Camping de l'Océan

Europe France Aquitaine Gironde

  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Stress-free haven for beach-lovers, surfers, families, solo travellers, and everyone in between

Soulac-sur-Mer, claims the tourist office, is ‘close to everything except boredom’. They’re not fibbing. This seaside resort on the Bay of Biscay is dense with activities to suit all ages, all within easy walking/cycling distance of each other. Starting at La Pointe de Grave, 88 miles (141 km) of cycling tracks run south down the Médoc coast to Les Landes, taking in wild beaches, stunning lakes, chateau vineyards, and scented pine forests. Long, sandy stretches front Soulac’s compact town, where bijou boutiques and eateries suit all tastes. The resort has been protected from urbanisation, the streets look cute in their neo-classical splendour, and the locals appear to be a friendly bunch.

We’re on the northern tip of the Médoc, where the Gironde Estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean on the Côte d’Argent (Silver Coast). The drive from Bordeaux takes close to two hours, or you can journey south across the estuary from Royan. Soulac is a calm, quaint resort. Locals claim it was the country’s first beach resort and celebrate their heritage every June at a lively carnival. At the end of the last decade the town weathered two big storms that ate away at the coastline. Safely situated 328 yards (300 m) back from Plage de l’Amélie is Camping de l’Océan, undeniably the nicest campsite on the Soulac block. Their set-up is exemplary. A snack bar, reception, and wash-rooms are designed to blend in with the surroundings. Everything you need is on site, but if it’s not, just grab a bike and get pedalling until you find it. Soulac won’t leave you wanting.

Details

Facilities

10 communal hook-ups, 3 washing areas (Le Soleil, La Mer, La Fôret), 30 strong, hot showers and 40 toilets, including disabled. Shop and snack bar open daily in July and August. Washing machines, tumble- dryers (€5/€3). Wi-Fi €1.50 per hour (cheaper in town). 10 communal BBQs. Tennis is free in June and September, otherwise €6 per hour. TV and games room, table tennis. No campfires.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes.
Large groups, young groups – no.

Nearby

Cycling trails offer an exciting way to explore. Horse-riding, skate-boarding, and sky-diving easily accessible from Soulac. The Romanesque Notre-Dame-de-la- Fin-des-Terres basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Courdouan lighthouse, the oldest in Europe, can be found at Le Verdon-sur-Mer. If the Atlantic surf is too wild there are sandy lake beaches at Hourtin lakes, a 45-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

Restaurants in Soulac take cash or cheque only. Le Panier de Becassine (0033 6 63 30 94 36) serves Italian and fish dishes in a homely atmosphere.

Open

All year.

Location

Contact Camping de l'Océan, 62 Allée de la négade L'amélie, 33780 Soulac Sur Mer, Gironde, Aquitaine, France

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Getting There

Head north-west out of Bordeaux on D1 towards Castelnau-de-Médoc, then D1215 towards Soulac- sur-Mer. Turn left on allée Montaigne towards L’Amélie-sur- Mer and look for a left turn on D101. Campsite signposted down track.

Regular trains in summer from Bordeaux to Soulac. Prebook a taxi (0033 5 56 09 79 57).

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