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Camping Bel Reviews

Camping Bel Reviews

Camping Bel Holiday Park

When choosing a campsite small ones really do have their advantages. They are usually of a very high standard and provide a holiday that is great for families with smaller children and Camping Bel is no exception to this rule. Just south of Nantes (which makes it quite easy to get to with a young family), overlooking the Bay of Biscay In the seaside town of La Tranche Sur Mer is Bel Campsite. It’s just 500m from one of Frances best beaches and is great for a family holiday at any time of the season. There is a small friendly reception where they speak English and love you to try your French as well (go on, give it a go – try organising Internet or WiFi in French). There is a onsite laundry which means you can really cut down on the amount of luggage you bring with you.

The park is open between 26th May and 3rd September and there are just 200 grassy pitches at Bel and they are zoned so that you can choose exactly where you stay on site.

For a really different experience why not go under canvass. It’s not exactly glamping (you’ve never heard the term before? Well, just think about it) but all your creature comforts are taken care of. Either two or three bedroom tents, they all have separate living and kitchen space and outside furniture that includes a barbecue. The kitchens have enough equipment to pull together a meal for the family and with the inclusion of that barbecue, meal times will become a real experience. All tents are being given new canvasses, inside and out, for 2012 and the new design means you will be able to completely open your tent up during the day.

If you prefer more creature comforts then Bel has some great chalets to choose from. Two bed chalets with shower room and separate kitchen and living space these chalets have everything you need to set up a real home from home for your holiday. You can even book them with outside decking which means great family barbecues in the warm summer evenings.

Facilities & Activities at Camping Bel

There are on site animation teams who organise clowns, magic shows and cinemas to keep the kids amused and there is a games room with pool, video games and pinball so why not get together with other holiday makers and arrange your own Olympics. To help the little ones get around there are rumble trucks and all terrain buggies and the 3 Scandinavian style play areas will also be a sure-fire hit. As well as animation teams there is a Fun Station that offers supervised activity such as Breakfast Club and Superhero Training morning, afternoon and evening to give you some valued downtime.

Feeding the family is great with the self catering but this is France so why not visit the local food shops, cafes and restaurants to give them a taste (literally) of proper French living. On site there is a take-away serving all the usual goodies and a bread van visits daily.

Bel has two pools, one specifically for children – the other for all the family, a sun terrace and Jacuzzi which make it perfect for lazing around in the sun. The indoor fitness course, tennis, table tennis, badminton, basketball, and gymnasium will keep you busy and if that’s not enough there is a small bar with two TV screens for some gentle evening entertainment.

Stretch your wings outside of the camp and you have windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayaking all available less than 4 miles from the camp site. You’ll be certainly drawn to the beach at La Tranche, it’s the longest in region, and has more than enough sand for everyone. The pretty village of La Rochelle with its, cobbled streets, shops and restaurants is a lovely place to visit for something to eat and it’s aquarium with 12,000 marine animals is a great afternoon out as well. Planete Sauvage is a well stocked safari park and Futuroscope a theme park for media and technology with dramatic buildings also make for great afternoons out.

Five Reasons to Book a Family Holiday to Camping Bel

  • Peace and quiet
  • Beach at La Tranche
  • Activities for the kids
  • Good swimming pools
  • Futuroscope Theme park

Family Travel Guide to Vendee – France

Vendee is one of the less well known names in western France which is a shame as it has so much to offer for family holidays. You can find out just what’s on offer by clicking the links below;

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  1. Lesley

    A pleasant and fun camp site, I travelled with my husband and 3 young children (4,4 and 6) – yes twin boys! Keeping the kids entertained was our main priority (concern) but with the help of the fantastic staff at Camping Bel it wasn’t an issue. The kids had so much to do, they’re were really spoilt at the kids clubs plus the amazing onsite facilties kept us all busy. The beach is closeby and makes a nice change from the pool, the beach is better I though it would be, long and sandy – we built a lot of sand castles.

    The area is beautiful and I saw lots of families hiring bikes to explore the area, unfortunately our brood were a little too young although you can hire the buggy extensions. Depending on your pitch the site can be a little noisy at night, we were located near the toilet blocks and continually heard the patter of footsteps during the night, just a minor setback from what was a great holiday.

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