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Mondial Camping
Route Des Gorges De L’ardeche
Vallon Pont D Arc
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
Tel: +33 4 75 88 00 44
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Open: 30/03/2024 to 30/09/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 4 Reviews
                8/10 from 4 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing On Site   Wild Swimming On Site   No Indoor Pool   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   Tennis On Site 
 No Beach   Watersports On Site   Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Riverside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Lidds0 50 reviews from this member

 After our very successful visit here last year, we decided to return.

Our experience this year wasn't quite so great. On arrival, we found the vegetation (it's not all grass) was very overgrown. We were glad we'd got a stone-protection groundsheet and a ZIG, plus a breathable groundsheet for under our sun canopy. It would have been very difficult to sit chairs and table directly on the vegetation on our pitch, and all surrounding pitches were the same.

On our first day there, they started to cut the grass. And they had the grass cutter out all day, every day, thereafter. For the next week. We got a bit sick of the noise of the grass cutter, to be honest, so it wasn't at all the peaceful idyll we'd experienced on our last visit here. I felt like I could do with some ear defenders.

We took down our canopy and lifted our breathable groundsheet and they very obligingly cut as close to our unit as possible, which we thought improved things a lot, but. We were absolutely infested with earwigs! There were hundreds upon hundreds of the things and they got everywhere (thank goodness we had a raised bed and inner tent, or we'd have had to strike pitch and move).

Also, there were huge dog poops left stinking on the riverside beach, which wasn't nice. We had our dog with us and would never not clean up after her, so we found this thoughtless act - by someone with an obviously large breed of dog - quite repellent. We did inform the staff but it remained there for some days. Really not nice. Not the fault of the site, obviously, but maybe they should make it more clear that dog mess should be cleaned up, immediately.

Our young dog went swimming in the river but, on one day, was evidently struggling. She'd got her rear legs entwined in what looked like roots plus fishing line. It worried us, and we decided that swimming was maybe not so ideal here. This is a river where people fish, though we only noticed people fishing downstream from the beach.

Finally, we noticed the pool area is looking in need of some remedial works, with pool-edge pavers etc being a bit lose. The playground and games areas looked a bit tired, too.

It wasn't that early in the season when we visited (May) so you might think they'd have had time and opportunity to bring things up to speed in readiness for the season.

Would we return? Probably not for another year or two, and we'd check it out before checking-in, to see how things are. 

Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Reviewer: Lidds0 50 reviews from this member

 We intended staying here for 2-3 nights and ended up staying a week, it was so nice and the staff so professional, friendly and helpful!

Most of the pitches here have hedge boundaries and are shaded by mature trees (those closer to the river were less shaded).

There is river access direct from the site and a small, rocky beach area.

There's an area for more basic camping immediately above the river beach (and this is a very popular part of the site!).

Pitches are dry and some have tree roots.

There are 3 x sanitary blocks (one was closed when we arrived and then part of the second block was closed off during our stay, due to declining numbers of campers). Showers in the newer block are excellent. Loos have seats and that all-important toilet paper (in the cubicles too - no having to take sheets before entering, as on some sites in France).

The pool area is nice but there is some road noise (since it's immediately next to the road, so of no great surprise). There are two medium-sized pool slides which are more suited to younger children. I suspect you'd struggle to bag a sun lounger in high season.

There's a laundry room (4 euros to do a wash).

There's a numberplate recognition system in place so, once registered, the barrier raises automatically, which is much more civilised than rooting about for a swipe or fob.

It's possible to walk into Vallon from the site but, not so good for anyone with kids or a pushing a buggy or wheelchair, since there are no proper pavements and the roads around here are consistently very busy, it seems.

The market in Vallon (on Thursdays) is well worth a visit and nearby Labeaume (ancient village with river - dry riverbed when we were there) - is an interesting place to visit. And Pont-d'Arc, of course (but don't do what we did and risk life and limb by scrambling down narrow tracks on the bank, better to follow the proper path rather than other tourists who also don't know where they're going!).

Negatives: there were too many canoes on the river, at all times of day. That, and the fishermen, didn't really make for safe swimming. That said, the river is still lovely and nice for cooling off.

Would we return to this site? Absolutely! We had a fabulous time!

P. S. Can't believe I nearly forgot to mention: we saw a wild boar, on the adjacent field, where people walk their dogs (there is access from the site). Which implies it's probably not the best place to walk your dogs, then! 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Meskilli 3 reviews from this member

 This site was recommended to us by some friends and it didn't disappoint. We hadn't booked and arrived around 5pm. The owner gave us a very warm welcome, introduced us to her dog Vegas and gave us information on where we could walk our dogs. There are plenty of shady pitches to choose from and direct access to the river was a bonus. We did not have to wear wristbands like the previous reviewer, perhaps because of the time of year. The pool area was lovely and we had a fabulous experience of the restaurant. The waiter from Belgium was so lovely. We sat at the front of the restaurant initially which is next to the main road but he suggested we walk through the restaurant and sit on the beautiful terrace even though we had the dogs with us. We ate there twice and both meals were fantastic. There is a good games room with a juke box which we had to ourselves one evening, though the jukebox is loud! We walked into the town twice (cross the road and walk up a small lane, up the hill and you come to a footpath so at least half if it can be done 'off road'). It's probably a 20 to 30 minute walk each way. The town is great for a wander and loads of varied bars and restaurants. The area is stunning. We had a go at kayaking though it was a challenge with the dogs on board! Would love to go back. 

Date of Visit: August 2012 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Missmally 27 reviews from this member

 Situated next to the 5* Ardechoise site the 4*Mondial is a large campsite with plenty of flat, spacious pitches mostly shaded. We didn't book in advance as we arrived the last week in August when the price is reduced 34 eu per night from 18th August. The site had been fully booked for the previous 3 weeks but during our 4 night stay the site gradually reduced to less than half full.

There are 3 toilet blocks, unisex, all cleaned 3 times a day with plenty of showers and hot water and toilet roll! There are water taps situated around the site, a motorhome bay for filling up water/depositing waste etc and a handy shower/washup area by the entrance to the river/canoe hire kiosk.

The site seemed relaxed and easy going, although I was a little surprised to have to wear a wrist band. The pool area is very pleasant (speedos required for men) and is situated the road end of the site along with a bar/terrace, reception, little (expensive) grocery store, tennis court and games room. There is also a tent for the children's club and a restaurant out on the front. We ate once at the restaurant and it was a bit disappointing - tagliatelle over cooked and duck not heated right through, not up to usual French standards.

The site stretches down from the pool/reception area to the river where there is a rocky beach (sea shoes recommended). The river is pleasant to swim and mess about in and canoes can be hired on site, many people were doing the 7km mini descent through the Arch - a mini bus brings you back to camp.

Vallons is a lovely town with shops, bars and restaurants, a weekly market and a weekly night market. There is also a Lydl, supermarket and petrol station.

The Ardeche is a fantastic region with lots of sun and plenty to do - cycling, visiting caves, mansions and chateaux, sightseeing, canyoning etc or like me just mostly watching the world go by with a glass of Rose.

We did enjoy the free archery in the mornings and strutted our stuff at the weekly disco - all entertainment finishes at midnight.

The staff were friendly and helpful and the owner quite obviously takes a pride in his site and making his guests feel at ease and enjoy their holiday. I would recommend this site to anyone wanting to visit the Ardeche region. I would give it 10/10 but the restaurant let it down (although plenty more restaurants in town) and I have a particular dislike of wearing a wrist band, although it was quite funky and I did forget about it after a while. 

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