Most sites have been created in the existing natural landscape, so pitches are often not perfectly flat or even. Many pitches are bounded by shrubs or hedges. Some sites offer all-service pitches (often called grand confort or tout confort in France), each with its own electricity, water and drainage point. These may be no larger than standard pitches.
In site descriptions, our definition of an all-service pitch is that it has an electricity supply, a water supply and grey water drainage. Sometimes, this is shared between pitches. It usually does not include a hardstanding. Water and drainage may mean simply a tap and a drain on the pitch, however, in some cases a direct connection may be possible to the water supply and/or drainage.
Barbecues on pitches
Where indicated, you may use a barbecue on your pitch, but it is best to assume that these must be on legs and well off the ground. If sites have restrictions the site entry will state this.
For hygiene reasons many sites, especially in France, do not fit toilet seats. Some sites keep a few squat toilets for people who prefer them. Toilet paper is not always supplied, or may be on a central roll outside the cubicles. Soap and hand-drying facilities are often not provided, neither are sink plugs, so take a universal travel sink plug (available at good outdoors shops) with you.
We use “modern” and “older style” to give just a rough idea of the style and age of washblocks. Many blocks are unisex, especially in low season. It’s not uncommon for all sanitation except toilets to be closed from late evening until early morning. You can also expect washblock cleaning to take place at any time, including early in the morning or late in the evening (especially in high season).
Chemical toilet disposal
Nearly all the sites featured here do have CDPs, at or next to a washblock, often with a hose. A few sites don’t, but set aside a designated toilet cubicle instead. Ask us if this is important to you.
Activities and entertainment
A wide range of activities from face painting and treasure hunts for young children, to climbing and canoeing for older ones, to karaoke evenings and family discos for all. In France, these events are known as animation.
These range from a full diary of daily or weekly activities to just a few, or none. The staff will generally be chosen on the basis of their ability to work with people (especially children) and for their proficiency in the languages of the majority of their customers, so only some sites provide English-speaking entertainment teams.
Activities and entertainment are usually arranged in July and August only. Events are normally over by about midnight but on more lively sites they can continue until much later, especially in high season. There may also be similar off-site events going on near campsites in popular resorts, at peak times or at times of local festivals or feast days. Please ask if you need further details.
For reasons of hygiene and filtration you have to wear traditional swimwear in some site pools. In a few cases swimming caps are required, too. Details of specific requirements appear on your confirmation invoice and may be subject to change by site management.
It is not unusual for site pools and local beaches to allow topless bathing.
Swimming pools may not be open all year and opening dates can be determined by the weather. We indicate if a site has an outdoor, an indoor or a covered pool. Covered pools are those with a screen that can be retracted in times of warmer weather.