This trip, our aim was to travel south in the shortest possible time, we decided that instead of our usual late night embarkation and overnighting in Calais, we would head south until tiredness caught up. Our plan including a straight eight hour run to a possible campsite near Valences, which left just a short drive to our first booked destination, Camping Le Soleil at Argeles sur Mer. I had researched a couple of Aires as possible stopovers en route just in case, which proved good planning as we had had
enough after about three hours and with some relief, we found the pleasantly empty Aire at Laon for a few hours sleep. Leaving early Friday morning, in daylight the old town looked to be quite interesting and we both agreed that it looked worthy of a revisit sometime to explore.
The traffic on the A26 south was particularly heavy for most of the day and
it was a welcome relief to get a small pitch at the Camping Municipal at Charmes sur Rhône. No relief from the heat though. It was 36⁰C on arrival and the deafening noise from the Cicadas made it difficult to have a conversation outside. The campsite, as it’s name implies, is on the banks of the river Rhône and quite small, perhaps around twenty pitches, has a bar with food available and a restaurant at the entrance. The toilet block is old but seemed adequate and we were shown an ice machine which was freely available to campers. With electricity, our pitch was €13.
We left at 7.00am on Saturday morning, unusually early for us, to get a head start on the southbound holiday traffic. The first queue was shortly after joining the motorway but improved further south and we arrived at Airotel Camping Le Soleil around midday. Our 100th pitch with the Aviano in four years.
Le Soleil is sold as a Five Star site and has around a thousand pitches of mixed camping, statics, EuroCamp and tourers. The reception staff were friendly and helpful but knew little about the site and the finer points like the location of freshwater points and chemical toilet disposal. The toilet blocks are well maintained and seemed to be constantly cleaned. The brasserie and restaurant looks quite run down, the staff were friendly but the prices are so high, we realised that mostly only the Dutch and Germans ate there and tables were always available. The brasserie menu was also available from a takeaway counter which was cheaper and very popular. The supermarket was well stocked and prices reasonable. The site
has it’s own beach which is, at most, a five minute walk from most pitches. Situated at the far end of the site, next to the beach, In total contrast to the rest of Le Soleil, is the modern entertainment area. With spacious areas for sports and large children’s play areas, a fabulous swimming complex with a modern bar, an evening entertainment area and disco, it’s almost like being at another camp. The evening entertainment was standard campsite stuff. Although Le Soleil was mostly full during our visit, there was an air of calm and peace throughout the camping areas.
The site is a fair distance from Argeles sur Mer resort centre. Probably a good thirty minute walk. There is the usual “train” which stops about a ten minute walk from the camp entrance. The resort is not the best we
have visited on the Med coast. More Blackpool than Cannes and really busy, lots of tat shops and eateries for everyone. We made a bad decision for our first meal out but Anneli had spotted a Logis Hotel, Les Charmettes, where we dined later in the week and had an excellent three course meal for the price of a main course at Le Soleil. Argeles Village though is worth a visit. A charming, sometimes picturesque area with many quirky buildings and shops. We did enjoyed our stay at Le Soleil though, it was more reasonably priced than the five star sites La Yole and Camping Brazilia of previous years. Would realistically give it 3.5 stars.
After five days it was time to pack and head for Barcelona…….
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