This was my first visit to Lake Garda and the area was absolutely stunning. The sunset each evening was breath-taking.
We stayed with Thomson Al Fresco. The Rossini Lux was really clean and in a superb location (No.1). On the double bedroom side there was a field with olive trees and a small vineyard. At the front we had a small space for three cars, which hardly moved and one of which was mine. Lynda the rep is excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable. She is quite proactive in dropping by and ensuring that everything is ok.
The campsite itself is very well located and serves as a good base. It’s split over two sites and I was glad to be staying in Cisano rather than San Vito, it is slightly prettier and where the larger pools are located. The site is split by a main road with some traffic noise audible from our caravan. There are tunnels providing access so no need to worry about crossing the roads.
The emplacements around us were reasonably generous for an Italian site (in my experience).
The facilities on the campsite are limited. In some places also a bit scruffy. The pools are smallish and I didn’t think they were very clean. In the kids pool there was quite a bit of algae around the edges and the steps were wobbly. The adult pool in comparison was highly chlorinated. The pool bottoms and sides were quite chipped. I’ve been to two sites before this one (Portofelicie and Norcinni Girasole) and would say poolwise this is the least well appointed. Having said that there were two slides which were just the right size for my 6 year old and attentive life guards on duty all day. It is however, easy to find a spot nearby on the lake with numerous little beaches and grassy areas. The lake was good for swimming in.
The campsite and I would say also the local area is geared up to cater for German tourists, tbh I found myself saying Guttentag more than anything else. I was frequently greeted in restaurants and shops in German.
Food in the local area was fairly standard price I’d say 4.50E – 8.00E for a pizza, but I found the drinks extortionate with 2.50E – 4.00E for a coke. I live in London which is cheaper! The campsite restaurants are convenient, but not much else. I had a steak last night with rosemary potatoes which were like Aunt Bessie’s. I also had a salad with parmesan which was like wax and had to ask for it to be changed twice before I got some fresh stuff.
Entertainment is limited. There is a mini disco in the evening for the young children which is standard fare in these places and went down well with my daughter. Other than that there was a kid’s talent show and kid’s karaoke, great if you are a proud parent and torture if you aren’t. There were also a couple of mimed shows, Grease and the Blues Brothers which were quite fun. The animation team work very hard. I did have to have a word with one of them as I found her putting on a ridiculous English accent quite offensive, but she was very apologetic.
The site is located in a great spot with a short walk to Cisano (10mins), Bardilino (30mins) and Laizie (20mins). All three places had a range of restaurants and were really quite pretty. Cisano has a ferry service albeit limited and it’s possible to get a boat from there to Bardilino which has a greater number of destinations.
For shopping each of the local towns have a market day and they are worth a look. Bardilino has some nice little shops, we bought most of our presents to take home there. Sirmione also has some nice shops and as a place is absolutely lovely with ample parking on the approach. You can’t drive into the town itself. Such a gorgeous place and somewhere I’d like to go back to.
Thanks to Lynda’s recommendation we visited Gardaland in the evening, the entrance fee is half priceish and the most important thing, it is a little cooler. It was well worth the visit and we really enjoyed it.
Again another one of Lynda’s recommendations was a thermal water park. What a lovely place with two huge warm lakes and various water massage areas.
There is the usual 11pm curfew for cars but the staff were very accommodating providing me with a safe place to park when I came back late one evening.
I would probably come back to this area but wouldn’t base myself here again. I'm very cautious about writing anything which would put off those who have already booked and these reviews are entirely relative to people's preferences. I prefer a larger site with more facilities, eg a gym. However, as a base this is a really good spot and very likely to guarantee a great holiday.
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