Last month we went on our very first Eurocamp holiday to Marina di Venezia in Venice, Italy. It’s taken me a little while to finish writing this review because Marina di Venezia is such a huge campsite, there is just so much to talk about. And of course the fact that I had so many photos to go through and edit!
Eurocamp have lots of sites across the whole of Europe, many more than I had expected. When I thought of Eurocamp it was just holidays to France that came to mind, so I was very surprised to see that they offer holidays in many locations, including Italy.
In the interest of transparency, Eurocamp very kindly provided our accommodation free of charge in exchange for this review. But, we did pay for our own flights, car hire, food etc. We could have done a cheaper holiday if we had driven to France for example. But, Italy was somewhere we had always wanted to go to, but was out of our price range. Going with Eurocamp made a dream holiday doable for us.
Of course you could drive to Italy if you wanted to, but we really didn’t fancy driving all that way with a travel sick child. So we decided to fly. Ideally we would have flown from Manchester, our nearest airport. But having shopped around, we found that flying from Gatwick was much cheaper, even considering the travel costs to get down there. We paid £240 return for all of us, so a total bargain! Whereas it would have cost us over £600 to go from Manchester.
Marina Di Venezia is located in the town of Punta Sabbioni, about an hours drive from the airport and a 30 minute ferry ride from Venice itself. We liked that not only could we enjoy a family friendly resort but also have the freedom to explore beautiful Venice too.
You will find supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops in the local area but we never needed to venture out (other than to visit Venice), as everything we needed was already on the site.
The campsite is ideally located right next to the beach. Which is accessed directly from the campsite.
We stayed in a Vista 3 bedroom mobile home. I must admit that it did look more spacious and a little more impressive online. I would describe it as quite basic, but having said that we weren’t disappointed with it. It was clean and suited our family well. If you’ve done caravan holidays like this before, then you will know what to expect.
Our Vista mobile home had one double bedroom, one twin room and one bedroom with bunk beds. We actually wanted the kids to have separate rooms, as they take so long to fall asleep when they share a room. But as soon as they saw the bunk beds they were so excited, we just couldn’t say no.
In the Vista you’ll also find a fully equipped kitchen with full size fridge-freezer, gas hob, oven, grill & microwave (or 3-way combi oven).
Towels and bedding are not provided as standard but can be hired for an extra charge. Also worth mentioning is that there is no TV in the mobile home, which did surprised us.
Our accommodation had air conditioning, but they don’t all have it as standard so it’s worth double checking. I am so glad we did have it as it was 35 degrees when we were there and I honestly don’t think I could have coped without it!
The Vista also features two sets of French doors leading from both the kitchen and lounge area out onto a decked terrace area. We really enjoyed having this little area. It meant that me and James could sit out in an evening when the kids had gone to sleep with a glass of wine and catch up on Love Island!
We also like having the option to have a BBQ if we decided we didn’t fancy going out to one of the restaurants for dinner.
Something that I really liked about the site was all the trees. It’s not what I expected at all but it felt really nice to be tucked away in amongst all the trees. But if you’re visit Marina di Venezia do not forget to take mosquito spray with you! Honestly, they are everywhere and I came home covered in itchy bites. Lesson learnt. I don’t know if it’s because of how green the area is, or all the water but you’ll definitely need the mozzie repellent.
The pools are probably the best thing about the Marina di Venezia site, they are absolutely fantastic for children. There are six pools in total, including an olympic size swimming pool and jacuzzi pool for the grown ups.
There’s also lots of water slides and splash areas, so plenty of fun to be had by the whole family. Max in particular loves water so he was in his element…
Please note that the pool complex closes during the afternoon summer Siesta (1pm – 3pm) from late May to mid September. As inconvenient as this first seemed, it was absolutely necessary as it gets very hot at this time of day and it’s wise to take a break out of the heat.
If you don’t fancy cooking, you can grab a takeaway pizza on site or dine out at one of Marina di Venezia’s restaurants. We had planned to cook most of our meals ourselves to try to keep costs down. But actually the restaurants were so reasonably priced that we ended up eating out most days.
There’s two main restaurants, as well as a takeaway restaurant and a pool side bar/cafe. So there’s plenty of choice for everyone. We all really enjoyed the food in the restaurants, there’s lots of pizza and pasta options which was perfect for us.
As I mentioned earlier, Marina di Venezia is a huge campsite so there is pretty much everything you could ever need on site – laundry services, supermarket, doctors office, lost and found office, information office. You name it, Marina di Venezia probably has it.
The central area was completely renovated last year so it’s all brand spanking new, clean and modern. This is where you’ll find the restaurants and bars, supermarket, shops, seating areas, main entertainment stage etc.
Just slightly out of the central area is the children’s playground which is massive and fantastic fun for the kids. My two could have spent all day in there. This is also where you will find the kids club. Max and Evie tried the kids club one afternoon and really enjoyed. They do a range of different activities with the children including arts and crafts and swimming.
Other activities at Marina di Venezia include bike hire, children’s disco, evening entertainment, quizzes, talent competitions, pony trekking, tennis, table tennis, football, volleyball, crazy golf, windsurfing and much more. They even have firework displays down on the beach! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see this as it started at around 10pm, which is way past Max and Evie’s bedtime.
A full activity timetable can be found here.
I should also mention the wifi situation as I know it’s something that a lot of people wonder about before going on holiday, especially when you have kids. At Marina di Venezia you are given a code to access the wifi for one hour each day, but you can purchase unlimited wifi if needed. We decided to purchase additional internet access as we found that one hour a day wasn’t enough considering we didn’t have a TV. If I remember correctly the additional internet was €5 per day or €25 for the week.
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.
Have you ever been on a Eurocamp holiday?
Thank you for reading.
*Our accommodation with Eurocamp was complimentary. Flights, car hire, food etc was all paid for by us. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*