LAKE GARDA or SOUTHERN SPAIN?

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  1. estcres

    estcres Read Only Funster

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    Hi there all funsters,

    Next year, late July and August we are thinking about either going to Lake Garda or Southern Spain for our annual european holiday.

    Are there any funsters out there who can give us some information on either of these places, such as good sites etc. We don't mind walking or cycling and use local public transport.

    We would like to be near/overlooking water, either the lake (Garda) or the sea (Spain).

    Because of my job I need a period of quiet in order to recharge my batteries after a hectic academic year.

    Any information you can give us would be really appreciated.

    Thanks to you all in advance.
     
  2. kenspain

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    Over here in Spain July is ok but August it gets packed even wild camping this year was a bit hard with the police asking you to move on. The last 3 weeks now the Spanish holidays are over you can park on or near most beaches and not get moved.
     
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    lake garda

    this is a place i have always wanted to go to but how long do you need to do it properly not driving all the time
     
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    Lake Garda

     
  6. hilldweller

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    No contest - Italy.

    Southern Spain is hell hole made for cheap holidays. Italy is made for Italians and those Brits with enough good sense to visit it, which we have for hundreds of years always falling in love with the place.

    Listen to an Italian talking, it's Grand Opera. Listen to a Spaniard and it's a smoker with lung cancer :Smile: sort of sums up the two for me.

    Garda is an excellent choice but one of many. I'd suggest taking in Florence ( WHY do we call if Florence when the correct name is so beautiful ??? ) Florence leads to Pisa and back through the Med coast and France.

    Beware local holidays though, you may need to book in advance.
     
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    I can recommend Southern Spain, having lived here for many years.

    As Ken says, some areas are difficult for wild camping although here in Mojacar it is tolerated by the beach for 1 night.

    Along the coast there are some smaller sites, in the Cabo de Gata natural park are a few, with one right on the beach in Las Negras.

    Going further south on the Granada coast are more beach side sites and on into the Malaga area. This is a lovely scenic drive along this coastline.

    In the far south beyond Gibraltar are some lovely spots down in the Tarifa area and beyond, Camping La Jara is right by the beach and a nice small site.

    Enjoy!
     
  8. Judge Mental

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    Both are worth visiting. We have been to lake Garda for the last 3 years. we go for a month and spend time in Switzerland and the other lakes on the way down......

    Our favourite site is Forenella it ticks all th boxes for us.... a great restaurant, pools, lake side beach (stony) etc.....Not the cheapest but my teenagers absolutely love it! and if they are happy I'm happy:Wink:
     
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    Hi,

    I am looking at places in the early stages of planning a route to and in Italy for next august!

    As a family we much prefer Italy to Spain and have visited Lakes Garda, Maggiore and the Adriatic and Val de Comacchio regions on several occasions but not for quite a few years now.

    Definitely intend to incorporate Garda into the trip with a visit to Interlaken on the way. probably head on down to Le Marche then.

    If anyone can suggest a couple sites in a southerly direction after Garda en route to Le Marche then we would be grateful.

    I have looked up an old site that we have wonderful memories of, to find that they have a good website.

    I can remember like it was only yesterday..... sitting outside our ten with a bottle of vinom watching the sun go down and the lights twinkling in the distance..sigh!!

    Wonderful lakeside pitches.

    Have sent them an email and am definitely going to book again.About us Camping camping Lake Garda Italy Fontanelle

    :thumb:
     
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    The site you like is the sister site to our favorite Forenella....It is owned by the same family.

    we stayed at Interlaken and Maggoire this year on the way to Garda. The one thing I do miss is the sea......salt water, the waves etc....

    the temperature on the med are higher then the lakes as well which is a worry.........But can anyone recommend some Italain med sites that we might try?
     
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  11. daviddharris

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    Hya,
    Last year, during a 3.5 week tour of Europe with my 2 daughters in our 786 Roadstar, we stopped and spent a week on the southern shores of Lake Garda at a site called Bella Italia (Camping Bella Italia, Peschiera del Garda - Lago di Garda). Whilst the site is large, the pitch we were allocated was spacious and had privacy. We were 100-odd metres from the beach-front on the Lake. The site had excellent facilities, a multitude of pools, restaurants and other facilities. The nearest town, Pesciara, was a short walk away.

    I thoroughly recommend the place!

    Regards
    David
     
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    I'd certainly like to go back to Riccione. We were in a hotel there for a few days, a really lively holiday town with miles of glorious beaches and all the facilities you'd expect from a playground at the end of the Bologna motorway.

    Technically not the Med but the same water.

    'tother side, Lido di Ostia is Rome's playground. Same trip as Riccione, we stayed in a hotel there and used the train into Rome. In fact we went from Lido di Ostia to Riccione with one stop en route, then up Garda to Innsbruck.
     
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    I think the last hell hole i was in was in south Manchester about 6 weeks ago seeing my family, thats what made me move out.:Cool:
     
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    Many thanks to all the funsters who have supplied information, it appears that Lake Garda is a favourite with you all.

    I have Bookmarked all the sites around the lake that have been recommended and will take a closer look at them later on.
     
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    We did not go to Lake Garda this year went to cornwall instead. Will be booking the site at Lake Garda for next year very soon love it there.

    The drive down for those of you who have never been is great , in our RV we do it with one stop in Switzerland but if you want to take your time there is lots to see. We have been twice now to a site in Moniga which is south west on the lake , nice site with good size pitches. Site is called Piantelle .

    Regards

    Lampie
     
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    Garda is very popular! to get on the best sites you need to book early. Fornella for instance is usually booked up by January:Sad:
     
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    Yes, noticed that the site opens for 2010 bookings on November 2nd so will be at the ready to book.
     
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    Well Maggiore is not to be missed either. And Como, with the Guzzi museum ( if it's still open ) and a monument to Volta is just as beautiful.

    Our first trip to Italy was booked through Magic of Italy ( we'd seen it on TV ) and never was an advert so accurate.
     
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    I stayed there a few years ago at a Eurocamp site if I remember correctly, right on the shore of the lake. It was very good. There is a train station for when you don't feel like driving that goes to Venice (about 1 and a half hours away) Milan (about 2 hours away) and Verona (about 1 hour away) the most expensive ticket was about 11 euros but read the train rules, we got fined for not stamping our ticket before we got on the train :Sad:
     
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    I love Lake Garda and the surrounding area..
    I have been there every year since 2002 ..
    We stop at Rovereto at a bike bash ( 14 Euros for 7 nights including hook up ) to start with and then travel around.
    Riva Del Garda ( the northern end of the lake is my personal favorite though there are some cracking sites right down the southern end too.

    This year we did a few places on the Italian Riviera as well and once agian had a cracking time..
    The northen end has many wine producers around it and there are lots of oppertunities to tour their premises and have some samples !!

    We find the people very very friendly in general and much to my shame I still have to rely on their bloody excellent english rather than my pathetic attempts at Italian !
     
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