
The camping parks are all owned and run by Siblu themselves, although as there is a holiday home ownership scheme option at each of the locations, it is also possible to book through a private owner or an agency such as Hoseasons
If a top quality camping experience with an authentic French atmosphere to it is your thing, then a holiday with Siblu would be an excellent way to sample it, especially with the great choice of locations. Do bear in mind some of them operate a “fun pass” system to access the entertainment areas that can add to the cost.
If ever in any doubt about a location, I’d recommend referring to TripAdvisor
Add An Extra Holiday From These Haven Autumn & Half-Term Offers
If you are looking to add an extra holiday during September & October you might like to know there are a range of Haven Autumn & Half-Term Offers currently available. This includes over 2,000 in the Autumn half-term week itself.
Prices range from just over £100 for 4 nights in a static caravan right up to over £1,000 for a stay in platinum category accommodation, so there should be an offer to suit every budget.
Haven have 37 camping holiday parks around the UK coastline, stretching from Riviere Sands in West Cornwall, overlooking Hayle Beach (pictured below) to Craig Tara on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. The full list of locations can be checked via this link to a map of the locations: http://www.haven.com/camping-parks/
23 of the locations also accept tourers. Offers for tourers start from just £7 per night, though a minimum stay of 3 nights is usually requested. The list of availability for tourers is regularly updated and can be checked directly here: http://www.haven.com/tourer-special-offers/
Haven are an ideal option if you like seaside holidays at locations with on-site entertainment and plenty of activities and facilities such as swimming pools, kids clubs and sporting activities. You are of course free to use as little or as many of them as you wish. There’s nothing wrong with just using them as a base to explore an area and then return in the evening for a spot of light entertainment if you wish. The locations also all have dining facilities if you want to sometimes have a break from doing your own catering.
Both tourers and on-site holidaymakers have equal use of all the amenities and facilities, though they might be sited in separate parts of the camping parks.
If glamping is your thing, you might like to know that there are yurts, geo domes and super tents at Perran Sands in North Cornwall and safari tents at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, Greenacres in North Wales, Kiln Park in South Wales, Littlesea and Seaview near Weymouth and Wild Duck in Norfolk.
A full list of Haven’s glamping locations can be viewed at http://www.haven.com/accommodation/glamping-locations
October Half-Term Offers Across The Channel
As you probably know, the majority of French camping parks have closed for the winter by mid-September. A handful are still open for business, even as late as the October half-term.
In Spain, Vilanova Park and Playa Montroig, both on the Costa Dorada north of Barcelona are open until the 29th & 31st October respectively.
If you prefer a holiday closer to home, the popular camping parks close to Paris at International, La Croix du Vieux Pont and Paris Est Champigny are open until the end of October whilst Duinrell in Holland (which has it’s own theme park with free access to holidaymakers staying on the campsite) is open until 4th November.
Despite the weather often still being ideal, most of the French Riviera and Italian campsites have long closed but Holiday Marina at Port Grimaud, close to St.Tropez, is a rare exception. In Italy, Bella Italia at Lake Garda is open until 30th October.
Eurocamp have October half-term discounts of up to 30 per cent for a sample of these locations. Their list of what’s still available is regularly updated. You can view it at http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/october-half-term-offers
If you’re fortunate enough not to be tied to the half-term week, the choice is wider earlier in October.
It’s strongly recommended you check which facilities are still open for the time of your intended stay as some, such as an outdoor swimming pool, might have been closed for the winter.
Al Fresco Holidays September & October Holiday Discounts
As the summer holiday season draws to a close, if you resisted the temptation to holiday abroad, you’ve hopefully been rewarded with better than average weather in the UK. Reports are that holidaying in Western Europe has been much more expensive in July and August with the recent falls in the value of the pound. If you feel you’ve missed out by not going abroad, or if you have still holidayed abroad this summer and want to squeeze another one in without breaking the bank any further, there are some great bargains to be had in Al Fresco Holidays September & October Holiday Discounts.
Family holidays in the October half term start from just £197 for 7 nights and that’s for up to 6 people at Lake Garda in Italy (pictured above). It must be close to a steal with a 40& discount. If you’re not tied to the school holidays there are plenty of other offers too throughout September & October.
If you’ve got the time, you could even put together a multi-centre trip by staying at more than one location over a longer period of time.
There are vacancies in many locations in France, Italy, Spain (including Sanguli on the Costa Dorada near Tarragona, north of Barcelona, pictured below) and Croatia, though most of the French camping holiday parks are closed by mid September. To check the full list of latest availability please refer to http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/september-and-october-deals/
Touring & Camping In Weymouth – Some Of The Best Options
With a wide choice of sandy beaches and coastal walks and some excellent locations, Camping In Weymouth is understandably a very popular holiday choice. Haven Holidays is the largest camping holiday operator in Weymouth with three highly rated camping parks at Seaview, Weymouth Bay and Littlesea. There are also a host of other smaller locations, of which West Fleet Holiday Farm and East Fleet Farm Touring Park usually get great reviews.
1) Haven Weymouth Bay
Weymouth Bay is the biggest of Haven’s camping parks in Weymouth. Located on a hillside overlooking Weymouth Bay, the beaches of Weymouth are a short walk away. That’s a considerable bonus as parking and driving in Weymouth is notoriously hectic in peak periods, with parking spots often hard to come by.
Facilities at Weymouth Bay include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the outdoor pool having a lazy river, plenty of space for ball games and picnics, an outdoor play area, a cafe bar and restaurant with a terrace and plenty of evening entertainment.
For a full breakdown of what Haven have to offer at Weymouth Bay and direct booking options online, please refer to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-weymouth-bay/
2) Haven Seaview
Seaview is the neighbouring Haven location to Weymouth Bay. The two camping parks are linked by a scenic footpath and holidaymakers at each of the two sites are encouraged to make use of the facilities at both locations. Seaview is a quieter alternative to Weymouth Bay, but still has plenty of facilities in it’s own right. These include it’s own heated indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide, a sports field and it’s own Cafe Bar and Show Bar.
Seaview also comes with a glamping option, with safari tents being one of the accommodation options on offer. If you prefer your own tent or caravan, there is space for tourers at Seaview too (unlike Weymouth Bay where all accommodation is static). To find out more about enjoying a holiday at Haven Seaview, please refer to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-seaview/
3) Haven Littlesea
Unlike Weymouth Bay and Seaview, Littlesea is located to the west of Weymouth, making it an ideal area for reaching nearby Chesil Beach. As well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Littlesea holidaymakers also have free use of two modern tennis courts. Other available sporting facilities include archery, fencing and pool tables.
Touring is encouraged at Littlesea, with a total of 155 pitches. Space is provided on each pitch for awning and car parking. It is just a five minute walk to get to the facilities in the main area.
Littlesea has all the catering, bar and entertainment features typical of Haven locations. You can of course, join in as little or as much of it as you choose. The beauty is that it’s always there as an option on your doorstep.
Haven have invested a lot in upgrading Littlesea, so if you haven’t visited for more than a few years, you’ll notice quite a difference if you choose to return. Find out more by referring to http://www.haven.com/parks/haven-littlesea/
4) West Fleet Holiday Farm Campsite
Not everyone wants to stay at a Haven Camping Park. For those of you who would prefer a quieter, less commercial alternative, my first choice would be West Fleet Holiday Farm Campsite. I’ve stayed here several times. It has a heated outdoor swimming pool, an informal bar in a barn setting and a three acre playing field for children and adults to exercise in. The campsite also has it’s own wifi which can be accessed for a small fee.
There is space for tents, trailer tents, motor homes and caravans, though if you’re planning to visit in a larger vehicle, particularly a caravan, it’s always best to check in advance in case space is not available.
Find out more by going to http://www.westfleetholidays.co.uk/facilities.html
5) East Fleet Farm Touring Park
Unlike the other four locations, I’ve yet to stay at East Fleet Farm Touring Park. I include it however as so often it achieves the highest score on TripAdvisor out of all the camping locations in the Weymouth area. It’s also been awarded 5 Gold Pennants in the AA’s award for touring parks and campsites scoring over 90% on inspection.
For full information please refer to their website at http://www.eastfleet.co.uk/
East Fleet Farm Touring Park clearly sets high standards. If you’ve been there please free to give us your own review or just a few comments that might be helpful to fellow readers here.
There are many other fine locations for camping in Weymouth including, in no particular order, Higher Moor Farm, Sea Barn Farm, Pebble Bank Caravan Park and Bagwell Farm Touring Park. These all seem to score very highly in reviews. The best place to check them out and find booking information would be https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Camping-In-Weymouth
This is not an attempt to provide a comprehensive list of all the options for Camping In Weymouth, just an introduction to some of the best of them. If you have your own favourite, or even one to avoid, why not give it a mention in the Comments section below. Who knows, it might help someone to have a great holiday camping in Weymouth.
Isle of Wight Glamping: A safari tent at Nodes Point, one of Park Resorts Isle of Wight camping holiday parks. Park Resorts have several camping accommodation options at their Isle of Wight locations, including glamping tents, static caravans, fixed tents and pitches for tourers.
Discounts are available on remaining vacancies for July and August 2016 ▸ https://www.park-resorts.com/isle-of-wight/nodes-point