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“Camp du Pylone” 5 of 5 stars
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Avenue La Brague, 06600 Antibes, France   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Camp du Pylone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks at Camp du Pylone. We hired a mobile home from Mick & Lorraine. The mobile was fantastic, well equipt with fridge freezer, large shower and 2 comfortable bed rooms. I would highly reccomend. Very safe camp with great restaurant run by Christain & Jo at very reasonable prices.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Camping Du Pylone, This our second year as a family (see previous review). This campsite has One fault (where doesn't). The Pool area, not being funny; the approach to the pool is like entering a prison yard, not very hospitable and dreary. The British guys that run it need to take a course in customer service and satisfaction. For instance, their is a charge of Two Euro's per person per day, Plastic chairs are available but their is a charge of 2 Euro's for the lounger's, also their is a charge of 1 Euro for play floats for the kids per half hour (this was strictly enforced). The pool area has one large pool and a toddlers pool all surrounded by paving stone. No soft / sand areas with a few parasols for a charge. This area is in need of imagination and vision to make a really good pool.

On the positive side, We cannot fault the camp, this is our Second year with Dave Lindley and his wife(Really nice Yorkshire people). The statics are clean and well equipped, with sky tv, ironing boards irons, books cd's DVD's etc.

The entertainment on site is good with a restaurant and pizza bar that does good value food (I would recommend getting meals and taking them back to your static.

The bakery does excellent bread, croissants and cakes etc. The shop on site is a bit pricey but ok for the basics. Eggs, milk and fruit. etc. Big tip their is no need to buy bottled water, the water from the taps is excellent quality (as at home better than bottles, we are from Manchester).

The buses from the main coastal road are good value at 1 euro each (ticket last's for and hour). If you are going further afield use the train, albeit you can get away without paying their are guards that check tickets who issue their own at 35euro's per person be warned. You can buy a ticket called "Tariffe Issabelle" for 35euro's per day (80euro's 3 days) for a family, well worth it if planning to go to Monaco, Tende and Grasse (all recommended)

Th beach at Biot is pebble, we avoided this one and went to the beach at Antibe's which is sand and the water is warm.

Finally, we really like this site and we have booked to go again next year (driving next time)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Im another reviewer expressing what a great location this is! We went to Ventimillia in Italy, Antibes, Juan Le Pins, Monaco, Biot. All these beautiful places (we didn't pay for the train once, so it was free travel) the train is easy and great, the bus is 1 euro to Biot or Antibes.
We went for nights out in Antibes and JLP and then taxi home at 3am was 20 euro.
We enjoyed the sun in the day, 2 euro for the pool with life guard was no problem, or the beach 10 mins away.
I went the bakery every morning it was lovely.
Our caravan was clean and tidy lovely garden area, when we ran out of gas it was replaced within 10 minutes. It had the free sky channels but with so much to do we didn't have time to watch it.

I highly recommend a day tip on 'kevins boat' great guy, great boat and such a good day out, I took 5 people who were not into boats/sea and they all loved it.

Yes alcohol is expensive it can be around 6 euro, but food is really reasonable and good food. We enjoyed cocktails on the sandy beach watching the sunset in JLP they were 15 euro each which is fine by me for a fantastic location and comfy couch on the sandy beach, and took a paddle in the sea. Then a walk round the shops which are open till midnight, then some great bars, try the tiki bar lots of great entertainment going on all night.

I tried the on site facilities, the bar was ok staff were really nice gave us advice on travelling and where to go. The pizzas are FANTASTIC 10 euro a pizza and they were great. Shop was reasonable, but as I say we went to Monaco and got the last train back, or went to more local towns, if you go to Biot you must get the last bus back, there are no taxis!

We didn't even get time to go the water park which is on the door step or the museums, so plenty to do next time.

I dont recommend a trip to Venti, I was very un-impressed. But highly recommend Juan Le Pins and Antibes old town and a day/afternoon trip to Biot and Kevin's boat. Go out to eat but don't drink and you will save money. Buy the 3 euro wine for back at your caravan. Just make sure you put on bug spray.

We are a couple in our 20s but had family with kids staying in another caravan who we spent most of our time with so I've put this review as family.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

It had been a number of years since our first visit to this campsite. It was immediately obvious that little had changed. The location is excellent, especially for regular theme park attendees. The resorts of Nice, Juan les Pins and Cannes are easily accessibleby bus and train, 300 yrds away.

You have to be aware that the prices in this region are high, especially drinks, but the site bar provides a happy hour at 7.00pm daily, which is very reasonable. We found that the bar and restaurant were resaonably priced, but you felt that you were being fleeced having to pay to use the pool and especially the sunbed (mattress) at 3 earos hire. These mattresses were old years ago. It is also outrageous to ban inflatables/floats in the pool, with the exception of the camps own floats, which can be hired at around 5 euros for half an hour. The main reason I have downgraded the camp is the public toilets, particularly those at the pool. They are wooden, worn out shacks with no toilet rolls that just look bug ridden.

This site has been popular for many years and lives on its past reputation. There is little competition therefore they are resting on their laurels.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

There isnt much I can add that others havent said already! because of the intense heat, we stayed near to the pool most days and when we did leave the site, it was to go to the beach or the waterpark! And because of the heat, I would recommend a caravan with air con. Masses of choice via public transport to get to other places along the coast. If you go to the beach take some shoes which can go into the water with you - easier to walk on the pebbles. We also took air beds to lie on. Also, beware, there is a bit of a drop into the water - ok going in but coming out much tougher!! - I lost all dignity but gave us a bit of laugh! We stayed in a friends caravan which is not generally for hire but it was some distance from the shop/restaurant which meant the area was very tranquil and restful and not affected by any noise from the bar. There were fireworks on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun evenings at Marineland so these can be noisy but not for long. Great site and despite it mid peak holiday season, it never felt crowded or busy - would definately go again (although during a cooler month of the year)

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I have just returned from Camping Du Pylone near Antibes where I spent 11 nights in a three bedroom static caravan with my wife and two teenage sons 16 & 13. We rented our van from ‘Family Sun’, run by Dianne Ellener. Upon arrival we found the accommodation to be clean and well equipped. Although an older style van, air conditioning had been fitted, the bathroom had been refurbished and there was satellite TV. Dianne made sure we had everything we needed, and was always very helpful when we ran into her around the place during our stay.

The site has a wide range of static units available to hire, mainly from small independent companies or from private individuals. I would recommend taking the aircon option, if it is offered, as it gets very hot in that part of the world during August and trying to get comfortable inside a small tin can, (which is essentially what a static caravan is), at plus 30 degrees, would otherwise be impossible.

The site itself has been operating for years, and is very well run. Although some reviews mention that there are a lot of rules, these make for a pleasant atmosphere and seem to prevent any inconsiderate behaviour. There is a relaxed atmosphere, with lots of families having fun family holidays. Security at the site entrance is good, and access at night time strictly controlled, meaning that the place has a safe feel about it, and that kids could visit the various facilities without any worry. Shops on site included, a reasonably priced mini supermarket, (although I overheard a couple from Yorkshire bemoaning the fact that it did not sell gravy, so be warned.), a fabulous bakery and a beach shop. Best of all is the restaurant and bar, the social hub of Pylone. The restaurant served excellent, reasonably priced food and was packed most evenings. The menu had everything from standard British pub grub, through to more familiar Provencal favourites. Outside the restaurant is a large outdoor terrace, where bands play until 11pm. The bands, when we were there, ranged from cheesy to really quite good. The bar area is quite lively, (in a good way), until fairly late at night, so you might want to bear that in mind when selecting the precise location of any accommodation.

There is a large 25m swimming pool on site, which in August costs €2 a day for an all day wristband, it was rarely overcrowded but it does have a lot of rules, including the type of swimming trunks men must wear, no smoking, no alcohol, no footwear, no sun cream, no floats or inflatables. Consequently, the pool was a really clean and pleasant place to be and we used it more than we anticipated.

Outside the camp you are really spoilt for choice, the pebble beach is only 300m from the front gate, (if you must have sand head to the West of Cap D’Antibes e.g. Juan Les Pins), the closest beach to Pylone also shelves into the sea quite quickly, so less good for small children. Antibesland funfair, Marineland, Crazy golf and the water park are across the road, or if none of that appeals, there is a rail station (Biot) and bus stops 200m from the front gate. Buses, which can easily get you to Nice in one direction, or Cannes and Antibes in the other direction, are only 1€ each time you get on board. Trains are a bit more expensive but better for destinations like Ventimiglia in Italy, Menton and Monaco. By changing in Nice there are also trains which go high up into the mountains towards the Italian border, if you fancy a change of scene or temperature. There are some good deals to be had on the trains by purchasing one day or three day passes. It is perfectly possible to see large swathes of the Cote D’Azur from this location without hiring a car.

Overall, Camping Du Pylone is a well run reasonably priced site, in a great location for exploring the Cote D’Azur on a budget. One word of warning though, Pylone is beside a river with many trees around the site, so there are lots of mosquitoes around, especially in the evenings. Cover yourself in Deet, (this was much more effective than Citronella), before going out for the night, or suffer the consequences!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Seeing the previous review I thought I might provide some travel tips for Camp Du Pylone. Firstly, Camp Du Pylone is a privately run campsite where the majority of mobile homes are owned by private individuals. It is not to be compared to a Keycamp type of park or Butlins. It’s similar to many campsites dotted around the coasts of Britain and Ireland that provide basic amenities. If you go with any other expectation then you will be disappointed. It’s really up to parents to provide the entertainment for their kids, not the campsite. The great thing about Camp Du Pylone is its location. As anyone who has been to a Keycamp will testify they have much superior facilities on-site (which is why they are so expensive) but are usually miles from the nearest town and a car is a prerequisite. So it’s up to people as to whether they want a wide range of amenities, kid’s clubs etc onsite or whether they want a good location. Camp Du Pylone provides the latter. Secondly, with a bit of forward planning it is possible to keep costs down. The local supermarket (Intermarche) is about a mile down the road and is accessible by bus or train. Try and make sure the mobile home you choose has a large fridge freezer or even better a separate chest freezer. Stock up on ice-creams, soft drinks etc (you can get a box of 8 cornettos for about €2.50. Similarly six packs of soft drinks can be purchased much more cheaply in the supermarket than onsite. Buy an inflatable airbed from the shop onsite. It costs a couple of euro and will save on payment for sun beds each day. The €2 charge for the pool is designed to keep numbers manageable and remember there is a lifeguard provided also for this price. I’m not sure where the €400 for 2 adults and 2 kid’s entry to Marineland came from. It costs €52 for an adult and €41 for a child for a 2 day combined Aquasplash and Marineland ticket (the second day can be taken up to 6 days after the first day) if bought in Marineland (see website http://www.marineland.fr/nos-tarifs/individuel_en.php?Itemid=42) but you can buy the same tickets at reception in the campsite for a 10% discount. Also bring a packed lunch as it’s expensive to eat there. It’s advisable to do Aquasplash during the day and then Marineland at night as it can be very tiring walking round Marineland with small children in high temperatures, you can even leave the water park and go back to the campsite to eat and return later. The local beach is pebbly and does shelf quite steeply. I would recommend travelling to Juan le Pin, which is 2 stops by train (5 mins) and has a nice sandy safe beach. A careful reading over previous reviews will highlight many other tips for an enjoyable stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Avenue La Brague, 06600 Antibes, France
Location: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Antibes
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Antibes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 220
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