13th - 16th August 2021
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We were warned when we arrived that we may never leave this place. As you probably know, we rarely spend more than one or two nights in one location. But, from the moment we drove under the “Mikki’s Place to Stay” sign, the quirks and magic ensnared our hearts and we stayed for 4 amazing days.
At just €18 per night, Mikki’s place on paper should be a simple Aire or Autocaravan Park, essentially a secure carpark maybe with electric and motorhome service area. But there is so much here! Reception is in an huge open plan building that houses the bar and kitchen. First impressions are of beautiful mismatched furniture, giant fans circulating high above your head and lots of smiling faces.
Mikki’s is famed for its Exotic Universe home to chickens, doves, donkeys, wallabies, goats and even lamas! The pool is a glorious salt water outdoor pool, created to look natural and oh so welcoming. The pitches are all well spaced and the bathrooms are clean and efficient. Spread across the whole site, the gardens and pitches are dotted with art and ceramic sculptures. Wherever you look there is colour; clashing and complimenting drawing the eye to new nooks and crannies.
George and Steve obviously enjoyed the pool for the whole time they were there, but if you were to ask the big boys what they loved most about Mikki’s place they would say the bar area. They stayed up late into the night playing pool and table football making friends with other guests and living as teenagers did before covid came and changed the world. Each evening we ate at Arno’s Restaurant. Steve ordered the chicken shawarma kebab every night, while the boys and I tried to work our way through more of the menu.
Trying to put a finger on why Mikki’s Place is so special is incredibly difficult. YES, it’s beautiful and bold. YES, it has all the facilities you need close at hand, but so do many places. I think that actually it’s the people that make Mikki’s place so amazing. We met so many people! There were families with friendly teenage children (hurrah), older couples, younger families, single travellers and even Brazilian TikTok creators. The relatively small size, and huge communal area provided a natural meeting place. Lots of Brits had come to visit, and instead of leaving were now working in the bar! There is an incredible sense of acceptance and community
Mikki’s Place To Stay is a beautiful and friendly camper stop with a glorious pool, relaxed bar and great restaurant. During the summer it is busy and bustling with international travellers, in the winter the expat and long term travellers come together to create a wonderful community.
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