I have fond memories of visiting Camping La Sirene as a youngster on a family holiday in 1993, and my wife and I made the decision to return this year with our young children, aged 4 and 1.
Having previously visited the Loire, Dordogne and the Languedoc, I would rate this the best of the four holidays. The campsite is excellent - it must be one of the best in France, and having travelled with Canvas holidays, the trip was enhanced even further.
The updated swimming pool complex is exceptional, although the lifeguards seemed to change the rules of the age restrictions of the larger slides on an almost daily basis - a shame as our four year old enjoyed the more grown up slides that he went down accompanied by me. But nevertheless, the pool facilities are stunning and there was plenty of room for everyone (albeit at a slightly quieter time of year) with not much waiting for slides.
We stayed in a three-bed Canvas Select Plus with decking and air conditioning. These are more spacious and better equipped than the Select Plus Sirene options, which look as though they are leased by Canvas from the campsite. They are more modern and better looking, but arguably less practical with no dishwasher, no grill, less space, but they are at ground level, so no steps).
The shop, as at all campsites, was expensive but well-stocked with plenty of freshly baked croissants, baguettes and pain aux raisins every day. There's a Intermarché Hyper in Argeles, just off the main road (the D914) and there's also a McDonalds (for free wifi) and fuel station there (cheapest in the area). Produce is approximately half the price at the Intermarché, so it's worth the petrol to visit there for most shopping.
Facilities wise, the site is excellent with mini golf, bike hire, archery, table tennis, tennis and numerous playgrounds for youngsters, and all free (except the bike hire). Fancy a few holes of mini golf? Just walk up, help yourself to a ball and putter and away you go. Normally these are charged as extras, but not here which is most welcome. Having said that, there was no wifi, which was a mixed blessing. It meant that phones weren't used much during the holiday which was a welcome technological break, but at the same time it was a bit frustrating in this day and age. Plans are afoot to install wifi this summer, but staff were unsure as to when this might become a reality. Wifi at McDonalds is an option but was woefully slow and inconvenient, so we elected to buy a £3 24 hour, 100Mb option from EE on a couple of occasions when we wanted to check emails or investigate options for day trips.
Finally, the area is great to visit. Collioure is one of the prettiest seaside towns in France and the wine is excellent. We also visited Chateau de Castelnou and its village (one of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France") which is well-worth a trip, and also sells delicious wine.
We had a day trip to Figueres in Spain, which is the birthplace of Salvador Dali, and naturally there's a Dali museum to visit there. We didn't go in as our youngsters would not have enjoyed it and thus we wouldn't have, but one day we'll hopefully take a trip. The queue was sizable mid morning, so an early start is advisable if you want to visit without a long wait, especially considering this was not high season and was on a weekday.
If you're after some good local French wine, Clos St Georges (in Trouillas) is recommended for Côtes du Roussilon, and the Abbe Rous Banyuls is also worth checking out. There are numerous vineyards and road-side tasting options on the way to and from Collioure and Banyuls (the latter of which is akin to a French equivalent of Port, and is sumptuous) which are worth checking out, although our favourite Collioure was "Les Tines", purchased in the town itself.
Overall, a superb holiday, and we plan to return in years to come.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The campsite club La Sirène is situated in Argeles sur mer, a seaside town on the southern Mediterranean coast, La Sirene is ideally located, less than 900 metres from the beach.Everyone should be able to savour their holiday at their own pace, lazy day’s by the tropical pool (waterslides, games, paddling pools, Jacuzzi…), a multitude of sporting activities and entertainments, pub and disco (high season), excellent quality live shows. Everyone will find their place, every member of the family will find something to enjoy!Customers renting mobile homes, cottages or chalets will receive access to all of the free facilities and entertainment (Bracelet Club) and payable activities. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Sirene Hotel Argeles-Sur-Mer