Le Martinet Rouge

Europe France Languedoc-Roussillon Aude

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Easy going camping, great facilities and boulders to clamber on

Located between Carcassonne and the Montagne Noire, Martinet Rouge is a site of two halves. On the left are campervans and mobile homes, a scene that's generally quite unappealing to campers. But on the right you'll find 63 pitches arranged amid olive and oak trees – and a spread of distinctive bouldeers that date back to bygone eras. These features give the site its unique feel and will keep kids happy for a surprisingly long time.

The excellent facilities will keep them entertained the rest of the time. The large pool (wit water slide) is a popular feature, as is the excellently conceived play area, which cunningly combines a football pitch and a basketball court. Over at reception you can play pool or table tennis or slip inside and enjoy a coffee and a snack. There's also a lot to lure you away – lovely villages like Aragon and Montolieu, lots of Cathar castles, abbeys, and churches. Nature-lovers will also enjoy the site's proximity to nature; the famous Canal du Midi, forests, lakes, rivers, and caverns. And if you're feeling like sand instead of stones, the beaches of Gruissan or Narbonne are only an hour away.



Four wash blocks. Large pool, baby pool, basketball, football; cafe-bar, wi-fi, and shop.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, large groups, young groups – yes.


The site is surrounded by castles like majestic Saissac (0033 4 68 24 46 01). Visit the caves at Limousis or hire a boat on the Canal du Midi (0033 6 87 37 24 74).

Food & Drink

Freshly-baked baguettes and croissants daily; snacks all day. Basic meals at the cafe-bar. Try L'Auberge (0033 4 94 47 71 65)  in Aragon for great food, €30 per head.




Contact Le Martinet Rouge, Le martinet Rouge, 11390 Brousses-et-Villaret, Near carcassonne, Aude, France

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Getting There

The site is 9 miles (13km) north of Carcassone. From Toulouse, southbound A61 to exit 21 Castelnaudry, then wiggly d103 through St-Papoul and Saissac (scenic route); or exit 22, D4 to Bram, east along D6113 and just before Pezers left on to the tiny D48 north to Brousses. left at D103 and follow signs for the campsite.

Take the train to Carcassonne. There's a daily bus to the village.


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