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palmyre loisirs

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palmyre loisirs

Has anyone been to palmyre loisirs. Looking to book for 2009 need a site with good pool complex. Will be driving from roscoff but willing to drive 6/7 hours. Just returned from le clarys plage great holiday but slides not challenging enough for 13 year old. any ideas please!!!

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We stayed at Palmyre Loisirs on two occasions - July 2002 and July 2006 and perhaps things have changed a little bit since then. I would consider the pool complex fairly good, but the one slide, although high and long is not very challenging for a 13 year old. I liked Palmyre Loisirs a lot -it had the best evening entertainment of any campsite we visted in France , Spain or Italy. Entertainment is in the outdoor theatre adjacent to the bar so adults can relax with a drink and enjoy the entertainment as the kids sit in front of the stage or run around. Even on the popular nights, there seemed to be seating for almost everyone. This is very important -we've been to sites where the entertainment was excellent but you needed to take a table up to two hours before a show to guarantee seating.

The site itself is slightly laid back, staff do not go around constantly checking things so do not be surprised if the odd loo here or there is missing paper! The restaurant is the site's downfall which is a pity as it's well located - next to the bar and theatre. The food in 2006 was very poor, simple things like spaghetti bolgnnaise were very bland.

The site is located about 2.5km. from the village of La Palmyre which is very nice and contains a number of good restaurants. Another really nice village is St. Palais sur Mer about 10km away. Both of these villages are on the sea and are connected by cylce routes.An absolute essential in this area is a bicycle- the entire region is saturated with excellent cycle routes - not just ones parrallel to roads but routes alongside beaches and through forests. Because the terrain is flat, cycling was a good way of exploring/travelling even for our four year old.

The site is well located, France's greatest zoo is just outside the village, La Rochelle is about an hour's drive away as is Saintes and Cognac. There is also a small but very good WWII museum about 20 minutes away.

My children are all below 9, however July 2007 we stayed at La Sirene near Perpignan where all the 13 year old types seemed to be having a ball in the pool complex.

There are a good few campsites dotted around La Palmyre so perhaps there are other sites that better suit your requirements regarding pools. The area is splendid however.

Best of luck.

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2. Re: palmyre loisirs

Thanks so much for your info. sorry for late reply - we had computer problems and were off line for a while. We are still looking but will probably go to that area seems to be loads to do and see there.

thanks again

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I havent personally stayed here but know others who have. The main 2 sites in this area with 'big' water slides are La Pinede - which has nothing else to offer but water facilities, it has little privacy between pitches and is sandy and dusty. Or Bonne Anse Plage, which has just been taken over by Siblu so has good facilites, but is a very crowded site with little privacy at pitches (but is near the town and beach). I like les charmettes (although water slides not the best for older kids) the overall site is more like a residential park with mostly 6ft hedges around mobiles, perfect for eating and relaxing in evenings. Also has best entertainment bar and complex we have come across in this area. I own here so am biased!!!! but have stayed at many others in this area.

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I would recommend renting a mobile home with Bonne Anse Chalets if you are looking for a camping holiday in the Royan area. The advantage is the proximity to the beach, its just a short walk 600m from the bottom of the site, and there is a fabulous water park on the campsite. Its a big site but then there are lots of facilities and so ideal for a family holiday.

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5. Re: palmyre loisirs

Thanks for that. We havent booked yet so will let you know how we fare out.

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Hi

Looking at booking this site Les Charmettes based on your recommondations / toying between this and La Palmyre loisir.... we have two families travelling together with a combination of small kids - 8, 4 and 3 - does this site have good small kids facilities? any kids clubs particularly for the 8 year old?

Your posting sounds like its got lots of privacy which is nice and ive read its popular with irish clients?

Regards

C

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7. Re: palmyre loisirs

Hi Rockyireland, have you booked anythign yet, just wondering what you decided to go with, we are looking at travelling in August with three kids 8,4, & 3 - there are two families and tossing with this site or Les charmettes

Catherine

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Hi

We still havent booked anything hoping for a heat wave at home! A friend recommended Bonne Anse has travelled there for the past few years and couldnt praise it highly enough. Best of luck with your plans Enjoy

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We (with 3 kids-11, 10 and 8) went to la Palmyre Loisirs at the end of June 09 and stayed 3 weeks. We booked through Keycamp and as it was our forst holiday we were very happy with them. The accomodation was spot on - we booked a Grand 29 (sleeps 8) even though there were only 5 of us. This was on the recomendation of a friend- and it was sound advice.

We chose fly-drive (Ryanair and Hertz) and arrived into Nantes. 2 and a half hours later we were on site- a pleasant drive.

The campsite was ideal for the kids. Excellent pool complex with slides, great kids groups (the girls really loved the Circus School, and ended up being part of a performance on the stage at the end of the first week) and a excellent variety of concerts and performances, from the staff each night.

The restaurant on site was very good, according to others, but we prefered the great array of restaurants in La Palmyre (the Tex Mex opposite the Tourist Office was a favourite with the kids). The other facilities were good- the Laundret needed plenty of powder and the supermarket was OK, but just for daily stuff like croisants and milk/water. For the bulk of your provisions, you would be best going to Champion (through Les Mathes and Auvert) approximately a10 minute drive).

The site is great for exploring the locality. A trip to the Aquarium in La Rochelle is a must and th town itself is fantastic- markets, concerts, carnivals, good pubs and restuarants. There is a 'Lunar Park' about five minutes drive from the park and a must for the kids and the more adventurous Mums and Dads.

You should also consider a day trip to Cognac- a beautiful medieval towns and sample the brandy's. Royan is also excellent (10 km) with a great buzz at the seafront and port. The ferry to the Medoc Region over the Gironde is worth a go- we ran out of time.

However, like most places, simply driving along the narrow coast roads offers a great variety experiences to be had. You will find some super beaches, well supervised with lifeguards. The best (safest beaches were Naturist Beaches) After the initial shock, most Irish families (not nude) were very happy with the all important safety of these sandy beaches.

Remember, this area is on the Atlantic coast, so the climate is not as blisteringly hot as the Med area, it can be wet but it is still very warm.

We enjoyed our holiday, mainly because the campsite was friendly (plenty of Cork people), well managed and central to many interesting and exciting experiences. We shall return!

I haope this gives you some sort of insight into this site and area. Good luck!

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10. Re: palmyre loisirs

I have read that noise from Luna Park can be heard from les charmettes site and it has put me off. Is this true

Edited: 18 February 2010, 22:55
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