To date Camping Bel is our favourite campsite. Ever.
We have been there twice. Both times were fab so it wasn't a fluke the first time round.
So why does Camping Bel deserve such a worthy review?
The location of Camping Bel is perfect. It is a very short 300 metre walk to the local (amazing) beach. There is a very adequate supermarket (Super U) in walking distance (200 metres.) The local town of La Tranche is also a short 500 metre stroll away.
You could quite happily spend all your time between the campsite, the beach and the town. No need to really use a car to get anywhere. We took our bikes with us on the second visit, popped baskets on the front of them for grocery runs and barely used the car at all. There are plenty of cycle lanes and tracks in the area and it really is the perfect way of getting around.
The town is a typical tourist hotspot with many French coming for their summer holidays. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours to choose from, alongside the typical holiday shops you would expect.
There is a free bus (The Fun Bus!) that stops close to the campsite and it goes between La Tranche Sur Mer and another local town that I forget the name of now.
The beach is beautiful with lots of rock pools for the kids to explore. The sea was never amazingly warm during our times there but it didn't stop us 🙂 There is a sailing and windsurf school together with a beach cafe complete with bouncy castle. Next to the beach there is a pool complex with a waterslide and other activities.
There are 200 pitches together with static caravans and pre erected tents (available for hire through Keycamp/Eurocamp.)
The campsite is very family friendly with a cinema night every day showing children's film next to the bar. The play areas are fantastic and always kept ours entertained on the nights we hung out at the campsite. There is a curfew at 1030pm asking everyone to be quiet until 7am, which people did adhere to during both our visits.
A nice touch is 'the breadman' who arrives each morning at around 8am and drives around the campsite with freshly baked pastries. Where else can you go croissant shopping whilst still in your PJs? The downside - he rings a loudish bell, if you are lucky enough to still be snoozing at this time on a family camping trip, you won't be for much longer. The other downside, the pastries are more expensive then the supermarket...but oh so worth it. We arrived at his van a little late one morning and all he had left was chocolate covered doughnuts. The boys couldn't believe their luck. Well they were on holiday.
The swimming pool was adequate for our splashing needs, a little on the chilly side. It can get pretty busy at times but nothing that really bothered us.
The shower/toilet block was suitably clean and we never had a problem with them.
It really is a nice friendly campsite with mixed nationalities (although due to the Keycamp/Eurocamp presence predominantly English.) The boys always made friends to cycle round with and do things kids like to do on camping trips.
We have always booked directly with the campsite owners via their website. To find out more and make an enquiry I would visit them there.
Hi, I`m Ben and I loved this brilliant campsite so much that I want to live there and rate it 100,000,000,000 out of 10!!!
I would recommend that if you are looking for a camping holiday in western France, Camping Bel is the ideal place for you! If it`s cold, which it hardly ever is, you could stay in a static caravan, which I absolutley love, or, if it`s hot like it usually is, you could stay in a tent , which is even better!!!