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Camping in the area

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Camping in the area

Good evening,

We have decided that the South West is our destination this summer. We are a family of 4, kids 6/15 and we like a mix of plenty to do (pools/beach must have) but really deplore the noisy type of camping. We camp regularly in the Lake District, and love the solitude that can be found up there. We realise that this isn't exactly possible on a summer holiday!! The last 2 years we have been to http://www.la-croix-du-vieux-pont.com/ in northern France. This is exactly what we are after, but further south as we chase the sun!! The site is fairly big but it is possible to get away from the noise of the central 'facilities'.

We have found quite a few camping places in and around Bordeaux, although none quite hit the spot; either too big and busy, or no pool facilities.

Any ideas on suitable places in the general area, between Bordeaux/Biarritz would be hugely appreciated.

Bill

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1. Re: Camping in the area

I can point you in the direction of campsites in that area – www.ukcampsite.co.uk – most sites with unbiased reviews.

Which month are you going?

If it's July and August you'll need to book as soon as possible because all of France goes on holiday from July 24th onward and everywhere on the Coast are chockablock.

We were on that coast last year in a Motorhome in July and it really does get busy at campsites.

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Hi Keith,

Member at ukcampsite and currently trawling there!! We will be booking this week for a break starting 3rd week of August. I believe the French are heading home about then?

Where did you stay?

Bill

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3. Re: Camping in the area

As suggested above the best advice will come from the ukcamping forums.

I can recommend some places that my clients stay in;

Camping Le Ruisseau, Bidart (not by the beach)

Camping Sylvamar, Labenne

Vieux-Port Camping, Messanges

There are many more but these are the most popular.

It will still be busy at that time. The whole summer is busy but particularly around the two national hoidays - Bastille Day (July 14th) and Assomption (August 15th).

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4. Re: Camping in the area

A source of information may be a search on the forums of the Caravan Club website – www.caravanclub.co.uk

You can search as a Guest and there is quite a bit of information about camp sites in the areas you wish to visit.

We stay on Aires in France – they are considerably cheaper and as we are self sufficient in a Motorhome we can move around to where-ever we want to go each day and see much more of France.

We have occasionally stayed alongside camp sites, Le Bois Jolie at St John des Monts is one, and we can use their restaurants and swimming pools if required for a small fee rather than pay the full price of the Camp site.

Hope you are successful in finding what you want.

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5. Re: Camping in the area

We've stayed at Le Vieux Port in Messanges and have stayed in La Croix du Vieux Pont (LCDVP) many times.

I'll do a comparison below:

Le Vieux Port:

Has Smaller emplacements than LCDVP

Is much bigger than LCDVP

Has squirrels and rabbits instead of ducks.

Is urban but has a rural feel, unlike Messanges which is rural but feels urban at times but rural because of the pine trees and the aforementioned rabbits and squirrels

Is not in a village but has a big Super U within a minute's walk from the site entrance

Has a fabulous beach within 10 minutes walk of the main area BUT this beach is totally unsuitable for swimming. Sadly a British teenager drowned there last August. The beach is a fabulous place to walk and get away from it all and totally amazing to see the sunsets.

Has a brilliant pool complex and a wave pool

Has some nice restaurants

Has some fabulous places to visit but they are all at least an hour away

Is a very long drive down but you can stop off on the way (assuming you are taking your car)

Really does require a car if you are to explore the local area.

Has security - there are uniformed security staff patroling it after 11pm and who walk with Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs.

I think you will find it difficult to get something exactly like LCDVP because it is a very special site. Extremely well run, big but with a small feel. It has an rural feel but an urban surround. You tend to find that the further South you go, the smaller the emplacements.

Hope this helps.

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6. Re: Camping in the area

Thank you so much for the replies, and the LCDVP comparison is truly appreciated. Keep them coming, and I'll head off for another round of research!!

Bill

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