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Argelès-sur-mer: Camping, But Not As We Know It

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A September 2006 trip to Languedoc Roussillon by jaybroek

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Quote: Sitting proudly on the Côte Vermeille in Southwest France, Argelès has more camping than anywhere in Europe - well, they call it camping...

Argelès-sur-mer: Camping, But Not As We Know It

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On the beach Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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In general, one does not camp in Argelès to get away from it all and make your peace with Mother Nature. Situated on the Côte Vermeille, the Mediterranean coastline of Languedoc Roussillon, Argelès has apparently got the highest density of camping in Europe. The flat plains that stretch inland from the beach are a chequerboard of sites providing affordable accommodation mainly for families seeking predictable summer sunshine. The languages you are most likely to hear are French, Dutch, German...Read More

La Sirene Campsite Club

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Hotel | "Camping La Sirène"

La Sirene Campsite Club Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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The word ‘camping’ has broadened its definition over the last few years and, in these parts at least, is now easily applied, without a hint of irony it seems, to large mobile homes replete with decks. The sites still bare names such as ‘L’Hippocampe’, ‘Camping del Mar’, and ‘Camping La Sirène’, but these appear anachronistic in a similar way to street names on new housing developments that are named after the farm buildings and pastures they’ve replaced.I find it difficult to refer to this holiday as ‘camping’. Since when did camping involve air conditioning, a 2 metre high fridge freezer and a dressing room? It’s the sort of campin...Read More

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La Sirene Campsite Club
Route De Taxo, Argelès-sur-mer
Languedoc-Roussillon 66702

La Sirene Campsite Club

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Hotel | "Camping La Sirène - facilities"

La Sirene Campsite Club Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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Camping La Sirène and its ilk bear little resemblance to my deeply misguided notion of a campsite. They may be better described as sunny southern hybrid of the European Centerparcs-style resort village (with less concrete) with a passing nod to the cheery, cheeky English holiday camp. The sculpted, immaculate sanitation blocks that we stumbled across on our wanders are a rare reminder that campers used to be happy with a shared toilet and a queue for the showers in a morning. How times have changed.In this world of camping-that’s-not-camping, La Sirène boasts four stars for its facilities and general well kept loveliness. The impression is good from arrival onwards; reception is spacious, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2006

La Sirene Campsite Club
Route De Taxo, Argelès-sur-mer
Languedoc-Roussillon 66702

La Troika at La Sirene Campsite Club

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Restaurant | "La Troika"

La Troika at La Sirene Campsite Club Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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Despite all our best, thrifty intentions convenience will out eventually and on a couple of occasions we availed ourselves of La Sirène’s onsite restaurant, La Troika. Set in a courtyard near the reception buildings, La Troika apparently consists of a number of large outdoor tables and what I would guess is an indoor dining area for evenings (although we only visited during the day). Also facing on to the courtyard is one of a number of entrances to the campsite’s bar which proudly advertised the evening’s televised football matches.The Tomato is at an age where he likes to mimic grown ups and, combined with a bossy streak which the Blonde and I blame on each other’s ancestors, makes arriv...Read More

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La Troika at La Sirene Campsite Club
Route De Taxo À La Mer
Argeles sur mer
04 68 81 04 61

Aquarium in Canet en Roussillon

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Attraction | "Aquarium - Canet-en-Roussillon"

Aquarium in Canet en Roussillon Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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The weather forecasts had been promising trouble and, in the middle of our second week in Argeles, it came. Storm after storm rumbled over, the rain fell in sheets. The mobile home had felt spacious when the door to the deck was open and we weren’t actually trying to live in it. After 24 hours or so we had to accept that the rain wasn’t about to miraculously let up and we should get out and do something.Choices were limited, particularly when accompanied by a two year old. The Tomato was all for getting his boots and raincoat on and getting out there; we tried to explain the difference between a puddle and a flood (the road outside was under six inches of water) but he was up for the chall...Read More

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Aquarium in Canet en Roussillon
Boulevard De La Jetée
Languedoc-Roussillon 66140
33 (0)4 68 80 49 64

Long shadows Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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The Blonde has done the whole Côte Vermeille (as this stretch of coastline is known) thing before. Late teens and early twenties camping trips were described to me although, due to either reasons of failing memory or selective recollection, the stories didn’t last long.Of course it was all so simple then; long days by the pool or on the beach followed by nights in seafront bars were enough to satisfy everyone in the party. Now it’s a different story. Not only has the husband got the irritating need to ‘do’ things occasionally (and on this trip, not very much) but there’s the small matter of occupying the Tomato – a typical two year old with a typical need to be busy. It doesn’t need to be ...Read More