In this post I wanted to write a little more (and show you some snaps) of what we tended to get up to on a day-to-day basis whilst staying at the campsite. Having thoroughly enjoyed our time in Venice, we decided to opt out of going much further than the beach (although there are LOADS of day trips that you could choose to do- I’m eyeing up a huge water park nearby if we decide to return again!).
At 4 and 5 years old, Freddie and Sasha were generally content to play by one of the pools (see my previous post), or hang out at the beach- and my, what a beach it was!
With seemingly miles of beautiful sand, our little ones simply loved having a paddle and building endless sandcastles- and there was some decent shell action too, much to Sasha’s delight.
The above picture was taken about 10 in the morning so the beach was pretty much empty, but we liked to get here about that time, or late in the afternoon, when it wasn’t too hot. Even so, even once more people started arriving it never felt too busy, and we always felt safe letting the children play a short way away from us.
My boy- never happier than with a spade or a train in hand!
I love this shot- I think Freddie is trying to direct where his bucket of sand should go next, in between digging a moat and sourcing water! The children (and us) also loved the fact that a man came up and down the beach with his ice cream and drinks cart, meaning that we never ventured off the sand without having sampled Freddie’s ice cream of choice this holiday, a ‘Choc n Ball’!
^^A real life pirate ship! The children were in awe of this ship that came in close and let people on board, before chugging off again into the distance.
Back on site, and each day there were so many choices of activities to participate in, we simply didn’t have the time to do them all! There were various kids clubs for ages 4 and up that we might have tried had we stayed for a couple of weeks, but in the end the children were happy hanging with us for the duration of our stay. The kids clubs are free, and all other activities are very reasonably priced -I think I said before, but it makes me realise how expensive the UK can be sometimes when it comes to family fun.
^^We hired bikes for Freddie and Sasha on our second-to-last day, and thought Freddie could have a go at riding without stablisers. He gave it a good go, but I think he might have inherited my bad bike riding gene (I couldn’t ride a bike without them until nearly 9!!!). We will keep trying though! Sasha hurtled along on her balance bike, and it was nice to get into the biking groove on site (loads of people bring their own bikes to Ca Savio). It only cost us 11 Euros for both bikes for 24 hours, which we thought was great.
^^About to play crazy golf. Now, I might not be able to bike brilliantly, but I’m not too shabby at all with a golf club!
^^Both children really enjoyed playing crazy golf, with Freddie going back to play with Adam a few more times as he couldn’t get enough of it! We went before sitting down for dinner/drinks some evenings, and it was a lovely activity to do as a family.
and we weren’t competitive at all
^^Right by the crazy golf were other great family-friendly areas: A smaller toddler play area with Little Tikes equipment which was never very busy (perfect for 1-3 year olds), a few bouncy castles, and a ‘Go Ape’ style rope adventure course and climbing walls, all only costing again a few euros a time.
^^Sasha surprised us all by wanting to have a go on the climbing wall, so I helped her as her little legs weren’t long enough to reach some of the holding bits! The guys running the climbing wall were great, spoke brilliant English and helped get her harnessed up.
^^ Every afternoon on site by one of the pools, the campsite ran a ‘Lego Club’, where children could either borrow complete sets to make for free, or get stuck in to quite possibly the world’s biggest pile of Duplo! Freddie and Sasha absolutely LOVED this, and it was a great ‘chill out’ option rather than simply going back to our mobile home.
Having said that, most days we did make sure the children had a sleep at the hottest part of the day, so they could stay up later in the evening and enjoy dinner out/a show (a live Frozen show was on at 9.30pm one night!)/or play in the playground whilst we had a drink.
^^In fact, I have to say that the adventure playground was brilliant, and strange as it sounds, really helped us enjoy some grown up time in the evening! It’s situated right by the main bar and restaurant (which never got too busy by the way, even at the beginning of August, we always got a table), so Freddie & Sasha could go off and play for HOURS, we could easily watch them from where we were sitting, yet got to actually have an adult conversation and a few glasses of wine.
^^As well as the play-factor, our two loved the playground because they got to make some new friends- something I remember fondly from my times visiting Eurocamp as a child.
^^Right next to the bar was the restaurant (complete with soft play area in the indoor bit, natch). I have to say we were pleasantly surprised about just how good the food was- you’re never quite sure when it comes to a large campsite like Ca Savio, but my steak was perfection, the pizzas were beautifully authentic, and there was a large and varied children’s menu too.
So, what did we think about our time at Eurocamp Ca Savio?
Well, I have to say that I am SO pleased we decided to book a holiday after a stressful few months, and I’m SO glad we booked it here! The site really lived up to my expectations as far as facilities, cleanliness, atmosphere and activities were concerned, and I can hand on heart say I enjoyed my Eurocamp experience as an adult just as much as I did as a child.
Despite it being apparently one of Eurocamp’s biggest resorts, it never felt too busy, and we never had to fight for space to do anything- which was very important to me as I can get quite stressy and flustered if this happens! Whilst I love a posh hotel, a Eurocamp holiday really suits our family needs, especially for the age the children are now. With a hotel room, we would have had to be quiet whilst the children had a nap, or went to bed in the evening, but here we could simply sit on our decking and enjoy ourselves. As a family, we are very much ‘doers’, and whilst we’re happy with a day chilling by the pool or beach, we also like to have a go at other things, and all the activities on offer on site really made it our kind of holiday.
The campsite location in the pine forest and by the sea is just stunning, and with just the right amount of noise vs quiet time, plus it’s so easy to get to from either Venice or Marco Polo Airport (we caught the coach back to the airport on the way home direct from the campsite, and it only cost us 6 Euros each!).
Seeing just how happy the children were each day was really special, and I’m so glad we got to have the best of both world’s- a mini city break plus an action-packed pool/beach holiday. I’m also delighted that we now know how easy it is to ‘Eurocamp’ even without a car, and we can’t wait to do the same again next year- this time flying to Verona and testing out a Eurocamp site by Lake Garda!
*We booked this holiday ourselves and would have done regardless, however we are reviewing the Ca Savio site for Eurocamp in exchange for another Eurocamp break next year. All worlds, thoughts and opinions my own.