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General

  • Among spectacular scenery near Alentjo's Vicentina Coast
  • Waterpark with Olympic pool, paddling pool and indoor wave pool
  • Restaurant, farm and archery all on site

A Portuguese eco experience – and then some. The star of smashing Zmar Eco Experience in Odemira's Ambujeira do Mar is undoubtedly its spectacular waterpark (Olympic pool, anyone?), but oh so much more fabness awaits at this award-winning Portuguese seaside site.

For sandy starters, Zmar is a short drive from the pristine beaches of Almograve, lauded as among the most splendid in Alentejo – which in turn have been acclaimed as among the finest beaches in all of Europe. Its Vicentina Coast setting is next to the vast Alentejano and Costa Vicenta Natural Park too; within day trip distance of the Algarve, and a central spot for many a day surfing, kayaking or swimming in the region's waters. The Festival Sudoeste, one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe, is held every August in local town Zambujeira do Mar so all you dudes can party on (man).

But. That waterpark. Clap your eyes upon the site pics to see its true splendour, for as is known around the world, a picture is worth a thousand watery words. This fab place comes with an outdoor Olympic pool, a paddling pool and an indoor pool with artificial waves, just to see you sorted for the first day or two.

And. There's a whole heap more to keep all ages entertained on this friendly park, such as a small farm for small guests to coo over the animals, a playground to keep them occupied afterwards, and sports activities of all sorts including a padel court, a fitness area, five a side football pitch and – right on target, this – archery for you to test your shooting skills. A kids' club and entertainment activities run during high season.

Are you a tad peckish after all that? Time for a lazy lol in the Zmar restaurant, to sort out plentiful supplies of fresh local food. A pool bar as well as picnics are available in summer too.

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7.3

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67% would recommend this site to a friend.

33% would stay here again.

 

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Todo 25/08/2017

Reviewer's country: Spain Ricardo M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding pitch
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Moi bo camping con excelentes instalacións pero mal indicado. 22/08/2016

Reviewer's country: Spain Ernesto R. Confirmed

  • 1 bedroom lodge
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Todo o relacionado co buffet, tanto no "pequeno almoço" como no "xantar".
    O bungalow en si estaba moi limpo e moi ben equipado: aire acondicionado, TV satélite con un montón de canais, cuarto de baño xeitoso, auga quente á vontade, cociña ben equipada, etc.

    Disliked: 

    A luz de fóra do bungalow non se podía apagar e atraía milleiros de mosquitos pola noite.

    O sinal do wifi case non chegaba ao noso bungalow.

    Debería haber algún cartel indicador antes de chegar ao Zmar Eco Camping; de noite non se ve onde está a entrada cando se chega por primeira vez.

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muy poca sombra, las duchas por la noche con agua helada y duraba 1sg. 29/07/2016

Reviewer's country: Spain maria-del-pilar_g Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Fully-serviced hardstanding pitch
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    Personal en general amable, mucho espacio, la piscina muy grande para tanta gente, el espacio wiffi y de juego para mayores y niños,posibilidad de practicar diferentes actividades.

    Disliked: 

    Por la noche el agua de las duchas salia helada, el agua de los baños iba pulsando un boton pero duraba exactamente 1sg y probé en 3 bloques de baños distintos, era imposible ducharse sola, lavarse los dientes, la cara o las manos era una odisea y cuando vas con niños mas.
    Me hubiese gustado que hubiese mas actividades para niños gratis (animación y actividades durante el dia). No hay sombra para las caravanas porque no caben en los toldos habilitados para las tiendas.

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Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Tents for hire

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Location

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  • Herdade A-de-Mateus, EN 393/1 Zambujeira do Mar, Odemira, Portugal, 7630 -011
  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon WEST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 37.6025°N 8.7284°W

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Local attractions

Zmar's setting on the Vicentina Coast is a short drive from the seaside village of Zambujeira do Mar, home of the famed Festival do Sudoeste or Southwest Festival every August. Surfing and kayaking are available nearby, either at Zambujeira or one of the several resorts dotted along the coast.

Heading inland, it's a 20-minute drive to Odemira, an ancient town atop a hill with white houses facing the Mira river. Potters and wannabes can mosey along to Odemira's pottery workshop to see earthenware being moulded into shape by the skilled local artisans; after that, head out of town to the big Santa Clara dam, where there's a watersports centre and stacks of space for summer sunbathing.

It's about two and a half hours' drive from this peaceful place to the Portuguese capital Lisbon, a trip well worth making for a day around this splendid city's cafés, museums, architecture and busy arty vibe.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart:  2 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Reception is unmanned after 11pm. Please call the site/park using the contact details provided in the booking confirmation email if you are arriving after this time. The team will then provide you with the relevant information about your unit/pitch.

Zmar Eco Experience cancellation policy

No penalties

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Group bookings of 5 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

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A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Tax

This area is not subject to city tax.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs are not allowed in the accommodation units.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Entertainment and activities are available between 15/06 to 16/09 and school holidays (everyday) and every weekend (rest of year).
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The sauna (and/or hammam) is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
The wellness centre is open between 01/01 and 31/12.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 5 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pool
Some facilities require the wearing of swim caps.
The indoor swimming pool is open between 01/01 and 31/12.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/05 and 15/10 (subject to weather conditions).

Reception
Reception is open from 9am to 11pm between 01/06 and 30/09.
Reception is open from 9am to 9pm between 01/10 and 31/05.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

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