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Visitor Reviews - Castel Les Criques De Porteils

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Castel Les Criques De Porteils
Rd 114 Corniche De Collioure
Argeles Sur Mer
Languedoc Roussillon   (Browse area)
66700   See Map
Tel: 0033 04 68 81 12 73
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Pitches: 206
Open: 29/03 To 25/10

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 13 Reviews
                8/10 from 13 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Refills   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available    Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf On Site   Tennis On Site 
 Beach On Site   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Seaside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport <5 miles 

Reviews:  13 in total, now showing 1 to 6                 Previous 6          Next 6
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Date of Visit: June 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Jacfrosty 6 reviews from this member

We stayed here last June/July for 14 nights. Beautiful area and very nice campsite. We had a pitch near the 'old sanitaires'. We had to park our car 2 pitches from our pitch and access our pitch across these other 2 pitches and people from the other 2 pitches adjoining ours could access the lavatories by crossing out pitch. This was not a problem as we mostly had the 3 pitches to ourselves and when other people were there we had enjoyed their company. The view was beautiful. The restaurant and bar were good. Pools a bit small but perfectly adequate. We were unable to use the site beaches as no dogs allowed, but outside the campsite there were 2 beaches on either side that were dog friendly. Collioure is perfect. Argeles less so. We had a lovely summer holiday here.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: DougieA 6 reviews from this member

We booked this on a tour of France/Spain mainly as it's part of the same Castells group as Anse du Brick in Cherbourg and we thought Anse was well worth its star rating, so hoped this would be as good, if rather expensive, choice too. We did have a sea view pitch premium pitch but any thoughts of lazy evenings with a nice view were lost to the famous wind which blew for the 5 days we were there. You need to hold on to your wine/beer glass even if it's full when outside and several sat dishes went awol. Walks into resorts on either side are a OK but a bit long in summer heat for some, and are over rough ground in parts, with a few steep sections occasionally. Now to the negative points - we were shown to our pitch by a man in a buggy and given a set of keys then left to puzzle out where our elec feed was. Eventually, we worked out that in a shed was a long lead that I had to unroll and climb over the back of four other units (asking in several languages if it was OK ) in our row to plug it in. The surface of the pitch was rough sand with weeds and had obviously suffered from storm damage as a large area was newly laid and not too well done (most of it held water as soon as it rained again giving us our own little pool). The restaurant was OK as long as you think of it as a cafe and don't expect Gordon Ramsay to appear. The pool area in my view is way too small for the size of the place and must be crammed in August. We had a dog with us and found a nice doggie beach in La racou on the way to Argeles - as for the little private beaches on site, we did try snorkelling there but found the sea populated by many jellyfish so beat a hasty retreat. Overall, I donít think it is a five star site and it is very expensive (I think the premium pitch we had was not far off 100 Euros for 3 people a dog and a motorhome in August) and I would not be rushing back.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Bridie 88 reviews from this member

It's been 6 years since we stayed here. In that time the site has grown and in our view it has become more impersonal. There are more mobile homes and lodges now. The staff were helpful. The shop was very handy and the staff there were friendly. We walked over the cliffs to Collioure which is a lovely if strenuous walk! We swam in the sea from the little cove. Our pitch had lovely views of the sea and across to Argeles. We only stayed two nights as the weather changed. 18 euros with ACSI in June. Sanitaires are clean.

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Hotpotatoes247 2 reviews from this member

Restored our faith in camping - France

We camped at Camping Les Criques De Porteils as a family in August 2013, wow it was idyllic!

Camping Les Criques De Porteils is perfectly situated on the cliff tops near Collioure, where you can awaken your senses with a breath taking mountain or sea view.

Some reviews for Camping Les Criques are unnecessarily negative i. E. Ďsnobbishí this being in regard to washing lines not allowed to be used - we didnít experience any of this, in fact, to set the scene, we suffered the misfortune of staying in ArgelŤs-sur-Mer, which was not our cup-o-tea due to the commercialisation of that area, whereas Camping Les Criques ticked all the right boxes for our perfect site in touch with nature.

The staff went out of their way to help us when we explained our situation as we wanted to move from ArgelŤs-sur-Mer to Camping Les Criques De Porteils. Camping Les Criques unfortunately didnít have any availability on that day but, as promised, they contacted us early the following morning with pitch availability. Moving to Camping Les Criques was an easy and certainly the best decision we made during our holiday!

Restful, with a relaxed quiet pace and friendly helpful staff with an excellent knowledge of the English language - what more could you want!

Our terraced camping pitch was huge and we had the delight of waking each morning to a Mountain View and wildlife in plenty. The steep climb to the wash block every morning seemed all worthwhile when, turning around, we were rewarded with a picturesque view of the mountains, then at the cliff top we were presented with a sea view! Breath-taking again, wow!

We were only planning to stay five days, however, after day one we decided to lengthen our stay to eight days, after all this was the site we should have booked all along. Unfortunately, as we have mentioned before, some Trip advisor reviews do not accurately reflect the true intention of the well-mannered nature of this site, had we ignored these reviews we could have enjoyed a far longer stay on this naturel, site! We strongly recommend you stay at Camping Les Criques De Porteils and experience this wonderful site for yourself, within a few days youíll feel like youíve have been holiday for far longer because itís so peaceful and relaxing!

The site enjoys its own private beaches, accessed by three flights of steps, the beaches were beautiful and our daughter loved to constantly snorkel amongst the fish! Swimming was a delight although please note the beaches are shingle and pebbles with no sand. The coves are full of character and interest whilst being able to soak up the sun rays!

Security was taken very seriously at this site; especially at night when clearly the night watch was constantly checking everyone was safe and quiet.

We canít comment on the restaurant although the take way, which was cooked by the same chef, was the best ever, and reasonably priced. The on-site shop was very well stocked, the staff always friendly and helpful (hello Sarah) and willing to trade English language speaking for French speaking! A great testament to a genuine French hospitality!

The pool was adequately sized and always clean and life-guard attended. Like most holiday destinations the sun beds are always in short supply and pre-booked with towels! This didnít stop us enjoying the fabulous double pool and grabbing sun beds as they became available! One of the pools (I guess this yearís addition) boasted spa arrangements including a Jacuzzi.

All in all, Camping Les Criques De Porteils restored our faith in camping in France and again a heartfelt thanks to all the staff for making our stay very welcoming and pleasant. We will certainly return very soon!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: T6NYY 9 reviews from this member

Unlike the previous reviewers comments, we've returned from a 10 night stay and had a wonderful time at this great campsite.

The weather was glorious with only one windy day.

Upon arrival, the check in was very efficient and welcoming with lots of advice given on the facilities and surrounding areas.

Prior to booking, we had done some research and we made sure the pitch we booked had room for the car (some pitches don't, so you may need to lug your gear some way, so be warned!) During the booking process the site sent us a map so we knew where our pitch was before we got there. Our pitch was right on the edge of the site directly overlooking the Mediterranean, just wonderful and a nice quiet pitch also.

The on site shop is excellent, very well stocked and the obligatory croissants in the morning are very fresh and tasty. Prices are a little high but I guess you'd expect that.

We ate in the restaurant one evening, it was very busy and the food was good. They have certainly improved their overall service here, the menu choices were very good and plenty to choose from.

The shower blocks are spotlessly clean with lots of hot water. One of the shower blocks appears to be 'unisex' and the other seems to be split into male and female, even after 10 days we were still not sure! A few more signs might be useful.

The rubbish / recycling bins are located near the main entrance which was a short trek in the car with a big bag of rubbish. I guess they do that to ensure there are no unpleasant smells wafting around nearby pitches.

There are 2 small swimming pools with sun loungers nearby, along with tennis courts, ping pong tables, boules and some outdoor gym equipment. The handy on site laundry was very useful also.

There is access via 3 set of steps down to the very small pebble beaches, these are nice but sun bathing space is limited.

The nearby town of Collioure is truly beautiful and well worth a visit. Parking is in short supply at weekends although you can walk along the coastal path from the campsite in about 45 minutes.

All in all, this is a beautiful campsite, very well run and maintained. Do your homework first and you won't be disappointed.

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Beeny 4 reviews from this member

There are too many 'downsides' to this campsite for me to rate it highly. If you are lucky enough to get good weather, and if you are lucky enough to get a sea-view pitch, and if you don't mind a long hike with all your camping kit as the parking is away from the tents, and if you don't mind lukewarm showers, then you will love this place.

As it was for us, we parked our car on the terrace and proceeded to lug our tent and kit to the pitch in a very high wind (the dreaded 'Tramontaine' which blows for 3-9 days). Our neighbours, offering to help us, said they had never been as frightened on a campsite. Once pitched, we were unable to sit out and enjoy BBQs, picnics or a glass of wine overlooking the Med due to the sandblasting effects of the aforementioned wind. After two days of this we gave in and moved off to the Dordogne.

It's not the campsite's fault that the weather can be so variable, but I just wanted others to be aware that after a long journey down through France, your pitch by the sea might not be the idyll you thought it was going to be.

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