Camping Argeles-sur-Mer

Camping Argeles-sur-Mer, A Top Choice For Beaches & Sunshine

For beaches and warm sunshine, Camping Argeles-sur-Mer takes some beating. Located in the driest and sunniest part of mainland France, you would be exceedingly unlucky to miss out on warm weather. Most years see over 300 days of sunshine and only Corsica has hotter weather in France on a consistent basis.

The wettest months are usually November and May, though even then it’s rare to have more than 7 days of rain in the entire month.

As such Argeles-sur-Mer is a very popular camping destination. In fact it’s something of a camping metropolis, my last search on Google revealing over 140 campsites in this area. Eurocamp alone offer 7 different choices within 7 miles of Argeles-sur-Mer. But which of them is the best option?

Camping Le Bois de Valmarie

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Poolside at Camping Bois-de-Valmarie, a camping location that consistently scores very high in review ratings.
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With consistently high reviews on both TripAdvisor and Reevoo Camping Le Bois de Valmarie is a very popular choice.

This top class camping holiday park has spectacular views over the Bay of Argeles, with the local beach just a short walk to get to and the main beach in Argeles-sur-Mer only 5 minutes away too. It also has a very impressive water park of it’s own with a split-level pool complex linked by waterfalls and waterslides. The location also has it’s own restaurant and bar. Gas BBQs are provided at no extra charge.

Camping La Sirene

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Camping La Sirene is a large site. Although reviews suggest that accommodation is close together a good level of privacy is still maintained. Click Here For More Details

Camping La Sirene is one of the largest camping locations in Argeles-sur-Mer. It has a wide choice of amenities and facilities, including a large, tropical style, pool complex plus a covered swimming area for smaller children, a huge flume and slides, and an epic bucket drop (which starred in one of Eurocamp’s latest TV ads).

In high season, be prepared for the site to be busy but with plenty of facilities to cope with the demand. The town itself and local beaches are only a short distance away should you wish to get off site. Camping La Sirene scores very highly in most holidaymakers’ reviews.

Camping Le Brasilia

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Camping Le Brasilia is just across from the yacht harbour at Canet-Plage and enjoys direct access to the beach.
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Camping Le Brasilia is a large and lively camping park in Canet-Plage across the harbour from the yacht harbour. It enjoys direct access to the sandy beach that it is located along. Canet-Plage is north of Argeles-sur-Mer, approximately half an hour’s drive to the north. This is probably not the camping park to choose in high season if you like your evenings to be quiet and peaceful. If you like plenty of entertainment and a party atmosphere you will probably love it here.

There is a full programme of cabaret acts and discos in high season. Options for dining include a restaurant, which has a terrace, a pizzeria and a takeaway. There are also two bars. There are plenty of options for your own shopping, including a bakery for fresh bread, a butcher’s shop, a grocery and a sizeable minimarket.

The pool complex has no less than five swimming pools so that all types of visitor, from toddler to adult, are catered for. Waterfalls and waterslides built into the rocks will keep the more active swimmers busy.

Visitors to Camping Le Brasilia generally report it to be a pristine and well run camping park, fully deserving of it’s five star rating. There are over 400 pitches for tourers and almost 300 static caravans of various sizes and grades. For a bit more space why not book one of the larger more spacious Verdi or Vivaldi ranges for a bit more room.

You can book through Al Fresco and Eurocamp if you want to use a UK operator, or use Yelloh! Villages if you are happy to use the French owners of the site. Booking details are at the end of this review.

Trips Out

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The historic walled town of Carcassonne is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the whole of France.

The historic picture postcard walled medieval town of Carcassone lies about an hour and a half’s driving inland. Besides it’s historic buildings, there are plenty of bars and restaurants catering for the many visitors during the holiday season. It’s one of the busiest tourist attractions in France.

Heading south from Argeles-sur-Mer, Barcelona is just over two hours drive to the south, if you are feeling adventurous enough to try it. If you’d rather not, there are many scenic small coastal towns and villages along the route to look at instead, such as Collioure.

Practical Considerations

Travelling to Argeles-sur-Mer will involve a very long journey if you are travelling from the Channel ports which are all over 600 miles away. Another option is to travel from Bilbao or Santander but they too are around 400 miles away and of course involve a longer sea crossing from the UK across the Bay of Biscay to the Spanish coast. A third option is to fly, Perpignan airport is less than 20 miles away. Depending on availability your travel operator will assist with other stays to break the journey, which will be extremely long and busy in peak periods.

A further accommodation option is to refer to Booking.com who probably have the most comprehensive directory of online hotel and other accommodation choices. A hotel stay in either direction may be the best way to enhance your holiday so that you arrive and get back home more relaxed than would otherwise be the case if attempting a very long journey in one go.

The UK holiday operators with the widest range of choice for Camping in and around Argeles-sur-Mer, together with a link to a summary of all their camping holiday parks in this area are:

Eurocamp (http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/)
Al Fresco Holidays (http://www.alfresco-holidays.com/)
Canvas Holidays (http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/)
Hoseasons (http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/)
Yelloh! Village (http://www.yellohvillage.co.uk/)

Please note that it is impossible to say with precision which camping operator will give you the best price as there are so many factors to build in such as loyalty bonuses for previous bookings and the timing of particular special offers so do compare between different operators if this is important for you.

Hoseasons will often have the lowest price if no offer is available but will not have their own on site representative. You will be getting privately owned accommodation which the owner has opted to market through Hoseasons.

Alternatively, if you feel confident enough to do it and aren’t too worried about a holiday representative from the booking company being on site, you can also contact the particular campsite directly. Nearly all will now have their own direct e-mail addresses.

If in any doubt about any particular location, referring to TripAdvisor will usually give you the best independent guidance on what to expect there.

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