There Are So Many Reasons For Camping In Normandy
Camping In Normandy will often be the first port of call for campers seeking their first camping expedition across the Channel or more seasoned campers wanting their first stopover before the long journey further south. It’s also a destination well worthy of a holiday in it’s own right.
Perhaps the weather will usually not be dissimilar to that in southern England but apart from that it will offer an authentic French experience for you to sample whether continental camping is for you or not, with plenty of attractions in it’s own right. You’ll also have the great bonus of knowing your destination is just a short drive away, particularly if you’ve opted for one of the Normandy ferry ports such as Ouistreham (sometimes referred to as Caen, the nearest city to the port), Dieppe or Cherbourg. So when the children pipe up with that familiar refrain of “Are we nearly there yet?”, you can genuinely reply “yes” and no sooner have you uttered it your holiday destination will come into view.
For a taste of history, Normandy is the location of the 1944 D Day landings, the legendary Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of England in 1066, William the Conqueror’s dramatic castle at Falaise and of course, the legendary Abbey of Mont-St-Michel, rising out of the sea on a rocky promontory and one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of France, are just a handful of my personal recommendations.
Better still, if beaches are your family’s favourite theme then mile upon mile of sandy beaches will await you, not to mention lovely, picturesque coastal towns such as Fecamp, Honfleur, Deauville, the dramatic clifftop views at Etretat and further inland, lovely historic cities such as Coutances and Sees. You’ll soon discover there is far too much to see to pack into one trip.
Enough of the reasons for going, here are a handful of suggestions for the best of Camping In Normandy.
1) Camping Château Lez-Eaux
A convenient destination to choose if you’ve arrived in France via Cherbourg, Caen or Saint Malo, Chateau de Lez Eaux holds fond memories for me as the first destination chosen for a family touring holiday in the family trailer tent some years ago. As well as pitches with and without electric hook ups for tourers, there are also a selection of mobile home categories, treehouses and pre-erected tents that you can book through leading camping operators such as Eurocamp: Eurocamp.co.uk or French operator Les Castels who give it a 5 star classification.
You can also turn up with your own tent or camper as we did, but you do run the risk of the site being full during peak periods. The site can be contacted directly via Château de Lez Eaux
Amenities on the site include an outdoor and an indoor pool, always handy in view of the unpredictable weather at times, a large playing field, a tennis court, table tennis tables, play areas, a bar, a takeaway food outlet, a grocery, a fishing lake and other essential camping facilities such as washing, cleaning and sanitation units.
For more information, please contact Eurocamp
2) La Côte de Nacre, St Aubin-sur-Mer
La Côte de Nacre is just yards from the D-Day landing beaches. It also has it’s own fantastic pool complex (see above) which includes waterslides and a retractable roof for the main swimming pool in the event of bad weather. It’s less than 20 minutes drive from the Channel port of Ouistreham so again it is only a short journey once your ferry crossing has been completed. Other facilities include a bar, a grocery shop and a restaurant in part of the bar. There are four table tennis courts, a playground and a small football pitch, a basketball court and pitches for boules.
3) Campsite La Vallee, Houlgate
Long one of the most popular spots for camping in Normandy, Campsite La Vallee is perfectly located for a choice of broad sandy beaches, fascinating history and chic seaside towns. With a toddler pool, a children’s pool and two family pools, this is a camping park to cater for all ages. Add to this four waterslides and you have a waterpark which is built for fun and action. This includes the covered pool which provides an all weather option when needed.
Other facilities include a bar, a restaurant located within the bar, a grocery shop, entertainment options including evening shows, a takeaway, a tennis court, a football pitch, a volleyball court, 3 boules pitches, cycling, pony rides and much more.
Accommodation options here include a range of various mobile homes, safari tents and pitches for tourers.
4) Camping Municipal Du Vieux Chateau, Saint Sauveur Le Vicomte
Camping Municipal Du Vieux Chateau, as the name suggests, is a municipal campsite adjacent to a river and the medieval chateau which overlooks the main road through this small town about 20 miles from Cherbourg. There’s not much here if you’re travelling with a young family but I’ve often found it a convenient spot to camp not far from Cherbourg. The chateau is an interesting building in it’s own right, the campsite has a playground and it is conveniently located for a meal and a drink in the restaurant across the road and another one not too far away which both seem to be highly regarded by visitors and locals alike.
5) Camping de Sainte Mere Eglise
Another very popular small campsite in the small town of the same name, famous for being the first town liberated by US paratroopers on D-Day. It can be found on the N19 road which runs down the eastern side of the Cherbourg Peninsula. The campsite has laundry and sanitary facilities, is across the road from a well known D-Day museum and a playground. There are also sports facilities nearby in the town. There are mobile homes that can be booked as well as pitches for tents, caravans, campervans and trailer tents. There is a site website with more information: http://www.camping-sainte-mere.fr/en/
This is my own selection of recommendations for Camping In Normandy, if you have one of your own that you wish to mention please tell everyone by making use of the comments box below.
Camping In Brantome & The Perigord Vert
Camping In Brantome and the Perigord Vert puts you within easy reach of some of the most beautiful villages and small towns in the whole of France. This includes Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Jean-de-Cole and Limeuil, all listed as a holder of the “most beautiful villages in France” award, Bourdeilles and it’s magnificent chateau and of course, Brantome itself, often described with only slight exaggeration as the “Venice of the Dordogne”. It is a very pretty town with a mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire in a lovely riverside setting on the Dronne, a tributary of the River Isle.
Here is a list of some potential good options for Camping In Brantome and the surrounding parts of the Perigord Vert.
1) Camping Brantome Peyrelevade
Camping Brantome Peyrelevade is about a 20 minute walk from the bars and restaurants along the Dronne In the centre of Brantome. The campsite itself is in wooded parkland in an attractive setting backing on to the Dronne itself, adding to it’s charm. There is a heated swimming pool next to the bar and restaurant area. The Wifi is said to be available throughout the campsite. The pitches were reasonably spread out, many of them having shade.
As well as pitches for your own tent, caravan, camper or motorhome, there are also a small number of pre-erected tents that can be rented as well as mobile homes. There are two toilet blocks for campers. Reserving in advance is recommended in high season. More details can be obtained direct from the campsite via http://camping-dordogne.net/en/the-site
2) Camping Le Pontet
Le Pontet is Eurocamp’s new camping destination in the Perigord Vert. It is situated near to Saint Astier and Perigueux. It is a small campsite with 150 pitches and a choice of two and three bedroom static caravans, most of which also have decking to help your outdoor dining. There is both an adult pool and a paddling pool for toddlers. There is a bar and opportunities to hire cycles and canoes. The pretty town of Saint Astier is within easy walking distance. Perigueux is the historic capital of this area and contains many architectural treasures including the 16th century Cathedral of Saint Front and the graceful Renaissance buildings of Rue Limogeanne.
Instant access to further details about booking Camping Le Pontet can be got via the link on the photo above.
3) Chateau Le Verdoyer
Having had the pleasure of camping at Chateau Le Verdoyer on a family holiday some years ago, this camping park ranks amongst the very best I have stayed at. It has many facilities and is well run by it’s Dutch owners who are multi-lingual. A new heated, indoor swimming pool has recently been added to those facilities. There are pitches for tents, trailer tents, caravans and motor homes in a large field with well defined pitches. There are also pre-erected tents, mobile homes and caravans which can be hired on site and even five different rooms in the chateau itself.
The chateau is the location for the campsite’s restaurant if you fancy a change from making your own barbeques.
4) Belair Le Camping
Belair le Camping is a new Glamping site, close to Brantôme in France, offering Belle Tent accommodation set in 4 acres of beautiful French countryside next to the village of Maucité. As befits glamping, the aim is to provide cosy luxurious accommodation, excellent communal facilities and some little extras. Each tent has electricity and lighting, luxury double beds, chest of drawers and seating areas to unwind and relax.
Belair le Camping can be booked through Booking.com (watch out for their special offers on Fridays).
There are other options for Camping In Brantome and the Perigord Vert such as Camping Puynadal which is further out from Brantome than Camping Peyrelevarde, featured above, and a bit smaller and cheaper. If there are any other campsites in this part of France you’d like to tell us about, hopefully good but bad too if you want to, then please feel free to make use of the Facebook comments box below. It will be great to hear from you.
Four New Eurocamp Camping Parks For 2017
Eurocamp have four new camping parks opening for the summer holidays. It’s good news for those of you who love to holiday in the Dordogne or Languedoc in France, Salou in Spain or Tuscany in Italy.
1) Le Pontet, Perigueux, Dordogne
Le Pontet is in the northern part of the Dordogne near to Saint Astier and Perigueux. It is a small campsite with 150 pitches and a choice of two and three bedroom static caravans, most of which also have decking to help your outdoor dining. There is both an adult pool and a paddling pool for toddlers. There is a bar and opportunities to hire cycles and canoes. The pretty town of Saint Astier is within easy walking distance. Brantome, often described as the Venice of the Dordogne, is a very pretty town with a mix of medieval and renaissance architecture to admire in a lovely riverside setting on the Dronne, a tributary of the River Isle.
2) Camping Village Le Méditerranée Plage, Languedoc
Camping Village Le Méditerranée Plage lies within walking distance of the bustling resort of Portiragnes Plage, with its chic bars and restaurants. As well as kids’ clubs, a play area, bike hire, aqua gym, sports and fitness classes, the pool has been extended and renovated to offer waterslides, water chutes and lagoon pools with large sunbathing terraces surrounding the pools. There is daily entertainment throughout July and August at this lively camping village, as well as shows in the evening on the outdoor stage, with an indoor bar open until 2am.
3) Orlando in Chianti Campsite, Tuscany
Orlando in Chianti Campsite is within an hour’s drive of Florence. It has three swimming pools, one of which has a waterslide as well as a gorgeous waterfall water feature to enjoy too. In the heart of the Chianti countryside, this camping holiday park is on the doorstep of numerous hiking trails and mountain bike routes, if staying active on holiday is important to you. The bar and restaurant overlook the pool with a suntrap of a terrace to sit outside and enjoy dining al fresco. Please note that cars are not allowed to park on the pitches here and Eurocamp advise that motor bikes are not allowed on the parc.
4) Campsite Sanguli, Salou, Costa Dorada
Campsite Sanguli, Eurocamp’s new camping park for 2017 in Spain, has an impressive range of shops, bars and first-rate restaurants/snack bars, just as you would expect from a 5-star resort. There are three swimming pools here. This is a large site with no less than 980 pitches. It is open from the end of April 2017 until the last few days of October so is well worth considering for a half-term holiday if you are restricted to the school holidays. The beach is just a short walk away too.
Siblu Holidays Money Saving Discounts For Holidays In France
Save up to 25% off a holiday at any of Siblu’s 17 high quality camping holiday parks in France. There is also an option to get a further 5% discount if your booking includes a ferry crossing with Brittany Ferries.
This offer is available for bookings made up to 31st January 2017.
The 25% discount applies at the following locations: Le Domaine de Dugny in the Loire Valley, Le Bois Dormant in the Vendée, Les Charmettes in Charente Maritime, Le Domaine de Soulac in Aquitaine, Les Sables du Midi and la Carabasse in Languedoc, and Le Montourey in the Côte d’Azur.
The 20% discount applies at the following locations: Le Domaine de Litteau in Normandy, Le Domaine de Kerlann and Les Pierres Couchées in Brittany, Le Bois Masson in the Vendée, La Pignade and Bonne Anse Plage in Charente Maritime, La Réserve and Les Dunes de Contis in Aquitaine, Les Rives de Condrieu in Rhône-Alps, and Le Lac des Rêves in Languedoc.
Between 15 July and 1 September the discount on this offer is 10%. The 20% and 25% discounts apply for holidays up to 14th July and from 2nd September.
To get the full details and go ahead with a booking directly with Siblu, please refer to http://www.siblu.com/campsite-holidays/offers/most-wonderful-sale
For all of Siblu’s other great offers please refer to http://www.siblu.com/campsite-holidays/offers
Al Fresco Holidays have the following incentives for booking your 2017 holiday now. To get them you need to complete your booking by 28th February. To secure your chosen holiday right now, all that’s required is a deposit of just £99.
1) Save Up To 40% On European Family Holidays This Summer
For holidays of up to 11 nights, savings range from 5% for holidays between 1st July and 1st September up to 25% for holidays up to 2nd June and from 2nd September onwards. For holidays of 12 nights or more, the savings are 15% from 1st July to 1st September and 40% up to 2nd June and from 2nd September onwards.
For the full details, please see http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/early-booking-offers-2017
2) Save up to 25% on May half term family holidays in Europe
This is an across the board offer on Al Fresco parks which are open at that time. For instance those which would normally cost over £600 are reduced to just over £450 for this week.
For a full list of available camping parks please refer to http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/may-half-term-2017
3) Half Price Group Offer On Holidays In Europe When Travelling With Family Or Friends
When you book two or more mobile homes together for over seven nights with Al Fresco Holidays, you can save up to 50%. So if you’re thinking about booking a friends ‘n’ family jaunt, it’s well worth taking up this option so that a big group holiday doesn’t end up costing everyone a fortune.
To get more details, please see http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/group-holiday-offers
4) Easter Holidays – Save Up To 25% Off Family Holidays In Europe
There’s an opportunity to save up to 25% at Al Fresco’s camping locations open for Easter. No less than 16 locations are open, stretching from Paris to Rome, Holland to Lake Garda and the Riviera and from Nouth Brittany to the Costa Dorada in Spain.
For a full list of the options, together with the discounts, please refer to http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/2017-easter-7-nights
Do remember that if you have loyalty discounts with other operators, to check their rates too in case that gives you a better discount.
The leading low-cost flight operators have now released their flight schedules up until the start of summer 2017. And that means one thing: there’s no better time than right now to have it your way. Grab the route, secure your favourite camping holiday park, and choose the dates that you want.
If your preferred camping holiday park is in the Adriatic, top camping destinations such as Union Lido and Sant’Angelo Village are within easy range of Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Likewise, Nice and Montpellier bring the great camping destinations of the French Riviera much closer than a drive from the Channel ports or the Eurotunnel, and flights to Barcelona bring the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada into closer range too.
For a full brakdown of the options available via Eurocamp, you can continue reading via http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/travel-and-extras/travelling-by-plane/flight-finder
If you have another preferred camping holiday operator or just want to book a flight independently, now would also be a great time to contact them, if you haven’t already done so.
Camping Holidays In Spain On The Costa Brava & Costa Dorada
Unwinding on the warm sand of a Mediterranean beach, wandering through whitewashed, sleepy fishing villages such as Cadaqués, made famous by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, strolling through medieval fortress towns such as Pals and Ullastret. If that’s your idea of perfect holiday bliss, Camping Holidays In Spain on the Costa Brava or Costa Dorada puts you within easy range of more than 2,000 Mediterranean beaches and countless picturesque villages to explore.
Let’s then look at some of the very best camping holiday parks on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada as voted for by those who should know, the holidaymakers who’ve booked holidays on them.
Cambrils Park, Salou, Costa Dorada
Topping the rankings at 9.1 out of 10 is Cambrils Park, bear Salou on the Costa Dorada. With a beautiful lagoon style swimming pool as it’s focal point, parents and other adults can soak up the Spanish sunshine or enjoy a cocktail from the swim up bar whilst the children are enjoying the water slides and fountains in the pool area.
With a reputation for being clean and well kept, there are five swimming pools in total, one of which has a man-made sandy beach. The lagoon pool has a bar and stage in the middle as well as waterslides.
There are plenty of other amenities including a tennis court, table tennis tables, a basketball court, playgrounds, trampoling nets and areas for other ball sports. Cycle hire is also an option and the seaside and it’s beaches are just a short walk away. There is plenty of on site entertainment and the nearest town, Salou, is within easy walking distance.
Accommodation at Cambrils Park is in the form of thatched roofed bungalows. There are pitches for 500 tourers. To find out more, continue reading via http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/campsites/costadorada/cambrils-park/
Camping Cala Gogo, Costa Brava
By common consent, Camping Cala Gogo enjoys the highest reputation amongst the larger camping holiday parks of the Costa Brava. As well as offering direct access to the location’s own private beach for your use and the sea, Camping Cala Gogo is packed with activities including: basketball, football, tennis and a play area. There’s a wonderful pool complex with two adult pools and a splash pool. In the evenings from the end of June, there’s also a disco at the beach bar.
If a trip to Barcelona appeals, there is a bus stop directly outside the campsite for the two hour bus journey there.
Tamarit Park, Tarragona
Tamarit Park has a large, tropical swimming pool surrounded by sunbathing lawns. A short walk will also get you down to a sandy Mediterranean beach, where kayaks and water scooters can be hired. The park has its own entertainment team with live shows and music in the amphitheatre during July and August.
Tamarit Park has it’s own beach restaurant with views to enjoy of both the Mediterranean and Tamarit Castle, a poolside restaurant and a bar. It also has a bakery, a minimarket and pizzeria so you should find there is plenty of choice both for dining and refreshments. If you wish to explore further afield, Barcelona is about an hour’s drive to the north.
There are three main ways to get to the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. Firstly by air to nearby airports such as Gerona, Barcelona or Reus which can be booked either with or separately from your holiday operator. Secondly, you could use the ferry route to Bilbao and then head across by road, depending on the traffic this could easily still involve a five hour drive. Thirdly you could head down from the Channel coast if you’ve got the time. If you are having a 2 or 3 week holiday or longer, that can be done without being too onerous with other stops as part of your holiday, either by adding extra campsites to stay at or one or two hotel stops. Indeed that is an excellent way to get further afield at your own pace as I myself have done on several trips as far as Spain, Italy and even Portugal.
Here’s a list of some of the main companies offering Camping Holidays in Spain on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, with links:
It is impossible to say which of the operators will have the most competitive offer at a particular time. That will depend on a number of factors including loyalty bonuses you may already have accrued from previous bookings and time related special offers available at a particular time. Please note that KelAir are based in Ireland and that with Hoseasons you will be booking privately owned accommodation where you will need to liaise with the accommodation’s owner during your stay.
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An Extra £50 Off At Ten Fantastic Eurocamp Sites
On top of their usual early booking discounts of up to 25%, Eurocamp are offering an additional £50 at ten of their top premium camping parks.
To get the extra £50 discount, you need to enter the code “17-STAR” when you go through with your booking.
The camps included in the offer are:
1) La Baume, French Riviera
2) L’Etoile D’Argens, French Riviera
3) Esterel, French Riviera
4) Domaine de la Rive, Gascony
5) St Avit Loisirs, Dordogne
6) La Croix du Vieux Pont, Paris
7) Domaine des Ormes, Brittany
8) Les Ecureuils, Vendee
9) La Garangeoire, Vendee
10) La Pointe St Gilles, Brittany
You’re being given a choice of some of the best holiday regions of France, including the Riviera, the Dordogne, the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and destinations a bit nearer to home in Brittany and in easy reach of Paris.
If you were planning to stay at one or more of these great locations and you’re ready to book your 2017 holiday now, this is a great opportunity to save yourself an additional £50 at a time when you’ve got a much better chance to get the location, type of accommodation and dates of your choice.
To continue reading and get all the booking details from Eurocamp, please refer to http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/offers-and-news/special-offer-two
The offer is scheduled to end on 31st October and applies to holidays taken in April, May and June 2017.
Book May Half-Term Early, Save Up To 30 Per Cent With Al Fresco Holidays
Al Fresco have announced savings of 30% on early bookings for holidays in next year’s May half-term week at many of their leading camping parks. Some of the sunniest weather in France at this time of the year can be found on the Mediterranean coastline and parts of the Atlantic coast such as the Vendee. This is a summary of a few locations you might wish to consider. There is a link to the entire list, together with more information at the bottom of the page.
Le Brasilia Campsite, Canet Plage, Roussillon
Campsite Le Brasilia is in the Roussillon region of France on the Mediterranean coast near the Spanish border and the Pyrenees. Much of the accommodation here has been modernised, installed in time for the 2016 season. It’s generally regarded as a lively camping park so would be good if you enjoy entertainment and a bit of a party atmosphere but maybe will not be the thing if you prefer quiet and solitude.
There is direct beach access to a glorious sandy beach, besides a pool complex complete with waterslides, a jacuzzi and a toddler area, together with the types of facilities you’d expect at a 5 star camping park. The nearest airport is Perpignan, or if you prefer to drive down, Caen/Ouistreham is a 600 mile drive.
La Garangeoire, Vendee Coast
La Garangeoire is located on the Vendee Coast of France. The campsite is in a peaceful woodland setting in the grounds of an elegant chateau estate. It has a lagoon shaped swimming pool, some of which is covered in case of colder temperatures or rain. There is a spacious bar, a restaurant and a gas BBQ is provided for each mobile home. The sandy beaches, restaurants and other amenities of Les Sables d’Olonne are comfortably in range, being just 12 miles away.
Les Prairies de la Mer, Port Grimaud, Cote d’Azur
Prairies de la Mer is an exclusive park with views of nearby St Tropez, which can also be reached via a short boat trip as an alternative to driving. It is in a prime position for direct access to a sandy Mediterranean beach. Port Grimaud itself is just a short walk from the campsite. There is plenty of entertainment onsite but do note there is no outdoor swimming pool here although the nearness of the beach more than compensates in the view of most visitors, given it’s high review rating.
As the half-term holiday falls in the early part of the French holiday season, it’s strongly recommended you check if any amenity that is particularly important to you is open at the time of your visit before booking.
This is also but a small sample of the available options. To continue reading and check all the available options please use the link immediately below:
Save £175 Per Week With Siblu’s 2017 Early Bird Offer
Siblu have announced their early booking discount incentives to book holidays now for 2017:
For holidays between 8th July and 25th August there are savings of £175 per week.
For holidays between 20th May and 7th July and from 26th August there are savings of £91 per week.
To get these savings the holiday needs to be booked by 30th September …. (Continue Reading)
If you haven’t booked a Siblu holiday before, they have 15 camping holiday parks throughout France of at least 4 star standard or higher, many of which have won awards. Les Charmettes (pictured above) for instance, won a TripAdvisor Cerificate of Excellence in 2013.
Siblu have 5 camping holiday parks on the Atlantic coast in the Charante Maritime & Vendee regions (Les Charmettes, La Pignade, Bonne Anse Plage, Le Bois Masson & Le Bois Dormant), 2 in the South-West (La Reserve & Le Domaine de Soulac), 3 in Brittany & Normandy (Le Domaine de Litteau, Le Domaine de Kerlann & Les Pierres Couchées), 1 in the Loire Valley (Le Domaine de Dugny) and 4 on the Mediterranean Coast (Les Sables du Midi, La Carabasse, Le Lac des Rêves & Le Montourey (pictured below)).
To get more information about each location refer to http://www.siblu.com/siblu-camping-villages
The camping parks are all owned and run by Siblu themselves, although as there is a holiday home ownership scheme option at each of the locations, it is also possible to book through a private owner or an agency such as Hoseasons
If a top quality camping experience with an authentic French atmosphere to it is your thing, then a holiday with Siblu would be an excellent way to sample it, especially with the great choice of locations. Do bear in mind some of them operate a “fun pass” system to access the entertainment areas that can add to the cost.
If ever in any doubt about a location, I’d recommend referring to TripAdvisor