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Subject Topic: SW France - Have we left it too late? Post Reply Post New Topic
27/7/2012 at 9:17am
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We have decided (rather last minute!) to take a road trip to SW France / Bordeaux area leaving next week for 2/3 weeks. We've been looking at campsites and emailed a couple but they are full. The question is have we left it too late? Are we going to struggle to find anywhere to stay? We are 2 adults and 1 child in a campervan. We want to be anywhere near water for a bit swimming but don't mind if its river, lake or sea.

Any suggestions gratefully received :-)


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27/7/2012 at 9:30am
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someone with more technical know how could link you to municipal campsite directory- quite often they are near municipal pools!

 i would say the sites are only full until mid-august- and also if you are clever with how you research you can find sites which don't immediately come up with a google search & therefore can be quieter! i like to try local Tourisme sites of the area we are going they usually have a Hebergement section!- I would never say never too late- just be prepared to search a bit!

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27/7/2012 at 9:40am
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About 50 miles South East of Bordeaux - Camping Municipal du lac at Damazan - just off junction 6 of A62 autoroute but no road noise. It was 75% empty in mid july last year so I don't imagine mid August will be much different. A choice of hedged pitches or an open grassy meadow with trees - village cricket pitch on one side (matches on Sundays), lake on the other side with wooden decking, sun beds, diving platforms. No barrier, just roll in and park, and warden will come in the evening. Clean toilet block, pretty village, lovely gardens nearby, handy for vineyards, Canal du Midi, and cycling...

More details in Caravan Europe, but no website, no booking. Camping in France is so easy. Away you go.



27/7/2012 at 9:57am
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Try Le Paradis, St Leon Dordogne (although probably only as an en route if you want to be further south) - they have an overflow field which doesn't really get full.

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27/7/2012 at 2:04pm
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Here's the link to the muncipal campsite website .  Get yourself a good campsite guide such as Le Guide Officiel de Camping Caravanning, which has details of all 10,500 French campsites, and just go for it.  You can tour, go as you please, move on if you want, stay if you want - that's what's so lovely about camping in France.

There are also Aires de Service de Camping Car - which children probably not ideal, but there are some in lovely situations and worth considering for an overnight stop.  They're always well signposted and almost every town and village has one!



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27/7/2012 at 5:31pm
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Try camping lac bleu bombannes South of bordeaux the campsite is listed on here. They have pitches

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29/7/2012 at 10:43am
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Thanks for all your advice and suggestions.

So far the ferry is booked and we've been able to book a campsite for the first week (La Grigne at La Porge - anyone heard of it?). It's right on the coast which is perfect for our water babe!

SUN HERE WE COME!!!


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29/7/2012 at 12:33pm
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If you're in a camper van I'd say don't worry too much, you can wild camp by a beach if push comes to shove.  When my children were younger we always went (in a motorhome) around August time and rarely booked, keep inland a bit, use municipals and you'll be fine - enjoy.

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