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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Campsites in France September and October 2009

Camping Chambonettes Municipal
Vallouise, Ecrin National Park
A lovely position and good views from the site, near the village with shops and bars. Facilities basic. Very large site with some shade.

St James Les Pins
Guillestre, French Alps
A lovely camp site, 15 minutes walk from the town and supermarkets. Facilities are dated, but clean. Flat site with plenty of shade. Friendly owners, bread available every day and free wi fi.

Camping Frederic Mistral
Castellane, Verdon Gorge
A busy crowded site as nearest to the village. Facilities only just acceptable.

Chateau de L'Eoviere
Montmeyan, south of Verdon Gorge
A neglected camp site with poor facilities. It was wet and September when we were there and it may be OK in the summer.

Camping Olbia
La Madrague, Provence
Facilities basic. Plenty of shade and lovely smell from eucalyptus trees. Good walks on the coast from the site.

Camping Chantecler
Aix en Provence
Facilities fine, shops 5 minutes walk away. Marked out pitches on terraces and good bus service into Aix.

Camping Durance Luberon
Mallemort, Provence
Lovely new facilities and good value on ACSI discount. Level site with large marked pitches.

Camping Bagatelle
Avignon
The nearest site to the city and so a busy, crowded site. Facilities are a bit jaded, but OK. Marked pitches that are very shaded. Wif fi 3 Euro for 2 hours.

Camping Carpe Diem
Vaison La Romaine, Provence
A slightly terraced site with large private pitches and lovely facilities with lots of hot water and roomy showers. The site has a bar and swimming pools, including one indoors. Good value on camping cheques or with France Location card.

Camping Le Jonquier
Orange
Facilities adequate, a level site with grassy pitches. Close to the centre of Orange.

Domaine de la Bastide
Nimes
Large grassy pitches with shade. Facilities adequate, but dated and lighting a bit hit and miss. Good bus service in to Nimes and bread available at the cafe.

Camping du Domaine de Massereau
Sommieres, Languedoc
Very good facilities and large marked pitches with shade. Very good cycling from the site, including in to Sommieres, a lovely small town.

Camping Cevennes-Provence
Anduze, Languedoc
A lovely and large terraced site on a hillside and friendly, run by three generations of one family. The site has plenty of facilities that are fine, a shop and free wi fi available on some pitches. Good walking from the site and access to the river for bathing.

Le Clos du Rhone
Saintes Maries de la Mer, Languedoc
A flat site by the sea with large pitches and some shade. Facilities not very clean, but plenty of them. Free wi fi.

Le Rebau
Montblanc, Languedoc
A shaded, flat site with marked pitches. Showers very good, but no hot water for washing up. Free wi fi from pitch. ACSI discount.

Camping Les Ayguades
Gruisson, near Narbonne, Languedoc
By the sea and 5 kms on cycle lane from Gruisson, a pretty town. The site is flat with little shade and has good facilities, including free wi fi at pitches. Limited bus service into Narbonne.

Camping L'Ombre des Oliviers
Carcassonne
Lovely, clean facilities, although showers were not very warm and flat, grassy camp site with little shade. Shops 10 minutes walk away and Carcassonne 20 minutes cycle ride away.

Camping Val d'Aleth
Alet les Bains, near Limoux, Languedoc
A British run camp site by the river and in a pretty village with medieval parts. The facilities are fantastic, hot showers and very clean. The village shop had recently closed when we were there and only had a bread van visiting in the morning. Good walking in the area.

La Garenne
Nefiach, near Perpignan
Facilities dated, but clean enough. A flat, shady site with lots of mobile homes. The site has a swimming pool and restaurant in summer.

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