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Camping Les Dunes

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Camping Les Dunes lies on the western coast of France, roughly halfway between Nantes and La Rochelle in Bretignolles-sur-Mer. The beautiful rugged coastline along this part of France is simply stunning, and there is no better way to experience it than camping. The nearest town is the pretty fishing port town of Saint Gilles Croix de View and the resort town of Les Sables d’Olonne. The campsite is just minutes away from a long sandy beach where guests sun bathe, swim in the cool Atlantic Ocean, surf, or take walks. Camping les Dunes is open between the beginning of April and half way through November each year. Unfortunately, during the winter months the campsite closes down, and it’s not the best time to visit anyhow. Visit the area to enjoy the long summers characterized by hot temperatures and clear blue skies. Out of the high season, the beaches are emptier, and lovely for walks along the rugged shore or sampling the local produce in the nearby bistros.

Camping les Dunes was creating in the 1960s and has a staggering number pitches spread over 12 hectares of land near the coast. Since 1994 it’s held a four star rating, but in 2016 it was finally awarded 5 stars and continually gets high ratings online. The site takes customer satisfaction seriously, and have had big renovation projects recently creating new toilets, a large playground area, and an entertainment centre. The site has 11 full time staff which maintain the site’s large piece of land, look after guests, and kept the shared facilities in tip top condition. This rises to over 20 staff in the high season between July and August to help look after the surge of guests.

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Photo by Romain

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The campsite provides pitches for tents, campervans, and caravans, but they also have their own mobile homes available to rent between April and November. If you are looking for a little more comfort than camping, this is a great option. All of the mobile homes have 2 or 3 rooms with space available for 4 to 8 people. They are equipment with all the modern facilities you would expect including fresh sheets and blankets, private bathrooms with hot showers, air conditioning in the summer, and electric heating in the Autumn months, a kitchenette, internet access, and a private terrace with outdoor furniture.

The campsite has 60 pitches available with are a generous 90 square metres each. These are available for use by tents, motorhomes, or caravans. All of the pitches have water and electricity available, and some of them are sandy due to the close proximity to the beach. All of the pitches and toilets are accessible for disabled travellers. Pitches are only available for one tent or caravan with a maximum of seven people. It’s worth remembering that if you bring your car, it must fit within the 90 square metre pitch. Whether you stay in a mobile home or camp, you are permitted to bring your pets, but they must be kept on a lead inside the park and there may be a small charge.

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Prices start from US $70 during the high season, but much more for a mobile home. Included in the price is the pitch (or accommodation), water, gas, electricity, access to the indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds, entertainment rooms, the children’s mini club, shared toilets, and hot showers. It’s worth noting that there a US $1 tax per day per person will need to be paid, and deposits are required for mobile homes (US $450), and swimming pool bracelets (US $5). WiFi is chargeable, as is bike rental, mini-golf, electronic games, and tennis during the summer months of July and August.

Between April and September, the campsite has an onsite restaurant and bar which is open for all guests to use. They sell a range of both French and international dishes including mussels and fries, crepes, grilled meats, French salads, burgers, pizzas, and ice cream. Adults can enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine, or cocktail at the bar, while kids can play on the foosball table or pool. Though the food is good, you can find plenty more restaurant options in the nearby towns and villages. As it is by the sea, look out for fresh catches of the day.

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The campsite has plenty on offer for both adults and children. There is a playing field where guests can book to use for football, basketball, or volleyball. It’s worth remembering that even though the play field is open all the time, it’s not lit, so isn’t suitable for night time use. If you are in a small group, the staff at the campsite arrange tournaments between July and August to get fellow guests together. Next to the playfield, there is also a volleyball court on the sand, the best place to play the sport. Balls for all the games are available at the reception, so you don’t need to bring your own. Tennis fans won’t be disappointed by the courts located in the park. Just remember to reserve at the reception and during the high summer months there is a 5 euro charge per hour. They have tennis rackets and balls available to borrow for free should you not have brought your own.

The site has created two different playgrounds for children between four and 10 years old. One is situated near to the camp entrance and has several different slides and suspension bridges to keep kids happy for hours. Another one in the centre of the site offers children climbing walls, slides, and other adventure activities. Adults must always accompany their children in the playgrounds. Near the playground area there is also several ping pong tables available for free use by guests. Bats and balls can be rented from the reception.

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Something both adults and kids will enjoy is the excellent crazy golf course. Test your putting skills on the 18 hole course. You can borrow clubs and balls from reception for free, through there is a 3 euro per person charge to use the course during July and August. It’s a great way to while away an hour or two.

Nothing will make you feel more French than play a game of petanque on their field. The game is similar to boules, where the goal is to throw steel balls as possible as they can to a little wooden ball called a cochonnet. Everyone in the family will surely become competitive playing this fun sport. During July and August, the staff at the campsite arrange competitions between guests. It’s open all the time, but like the playing fields, unfortunately it is not lit at night.

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There are several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, some of which are heated. During the high season, the staff arrange aquaerobics classes in the pools, and they are always open to guests to cool off during the hot summer midday heat. In the Spring and Autumn, the indoor pool is pleasantly heated.

Sometimes it can be so boring for kids with their parents. Drop them off at the mini-club which is managed by the campsite’s staff. Here they can play with fellow guests, draw, take part in treasure hunts, play outdoor games, and have a whole lot of fun. They also arrange one of events including magicians, karaoke nights, live music, bingo, quizzes and more for children. At least two staff members are on call to look after and entertain the children while parents are free to explore.

Though there is everything you need right at the campsite, there are loads of things to do nearby. If you have a rental car, we recommend driving an hour up the road to discover Le Puy du Fou , voted one of the best parks in the world. The historical theme park is second only in numbers to Disneyland Paris, and has over 20 main shows including reconstructions of Viking battles, a Roman amphitheatre, and live performances for the Musketeers. Seen by more than 10 million people, the huge cast of over 1,200 actors, amazing special effects, and thousands of colourful historic costumes is certainly a sight to see. You can buy your tickets for the event at the campsites reception.

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The nearby beach which is only 150 metres away is one of the best places along the western coast of France to surf. The consistent waves are great for both beginners and experienced surfers. If you want to take lessons, the Atlantic Lézard Surf School offers them from April onwards, as well as hiring out surfboards and wetsuits. Kite surfing has become much more popular in recent years. The equipment is small enough to pack away in a large backpack making it one of the most portable water sports available. It’s a challenging sport to learn but the Breti Kite School has a range of lessons and courses available at very reasonable prices. Other water sports include a sailing school called Normandeliere in Bretignolles sur Mer around two kilometres from the campsite. Open all year round, you can head out to sea on sailing taster days or longer courses with professional skippers.

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Another excellent way to see the beautiful French countryside is to hire canoes and head down the river. There are several outfits offering guided and self guided canoe trips. Gently head downstream looking out for bird species. One of the best places to book is Les Canoes du Marais . They will pick you up and drop you off at your location.

The islands of Ile d’Yeu and Noirmoutier are not far away, and both are worth a visit. Boat trips take guests out to the islands several times a day throughout the summer season. On both you will find lovely beaches, hiking, and other activities.

The area receives a mild coastal climate all year around, with no usual extremes in temperature. During the summer months, the skies are clear and sunny, and the temperature reaches an average of around 27 degrees, through it can get much hotter. During the winter, the temperature drops to an average of around 6 degrees, and rarely drops below freezing or snows.

To reach Camping les Dunes, the nearest airport is Nantes which is served by flights from many parts of Europe including the UK. When you arrive, hire a car from one of the many international rental firms inside the terminal building and drive the 80 kilometres or so to the site. It’s also useful to have a car to get around if you wish to explore. If you are driving in from Bretignolles sur Mer, take the road towards Les Sables d’Olonne and after the roundabout take the road to the right towards Plage de Dunes. Alternatively, you can take the SNCF train and take a taxi the 15 kilometres or so from Les Sables d’Olonne. The bus line number 168 also brings guests out to the campsite.

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