Midnight at the Oasi
Trip Start May 14, 2011
25Trip End Jun 04, 2011
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Villaggio Camping Oasi
The road into Vieste is spectacular. Maybe I'm getting used to driving on tiny roads with small cars forming a third lane to pass on blind curves - nothing wrong with that - and this road was no exception
So after the lookout, the drive up to the amazingly beautiful white town of Vieste is along a broad sandy bay literally crawling with campgrounds. Based on LP's thorough review of the area, we thought there were only a couple of good campgrounds. But we believe that LP didn't actually go to any of the campgrounds they recommended - because we did.
We got into town with plenty of time and wanted to find just the right place to stay for several days. We started at the Camping Capo Vieste - highly recommended by LP. The place is giant and has big green spaces for campers and tents, but the bathrooms are few and located a long way from the camping area. The place is probably good for wind surfers - note the windsurfing shop on the beach - because it's at the windy end of the bay. But we said no because of size and no apparently convenient coffee
Nearer to Peschici, we traveled down a curvy road-of-death to two campgrounds on the Baia San Nicola. One called "Baia San Nicola" and one called "Campeggio San Nicola." Both of these campings have very picturesque locations, but the road down is so treacherous that we couldn't imagine eating dinner in Peschici and then traveling down this road in the dark - after un litro di vino and some post-dinner booze. We walked all through the Baia San Nicola and the facilities were not up to snuff. As many of you campers will understand, nothing ruins a good camping like spiders in the toilet. So we also drove into the Campeggio San Nicola, which is in much better shape than its more bohemian neighbor, but we decided against both because of the road-of-death issue.
After all this, we got lost for a bit in Peschici (standard for us, much yelling) and then bought a map
So we finally settled on the most perfect place for us: CAMPING OASI. ttp://www.oasivieste.it/ita/pagina.htm. This place is close to a grocery store (for fruit and cornette in the morning). It has a perfect pool, which we never used, but it was very nice to sit by in the morning while we had breakfast and checked email. The morning coffee was great because we could get yogurt, fruit and cornette at the nearby store, and then wonderful espresso at the cafe. This turns breakfast from challenge to pleasure. And most of all, the bathroom facilities are close to the camping area and they are absolutely spotless
The place is clearly a favorite with Germans and especially the sporting set who bring their own parasails and windsurfers, etc. It has some apartments, but it's also geared for tent camping and in my view, it's the best on the coast because of its manageable size for tents (read distance to toilet). It's also only a few miles from Vieste which makes a run into town very easy - for dinner, or just for some supplies, like a bancomat.
We set up our tent, went to the beach - which has the most amazing powder sand I've EVER encountered - and then went to dinner in Vieste. We ate on the harbor at a pizza place called Ristorante la Lanterna - Forno a Legna. A quick note about this place is it's not that awesome, the house wine is barely wine (albeit fizzy which I like, it was watered down) and the pizza was uninspiring though probably cooked in a wood oven as advertised by "forno a legna." However, the location is really great for people watching along the sidewalk, and the patio around a fountain is probably one of the nicest spots in town.
Afterwards, we stopped for obligatory gelato and amaro. I had some chilled Averna that the signora brought out for me - honestly, it tastes a lot like Jagermeister (which I like, don't get me wrong.) Sara also had something that was in a cone - probably mandorle flavored. By the end of the day, thoughts?: beautiful spot; delicious dinner; no mosquitoes or spiders in tent; pounding music up the street stopped by about 11. Perfect.