Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Camping in France - Our Family Holiday

We had booked our family holiday, camping in France earlier during the year to a campsite called Le Clarys Plage in St Jean de Monts in the Vendee region which lies on the west coast.

As our summer holiday approached the whole family became very excited about going, with the children asking week in week out when we would be travelling.

We chose the campsite based on it's location to the local beach and the quality of the on site swimming pool complex and we were not disappointed and booked with Canvas Holidays.

The beach was only around 500m away and was wonderfully long and very sandy. You can always tell the quality of a beach by the number of locals that visit it and Les Mouettes beach was certainly busy and packed mostly with French families.

Les Mouettes Beach

Unlike the UK, there was a car park with direct access to the beach which was FREE and the best thing was that you could stay as long as you liked.

The beach was just great for children with a gently sloping sandy beach meaning that you had to go a fair distance out before you got out of your depth.

We spent a lot of time on the local beach building sandcastles and boats in which all three children would sit until the tide came in and washed it away. All three also spent a lot of time searching for and collecting a wide variety of shells and stones, which unfortunately ended up coming home with us (three buckets worth) that now seem to have taken pride of place in my garden!!

The campsite itself was, in my opinion one of these best we've visited.
The play park at Le Clarys Plage campsite

There were plenty of things for the children to do, from the wonderful play park to the great water slides and dragon splash park.

Le Clarys Plage pool complex

The dragon splash park

The area of St Jean de Monts is perfect for a family holiday, although I wish we'd taken our bikes with us.

The area has a whole range of cycle tracks which run throughout the region making getting around for children both fun and exciting and although we have taken their scooters, bikes would have been much better.

We all loved our family holiday and are looking forward to planning where to go camping next year which i will no doubt inform you all of soon!!!

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