Stayed here on our way to Normandy and again on the way back. Cracking little site clean and very friendly. It doesn't have much very basic but so is the price. 15 minutes drive from Calais. You do need a French electric hook up adapter though. Mind we were able to borrow one. As every one else says you need to book in advance. It gets full early. Its ten minutes to village by legs. We had food in the second restaurant down but as its one of our favourite place to eat anyway its a bonus to be so close. Like I said basic but good.
To Find Site:- Leave A16 at junction 40 and follow signs for Peuplingues, go through village and continue to Escalles. Site on left at sign although not easy to see, site about 200 mts down lane on left.
Les Erables is situated not from the coast just the west of Calais and is therefore handy as a stopover site to and from the ferries, especially as it opens longer than some better known sites in the area. (1st April-11th November) It’s seven miles from the Tunnel and a little further from the ferries. On a clear day you can see the English coast. However it is likely to be less well sheltered in windy weather than those sites a bit further inland. Some French might be required on booking in. Given the nature of its use this campsite is fairly basic although for the price it is very good value. The site is terraced down to the entrance and pitches are reasonably level. The 50 or so pitches are on all grass but some have have chipped stone runways which make them more all-weather particularly useful for motorhomes. Electric points are rated at 10amps and use CEE17 blue connectors although best to check for reverse polarity. The only water taps are either at the motorhome service point or at the toilet block. Likewise grey water and chemical disposal is also at the motorhome point. The toilet block has been created out of an old barn and whilst not luxurious is perfectly acceptable with seated toilets with paper provided in the cubicles. Bread can be ordered from reception. The site also offers free WiFi, just ask for the log-in details. Coming to this campsite I think you have to be prepared for it to appear quite crowded at busy times.
Most will use this site prior to their crossing. It would be handy as a place to do any final shopping before going home and you have the choice of a couple of very large supermarkets within a few miles. It could even be suitable for a slightly longer stay if you wished to explore the coast here abouts.
As I said in that review, the site is becoming ever more popular, and now is often full before 3 pm, with the 'Complet' sign put up at the gate.
The last time we stayed there was early October 2011, and even then it was quite full, though not 100%.
When returning from holiday this time, on 7 July, we went again, and arrived around 1pm. There were some empty pitches and we were allocated one of them at the top. When we got there, there were 2 motorhomes already there, we were the 3rd, and there was 1 more pitch free in that section. There are gravel tracks for the tyres, and 4 sets have been put in there, just for motorhomes. A few years ago this took just 2 units, and, as with quite a few other pitches now, they put 4 units on there. On inspection, we did not feel that the spacing between units was sufficient, very little space between, so asked for a different pitch. The answer was that that was the only free pitch, all others were reserved. Given that a few of the pitches had reserved on it, but by no means all, I'm not sure I believed that. After some discussion, we decided to leave and asked for our money back, which we got.
We have been coming to this site since it opened in 2004, but the last few years it is apparent that units are being squeezed on, confirmed by the fact that there are now pitch numbers ending in 'b', 'c' and 'd'. At the entrance it states there are 25 pitches, but that was a long time ago, I'd say at times there must be double that on there.
If you don't mind being squeezed on for 1 night, then it's a good stopover, but personally I'm disappointed that this site seems to be a victim of its own success. Also, for the number of people on there at times, the WC/showers are not sufficient.
Brilliant, scenic little site, such an easy, short drive to/from Calais. Forgot to order our morning bread, so walked 10 mins downhill into village, bought croissants from the other campsite shop and breakfasted on a beautiful sunny beach, overlooking the white cliffs of Dover - a perfect start to our holiday.
Didn't really enjoy our first evening meal (1st restaurant on left in village) but found a great restaurant with good food & stunning almost 360 views for our second night - Le Thomé de Gamond, not far from the WW2 monument on top of Cap Blanc Nez. By road, go down into village, right at the crossroads onto D940 and turn right in approx 0. 7km. It's actually walkable in sturdy shoes up the hill from the carpark that you pass on the way down to the village - footpath signposted (but we can't remember what to!) but you can see the restaurant atop the hill from campsite and carpark.
We've used this site as a stopover on our way to the Eurotunnel and we took a longer holiday here at the end of a season last year. It is a well run site, BUT do not expect spacious pitches! The emphasis here is on best utilisation of space.
We have noted that it fills up very early in the day. Where do these people come from? The owner (Bernard) and his wife (Marie-Claude) are very helpful, but be prepared to use French only, as neither has any English. The site gets very busy and I would always advise an advance booking - use e-mail or phone.
They will and do reserve pitches. Facilities are good, but can be stretched when site is full. Quiet after about22.00, but often people move out early in the morning. The views are spectacular, walking is good and the site is 10 mins from the the tunnel terminal and 15 mins from Coquelles with all the shops.
We'll use again and accept it for what it is. Very handy for the vet in Marquise and much cheaper than those in Calais!
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