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"Stayed here a for 14 nights with Thomson Al Fresco.…"
Stayed here a for 14 nights with Thomson Al Fresco. The caravans are very nice, clean and quite new, all had decking, air con (extra 2 euros a day), sunloungers and bbq. There was quite a lot of greenery surrounding each pitch so you got a reasonable amount of privacy. During our time the grass was cut at least twice and the shubbery trimmed. Actually never noticed any rubbish either.
Most of the tent/tourer pitches were grass but a bit gravelly too. You can pitch your tent/caravan literally right next to the lake which looked fab. The lake itself is unbelievably clear. Its lovely to swim in and there is a little jetty just at the campsite
The pool was great, 2 larger lagoon style pools with a small kids pool. No slides or anything though. The pool bar sold drinks and ice creams and a few snacks in the morning (croissants and toasties) but not really anything else. Prices were similar to elsewhere, 1-2 euros for ice lollies/cream, coffee and tea, 3-4 euros for cokes and beers. The pool was never crouded when we went (last week in June first week in July) and there was plenty sunloungers.
The small shop was ok, a bit expensive but not more than any other campsite type shop. They had lovely rolls but sold out quickly. The shop closes at 12.30 - 4.30 so during the day there a little options for lunch other that make it yourself. There is a nice bar restaurant down by the lake in the campsite, the food was lovely but its only open in the evenings (prices pizza 5-9 euros, pasta 6-10). Soft drinks seem really quite expensive so if you are on a budget ask for a large water to share.
I would say that car hire is pretty much essential, it is quite far to the nearest village (san felice) and its only a small village with a few shops and restarants. There is a number of supermarkets about 3-5 miles away, A few Itailian ones, a lidl a carrefour (much smaller than the Calias ones). Prices in the supermarkets are pretty good, certainly not an more expensive than in the UK. Baby milk was quite expensive (about 15 euros) as were nappies (cheapest 4 euros for 19).
Salo is about 5 km away and is absolutle stunning. The market there on a Saturday is good - ) guarentee you will buy a new handbag (or two)
There is kids entertainment on every day during high season. They had a kids football school , dance school and a general kids club every morning from 10.30 -12 and from 3.30 till 6. In the evening there is a kids disco followed by some entertainment which is mainly for the kiddies. Strangely the bar is not opened during the entertainment so we took a few beers or wine down and most others seemed to as well. The entertainers speak in English and Italian, and most people speak a little English despite many of the campers being Dutch or German.
I have given it an 8 for facilities as what they did have was good and clean, however it would have been nice to have been able to get pool snacks and have a nice drink while the kids enjoyed the mini disco.
Lake Garda has loads of things to do so you need not be bored however you really would struggle without a hire car. Taxis are expensive (6.40 euros before you get in).Read moreLess
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