I had my first holiday (as an adult) at a Eurocamp in South of France this summer.
When I was younger I would go on these holidays all of the time and they were always my favourite holidays with some of my fondest memories.
This is what drew myself and hubby to a Eurocamp holiday ourselves, to be able to give these same memories to Noah.
Myself and hubby had already been away, just the two of us, earlier this year travelling Western Europe in a VW camper van (The Happy Campers), but we always take Noah away too and needed somewhere family friendly.
Noah is my husband’s son, 8 years old, and lives with us half of the time. We think it’s really important to be able to give him these memories and experiences through travel. We also had another family travelling with us on this trip (Nath’s cousin Becky and one of my besties). Becky and her husband, John travelled with 3 kids which meant Noah had some great company for the holiday as did the adults.
We decided not to fly as we would have to hire a car out there and the ferry was about an eighth of the cost of what it would have been to fly.
We travelled with DFDS which in total cost £106. For those of you that don’t know, the crossing is only two hours from Dover to Dunkirk. The ferry has a small shop, cafes and a small play area for toddlers. If I’m honest, there isn’t a huge amount to do on the ferry but the crossing is so quick it doesn’t matter. Plus, if you’re travelling with kids, they will keep you occupied as I’m sure they will want something to eat and drink and will want to go on the deck also.
So our trip from Cardiff to Dover was around 4 hours and then the drive in France, from Dunkirk down to Lit Et Mixe, was approx. 11 hours. Yes it was a lot of driving, but you can stop when you want, stretch, have something to eat and even visit a few places and incorporate that in to your trip. We didn’t visit anywhere this time as we travelled throughout the night to get to the camp quicker. Here are details of the camp we stayed at: Le Soleil De Landes.
Tip: The tolls are expensive in France and I believe it was approx. £90 in total to get down to the south and approx £60 on the way back (we avoided the more expensive ones around Paris.) We also spent about £200 in diesel, so all in all still cheaper than the flights and hiring a car.
The accommodation was a static caravan. It was pretty basic but clean and perfectly comfortable for what we needed. We stayed in a classic 2 bedroom with air con – one room had a double bed and the other x3 single beds. There was a separate toilet room and a shower room as well as a kitchen diner. All the equipment we needed was there for cooking plus a BBQ. However, you do need to take cleaning equipment, tea towels, bath towels and bedding (quilts and pillows are provided).
We cooked ourselves most of the time, I think only eating out twice, meaning we just did our normal weekly shop as we do at home. This probably saved us heaps of money!
The site had a pizzeria, spa, games room, play area for kids, including a park, football area, tennis, mini golf, volleyball and boules. There was also a swimming pool, splash park and a few water slides, so children are constantly entertained. The site is safe and Noah was fine going to the play area on his own which made it a lot more relaxing for us.
We did have an action packed holiday, but it’s always going to be with kids! Some days we stayed on site as there was plenty to do here and a bit more relaxing for us adults and other days we ventured off site. We were also surrounded by 24 acres of forestry which were lovely to walk or run in with or without the kids.
As the camps are mostly aimed at families, they are usually located in a popular destination with plenty of activities on offer. Lit et mixe has a daily market and a night market on Thursdays (this was very small.) The town also had a vast choice of cafes and restaurants.
We were only approx 4.5 miles from the beach which could be reached via the forestry tracks or you could hop on the free shuttle bus. We hired bikes from the camp and cycled there and back.
The beaches were beautiful – the sand soft and white, the water wonderfully clear and the waves were huge. You did have to be careful as the waves were so powerful but I do love playing in the sea.
The beaches we visited were called Place Du Cap De L’homy and Contis-Plage. I personally preferred the first beach as it was quieter and less touristy. There were plenty of restaurants and cafes around and I also had the best churros ever at Contis-Plage (I obviously had a couple of crepes on the trip too… that’s a must in France).
We also went on an 8km canoe trip, did some wild swimming in a local lake, and as we were only 1.5 hours from Spain, we crossed the border and had a day trip in San Sebastián where we visited the aquarium (definitely recommend) and went on a boat trip (don’t recommend if you get sea sick. It was choppy!)
All in all the holiday was relaxing, fun, exciting and full of activities. One thing that’s really important to me when on holiday is to experience and embrace the culture and have plenty of activities planned. This holiday certainly had that. It was perfect for the kids as they had their freedom on camp, there was plenty to do on and off camp and we had great company also.
I would definitely go on another eurocamp holiday. They were cheaper than all alternatives that we looked at and are very family friendly, purposely located in destinations with a load of activities available for the whole families to enjoy.