not a photo of the campsite, but us parked opposite the Peoples' Palace
Casa Alba Camping September 2008
Having read a very off-putting review of this site we were quite apprehensive about staying here.
However, it was only for one night, on our way to Bulgaria, and there is simply no other campsite anywhere near. We had difficulty finding the site and had to ask a policeman, but as he spoke no English this didn't help! We knew roughly the area it was in
and eventually spotted it by accident. The reception office was smart enough and the young man behind the counter spoke English and was helpful.
The layout of the site is bizarre, in that it consists almost entirely of small cabins
backed by trees. There is room for tents under the trees but no possible access for caravans or motorhomes, which have to park on the tarmac area in front of the cabins. There are electric hookups outside the cabins, and the toilet block and washing-up facilities
are clean, if not particularly smart.
Elsewhere it is not recommended leaving one's outfit there to go into town, and also mentions problems with noisy youths roaming the site at night, so we were a bit nervous, but the night passed
without incident. There was a little noise from youths but nothing too bad. The worst noise came from the constantly barking dogs, but this is a problem all over Romania - there are thousands of strays, and dead dogs at the roadside are a common sight.
Next morning we asked the helpful chap in reception to suggest a route out of Bucharest, avoiding the city centre. Surprisingly, he told us that as it was a Sunday there would be little traffic, and we could drive right through the centre with
ease. He was right, we had no problems at all and were even able to park outside the amazing People's Palace to take photos. We realised how lucky we'd been later when talking to other people who had made the same journey on a week day - they had such problems
finding their way that they had to pay a taxi driver to lead them through the city