We have visited Normandy, Brittany and The Loire, but not this part of France which we loved. The campsite is larger than we would normally choose however we were lucky to be at the back in a Canvas Holidays unit.
We spent a couple of days around the pool and yes it was difficult to get sunbeds but we like to explore places otherwise you could be anywhere warm! We saw people waiting for the gates to open at 9.15am (they don't open until 10.00am)! We went down at 11.00am and managed to get sun loungers. The main pools are cold (the sea was actually warmer) but it wasn't a huge problem, the pool where the lazy river is located was actually quite warm. Speedo style swim shorts must be worn, they won't let you in the pool unless you have them and that applies to boys too.
We didn't go to any of the entertainment as it's not our thing, however the kids disco seemed popular and there was a good programme for exercise fanatics ranging from yoga to aqua aerobics.
The pizzas from the takeaway are ok and we bought some on our first night - there is a Leclerc supermarket in Marennes and a bigger better stocked one in Rochefort for everything you'd need. The Rochfort Leclerc has a large Intersport sports shop which is excellent for bodyboards, swimsuits/speedos and snorkels.
There are mozzies because the area is largely salt marshes but as previous reviewers have said use mozzie spray and plug ins and we used citronella candles, between 3 of us we got about 3 bites.
Yes you need a car but that was one of the main reasons for choosing France so we could drive around and explore, otherwise we'd have gone to Greece or Turkey where we could get a bus /boat to places. The campsite is 5 miles from the Ile D'Oleron which is beautiful. The Sunday market at Chateau d'Oleron is worth a visit, everything can be bought from local goats cheeses in a variety of flavours, to hand crafted necklaces and the small indoor market has fresh fish and bakeries. We visited the tourist office and got a map of the island and the lady highlighted the best beaches - vert bois in the south is silvery sand, warm sea and patrolled by life guards, there is just enough swell for body boarding. The beach after Boyardville is backed by forest, you park in the forest and its a five minute walk to the beach which is wheelchair friendly, there are lifeguards but the waters are safe and shallow, there is a wheelchair which can be borrowed to go into the sea. The people are lovely and friendly and go out of their way to help.
On the mainland Ronce les Bains is an old fashioned small holiday resort with a number of delicious ice cream shops - the beach isn't brilliant as its on the estuary but a couple of miles up the road is Galeon d'or beach which is so stunning you could be in the carribean. Don't let negative reviews put you off, yes you have to travel around, yes you need a car, but would you go to Cornwall without a car? La Rochelle is beautiful and worth a visit - bit disappointed with the Aquarium, although this may be because it was heaving! There are a lot of Brits in the area and campsite but no more than other popular parts of France. The campsite when we stayed (last 2 weeks in August) was mainly French families camping, then the British/Irish and quite a few Dutch, the French families were the first to leave as they usually have a week at home before returning to work. We may return again to the campsite however we would probably choose to stay on the Ile D'Oleron as we loved it so much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The campsite Sequoia Parc is a 5 stars family campsite of 45 ha of nature and greenery in the heart of the Charente-Maritime region. In the village of Saint-Just-Luzac, it is also at only 7km from Marennes Plages and near to famous cities like La Rochelle, Saintes, Rochefort or Royan, which you will visit with pleasure. You will appreciate the climate of the region, particularly because the Charente-Maritime is the most sunny part of France, after Côte d'Azur. This year, the campsite will turn its 20 years ! You could try several activities in family in the campsite. You could, for example, appreciate our swimming pool area of 2 000 m², with 4 pools of which 3 heated, slides, river and jacuzzi. You could also do sports thanks to our tennis courts, our petanque field and multisports field (soccer, basketball, volleyball). Children will appreciate our mini-farm but also our children club which welcome for free, and during all the season kids from 4 to 12 years old. Do you want to take a stroll in family? Take the Velodyssee by bike. You will go along the Atlantic coast. Bikes can be hired at the Information Point of the campsite. You can also take a stroll by horse or poney thanks to our equestrian center. In July and August, our organizers keep surprises! Animations, competition, concerts, shows... You will have fun at campsite Séquoia Parc! If you are hungry, our restaurant, Le Carrousel, welcomes you every evening, to make you discover our regional flavor. You could also taste our snack, which proposes take-away, particularly pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. Finally, our mini-market is at your disposal and proposes you several products for your daily purchases. All our pitches and accommodations are delimited by trees and hedges to guarantee you maximum of privacy. Our accommodations can accommodate from 4 to 7 persons. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castel Camping Sequoia Parc Hotel Marennes