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A Campsite Beachside Paradise – Las Palmeras

Check Out How Jane Got On When She Stayed At Las Palmeras For The First Time

As it was my first holiday at Las Palmeras, I could hardly contain my excitement on the morning we jetted off. We flew into Barcelona El Prat airport and picked up our car from the Hertz desk at the airport. Las Palmeras campsite is easily accessed from the N340 (Barcelona-Tarragona) and it’s approx. a  1 hour, 45 mins drive. We found the thought of driving in a foreign country slightly daunting. In reality we had nothing to be worried about as we easily navigated our way to the campsite. One word of warning though – beware of the sharp bend at the entrance of this beachside campsite.

Las Palmeras Beachside Campsite
Las Palmeras Beachside Campsite

First Impressions Of Our Beachside Campsite

The welcoming and helpful staff met us on arrival at the campsite reception. They were extremely efficient at their job. Once we were checked in, we made our way to our Bali Mobile home. The site is long and thin (1.5 km. so bicycles are handy and these can be rented on site ). Our mobile was located at the back of the park in a fantastic, quiet location. It was modern and comfortable with plenty of space for a family. With two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and lots of storage, our mobile had the perfect amount of space for us. There are over 650 pitches with plenty of shade for those who have their own tents or campers. It’s wonderful location is one of the reasons that we booked the campsite – it runs parallel to a white sandy beach, and didn’t disappoint. The beach was stunning and provided hours of fun.

Facilities On-Site

Las Palmeras has plenty of facilities on site. There are two pleasant swimming pools by the sea, one is for children and they are surrounded by a large, lawned area for sunbathing with some views of the beach. So too has the terrace in front of the restaurant which offers a good varied menu that includes tapas. An additional snack bar opens in high season. There is a well stocked shop on site, offering a wide selection of fresh produce.

Plenty To Do And See In The Surrounding Area

The surrounding area has so much for the whole family to enjoy with plenty of day trips to choose from. Aqualeon, just north of Tarragona is a large safari park with shows and a fun-filled waterpark. Port Aventura, is another amazing theme park with the biggest roller coaster in Europe. Barcelona City is an easy drive away approx. 90 mins away. It is one of the greatest cities on Earth with delicious cusine, enchanting architecture and plenty to keep football lovers happy with Barcelona Football Club just a short trip from the city centre.

In Conclusion

For its beachside location alone, Las Palmeras is worthy of a visit and, with so many facilities on offer, it is a lively site offering something for the whole family.

Le Grand Dague Campsite

A Campsite Paradise In The Sun – Le Grand Dague

Our camping holiday expert, Mary, enjoyed a fantastic holiday in Le Grand Dague campsite and shares her experience below.

Getting There

We took a quick flight from the UK to Bergerac in the Dordogne region of France. Upon arrival at the airport, we made our way over to the Hertz desk where we picked up our hire car. It was located just outside the terminal building which made it extremely easy to locate. From there we started out on our short but exciting journey to our campsite, Iris Parc Le Grand Dague. The drive to our campsite was only approx. 45 mins and it took us through the breath-taking Dordogne Valley. There was stunning and varied landscape along the way which made the brief car journey extremely enjoyable.

Upon arrival at le Grand Dague it’s easy to see why the campsite is a firm favourite with nature lovers. Located in a stunning nature setting with a beautiful forest makes it ideal for cycling or walking. For the duration of our wonderful family holiday we stayed in a Tahiti mobile home. This style of accommodation has 2 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. All the mobile homes on this campsite have a veranda and a covered deck and as a result are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the French sunshine.

Le Grand Dague Campsite
Amazing Campsite Facilities And Plenty To See And Do In The Surrounding Area

Facilities On-Site

The facilities at Le Grand Dague are second to none and include:

  • Water playground
  • Really cool waterpark
  • An air trampoline
  • Entertainment team
  • Bar, restaurant
  • Take-away
  • Grocery shop
  • Large bouncy cushions
  • Multi sports area
  • Covered play areas.

One of the great aspects of all these facilities is that they are very centrally located so therefore you can always keep an eye on your kids.

The campsite has a fantastic central square which is the place to be once evening sets in. You can enjoy a delicious meal here – French fries, a pizza or choose from the  à la carte menu – the choice is your’s. The Entertainment Team put on a spectacular show on a nightly basis and afterwards you can enjoy a relaxing drink in the bar. You actually don’t have to leave the campsite for the duration of your stay as there is so much to see and experince on site.

The pool complex also deserves a special mention. It is top class with a Lazy River, 2 heated pools and 3 water slides. A new 750m2 pool with hydro massage and a toddler pool were opened in 2016. Beaches and a small island add to the ultimate holiday feeling and the pirate ship is eye catching as you approach the pool complex.

Electric bicycles are available for hire at reception and trips to Perigueux  and Atur ( Approx. 45 mins ) are very accessible. The terrain is quite hilly so therefore I would issue a slight word of warning.

Nearby  Le Grand Dague

This beautiful region of France has so much to see and do. The world famous Lascaux caves with its 15,000 year old drawings, dreamy villages and a thousand and one castles are just a few of the many places of interest. Driving through the Dordogne Valley, with a stop off at Sarlat, was one of the highlights of the holiday for me.  Sarlat-la-Canéda is a picturesque tangle of honey-coloured buildings, secret squares and alleyways. Boasting some of the region’s best-preserved medieval architecture, it’s also a popular base for exploring the Vézère Valley. A stop off in les Eyzies-de-Tayac is also another “Must Do” where you can enjoy a delicious ice-cream alfresco.

For a genuine French market experience, a visit to Sarlat’s Saturday market, located in the area of the cathedral, is highly recommended. Local produce includes delicacies like mushrooms and duck and goose based products such as foie gras and most noteworthy, truffles. This area is renowned for its Bergerac wines so a visit to a chateau is also a fantastic option for a day trip.

The Dordogne river is famous for kayaking and canoeing. It’s not just a challenge for the experienced as beginners can also partake and have a great time. There are starting points along the river where you can rent a canoe or kayak and there are many different routes along the river varying in length.  You can also join a guided canoe trip along the Dordogne. Canoeing and Kayaking can be booked at reception on the campsite.

In Conclusion

Despite the fact that it was few weeks into September, there was still a great buzz on the campsite. All the Kiddies Clubs were still operating which meant there was no time for boredom to set in. The weather was glorious for the duration of our stay and as a result, contributed in no small way to the enjoyment of this holiday. This was one of the most enjoyable holidays I have ever experienced and I will definitely be returning to Le Grand Dague.

Check out Le Grand Dague HERE and see for yourself why Mary had such a memorable holiday in the Dordogne.

Amy’s Trip To The Costa Dorada

I have just returned from an amazing holiday at the 4* Torre del Sol campsite in the Costa Dorada with Vacansoleil Holidays. It was my first ever campsite holiday experience, and Wow did it totally change my thoughts on what a camping holiday is like. The old saying is true – “don’t knock it till you try it!!”

Getting There

We flew into Reus Airport and upon arrival, picked up up our pre-booked our car with hertz. We pre booked a car as we liked the idea of hopping in the car and exploring the local area at our own leisure. Having a car is great for sightseeing in the surrounding area in the Costa Dorada but it’s not essential. Since we were first timers to driving abroad we felt nervous but really there was no need for the nerves. We made sure we had our sat nav all up to date, but we found that everything was sign posted along the way. Our journey only took about 40 minutes to the campsite.

4* Torre Del Sol

We arrived at the campsite and OMG the excitement was unbelievable, even before we drove through the campsite security barrier!! I could tell Torre del Sol was the place for us!! We were greeted by the friendly Vacansoleil representatives on arrival and once check-in was completed, they directed us to our mobile home.
We opted for a Waikiki Mobile Home which has 3 bedrooms and was extremely spacious and modern. The mobile home had a fantastic patio garden area, with 2 sun loungers and table with 6 chairs. Due to the fact that the patio was a great spot for watching the sunset, we made use of it every evening.
Torre Del Sol Campsite, Costa Dorada, Spain
Torre Del Sol Campsite, Costa Dorada, Spain

Facilities On Site

Torre del Sol has so much to offer and so many great facilities. As a result you literally wouldn’t have to leave the campsite. It’s like a holiday village, a parent’s dream!! A huge notice board displays all that is happening on site that day from the morning till the evening. The campsite offers its own kids clubs for all ages, 2 tennis courts, mini golf, bicycles, surfboard hire, many playgrounds and the evening shows at Torre del Sol were fantastic and extremely professional. For all us fitness fanatics there are outdoor Spinning and Zumba classes for adults and a Spa with Jacuzzi/sauna. With a lazy river for the kids and 2 swimming pools including a kid’s pool, the pool area at the campsite is amazing. There are also different pool games organised throughout the week.

The campsite has plenty of dining options too, with the option of takeaway if you wish to dine in your mobile. We found the large supermarket on site extremely convenient. The fact that it also has a tasty bakery was fantastic!! One of the great things about Torre del Sol is that it is located on its own beach, complete with a beach bar, serving delicious bar snacks and nice mocktails!!

Plenty To See And Do In The Costa Dorada

If you want a campsite that has plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, then Torre Del Sol is the place for you. Located directly outside the campsite is a bus stop. From here you can get a bus in to the local town of Mont Roig or even the larger resort of Cambrils which is only 10km away. This is extremely convenient if you don’t plan on renting a car or driving your own to the Costa Dorada.
During our stay, we drove to the larger resort of Cambrils. The centre of the town has excellent parking facilities. Consequently this made the day trip easier as we didn’t have to worry about where we would park the car. With its fantastic boutiques, shops and cafes, Cambrils is an enchanting resort that you could spend hours in. The resort is situated along a promenade with lovely restaurants overlooking the waterfront.
There are also plenty of attractions in the surrounding area to keep the kids entertained. About 45 minutes from Torre del Sol Campsite is the famous Port Aventura. This theme park has some of the biggest rollercoaster rides in the world!! It’s so large that you could spend over 2 days there. Ferrari Land will also be opening in Port Aventura during 2017 which will have a virtual F1 experience. 
HANDY TIP – book your park tickets before you go, as they offer better deals, like 3 days for the price of 2 etc.
Barcelona, a fantastic location for a day trip from Torre Del Sol Campsite
Barcelona, a fantastic location for a day trip from Torre Del Sol Campsite

And Finally

In conclusion, our first campsite experience was amazing, I can’t recommend it enough. The value for money and high standard of accommodation was superb!!! We made amazing memories which will be cherished forever as we will never forget our time there.
I’m looking forward to planning our next adventure with Vacansoleil. You can check out all the fantastic Vacansoleil campsites Here!!