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Camping Les Frenes
Route Du Pylone
Antibes
Provence - Cote D Azur   (Browse area)
06600
Tel: +33 4 93 33 36 52
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Pitches:
Open: May To September

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 5 Reviews
                7/10 from 5 Reviews

 Tent Pitches   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   No Glamping Units 
 Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
Facilities
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
Activities
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool 5 miles   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach 1 mile   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 

Reviews:

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Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Wanderer 50 reviews from this member

Visited this site several times now over the years mainly because of the great bus and rail links right along this really spectacular stretch of coastline.

Reception is helpful and welcoming and spoke English but not all staff spoke more then a bit of english. The site itself has flat good size pitches with 8amp electricity. Water though is supplied by push button taps over sink like troughs which makes filling aquarolls etc difficult. There is a motorhome service point with hose etc.

The facilities have separate male female toilets and showers but this is often ignored. The toilets, which are a mixture of French and English are clean as are the showers if a little tired and basic but typically French. The swimming outdoor pool quite new and is nice. WiFi is available but at a charge. There is s small shop and bar/cafe but we did not use these so cannot comment except for the morning baguette.

The pebble beach is about 500m away and very popular but would recommend water shoes for getting in and out of the sea.

There is a frequent bus to Antibes and Biot at 1€ per journey and one between Nice and Cannes at 1. 5€ per journey, great value. The train though is a must with a day pass at 15€ to go anywhere in the 06 area i. E. Monaco, Menton, Nice, Grasse and Cannes and I think Ventmillea in Italy.

There is a small supermarket about a 1Km towards Antibes and a larger Intermarche a bit further away in the opposite direction but can be walked or cycled to on quietish roads and though woods.

There are several sites in the area, some closer to the beach, but we use this one because of the ACSI out of season discount at 16e plus tax.

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Logic500 3 reviews from this member

This was our first foray into southern France camping. It wasn't cheap, but in comparison with the alternative of hotels, it was comparatively value for money.

I'm probably going to write things that are common knowledge to experienced campers in southern Europe, but this is coming from our personal experience as a family new to the south of France.

The drive was a nightmare, and we'd broken the drive up by staying in a hotel in Lyon, plus a stop in Orange. The sat nav took us through Antibes, which was hard work, and if we'd have had the opportunity to look at a map, we'd have stayed on the motorway longer.

The access road Avenue Du Pylone, is more a single lane tarmac'd lane. Tired and fed up, we arrived at the site in the baking sun. We were met by a very friendly welcome. My French is reasonable, but the helped in English which was much appreciated. We were escorted to the pitch, which was one of their largest. We pitched up, pumping up the Vango Infinity 800, with me almost collapsing in the heat :-) man in his mid forties determined to let his Wife take over on pumping duties :-)

There was no grass, just lots of 'muck', a mix of dead foliage, dead insects, and 'muck' :-) not a problem if you've the use of your legs, but our baby just wanted to crawl through it all. Not nice really.

We really found it quite difficult sitting out around the tent. Firstly it was far too hot and humid (yes I know to be expected), and coupled with the filth under foot, we just found it easier to jump in the car and be somewhere else. It was like being in the jungle.

Talking of jungle life, the cacadas (we googled it, initially thinking it was crickets) were deafening, and I mean deafening. They sorted of started at dawn, and finally died down an hour or so after sunset. My Wife is freaked out by insects, and one morning, we found the dead carcasses of the cacadas stuck all over the trees near the tent, and all over the tent. They were pretty creapy. Again reading up on the internet at the time, they live underground, then dig their way out, climb up structures, then shed their outer skin :-) our baby was sat playing with one of the dead husks, and that was it for my Wife :-)

You could walk to the nearby beach, but it's one heck of a walk with small ones, it really is. The better option was to drive the short distance to Cagnes Sur Mer, which was spot on.

I appreciate that I'm not reviewing the nearby attractions, but we used the camp site as just a place to sleep and get drunk in the evening :-) was really the only way we could get through the experience.

The site toilets and showers were ageing, but they were first class, some of the best we've seen. Really couldn't grumble on the facilities. There were laundry facilities which we used too, expensive, but handy.

We tried the pizza one evening, and the stone baked pizza's were very good. Cost us around £30 for the family to eat, not cheap, but easier than cooking in the heat.

All in all we certainly enjoyed our time in the south of France, but the camp site was hard work for us as a family. Yes it's not England with lovely grass to play on, it's the way it is. We spent 7 nights feeling dirty despite frequent showers. Heat, insects, no grass. All became too much really. We were sad to leave the area and drive north, but not to leave the site.

The site is probably just like others down there, but I'm sure lots of people are not as fussy as us, but I think I'd have to take a major bump on the head before I'd do it again. Lot way to go in the car, and hard work in a tent in the heat.

Thanks for reading.

PS it's no where near Antibes :-)

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Richardu67 2 reviews from this member

After weeks of online searching, stuck a pin in the map and came up with Les Frenes. On reflection we could have done worse. The pitches were spacey and the site was relaxed and quiet. After stopping in a eurochavland camp on Lake Garda in 2010 this was refreshing.

The pitch was under a thick blanket of pines that gave great shelter from the hot august sun. Lie ins were no problem as the tent never got stuffy. The beach was 1k on the flat tarmac under the shade again, no moans even from the moody teenagers! Toilets and showers as you'd expect in eurocamping. Our fellow campers were quiet and polite, there was only one other British couple on site. So if like us you like to keep your own company this is the place.

The site owners spoke little English so communications were a little primitive. What came across loud and clear was euros in my wallet should end up in her till. Then there was the security issue, they loved their security. Passes and swipe cards for exit and entry, maybe they've had problems in the past, but it seemed excessive to me. We got a royal roasting in any language because one of us had left their pass in the tent.

In general its a great place if you have teenagers. The amusement park and waterpark are close by, so you can let them off the leash a little. While you can relax by the tent in the cool air of the shade.

Date of Visit: May 2011 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Lilmil 3 reviews from this member

Stayed here the week after the Cannes film festival through to the Monaco Grand Prix and expected the place to be heaving which it wasn't ! Large flat site with large pitches each with electricity and water supply close by. Agree with the comments below that the sanitary blocks could do with updating but to be honest they were very clean and missing loo seats is no big deal ! The site has been in the same family for 40 years and the woman who owns it is very pleasant and accommodating. Bread can be ordered the day before, there is an Intermarche 10 minutes by car and you can walk to the beach if you wish.

Dont be put off by the Aqualand nearby, we heard absolutely no noise at all. The swimming pool is a decent size and was barely used. Good location for getting on and off the motorway to Nice, Monaco or down to St. Raphael and St. Tropez which we did on a couple of occasions. After visiting a number of sites in Antibes, this was our preferred choice and would stay here again. There is not much within walking distance in terms of restaurants or cafes hence the reason for the lower mark for location however the peace and quiet makes up for having to get in the car to go and find places to eat. Great value for money considering you are bang smack in the Cote D'Azur.

Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Bob the Builder 9 reviews from this member

Fairly tight along some of the approach roads requiring some careful towing. It is a lovely leafy site, which was only half full when we were there in July. The staff are friendly and lead you to your site on a golf cart. Our pitch was large with a shared water filling point nearby. On first glance, the washrooms were disappointing – the gents had no seats on the toilets and half of toilets were the old style ‘hole in the ground’. However, with a closer look, all of these are kept clean, constantly being mopped by a man living in a large caravan just outside. The block is just very dated and could do with some modernising. The washing up and laundry section is very large.

The outdoor swimming pool on site is excellent. There is a small charge either per day or per week which probably prevents thugs just coming and going. It is closely supervised by a pool attendant. Woe betide you if you run, dive in or fail to have a shower before entering! One of the pool attendants runs an aquagym session most mornings at 9.30am, before the pool opens fully at 10am. A good workout if you’re missing the gym and lazing around on holiday.

The site may get crowded when it is full, but looking at another site nearby that we nearly went for, thank goodness we chose Les Frenes as this other site looked more like a storage yard with cars and caravans virtually touching the ones on the next pitch.

A lot is said in the site literature about keeping silent at night. This really works as, although there is some noise from the surrounding area i.E. The nearby Antibesland amusement park and some surrounding campsites, Les Frenes itself is extremely quiet at night.

Les Frenes only gets two stars but speaking to fellow campers who have stayed at a few near Antibes, it is one of the better sites in the area.


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