We stayed for 8 nights in early August in our tent and the site was at full capacity. Weather was perfect - sunny almost every day, temperatures pleasant without the fierce heat of southern France.
On the plus side, it was a well-kept and well-equipped site. Most of the site contains static homes for British companies like KeyCamp or Canvas Holidays so the demand on the toilet blocks was not excessive. The playground was great; lots of equipment, space and a good-sized sandpit. The outdoor pool was just too cold for me (and my son) but there was a indoor section which was heated. They could also do with more sunloungers.
On negative side, the site was very noisy late at night. We were next to the playground which was great during the day and evening but after 10pm, there were often groups of teenagers shouting, playing music and swearing until 11.30pm. We did complain to the staff and things did get a bit better, but you don't really need this hassle when you're on holiday. There was always loud music at the bar, often going on until midnight. If you were in a caravan, it probably wouldn't be such a problem, but in a tent you're quite sensitive to noise.
It was our first trip to Vendee as a family. The beaches were great. It's quite easy to escape the crowds if you drive 10 mins down the coast, there's always free parking (unlike the UK!). The area is very resorty and you will be surrounded by British and French tourists in August. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, there's always plenty to do in terms of water parks and stuff, it's just not the place to go if you want to see France.
La Yole isn't a bad site but we wouldn't stay here again simply because of the late night noise - campsites are generally not quiet places but this was the noisiest I've ever stayed at. The Vendee is chock full of campsites so we'd choose one that fits our particular needs better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camping la Yole is a quiet family camping located 2 minutes from the beach, on the edge of the forest of St Jean de Monts and near the port of St Gilles Croix de Vie. You will find in this site with all amenities: pool with waterslide, indoor heated pool with hot tub, gym, bar, restaurant, food, tennis, huge playground. In a natural environment we offer sites for tents, caravans, motorhomes, the mobile home for rent in 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Finally, the site will also be the starting point for many bike paths. See you soon. ... more less
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