A Carcasonne alternative, far more pleasant town in our view than the big C and significantly less selfie taking tourists, it a lovely little town full of character and the aire was adjacent to the main road but we heard little to no traffic overnight on the hardstanding pitches and free water.
Worth visiting the town whenever near to it.
Ignore the height barrier it is a stock google photo from 2012 and has obviously been removed as can be seen by the first photo
A field opposite the Ostrich farm which could take 20 vans and is part of the France Passion scheme but no request was made to see our membership, we shared the field with another van and were separated from the donkey by a bit of wire. If the wind was going in the wrong direction i reckon you could smell those ostriches. They have a restaurant on site as well but it was "book up" for when we were there. You could feed the things through the fence
In true France Passion style we purchased...
We liked this place and considering I was in my "Im not going to spend a penny phase" that says something for this aire on hard standing next to the beach for 8 euros with free water and space to sit out.
RIght next to the beach that went for a bit with people throwing themselves off cliffs with parachutes all day.
Definite return so it easily passed the decent aire point
Now heres an anomaly. We went through this town on the way down and popped in for a coffee stop and ablutions. We parked alongside the quay and the weather was pretty bad and we thought the whole place was not very enticing.
Anyway, we came back that way and the weather was nice, came in from a different direction and thought the place was stunning, had a wonder round and it wasnt until we walked in teh same direction as we came that we realised.
Make of that, what you will for a...
Part of a campsite and they come round early evening or you can attend the hut to pay your 8 euros including water, its on sandy grassy and although flat reversing up to the edges may require blocks, walk through the tree line and youre on the beach, which wasnt enticing but it was blowing a hooly when we were there so shouldnt really comment. Possible to walk along the beach to the town with facilities.
There was some sort of wetlands along the walk to the town to the north
An enclosed pay as you enter via barrier system, so make sure there is a space before entering and it is pretty tight. Probably used to be part of the municipal campsite and you get water and dump at the campsite next door which i made note was free. Hard grassy surface and a sort of park where you dare attitude whilst we were there. Couple of days maximum otherwise its into the campsite next door.
nothing to shout about in the town, beach is less than a pitching wedge away
This is a bit of a corker if you can get in.
First up the beach that it is adjacent to is a naturist beach, and it is a proper naturist beach, so if you were to put a costume on you would look extremely out of place, there are other beaches available.
Extremely well used beach and oversubscribed car park and aire. No facilities from memory and space to get your seats out. Some liberal french parking on occasions, hard surface which is dusty, about 4-600 metres to beach and then across some...
We didnt go much on this aire, it was 4 euros in a machine to get a ticket and then packed in like sardines, little chance of opening door, never mind stepping out or putting a chair out but there was some lawn to the rear, fair way to the beach but nice port and sea type things to look at
A slightly sloping aire on hard surface within a car park but designated motorhome parking and we stayed the night. Dont remember any water and it is a flat walk to the top of the cliffs past some really quite nice houses then down a wooden pathway to the beach. Free of charge and well used area
Large hardstanding free of charge aire with paying facilities by jeton available in the really quite nice boulangerie. Not a lot in the village but there were signs for another aire, but dont bother as this one is by far superior to a little car park.
possible to walk to the beach and very Q area and they like sticking on a party particularly weird maypole dancing without the maypoles.
Socks and sandals and weird...
Interesting aire which is free and has water which i remember to be free, its a tad slopey and remember it as being hard sandy. Its part of one way system so careful which way you exit.
If you take a look at the map you can see it is very close to a beach and if you look further you can see the naturist beach just below.
Fortunately/unfortunately males appear to meet up in the woods just behind the aire and it makes an interesting night if you sit outside your van with a bottle of wine...
A designated parking area with free water and gated entrance which is a flat walk to the beach in the town.
The town itself is very much Bognoresque in that it is full of shops selling inflatable dinghies but a couple of classy looking restaurants there as well.
There is a zoo and the best beaches are south of the town where it was possible to wild at.
Nice and safe feeling and 10 euros ish a night
A very popular aire with designated parking spot and barrier entrance which was about 6 euros a night when we first went however the second visit we were met with a queue to go in which was quite big and that was in September,
If you can get in then the town is very touristy but it is not tacky, very clean and more up market. A few hundred yards to the beach.
I would suggest getting here before 1000 hrs in order to wait for someone to come out so you can go in. I think it was 2 days...
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Anyway, we toured the calanques from here and it cost 5 euros a night including water. Plenty of space and there was no noise from the kids at the skatepark. Its out of town. definite return for here and there was a museum next door. Dont think we went into the town
Park where you want, free of charge, river for swimming just a couple of hundred yards away, sufficient shops in village, preferable to have a form of transport I would have thought.
looks like some caravans there in the photo from google but none while we were there, really quite pleasant place, there was a 3.5 tonne bridge in the town that nobody took any notice of.
Another good base to leave the motorhome in full view of other motorhomers for the day out on the motorbike
Just about remember this one from a few years ago, it was as close to Marseilles as i would want to go and leave the van. We used it to visit les Calanques on a motorbike.
It is out of the way and gated but you have to know how long you want to stay upon entry and it was 4.50 a night.
Follow the signs and not your satnav. Cant remember about water and leccy.
Chusclan private aire which is free and opposite the winery with decent wine and they do Carlsberg aires as well.
Each designated spot has its own picnic table. I mean, come on, what else do you want ?
The wine was good and we purchased enough to keep me going for nearly a week.
The town was very pleasant as well with a flat walk over the river and great area nearby for Beaux villages if you have the transport.
Definite revisit for us
And in doing some research I find that a few others...