Riva di Ugento
Riva di Ugento is less of a campsite, more of a gigantissimo camping village. Nestled away from the peacock-blue Ionian sea in 79 acres of pine woods and Mediterranean scrub, it’s so big you may feel the urge to pick up a map at reception and even perhaps make use of that boy scout’s compass.
But don’t let that put you off; the site’s so roomy there’s plenty of space for all, with many a cone-studded lane to jog down or dunes and woods that are perfect for family treasure hunts. Visit the playground after a scrumptious breakfast in the yurt-style cafeteria, or hire bikes and go cruising. Another idea is to hire a catamaran or kayak; the shallow water suits all ages and the powder-fine beach goes on forever.
The mini-mart here spills over with fresh local farm produce, so no need to worry about finding good, healthy nosh. And should boring old work come a-calling there’s handy internet access and Wi-Fi. In the evening the restaurant is a cheerful chaos of bambinos and swiftly devoured pizzas.
Outside they show films for the kids every night, which is great for them and a boon if you want a little me-time at the end of a hard day’s family holiday. In short, this wooded haven is the kind of place you can really kick back and breathe in the rugged air without worrying too much about anything – the site might be big enough for your kids to get a bit lost sometimes, but it’s small enough for them to find their way back again.
Facilities? In a word: lots! There's a newsagent, first aid, supermarket, swimming pool, launderette, kids’ playground, tennis courts, BBQ pits, Internet and Wi-Fi, bikes for hire, long sandy beach, restaurant, games room, outdoor cinema, water sports and boutiques.
Tents, caravans, campervans, kids and beach lovers - yes. Dogs - no.
The old town of Gallipoli is 16 miles (25 km) away – and is well worth a visit. If you’re driving south you can’t miss a visit to Lecce. The picturesque town, crammed with baroque-wedding-cake-style buildings and moody, deserted piazzas, seems to have leapt from the lens of a Merchant–Ivory film. Wander down the narrow alleyways, passing mouth-watering gelateries, shadowy brasseries and fine-art shops, with children scampering here, there and everywhere in the shadows of shuttered town houses.
Food & Drink
There’s a nice restaurant onsite, with a great selection of pizzas and pasta dishes, not to mention the supermarket, which encourages self-catering under the stars. But for more foodie options try the beautiful town of Lecce or the neighbouring village of Ugento.
Early May - 2nd week end of October.
The Owner Says
Riva di Ugento directly faces the Ionian sea and it is located in a wonderful pinewood forest. It is the ideal holiday for families.
The white sandy beach develops on a lot of kilometres along one of the most evocative beaches of Salento. It slopes gently to the crystal-clear sea and it is an ideal beach for families with children or for those who just like to stroll along the beach.
Wide and shaded spots, mobile homes and caravans with every comfort. Sanitary facilities decentralized in big groups.
Restaurant-pizzeria, café/bar, supermarket, swimming pools, tennis courts, entertainment activities.
Are about 100 square metres each, those on the dunes (near the beach) are smaller.
By car, if you’re heading south, take the E55 to Lecce, then follow signs to Gallipoli and Ugento. In Ugento you’ll see and should follow the signposts.By plane Brindisi Casale airport: Alitalia - RYANAIR Transfer service to and from the airport of Brindisi For info and quotes: www.garziatouristservice.it - Tel. 0833 931531
By bus From Lecce to Ugento: www.stplecce.it - Tel. 0832 316951 From Florance or Rome to Ugento: www.marozzivt.it - Tel. 06 44249519 From other Italian or European cities to Ugento: www.marinobus.it - Tel. 199.800.100
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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews
Large site but camp near the dunes- amazing
Don't go in high season
Beautiful site - let down by nightly noisiness from neighbouring hotels
Traveled down to Riva di Ugento on the strength of this listing as it sounded totally idyllic. In many ways it is a perfect little site, a beautiful beach on your doorstep,shady cool pitches, large without seeming so, facilities clean - however the sound of the lapping waves was rudely interrupted at 10pm nightly by ridiculously loud "entertainment" (Eurohouse with Italian MC and cover bands akin to Chas n Dave) from a holiday village to one side and a hotel to the other - this would go onto 12, or 1, or 2am. Difficult to sleep, and even makes sitting outside unpleasant.
The campsite's owners are apparently in constant negotiations with the neighbouring hotels but are powerless to do anything about it. Nothing cool about it - but if nocturnal noise doesn't bother you then it's a great choice.
I found Riva di Ugento whit a very nice site and a spended two weeks between nature and relax. My best holidays !!!
I stayed here for a few nights and while it is massive it wasn't really a problem, there are plenty of facilities and everything was clean and well maintained. The main reason I stayed was to be close to the beach and for that it was absolutely perfect! It couldn't be closer to the water if it tried. Loads of food and supplies in the shop and prices not too bad.