Hi! Hope you are all coping well with the summer hols and the heat!! We just spent an amazing week in Lake Garda, Italy. I wanted to tell you a bit about it as I had lots of questions via my Instagram stories so thought I would put it all into a blog post. If you have any more Q’s just let me know and I can answer them in the comments.
We stayed on a campsite in a mobile home with Venue Holidays. (Not an ad by the way!) We went after having a recommendation ourselves. It is not the kind of holiday I have done before (although we did it with my parents about 30+ years ago in France) but after a fabulous week we would definitely do it again.
The mobile homes we stayed in were brand new and air conditioned (a must in Italy in July/August!). They had 2 bedrooms a small lounge area and a decked area. The inside was not particularly spacious but it was brand new, had all we needed and we spent most of our time on the deck when we were there anyway. They had all the kitchen stuff you could possibly want plus a BBQ. We actually did eat on the deck a few time, BBQ or a takeaway pizza from the onsite pizzeria.
The site had two pools, which we did not use due to the rule about swimming caps which Sam my 11 year old point blank refused to even consider wearing! One smaller one (which was right by our mobile home) and one bigger one with slides etc. It also has a supermarket and a beach bar/restaurant. There was a kids club and various activities on but we did not use them. I should probably mention that there were hardly any Brits at all. Now I actually like this on holiday but thought it worth a mention.
Me and the boyf were secretly pleased about the pool situ as we basically all spent the whole week in and around the lake which was beautiful (and warm) and the kids LOVED! The beaches are small and pebbly/rocky but we found a wooden jetty into the lake and claimed it as our own for the week. We even ventured back down for a sunset swim a few nights which the kids loved and I will never forget. This (and the pedalo with a slide!) were highlights for all of us.
The site is called Cisano/San Vito, was between two small towns Bardolino and Lazise both of which were easily walkable (or cycle-able) around the edge of the lake. Both were beautiful little towns and had lots of bars, restaurants and nice shops. There are bars and restaurants on the way as well if you fancy stopping off en route.
Going away in the summer holidays can be really expensive and often I prefer to go May half term for this reason but this was a really affordable way of going away in the summer hols. We flew with Ryan Air to Verona and it was a 25 min taxi ride away from the airport, so really quick and easy, which is always good when travelling with kids!
I also wanted to mention my favourite holiday bikini, havianas and cover up which was gifted from the lovely Coco Bay. You can still get 15% off with the code MAMA1518 . The quality is amazing and they are the best bikinis I have come across. I am still using my beach bag from them from last year. I also always take large muslins with us (pineapple of course!) and a neoprene nappy clutch which is perfect for the beach or pool).
I am back now and with a serious dose of holiday blues (as missing the kids who are with their dad this week) although at least the sun is shining!
ps you HAVE to try the local rose (it’s lightly sparkling and it is heaven in a glass) xx