Camping Miramare May 2011
is at the southern end of the Venice lagoon, not to be confused with the previous site also called Miramare, at Punta Sabbione, at the northern end.
It's a fairly large site stretching back a long way from its
own private beach, which has sunbeds and umbrellas. As well as plenty of pitches for tourers there are some permanent pitches, bungalows and caravans for rent. The ground is level and sandy, with plenty of small trees. Pitches are not all that big - 60 to
80 square metres - but in May, when we stayed, the site was only half-full so it was possible to take up a bit of extra room. It's a family-run site and the staff were friendly and spoke English. Wifi is available for a small charge.
Despite the fact it wasn't high season, most of the facilities were up and running, which is quite unusual but very welcome. There is a lovely swimming pool with a good-sized children's pool, a small supermarket, a bar and large restaurant
with lots of choice. In high season there is a programme of entertainment and children's activities.
There are three large sanitary blocks of a good standard. Some of the toilets are the 'squatting' type but
there are plenty of normal ones, with magic seats which raise automatically after you've finished, and spray a 'sanitising vapour'! However there's no paper. There are special baby and child washing facilities as well. Plenty of washing-up sinks, though the
water wasn't very hot,and the cold taps had red dots and the hot taps had blue dots! The 4-euro charge for a washing-machine token included a generous bag of soap powder.
The nearby town of Chioggia is a busy
fishing port known as 'Little Venice', and like its namesake it has canals, bridges and interesting old buildings. The main, pedestrianised street is lined with bars and restaurants. From Chioggia there is a ferry to Venice, although we didn't use it, as on
this occasion we wanted to visit Padova which is about an hour's drive away.
Although we normally prefer to stay on smaller sites, we enjoyed our stay here very much. At 15 euros with an ACSI card it was very
good value, given the facilities. In high season it would be probably be a slightly quieter alternative to the very large, popular sites nearer to Venice