Campsites on France’s West Coast
France’s West Coast encompasses three regions bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and no fewer than seven fantastic Siblu campsites: Le Bois Dormant and Le Bois Masson in the Vendée. Bonne Anse Plage, La Pignade and Les Charmettes in Charente Maritime. And La Réserve and Domaine du Soulac in Aquitaine. The entirety of this area in the southwest is a holidaymaker’s paradise, genuinely suitable for families and groups of all ages. It has a sunny microclimate, miles of unspoiled beaches and a fascinating combination of seaside resorts, fishing ports and typical French towns and villages. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find a new holiday discovery.
Beaches & The Great Outdoors
Dig out your bucket-and-spade at the Vendée seaside resorts of St Jean de Monts and Les Sables d’Olonne. Relax on the town beach at La Grande Conche in Royan (Charente Maritime), which has great facilities and lifeguards in high season. For surfing and water sports, make a splash in La Tanchet (Vendée), and the wilder Atlantic coast further south. Certainly don’t miss a trip to Europe’s largest and most formidable sand dune, Dune du Pilat, in the Aquitaine region. It seems lakeside beaches are also a “thing” – whether you’re camping at Siblu’s La Réserve holiday park, which has its very own, or venturing further afield to the dazzling Bay of Arcachon. The area is also renowned for cycle paths, walking tours, trekking, golf courses, canoeing and horse riding. Thank goodness: that means there’s something for everyone!
Things To Do & Special Events
Futuroscope: a leisure park taking you forward to the future. Time to cool off? There’s ample choice of waterparks: dip in a toe at Aqualand in Aquitaine or Oceanile on the magical Ile Noirmoutier (Vendée). There are also great summer events and shows to experience: Violons sur le Sable in Royan, eclectically mixing opera, fireworks and night-time beach going. Jazz in Sanguinet. Or the “Cinescénie” spectacular at fascinating Puy Du Fou, a historical theme park.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Marais Poitevin – “Green Venice” to the locals – is a wondrous wetland of salt marshes. You can even explore it on a flat-bottomed boat! Go island hopping, and you can take your pick from Ile Noirmoutier (accessible by causeway at low tide), Ile de Ré (combining Parisian glamour and laid-back island life), Ile d’Oleron or Ile d’Aix. And no visit to the west coast of France is complete without sampling the area’s highly-prized seafood: delectable oysters, sweet mussels or tasty sardines, all easily washed down with a crisp, white Muscadet from the Vendée or a famous claret from Bordeaux. Perfection.
Places To Go
There are exciting towns and cities to visit in this area too. Bordeaux has World Heritage Site status and is a wonderful place to spend a day strolling its graceful and majestic streets. La Rochelle is a beautiful, lively port, and has a top-rated aquarium to visit. Biarritz is seriously ‘surfer-cool’ stylish, and as well as golden beaches and jaw-dropping breakers, it’s great for people-watching too.
Camping on France’s West Coast: it’s something special…