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Camping Holidays in Midi-Pyrenees

Bordering Spain and the Pyrénées to the south and with Gironde to the north, these three regions are full of both contrasts and surprises. Beyond the endless sandy beaches with their spectacular Atlantic surf, there are some of the most peaceful pine forests on earth. The area’s natural attractions range from wonderful mountains to the world’s biggest sand dunes, with cuisines that range from the simplicity you will find in the Basque country to the sophistication of Bordeaux and the elegance of Cognac.

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This part of France probably has more contrasts than any other. It is a stunning region with some fantastic cities such as the fabulously trendy Biarritz and pretty Labenne, Messanges and Biscarrosse all of which are on the Atlantic coast and offer some of the best beach locations in France. Then, by contrast there’s stunning Luz St Sauveur, only a short drive away, right in the heart of the Pyrenees themselves. The town is in the Pyrenees national park and is a great place for hiking and cycling holidays where you can soak up the wonderful views.

Whichever way you take your Pyrenees you can’t get away from the fact that this is Basque country and you don’t have to look hard or far to see signs of it. The Basque language and culture are very strong in this part of the world and give a distinct un-French flavour to this part of France.

High season sees all coastal resorts here being very busy yet they are all quality resorts with Biarritz being particular favoured by the great and good. It used to be a fishing village but was transformed by Emperor Napoleon in hour of his wife, the Empress Eugenie. As this is an Atlantic resort, as with the other local ones, expect good surf here. It’s a bit of a Mecca for surfers which makes for a great contrast with the fashionable Parisians who come here in their droves during the summer.

The region has its own cuisine, well perhaps two distinct cuisines. The coastal region is very Basque influenced and serves very good seafood and tomato and pepper sauces feature on the many menus with lots of local rose wines. In the more mountainous areas expect to see food based on the local delicacies of mountain beef and Brebis cheese.

Like no other region in France, the Pyrenees offer two holidays, sophisticated resort elegance and rugged fresh mountain air from one campsite which makes it a regular destination for many families.

Holiday Parks in Pyrenees

A camping holiday in the Pyrenees will mean lots of outdoor activities experiencing the lovely fresh air in the region. There sites in this part of France are very varied but all have great facitlies and are very well run.

Camping Les Ilates Campsite

La Rive Campsite

Le Vieux Port Campsite

Sylvamar Campsite

Independant campsites in Pyrenees

Things to do in Midi-Pyrenees

Biarritz

For a touch of faded grandeur, elegance and some amazing beaches its well worth the journey to Biarritz. Mingle with the beautiful people along the promenade, eat in the region’s most elegant restaurants or just take in a great day the beaches. Either way it’s worth the journey from your campsite to expeience this wonderful resort.

La Foret Suspendue

In the middle of the Gourzy Forrest is la Foret Suspendue. This is a day out with a difference. It’s an adventure playground built in the trees and involves tree walks, rope slides and all sorts of climbing activities which makes if great for older kids. There is also a mini-course for those under four which means that the entire family will enjoy a day out here.

Pic du Midi Observatory

High, very high up in the mountains is Pic du Midi Observatory. It’s worth the drive just for the view which is simply out of this world but whilst your there you might want to try out a little star gazing yourself. You can enjoy an evening dinner here, as the sun goes down and you can take a cable care right to the top of the peak. At almost 10,000ft it’s probably not for the faint hearted.

Parc Animalier des Pyrénées

A day out looking at animals always goes down well with the kids and the Parc Animalier des Pyrénées. Situated in Argeles Gazost, they have a great collection of animals including bears, wolves, and otters. Organised activities for the kids include learning what you can tell from an animals footprints and this excursion will keep the little ones very happy.

Getting to the Pyrenees

Because of the distances you’ll probably be tempted to fly into one of the regional airports served from the UK. Toulouse has flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and London Gatwick while Rodez and Caracassone are served from London Stanstead. A simple car hire and you’re on your way to your chosen campsite.

If you want to take your time, driving is an option. Getting to France itself sees a great selection of ferries from Dover – Calais, Portsmouth – Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo, Poole – Cherbourg, Plymouth Roscoff. It’s about choosing the one that’s most convenient for you and don’t forget the channel tunnel from Dover to Calais – great at only 20 minutes duration making your onward journey much easier. You’ll probably want to plan a relaxing journey with an overnight stop in one of the many camp sites in Normandy, Brittany or the Loire

You can also look to travel by train. You can take a Eurostar from London St. Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet to Paris and then change onto the SNCF network, which includes the TGV to Toulouse and other towns in the Midi-Pyrénées.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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