Reviews of Camping Les Pins
Camping Les Pins
Lac Sainte Croix
Les Salles Sur Verdon
Provence - Cote D Azur (Browse area)
Tel: 0033 04 98 10 23 80
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Open: 01/04/2021 to 31/10/2021
01/04/2022 to 31/10/2022
| Tent Pitches
|| Caravan Pitches
|| Motorhome Pitches
|| Small Campervans
| No Glamping Units
|| No Statics for Hire
|| No Statics on Sale
|| No Seasonal Pitches
| Electric Hookups
|| Hardstanding Pitches
|| Fully Serviced Pitches
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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
|| Gas Exchange
|| No Recycling Facilities
| No Kitchen Facilities
|| No Freezer / Fridge
|| Motorhome Point
|| Wifi Access
| Shop <1 mile
|| Bar <1 mile
|| Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile
| Kids Playground
|| No TV Room
|| No Games Room
|| No Evening Ents
| Fishing <1 mile
|| No Wild Swimming
|| No Indoor Pool
|| No Outdoor Pool
| No Horse Riding
|| No Cycle Hire
|| No Golf
|| No Tennis
| Beach <1 mile
|| Watersports On Site
|| Boat Launch / Mooring <1 mile
| No Sea Views
|| Not Working Farm
|| No Campfires Allowed
| No Waterside Pitches
|| Public Transport
|| No Dog Walk
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|Date of Visit: August 2011
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We camped for the last full week of August on this site. In the January before we tried to advance book for 10 nights, but for the July and August period the site only accepts booking (between January and May) for full 7-day weeks, and only Saturday to Saturday. I understand why they do this (it ensures they don't have empty nights in the busy peek holiday period), but it was still mildly annoying that we had to alter our plans to fit round the restrictions. Good job we did book, as the site was totally full when we were there. Advance booking needs a 90 euro deposit, 25 of which is an admin fee (the rest comes off your final bill).
We had the usual August weather for the region, which was night temps of around 19 or 20 C, and daytime peaks between 30 and 39 C in the shade (although it had been unusually cooler the few weeks before we got there). The week was totally dry every day except the Friday evening, when we had a spectacular 2 hour thunder storm. Pretty much everything was dry by the next morning, though.
The heat is a challenge when camping, we just used the tent for storage and sleeping in, and lived outside (under shade) the rest of the time. If your pitch doesn't have the right shade you'll need some sport of canopy or gazebo, many people erected tarpaulins shades, tied to the trees. We had a small thermo-electric fridge with us, but the daytime temps in the tent (40s and 50s!) were too high for it (it only cools to 25C below ambient), but it didn't matter, the site hires out centrally-located fridges for around 4 euros a day, which we used to good effect - large enough for veg, 2L pop bottles, wine bottles etc.
The site is very popular due to its proximity to the Lake. The car parks and access roads giving access to the lake were heaving with cars each day (especially Saturday and Sunday), so it was excellent that we could walk from the tent to the lake within a few minutes.
The gate at the top of the campsite gives excellent easy access to the village, albeit a steep path up for a few minutes. You can no longer order bread from reception, but there are two Boulangeries for baguettes and croissant in the village, both open from 7am (the one on Av. De Bocouenne on the way to the 8-til-late shop was the best). The 8-til-late shop doesn't open until 9am(!), and closes for lunch every day, so make a note of the opening times on arrival. The village puts on entertainments during July and August, our week had 2 night markets and 2 live bands, all free. Although the quality varies, it was great to be able to trip up to the village and participate in some good community evening activities, especially knowing that at the end we had just a short walk back to the Campsite.
Don't miss driving the north and south roads along the Gorges du Verdon (a nice day-trip out to Castellane and back), although you'll need a head for heights for the western sections of the roads. Combine this with a visit to Aiguines which gives great views back down to Les Salles sur Verdon and the lake. Another day we visited Moustiers Sainte-Marie, which is really nice - if you walk up to the church, wear trainers or similar, as the rocks on the steep path have been polished to a slippery sheen by thousands of tourists and pilgrims. We visited Bauduen one day, but it wasn't really worth it.
One day we hired a pedalo from just south of the bridge over the gorge, opposite the municipal campsite and shop/cafe (about a 10-minute drive north from the campsite) and went up the Gorge from the lake - 2 hours hire is plenty to do this - go early to avoid the crowds/heat of the day.
One down-side to the site is the toilet/wash-block cubical lights and hot water are turned off at 10:30pm every night. It took us a couple of nights before realising this, it is frustrating if you have been out for the evening and want to wash or shower before bed. Having said this, even though the site was full, it was generally very quiet indeed after 10:30 - being almost exclusively families. There were only a few other English people, mostly French, lots of Germans, and some Dutch. We used the laundry facilities, buying tokens and booking an hour slot from reception, the two machines are industrial-sized and very efficient.
The hard ground and semi-pebbles presented some challenges for our SIG - despite using both a footprint groundsheet and a thick tarp underneath that, I still had one puncture and quite a few places where the SIG has worn because of a bump underneath. If I went again I'd definitely think about taking some form of thicker cushioning underneath the SIG. And I definitely needed the rock pegs!
The site is literally adjacent to another site (which was also totally full for our stay), Camping la Source, which (on a cursory inspection) appeared to have very similar facilities, perhaps more shade, but less convenient access to the village).
|Date of Visit: September 2009
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||22 reviews from this member
The campsite is 100m back from the shores of Lac Sainte Croix just below the village of Les Salles sur Verdon and very close to the magnificent Gorges du Verdon.
Access to the site is along a narrowish quiet lane that leads along the shores of the lake, large caravans and motorhomes appeared to have no problem getting there. There is a barrier control on the gate during the day and the gate is locked after 2230hrs each night. The barrier is controlled by a 'blipper' which requires a 20 Euro deposit. Pedestrian access is possible at all hours with a swipe card given when you book in.
The staff in reception are all very friendly and efficient, several speak English. In the second half of September we were asked to select a pitch and report back to reception, the site was only about a quarter full. There are plenty of static caravans and chalets on terraces at the top of the site, the flatter, lower pitches are used for tourers.
Pitches vary considerably in size, all have water, many have EHU. Most of the pitches are the semi-grass, semi-(rounded)pebbles common in the area and relatively flat. All the pitches are separated by 4 - 5ft trimmed hedges and there is a good deal of shade from mature trees.
There is a modern central amenities block which is kept scrupulously clean containing loos, showers, wash cubicles and a washing machine. Around the outside of the block are sinks for washing up etc. There is a small children's play area and a boules court on site. Barbecues are not allowed, but there is a large 'communal' barbecue that can be used by all. Many families took their barbecue down to the lake shore. A reading/dining room is attached to reception. Bread must be ordered for delivery next morning. Camping Gaz exchange is available in reception.
The lake is about a 100m down the very quiet lane and very clean with a gently shelving beach. We swam most days, canoes and sailing dinghies can be hired within walking distance. From photos on the site. It looks like there are some quite large fish waiting to be caught.
The local village of Les Salles sur Verdon is accessible on foot (5 mins) through a swipe card gate at the top of the site. The village has several restaurants, shops, post office, tourist info and an 8 till 8 for provisions. The nearest large supermarket (with fuel) is about 20km near Aups.
The amazing Gorges du Verdon is 10km down the road and has some terrific (if strenuous) walks. Campsite reception sells several maps/publications detailing what is available. Canoeing, rafting and canyoning are available from companies all along the gorge.
We normally move site every 4 or 5 days, we stayed here for 10 (getting a discount after the first 5 days) because the site, surrounding area and weather were all superb. Highly recommended.
Note: the position shown on the map is incorrect (06/10/2009), the campsite is just north west of Les Salles sur Verdon on the shore of the lake.
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Is Camping Les Pins child friendly? YES, it accepts children & has a playground View all facilities
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