Bel Campsite, La Tranche Sur Mer, Vendee

 

Bel Campsite - Review

Bel Campsite Entrance and pools

Camping Bel is a lovely small French campsite which is just a short walk from both the beach and a supermarket ! The site is a family run site of only 200 pitches, good children's facilities and a marvellous beach two streets away!

It is a well kept, clean site with mostly shaded grassy pitches and with good facilities including a pool. The local town of La Tranche Sur Mer has many nice restaurants and shops. The centre of La Tranche is approximately a 1 mile walk from the campsite.

CAMPSITE FACILITIES
  • • Two pools. The first pools is 0.40m to 1.70m. The second pool is a children's pool with depth from 0.40m to 0.50m. This pool also has a small slide. Please note : men and boys should take swimming trunks or speedo style swimsuits rather than swim shorts as these are not allowed in the pool and similarly a number of pools in France will require that you don't wear swim shorts.
  • • Tennis court, badminton court, two table tennis tables and a basketball hoop.
  • • Three well designed play areas for children.
  • • Evening entertainments including film shows at the childrens outdoor cinema, magic shows, a clown show
  • • Onsite kids club but in addition if you travel with a tour operator such as Eurocamp then they will also run a childrens club - double check with the tour operator to find out their latest arrangements.
  • • Super U supermarket that is easily walkable
  • • No shop on site but from 24/05/2010 - 06/09/2010 there is a take-away and also a small bar with two large TV screens
  • • Bread man from the boulangerie cycles round the campsite in the mornings. You can listen out for his bell. Check with the onsite reception for details.
  • • Close to a long sandy beach
  • • Onsite snack bar
  • • Immaculately kept shower/toilet blocks
  • • Bike hire close to the campsite. There are lots of flat cycle paths through forests. Very bicycle friendly.

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Getting There

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Ports

  • • St Malo: 299 km
  • • Roscoff: 438 km
  • • Caen: 425 km
  • • Cherbourg: 466 km
  • • Le Havre: 488 km

Airports

  • • La Rochelle: 67 km
  • • Nantes: 121 km

Public Transport

  • • Local Railway and bus services: SNCF Railway line Paris - Nantes / Nantes - la Roche-sur-Yon – Les Sables d'Olonne.
  • • SNCF Railway line Lyon - Nantes - La Roche-sur-Yon.
  • • La Roche Sur Yon is 40 kms away from La Tranche Sur Mer but you can travel this route from La Roche-sur-Yon to La Tranche-sur-Mer by Bus using the bus company Cars Sovetours. www.sovetours.fr
  • • There is also a railway line Bordeaux - La Rochelle - Luçon. You can then travel from Luçon to La Tranche-sur-Mer by Cars Sovetours.

Please check with campsite or tour operator to confirm further information about public transport.

Things to Do in the Area

FUN BUS

There is a free (I think - please double check!) FUN BUS that will take you round the different areas of La Tranche Sur Mer.

Restaurants

There are many restaurants in La Tranches and some which we have enjoyed include Restaurant Pizza Rico at 5, Rue Victor Hugo which has great pizzas and L'Etage Rotisserie and Grill at 10, rue Aristide Briand.

La Tranche sur Mer Waterpark

There is a waterpark in the town of La Tranche sur Mer which is great for a fun day of splashing and sliding around.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a 63 km (1 hr 15 min) drive away. The ancient port of La Rochelle has narrow streets, a fortified harbour and a fabulous aquarium. There are four ports. The largest, Port des Minimes is home to the Grand Pavois International boat show every September. The Vieux Port has many lovely restaurants around it. The centre of La Rochelle is compact enough to explore on foot. However if you want to get around more quickly you might like to try the self-service Vélo Jaune (city-owned yellow bikes), found at 26 key points across the city. You can also hire the bikes directly from Quai Valin (May-Sept) and all year on Place de Verdun. The first two hours are free, and you pay 1 Euro for every hour after that. You could also use Le Passeur and Bus de Mer (www.rtcr.fr) electric boats to hop between the city's ports. The Tourist Information Office which is only 300m from the train station can provide details of all of the above.

In La Rochelle, you may also like to visit the Musée des Automates, France's largest automated figure museum. This museum is home to around 300 models and some wonderful Victorian-era shop window displays. You may wish to walk around the interesting neighbourhood of Saint Nicolas, a city within a city, where everyone is said to know everyone else. It has cobbled streets and you could visit one of the cool bars, the vintage book shops or the antiques dealers or the Saturday Flea Market "Marche au Puces St Nicolas".

For more information about visiting La Rochelle, click here to visit the tourist information website.

Interiles Boats

Interiles runs various day trip and ferry services from La Tranche and La Rochelle, including ferries and boat trips to Île de Ré, Île d'Aix et L'île d'Oléron. For some more information please click here to access their internet site.

Île de Ré

Île de Ré is a low, narrow island about 30km long, with sandy beaches to the southwest and salt marshes and oyster beds to the northeast. Tst martinhe interior is a mix of vine, asparagus and wheat cultivation. All the buildings on Île de Ré are restricted to two storeys and are required to incorporate the typical local features of whitewashed walls, curly orange tiles and green-painted shutters, which give the island villages a holiday atmosphere. The island is reached by a road bridge with toll payable (off season toll is 9E and high season mid June to mid Sept it is 16.50E. You dont pay on return).

The capital is St-Martin (see photo), a north coast fishing port with beautiful whitewashed houses clustered around the stone quays of a well protected harbour.

Sables D'Olonne Zoo

This zoo is a 44km (52 mins) drive away and is worth visitingmonkey at zoo. The Zoo is home to almost 200 animals belonging to about forty species, including some endangered species. You will see flamingoes (flamant rouge, rainbow lorikeets (Loriquet de Swainson), snakes, gibbons, jaguars, lions, tigers (tigres), giraffes, red pandas and meerkats (Suricates) as well as many other animals, birds and reptiles.

The Indian Forest At Moutiers Les Mauxfaits

The Indian Forest is an adventure park with high ropes courses as well as lower level children's courses. In addition there is a picnic area, a woodland, paintball, mini golf, climbing wall. For more information, click here to access their site.

Puy du Foy

This is an excellent theme park which has an historical theme with vikings, romans and gladiators all featuring as well as French history.

There is also an evening spectacle which includes over 100 horses. It is expensive so it is best to plan your visit in advance by visiting their website and it is possible to request a brochure to be sent out. Click here to visit the Puy du Foy website.