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Le Phare Ile De Re
Formerly Camping La Providence
Route De La Trousse Chemise
Ile De Re
Poitou-Charentes   (Browse area)
Tel: +33 5 46 29 56 82
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Open: 01/04/2024 to 01/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 2 Reviews
                7/10 from 2 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Campervans 
 Glamping Units   Holiday Homes for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 No 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 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <1 mile   Wild Swimming <1 mile   Indoor Pool On Site   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Tim and Cary 60 reviews from this member

 We stayed at Camping La Providence, Les Portes-En-Re on Ile de Re for 11 nights in from 9 August. Cary fancied a site near the sea after our 2 weeks in the Pyrenees. Ile de Re campsites were generally very booked up when we phoned around from the Pyrenees. La Providence was one of the few with pitches available and we chose it because of its close proximity to the beach. A practical point we made the mistake of travelling on a Saturday and the E05/A10 was very slow going with high traffic volumes – I should have known better than travel this way on Saturday.

Once we had paid the 27 Euros toll to cross the bridge onto the Ile de Re it was an easy journey on good quality roads to Portes-En-Re which is at the far end of the island. La Providence is in the countryside outside the village and as promised is within 50 metres walk of a lovely beach of fine sand although there are no views of this from the site due to raised dunes.

The site itself is pretty basic and there was a distinct lack of maintenance whilst we were there. It has a number of seasonal units and when we arrived was very full and a bit untidy looking. Access and exit was by a card controlled barrier – a bit of a pain as the card reader was on the “wrong” side for our Rt-hand drive car. It has several toilet blocks, some unisex, which with of good standard and kept clean.

The site, also, has a bar / restaurant and a club room where there was a limited programme of entertainment. There is no pool or other sports facilities. Bread is baked and sold in the restaurant. The staff were reasonably friendly although only one person on the reception spoke English. Wi-fi internet access was available in the bar area but involved logging onto Orange France and paying a quite high fee.

We were given a very large pitch with reasonable access and our French neighbours were very friendly and helpful. The men all jumped up from their evening meal to help us manhandle our ‘van into position and then offered us drinks. The pitch itself was sandy with rather a lot of stones and some shade from mature pine trees. !0 amp electricity was available on the pitch and fresh water at the end of our row of pitches. The site was quiet and peaceful at night.

Porte-En-Re, about ½ mile from the campsite, was a not particularly pretty village with a small range of shops, bank machine and a Tourist Info Office with very helpful staff. The Tourist Info office, also, offered free wi-fi access both inside on comfy chairs during office hours and outside in the adjacent park after closing time. On several evenings I joined several other people sitting on the adjacent wall with our laptops! There was, also, a small Shopping Supermarket in P-E-R it sold a reasonable range of products but was a bit scruffy in its presentation. One disadvantage of P-E-R was that its position at the extreme northern end of the island meant driving or cycling to reach other parts of the island.

Ile de Re is a very interesting island. It is very flat and has lots of very good beaches. It has exploited its flat topography by majoring on cycling. There is a very extensive network of signed cycle routes which have the dual advantage of keeping bikes off the roads and providing car-free cycling routes to most part of the islands. There are numerous cycle-hire outlets and lock-up rails and racks at many of the beaches, supermarkets, etc. The network of cycle tracks and excellent beaches make this island an ideal holiday destination for families who enjoy cycling and traditional beach holidays. Some of the more exposed beaches were ideal for windsurfing and paragliding and equipment was available for hire at a number of beaches. Some of the beaches were, however, covered in seaweed and this included some near to the major campsites.

We particularly enjoyed cycling to the Les Phares des Baleines. These 2 lighthouses have a lovely position on the coast in a pleasant garden (free admission). The newer of the 2 lighthouses can be climbed, admission charge, and the top gives lovely views over the whole island and beyond. There is, also, an interesting interactive museum (admission charge) adjacent to the older lighthouse although there are no translations of any of the displays into English. There is a row of interesting gift shops and restaurants leading to the lighthouses.

There are a number of interesting town and village and many of these have weekly markets. The capital St Martin-de-Re is a very interesting town. It has the original Vauban city walls. The pretty harbour and marina and sea walls make for very pleasant evening strolling. We had a very pleasant meal at quayside creperie on the island in the harbour. There is, also, a small funfair near to the harbour. There are 2 large supermarkets (Intermarche and Super U) on the outskirts of the town where we did our main food shopping and filled up on diesel. There is a catamaran service from St Martin to La Rochelle and to other local destinations including Fort Bouchard of the TV game fame. La Flotte is, also, a pretty coastal town with an interesting Fort and atmospheric Abbey ruins nearby.

At £25.92 per night (2 adults, car, caravan and 10 amp EHU) I thought that this site was overpriced. But I suppose it is a popular area and certainly there were only few vacant pitches left when we arrived. 

Date of Visit: August 2008 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lpp2 10 reviews from this member

 This site is very French (which is Fine) on arrival at reception you are issued with a swipe card which operates the barrier to gain access to the site, a returnable deposit of 30 Euro is charged for the swipe card.
The pitches are approximate 100 square feet in size and tend to be sandy. There are 4 toilet blocks,the best of which is the main block,close to reception which is the newest.
The site is a 5 minute walk to the village of Portes En Re which is very nice and just as you imagine a small french village to be, on the outskirts of the village is Tourist Info Office. The site is less than 400 yards from the beach, which is a water sports paradise, and is very safe for children.
The site has a bar which also does take away food and sells milk and bread but not much else, less than 800 yards from the site is a supermarket for your daily needs. The site will also rent you a bike,as cycling is very popular on the island.
The site has a rather tatty play area but a good crazy golf area. This site is not a luxury site but it has a nice feel and the French people we met did their best to make us welcome. When we checked in I expected to be asked to pay there and then but the receptionist told me to pop in and pay later in the week.Please be aware they didn't accept credit or debit cards at the time of my stay. 

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