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. ‘snobbish’ this being in regard to washing lines not allowed to be used - we didn’t experience any of this, in fact, to set the scene, we suffered the misfortune of staying in Argelès-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 Argelès-sur-Mer to Camping Les Criques De Porteils. Camping Les Criques unfortunately didn’t 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 you’ll feel like you’ve have been holiday for far longer because it’s 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 can’t 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 didn’t stop us enjoying the fabulous double pool and grabbing sun beds as they became available! One of the pools (I guess this year’s 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!
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.
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.
The location and views are the best part of this campsite. Although the views will depend on your pitch - we had a fantastic view of the sea from our pitch and were very near to one of the sets of steps going down to the little private coves.
However, other pitches did not seem to be very generous in size,lacked any privacy at all and did not have the view we had.
Responding to comments left by others - we found the staff at reception to be friendly and professional. The shop is the best stocked campsite shop we have come across in France although prices were a bit more than supermarkets which is to be expected. The shower blocks etc are kept in very good order and there seemed to be plenty of them even although the site was full. The restaurant was good, though perhaps a little under staffed.
The town of collioure is really lovely and well worth spending time in. There is a car park on the edge of town which means you have a very steep walk down to the beach/shops/restaurant - but worth it. Alternatively it is about 30 mins walk from the site.
The downside for us was that we found it very noisy. The music from Argeles carried across the bay and disturbed our sleep until 4am each night. We did get some ear plugs in the end which helped a bit. After a very fierce storm, the dusty dry pitches did turn into a bit of a mud bath but I suppose that is to be expected. Also, our pitch being right at the bottom with the best views meant it was quite a hike to the showers etc.
The stunning views, beautiful private beaches and close locality to local villages and the mountains are undisputed.
The toilet and shower blocks are immaculate and kept continually clean by hard working ground staff, as are the grounds and pitches.
There are a few areas that the site still needs to improve however.
The reception staff, as documented by other visiters, are frustrating to deal with. On arrival we were quickly met and started our registration, however, the staff member helping us then become distracted by everything, and anyone else who was in the office and we were left waiting for a long time to finish registering. Giving the reception the benefit of the doubt, I went back the next day to enquire about a fridge locker, again I was seen to quickly, but was still waiting 30 minutes later to be told that none were free!.We did not visit reception again!
Again as documented by others the restaurant and takeaway is of a poor quality and the shop is limited and (is there a theme here?) you que for 20 minutes to get your bread in the morning!
It does have beautiful views overlooking the med, however we were unfortunate enough to have a mountain side pitch, which have NO shade and are near the train line. The pitches vary greatly in size, shade and views and I recommend to ensure you have a sea view pitch, as you pay the same price for all pitches.
Stayed here for a week, part of which was during the 'Tremontagne wind' which comes off the Pyrenees and is strong, but it only lasts for 2 to 3 days and down in the lower part of the site, where the swimming pools were, it was not noticeable. We had a pitch overlooking the Med which was a treat to wake up to!Our pitch was a good size but some we noticed were on the small side.The toilet block was very well kept and lots of hot water.Collioure was easily accessible on the footpath (1.5 miles) . If you go in on a Market day (which is great) it may be advisable to walk in or park on the outskirts and walk in. We went into Spain, about 1.5 hours on the coast road. Do go to Notre Dame de la Consolation, signed from outside Collioure, and leaflets in reception for a peaceful experience, wouldn't have missed it, we took our picnic.Pools are small but there's also swimming in the sea from 3 little beaches on the site. Shop is well stocked. Reception and shop not as friendly as the other sites we've been on this year, but helpful when asked.Would return.
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