We have just returned from our first experience of travelling with Eurocamp and taking a dog on holiday.
Firstly we can honestly say that taking your dog to Europe using the Pet Passport scheme is very easy. We travelled via the tunnel as decided that this was a good option - quick and dog could stay with us. It is a long drive from Calais to Saint Aubin Sur Mer taking 4 hours but the roads weren't busy.
At arrival at the site we were greeted by a member of the Eurocamp team Katie, who took us round to our accommodation Esprit 2 bed, 1 bath with deck. It was really clean and our extras that we had ordered were all ready for us. After making the beds and unpacking we headed into the village. A short walk to local shops and the beach.
St Aubin Sur Mer originally was a fishing village. The beach here is where the Canadians landed during D Day and met heavy resistance.
We used the site as a base to visit all of the D Day Beaches and museums in the area. We visited Juno Beach and centre, Gold Beach, Arromanches to see the artificial harbour, Ouistreham, Sword Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Caen, Bayeux, Honfleur, Deauville, Ohama Beach and most of the museums in the area.
The area is easy to explore with some beautiful countryside.
A trip to the war cemeteries is very moving and thought provoking.
We ate out in local restaurants but also used the supermarket to purchase provisions and used the barbie provided.
Our 15 year old son used the pool once but found it was cold and not very deep. It certainly seemed very popular with the smaller children.
The site is kept really clean with lots of facilities. A couple of nights we found it was noisy. We did use the on site shop but mostly used the supermarkets s these are a cheaper option.
If you do travel with your dog just remember to book the visit to vet prior to your return journey. We went two days before we were due to travel home. We also took our own worming tablet and frontline which they were happy to use. Just make sure you get all of relevant pages stamped in the passport so to avoid any problems when returning home.
Would we travel with Eurocamp again ? YES
Would we take the dog again ? YES
Overall we had a fabulous trip to France.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 500 metres from the extensive beach at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in the department of Calvados and only 30 minutes from the town of Caen, Sandaya's 5 star camp site "La Cote de Nacre", welcomes you to Basse-Normandie. With its heated water park, its indoor pool and water slides, your family will be won over by Norman charm. Region of culture and heritage, you'll appreciate the campsite's central location between Arromanches and Ouistreham - ideal for imagining the June 1944 Landings in all their length and width. Everyone will be happy here, whether they have come to recharge their batteries, explore, or have fun. •Open from 25 March 2016 to 11 September 2016 •Camp site covering 10 hectares with 507 pitches. •Free activities and children's clubs. •Water Park covering 750 m² heated with covered pool and slides. •WIFI throughout the campsite and free access in the restaurant area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yelloh Village Cote De Nacre Hotel Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer
- Camping Sandaya La Cote De Nacre Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer, Normandy