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Camping Le Clapas
280 Chemin De La Vernede
Vallon Pont Darc
Rhone-Alpes   (Browse area)
Tel: +33475371476  or  +33475371476
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Pitches: 85
Open: 01/04/2024 to 01/10/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 7 Reviews
                9/10 from 7 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   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   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   No Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 Beach On Site   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: August 2023  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Stuieb 1 review from this member

 A very nice, well laid out, quiet, small and clean site.

We came from England with a Twin Axle and were a bit apprehensive but really chuffed on arrival.

Shower/toilet block are really clean/look quite new.

Food cooked on site was tasty and cheaper than expected.

Best of all, itís only a couple of minutes walk to the river, so easy to carry a chair and cold drink down, which was ideal as our 7 and 9 year old spent ages in the river trying to catch fish as well as making dams and hot tubs with the rocks 🤣

Helpful nice staff.

Overall we were really pleased 👍

Recommend taking water shoes and booking to kayak through the Pont D Arc 👍 
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Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Mikeje999 2 reviews from this member


The site is located right on the Ardeche with it's own private sandy beach. The last few kilometres are easy to navigate with a caravan. If you want to kayak down the Ardeche (which you should) this is the perfect location.

The old town of Salavas is a 20min walk away and worth a stroll.


Main shower block is a little dated however it is perfectly clean and has lovely warm adjustable showers. There is newer toilet block near the entrance which has washing machine and tumble dryer.

Value for Money:

For the area the campsite is very good value for money especially when you compare to the other sites near by.

Customer Service:

Everyone was very friendly and the owner spoke perfect English. Anything we asked was sorted with a smile.


This for me was a perfect little site. The pitches are large and set out in such a way you don't feel like you are right on top of your neighbour. When we visited there we lots of people who return year on year and I can understand why.

The owner keeps a Facebook page which is worth searching for. 

Date of Visit: August 2013 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Carmiechops 9 reviews from this member

 Having read the other reviews of this site, I feel like I stayed somewhere else! After staying in the ridiculously overcrowded Dordogne last year I didn't think anywhere could match it - and then we came to the Ardeche! To be fair, the area is beautifully dramatic, but I wouldn't recommend visiting in the high season! Vallon is one big traffic jam, which is not what we come on holiday for. Even walking around the evening market was a horribly claustrophobic experience.

Le Clapas is satisfactory as far as campsites go. The toilets and showers are dated but clean. We camped as close to the river as you can and it wasn't pretty, it was like camping on overgrown scrubland. The view of the river was mainly of the campsite opposite. We visited the peaceful Tarn river in 2012 and expected an equally peaceful experience, but the Ardeche is always crowded with canoes and bathers.

The best bit of the campsite was the delightful pizza van. Lovely.

The manager was helpful and friendly. We had a big pitch. There is a small children's playground. The wi-fi was good. There are plenty of sockets if you don't have electricity and need to charge things.

The de rigeur trip down the river in a canoe was a great, if scary experience (we capsized in the rapids). If you have children who don't like to paddle, think carefully before embarking on even the 24km trip.

We probably wouldn't return here, it was too noisy and busy. 

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Rebelarmy3001 2 reviews from this member

 Stunning spot right by the river which was safe to swim in. Most of the plots are partially shaded and have hook ups. The plots by the river are for tents and do not have hook ups.

The site is run by two friendly guys who speak perfect English.

There is a small bar and limited shop. The campsite across the river has a much better shop, but wading across the water is the only way to it so you can't carry much back.

The area around the site is simply stunning.

The site has a one dog only policy, we turned up with two, but after a small amount of grovelling on my part we were allowed on.

Facilities such as showers and toilets were spotless 

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Nights stayed: 12 Travelling as:  Young couple
Reviewer: Blueexpo97 24 reviews from this member

 Looking for a low key, laid back, reasonably priced site near the Vallon Pont D'Arc- then Le Clapas in Salavas is for you. We loved this site- in fact I would go as far as to say that this is my favourite site from all our travels in France.

The site itself is easy to find and is just a five minute drive from the picturesque village of Salavas. The reception area is a bit tight if you have a larger unit as are the access roads to the pitches. The site is mainly used by French and Belgian caravanners who tend not to have large vans or campers with tents. On booking (if you book before you go), they will ask for the dimensions of your unit and awning and when we arrived we could understand why. We were glad we booked in advance as we had a really massive pitch with plenty of room to have the awning, park or 4 x4 and have space to move or table and chairs out in front of the awning under the tree when it got too hot.

The pitches down by the river do not have hook up and are idyllic for tent campers with beautiful views across the river. We found that this was where the majority of the British campers were pitched. As we required hook up, we were up on the terrace above the river with the French long stay's, which we loved. Some of the pitches are little tight maybe for British tastes but that shouldn't put you off- if in doubt pre-book and give them you unit dimensions. Most pitches had lots of shade - very necessary at this time of year- ours was one of the best for this and we were very grateful as the temperature was up in the 30's.

Each group of pitches were situated near to fresh water taps and as the site was compact- both shower blocks were no more than a couple of minutes from anywhere. The showers were always hot and spotlessly clean if a little basic looking. The loos the same- there were still a couple of the old French style ones- but mainly just regular European style and I must mention all the shower blocks were unisex

We found the hosts Alain and Jan to be charming and very helpful. To my shame- they spoke perfect English but also helped me with my poor French. The bar area was small and pretty and usually quite busy with very reasonable prices. 2 beers were just 6 euros - the same for a pint and a glass of wine. They do not hold a licence for anything stronger than beer and wine so be prepared if your tipple is a spirit. The bar also has a little shop for basic provisions such as orange juice, cheese, pate, milk etc. Bread and a choice of croissants can also be ordered at the bar.

From 1st July the site does have a woodfired pizza van visiting and the rotisserie chicken man once a week as well as one low key themed meal with entertainment per week. Other than that the entertainment is watching the frequent Petanque matches and trying work out the rules and generally kicking back by the river.

This is not an all singing all dancing site like its neighbour across the river L'Ardechois- neither does it have L'Ardechois silly prices but at 23 euros per night approx in late June early July - it enjoys the same fabulous location and the lovely river beach. We are already planning next year's trip. 


Date of Visit: July 2010 Unit:  Trailer Tent
Nights stayed: 14 Travelling as:  Family with older children
Reviewer: Kelper 93 reviews from this member

 Spent a week in glorious weather.

This is a wonderfully secluded and quiet site with great charm.

No pool, but then with the river access you don't really need one as the river bathing is safe for pretty well all ages.

Ideal for us as we were able to launch our inflatables from the site. And. With a bit of persuading, the canoe hire outfit will collect you and return to camp site for a pretty reasonable fee. Much less than hiring their canoes et al!

Cycling in the area isn't bad. But quite hilly in parts. Don't expect any voies vertes around here!

Walking is excellent.

Vallon is pleasant with some excellent restaurants. Can recommend the Chelsea!

For the rest. See the previous review, which pretty well covers our observations. One point. The main services block is not of the ultra modern variety, but is kept spotlessly clean (what you expect in France). There is a smaller section to the rear of the main reception area, which is little used, and more modern. I usually walked the extra few yards for the privacy and better showers!

Used the free wifi daily. You need to sit inside. With a beer!. For decent reception.

We loved the place. And will be back 

Date of Visit: August 2010 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Smithy12 1 review from this member

 Just spent 13 nights at Le Clapas. Originally found by googling Ardeche campsites and then discovered it was in Cool Camping. Any fears we had about it being mostly English campers were soon dispelled. About 70% French the rest English and Dutch.

Reception office run by two extremely pleasant guys who both speak excellent english

Around 120 pitches with a dozen or so mobiles. Hedges around areas which each contain four pitches, mostly quite large. Ours was one of the biggest we have had. EHU on all pitches I think.

Two toilet blocks, with showers, lavabo and a mix of 'french' and english toilets. Kept spotlessly clean.

Petanque court, table tennis table and a basketball court adjacent

Our pitch overlooked the river (about 50 metres away) and was well shaded.

Rotisserie chicken visits on Monday evenings, 4 euros for 1/2 poulet. Pizza van on Thursday.

Small bar (free wifi)and basic foods available in the shop. Entertainment while we were there was a Petanque tournament and a visit by an English guitarist/singer who was quite amusing.

Nearest shop in Salavas, 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes walk along the river. Sells all the food you might need and an excellent selection of fruit and veg.I can recommend the greengages and mirabelles. Vallon Pont d'Arc is 10 minutes by car with an Intermarche and all the other shops you might need.

They have an arrangement with one of the canoe companies that gets you a few euros discount if you book through the campsite and they will collect and return you to the campsite. We used this for 3 trips.

We swam in the river every day, floated down on inflatables, my son fished and caught a few smallish fish, the bigger ones were elusive.

A perfect campsite for us, quiet, well run in a beautiful area. Within easy reach of Pont d'Arc, Ruoms, Vogue and other places. We were very glad not to be across the river in some of the more commercial sites 

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