Ca’Savio is an excellent holiday park, with direct access to the beach. It is very close by to Punta Sabbioni, so you’re just a ferry ride from the world-famous Venice.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ca’Savio and can really recommend it.
Pitches and Accommodation
If you are staying with Eurocamp you can choose from different types of 2-bedroom or a 3-bedroom static caravan.
We chose a 3 bedroom, which was brand new and fitted to a high standard, and came with a deck that was great for family dining al fresco at night.
The Eurocamp vans are nestled under trees, so some protection from all of the midday sun, and are arranged “ad hoc” and not in rows as seen on many UK campsites.
Eurocamp also provides their Classic Tent that can be arranged to either have two or three bedrooms.
In addition to the provided Eurocamp accommodation, there are pitches available for tents and mobile homes. (Officially there are 1500 pitches).
These pitches are organised in rows, and also have good tree cover. The ground though is mainly sand, with some gravel, so be prepared if bringing your own tent to use tent pegs suitable for sand.
When we visited there were other UK visitors who had come down by caravan, camper van, or motor home.
Ca’Savio Swimming Pools
Camping Ca’Savio has a number of pools – 5 in total, though two of them are toddler pools.
At the main complex is the large family pool with a big pirate ship slide. This was always popular with the kids.
Next to that, there is a shallower toddler pool. We went in August and there were some inflatable water slides that the smaller kids loved.
Slightly away from the main complex there is another pool. This isn’t far from the Eurocamp caravans and can be a bit quieter (with some great sun traps for sunbathers).
This has a larger pool (aqua-aerobics is good fun there), and a large toddler pool, complete with water fountains and another inflatable slide.
The pools do close for a siesta at midday (this is good, to be honest, as it gets very hot and closing the pools gets people out the of the midday sun). They also close a pool one day a week for a thorough clean.
The Beach and Activities at Ca’Savio
Ca’Savio has a huge playground with an adventure fort. This was extremely popular with kids.
Ca’Savio is also right on the beach. You can walk directly from your caravan to the (hot) sandy beach.
The beach was very large and kept clean. Pedalos and the usual water sports are available. There’s also a large pirate ship that comes into piers at the beach. This is an excursion that can be booked at Ca’Savio.
It’s also possible to hire bikes at the campsite. There are some villages and quiet roads to explore. A Eurocamp guide informed us of some good road free cycle routes that go along the shores of Venice lagoon.
Eurocamp has children’s clubs from the ages of 4 through to 17. We were so busy when we stayed that we never directly used the clubs, though the staff did put on kids activities at other times, and were very good with the kids.
These kids clubs, by the way, are FREE OF CHARGE, so ideal if you want a bit of time to yourself.
There is also a children’s disco (during high season) and family entertainment in the evening.
(When we visited the Vigorboard was very popular, and a lot of kids were making use of that in the evening).
Food at Ca’Savio
There is a small on-site supermarket. Whilst, as you would expect, prices may not be the very cheapest, compared to many other places we visited we found the shop quite reasonable.
We must recommend the wine. In fact, you can get it on tap if you bring your own containers to the supermarket.
They even did Ca’Savio branded wine (which wasn’t bad and a bottle was kept back for Christmas).
I must also mention the spaghetti. There was a whole row of different spaghetti, all numbered in different sizes. Amazing!
Self-catering is fine, but Ca’Savio also has a great Pizzeria. For a family of 5 we found the restaurant reasonably priced and the food excellent. You can also order fresh stone-baked pizzas to take away. Compared to takeaway pizzas in the UK these are amazing (sorry, using that word a lot!).
Pizza night in Italy: really tasty fresh pizzas, excellent local wine, and eating outside.
There were a few extras we booked with Eurocamp that we can recommend:
- Welcome pack – this was ideal for after a long trip (and had a nice bottle of wine with it)
- All-terrain pushchair – OK for getting around and down the beach, though a bit big for Venice
- Rumble Truck – this was the star. It can take two toddlers, or the seat folds flat and so is good as a pull-along truck for taking buckets and spades to the beach.
The nearest airport is Venice (VCE), which is about 41km away.
We flew into Venice with Jet2. If the weather and approach are right then this is a good flight for a window seat, as you fly over the Alps and then get a view of Venice itself before you land.
As mentioned earlier, you can self-drive to Ca’Savio (and some others from the UK had done so). Technically the nearest ferry port, if you are travelling from the UK, is Zeebrugge, although that is 1334km away from the campsite!
One reviewer on Trip Advisor recommends taking the train.
We had also looked at a motor home hire, flying into Switzerland or Austria, touring the Alps, and then down to Ca’Savio, but decided, in the end, to spend the whole holiday in Ca’Savio.
If you want to explore further afield then a car will be ideal but having a car is not necessary.
We took a private taxi mini-bus to and from the airport (around €90 if I recall) and used public transport to visit Venice. Ca’Savio and Eurocamp staff were very helpful in getting tickets and providing directions and information.
What’s in the area
You cannot visit Ca’Savio without visiting Venice. (And yes, I took that picture!)
You can purchase a combined bus and ferry ticket from reception at Ca’Savio. The bus stop is just a short stroll into the village outside of the campsite and takes you to the ferry port.[pullquote style=”right”]The ferry goes directly into Venice[/wpsm_quote]
Ferries can become busy, and you’ll need to keep an eye on the kids.
The ferry goes directly to Venice, to the main ferry terminus just outside St. Mark’s square (near the Bridge of Sighs), on the Grand Canal.
Venice is a great place to explore, however a few things to note:
- Venice was not designed with pushchairs in mind. There are a lot of narrow streets and little bridges with steps.
It is doable with a pushchair (we did it), but not as enjoyable.
- Food and drink are very expensive – take yours with you.
Do not buy in the main tourist areas such as St. Mark’s Square.
However, down some of the back streets, take-away pizza slices and ice cream are slightly more affordable, even if still considerably more expensive than Camping Ca’Savio.
- It gets very busy in high season. It also can get very hot and humid (and sometimes a bit smelly due to all the canal water).
- Get a guide book or map, and ideally read up on a few things before you go. This will make it more enjoyable and gives you a chance to see what you want to see.
When we were there (though we didn’t realise at the time) it was the Venice film festival. There were huge luxury yachts mored up (actually, these were ships with their own yachts strapped too them) – we later found out these were some of the most expensive in the world that the rich and famous use.
We sat and had our picnic by them (though there was a lot of security around them, as well as staff walking some ‘posh’ dogs). When we got home we later found out that Madonna, George Clooney, and others had arrived in them.
So there you go, camping in Italy, with the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous 😉
Also near Ca’Savio is Aqualandia. This is a huge water slide park, and you can order tickets from Ca’Savio reception.
Again, you can catch the bus just outside the park that will take you to the theme park.
For us, we’ve given Camping Ca’Savio 4.5 out of 5.
I think the Eurocamp accommodation we had was outstanding, and we had an excellent spot that wasn’t overlooked. (We were glad we picked the caravan rather than the tent, which are pitched in rows).
The only thing that didn’t give it a 5 out of 5 was the lack of air-conditioning available, though we got a good through the draft in the van that made it a bit better.
Mosquitos will be a problem at that time of year, but we had citronella candles and sprays. Some of us were hardly a bit, but a few weren’t as lucky.
On the whole, we would thoroughly recommend Ca’Savio.
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