We contacted the campsite several weeks before to ask it we should reserve a pitch for the end of July. The reply was polite and confirmed that they would keep a space for us if we confirmed by reply of email. Armed with my printout for confirmation we arrived at Sunday lunchtime to be greeted by the lovely staff in the reception. Not a problem with locating our pitch as all of them are numbered and there is a large scale map to help you find your way.
We were traveling in a camper van and had requested room for an awning. Our pitch was huge and we could have easily put another outfit on the other half of our pitch. We were quite near to the loos and several people took a shortcut through our area. Not that it was a problem as they were still 5 or 6 yards away from our awning. Most of the people passing through were delightful and spoke everytime they passed. The French people opposite us were lovely and would stop to see what we had been doing during the day. They seemed genuinely pleased that we had been enjoying their country.
The pitch itself was a little sloping and in parts stoney so I would not have liked to pitch a tent on it. We did seem to be in the camper/caravan area so maybe it was not quite as important to have a clean, grassed pitched.
Campsite could be a bit noisy during the day but was very quiet during the night.
The loos and showers were kept clean but did run out of paper by the end of the day so don't forget to take some in your pocket just in case! Did have an issue one night when there was no hot water in the ladies showers!
The cost of the 5 nights was 89 euros - works out at 9 euros per person per night so not a bad deal considering the location
I have mobility issues and walking is a problem for me. 5 minutes would see me on the first bench on the front and several available rest points all the way down to the harbour and the centre of the village where there are plenty of restaurants and snack bars with more than enough ice cream places (beautiful it was too). Try an American for lunch - you will get more than enough for the largest of appetite. We had one between us - needed to keep room for the ice cream.
The bus stop is just outside and down a bit from the main entrance and buses can be caught to Bayeux or Hornfleur depending on which way you want to go. Making the effort to go and see the tapestry is well worth the time. Bayeux is lovely but lots of cobbled streets!
Arromanches is a bustling town with many visitors during the day. Lots to see and watch while trotting round. There is a Wally Train to take you up to the top of the hill and the 360 cinema running every half hour or so. Well worth doing as the views from the top are spectacular.
We didnt eat out in the evenings but returned to our camper armed with french bread, cheese or ham or both with assorted cakes from the boulangerie that you pass on the way.
There is a small supermarket just a bit further along the road from the campsite entrance with a good selection of 'bits and pieces' to eat. Not much fresh meat but more than enough to make a selection of butties on the wonderful baguettes.
Try the local farm cider - 3.50 euros per bottle - as a non drinker I did find myself having to be quite French and drink it with our evening meal - every night that is!
All in all it was a delightful break in a lovely location.
- Also Known As:
- Camping Municipal Arromanches-Les-Bains France - Normandy