This year is the first year we are going to be taking our family holiday in the school holidays and as such need to find an alternative to the hotels we’ve stayed in previously as the cost in the school holidays is now huge for our family of four. The girls are also getting older and are becoming more active on holidays, we loved our recent experience at Center Parcs so we started to wonder if there was a different holiday option for us. This led us to Eurocamp… I’ve seen a few fellow bloggers holiday there over the last year and have recently heard families mention they love their holidays so we decided to do a bit more research…
When I asked my Instagram audience (which are always the first port of call for my research) whether they’d been on a Eurocamp holiday I had lots of amazing feedback and on having a quick glance at some Youtube videos I was keen to start looking at the different parks. I also asked my Instagram audience whether they wanted a post on the findings of my Eurocamp holiday research (which might be why you are here) and the overwhelming answer was yes (nearly 300 of you), so we’re not alone in wanting to try this kind of holiday, so I hope this helps!
First up, here is the feedback from some of my followers who have been to Eurocamp…
- We were just talking about this yesterday with friends who are going in May to France. They love it. Easy with the kids, good pool, and nice to have a glass of wine on the terrace of your cabin once the kids are in bed.
- We stayed in Lake Garda, Italy. It was amazing! We travelled to Verona, Venice and all around the lake from there too. The entertainment and facilities were great and the lodge itself was well equipped and laid out. Bella Italia it was truly stunning, right on the lake.
- Oh, you’ll all love it! We absolutely love it after having done it a few times…
- We went every year for 4 weeks in school hols as a kid and done it a few years ago it’s fab.
- I love Eurocamp! Both my husband and I went when we were kids and we have the best memories so we are looking forward to taking our little one again this year. Depending on where you want to base yourself I’d recommend making an overnight stop to break up the journey.
The positives- you have your car so can go out and visit nearby towns and markets and other beaches, daily BBQ’s, very child-friendly, no time constraints- eat when you want, go to sleep when you want etc- not constrained by hotel or restaurant opening times.
Negatives- depending on where you go it could be a lot of time spent in the car. If you go for the tent option (what we did as kids) you have to trek to the communal showers and toilets.
Washing up! 😂
I’ve also been reading a number of blog posts about Eurocamp, so here are some highlights…
Emma plus three said “We had a fantastic holiday at Marina di Venezia and would absolutely go back again. At first, the size of the site was a little daunting but actually, you get your bearings and find your way around pretty quickly. I liked that there was lots to do, especially for the children. They were never once bored while we were there.
Our favourite thing about Eurocamp holidays is that they give you the freedom to explore the local area. I also like that you can visit somewhere that you wouldn’t have otherwise though to go. We’re already thinking about our next Eurocamp holiday and considering Austria or Switzerland. These are places that we wouldn’t usually have thought to go to on a family holiday, but knowing that the site will have lots of entertainment for the children means we’re confident that the whole family will be happy.”
Mummy daddy me who makes the best travel videos on her Youtube channel went to the South of France, here are her video highlights…
She also wrote a review post which you can find here.
My Eurocamp shortlist for 2019
After spending A LOT of time researching camps I thought I would share my top 10 and our shortlist for our holiday next year…
I love the look of this parc and was the first one we looked at when we started researching Eurocamp. We’ve never been to the South of France so the draw to this park is not only from the facilities but the location and being able to explore a new part of the world.
This camp has direct access to a beach and is close to Canet Plage, which is popular for watersports and is about 3km from the parc. It is a busy seaside resort with lots of restaurants and cafés to choose from. Nearby there is the city of Perpignan a short drive away and a little further afield you’ll find St Cyprien, Argelès and Collioure which look like beautiful places to visit if we hired a car.
In the parc you’ll find an amazing lagoon pool, a pool for swimmers and The Papillon Spa. The rocky theme coupled with waterfalls, wooden parasols and palm trees looks gorgeous!
The little ones will love the waterslides and for us, there’s a poolside restaurant with sea views!
Thanks to Hayley from Hayley’s Little Things for the images above taken on their holiday at La Brasilia.
I love the look of this parc, the girls would love the four pools and as we are travelling (potentially) in May the fact lots of the facilities have retractable roofs means we could still have fun even if it rains. They have facilities like splash parks, kids clubs, sports activities and a spa.
This parc has two different types of lodge which are new to Eurocamp, the Deckhouse which sleeps eight and the Villa which sleeps ten, as well as these it has a wide range of accommodation means that it can cater for every party size and budget.
The biggest plus for this camp for me is the fact it’s in the perfect location for a day trip to magical Disneyland – I wonder if I can add that into our itinerary?
This resort is situated in Costa Dorada, alongside the sandy beaches. The resort is beautifully landscaped with sub-tropical gardens and appears to have all the facilities you could need on site from a pool complex with four pools, including a lagoon-style heated pool and one with six waterslides, a fully-equipped fitness centre, crazy golf and tennis courts.
You’re close to a beach here but a car is recommended to explore the local sights.
4) La Baume campsite, France
I love the look of this parc, not just for the location on the French Riviera with a 15-minute drive to the coastline, opens up possible day trips to the like of Cannes and St Tropez, but also the facilities. The parc has what looks like a brilliant pool complex with a three-lane slide, a lagoon pool, a split-level covered pool, Jacuzzi and toddler pool.
There are also lots of activities for an active family from archery to tennis, with cycle hire also available.
In the evenings there is either live entertainment or the parc’s own disco and restaurants on site.
5) La Vallée Eurocamp (Normandy, France)
La Vallée Eurocamp is set in a rural setting close to sandy beaches. There are lots of activities and a kids club on site which caters for all ages. As with lots of the parcs this one has brilliant pool facilities with waterslides, but is also near to the D-Day landing beaches and WWII museums.
6) Guincho Campsite (Cascais, Portugal)
We have had a few holidays to Portugal and love it there! I found the Guincho campsite which is situated within a pine forest behind the Guincho dunes, and is the ideal location to combine a beach and city break.
At this parc you’ll find a pool complex especially for kids, a play area, games room, plus a restaurant and takeaway all within easy reach of a sandy beach. A trip to Lisbon is also within reach, you can drive to Cascais and get on a train to Lisbon.
This camp looks AMAZING! Think retro vibe with colourful buildings and you’ve got the Aloha Village Parc.
It’s rated five stars on the Eurocamp website and has good reviews on Trip Advisor. The camp has lots to do from heated pools with children’s areas, a rooftop pool for lane swimming, three Jacuzzis, tennis, beach (close by) and a kids club. This and La Brasilia are in my top two!
8) Le Soleil Campsite (Argelès-sur-Mer, Roussillon)
Another one in the South of France, Le Soleil Campsite has direct beach access and what looks like an amazing swimming complex, with lots of areas for little ones to splash and slides for older children.
This parc is on my to-do list, mainly due to the proximity to Venice, somewhere I have always wanted to go. This parc has a huge pool complex with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, large kids’ pool and waterslides.
From the beginning of June, there are organised activities and evening entertainment suitable for all the family and towards the back of the campsite, you’ll find a white sandy beach.
10) La Côte D’Argent, France
This parc is nestled between Bordeaux’s town centre and the area’s vineyards, if you’re a wine lover it’s the perfect location but it also seems like a fantastic place for families.
As with all the parcs I’ve chosen the waterpark here looks brilliant with an Aqua Pirates fun park, slides and water cascades, 2 pool complexes and a pool with retractable roof. It’s also just 300 metres from a sandy beach and set amidst a beautiful pine forest.
What do you think of my shortlist? Where would you go? I would also love to know if you’ve been and where you’d recommend?