La Palmyre

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  1. june123

    june123 Read Only Funster

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    Travelling southwards this summer - May/June - 3 weeks. Does anyone know La Palmyre? Any good aires preferably near easy cycling? Any frecommendations as what to see and do?
     
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    There is a huge aire right next door to Le Bonne Anse campsite and all around there, cycle path after cycle path in every direction. It is basically, a tarmac carpark and takes 100 - 150 vans. Small shopping centre, a few restaurants etc.

    You are within a 5 min walk to the shore from the aire but if you want to go for a long ride, the paths amongst other places go all the way through the forest to the back of the dunes, where you will find cycle racks! so you can chain em up and go onto the beach.

    There's some info about round there on the campsite website - http://www.siblu.com/france/charente_maritime/bonne_anse_plage.php
     
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    Thank you so much for all this info. It looks a good place to visit.
     
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    There are two aires one is on the Avenue L`Atlantique it was 8 euros last year when we were there it`s a card entry with bollards there is also a dump point on this one. The other aire is on the Boulevard de la plage it`s right on the beach 8 euros again but no service point. There is a crackin zoo in the area as well.:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    We stayed at La Palmyre the day before yesterday. We stayed on the seafront aire next to the marina (Bvd de la plage). As already mentioned its just a huge car park with no services but yards from the front, next to a bar and with cyclepaths along two sides. It cost 8€ but there was no barrier, was very quiet but I believe it's closed to motorhomes in July & August.
    We visited the other aire to use the services. That's a similar car park setting but further from the sea. Again I think it cost 8€ but there was a barrier. The services were easily reached outside the barrier.
    The cycling tracks were extensive and helpful being well marked and generally with a good surface. One went through the pine forests alongside the beach and appeared to go as far as Royan, we didn't go that far. It was the first time we saw processionary caterpillars but I don't think these are a problem in the summer.
    La Palmyre was very quiet in March. I should imagine its a real tourist trap in the summer.
     
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    Oh what happy memories of La Palmyre - fab site but very packed in the peak season...

    Summer 2011 we took 2 kids in a smallish tent as our old camper van was a 2 berth. As it was our first trip with the tent, we wanted them to be close by and pitched the tent on the narrow verge which was grass, and a few rose bushes here and there.

    Around 3am (now bear in mind we are all parked like sardines in the aire as its August!) we suddenly were awakened by the kids banging on the door shouting for us to wake up! Eventually we let them in and they were soaking wet!

    The explanation for the lush green of the verge was due to the automatic watering system that magically came up out of the ground and sprayed straight into the tent. Nightmare for the other campers - lights started to go on in the other vans, and lots of mutterings in French! Meanwhile we tried to dry the kids off (one of them had sensibly to put all her clothes near the entrance in a bag for the morning!)

    At that point we debated whether to drive through the night to get home or just stick it out and face our fellow motorhomers the next day - which we decided to do... after a long night, we were first at the local zoo the next day, with one of the kids in still damp clothes!

    Sorry if you happened to be camping there that night, Funsters!
     
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