Wednesday 5th August - Friday 7th August
After the hustle and bustle of Camping Florida & The Mouth, it was time to slow the pace (and the budget) right down. We made the most of our last morning on the campsite, with the boys fitting in one last swim. Before we left the campsite we had spent some time researching our next destination. We found a lovely looking aire, about 2 hours up the coast, with a pool and nice looking bar. BUT, when we arrived it was full, AND the pool was close due to "Covid".
The beauty of travelling the way we do is that we can change our plans and adapt to new recommendations. Usually it works out really well for us, but sometimes it makes life a little more complicated. After the first aire was full, we tried a campsite just a few minutes up the road. This was also full. Actually, technically there was one pitch left, but it was small and awkward and a long way from the site amenities. This whole area was incredibly busy, so we decided to push on and find somewhere else.
Aire de camping car Les Canoës is aprox 1.5km from the sea and nestled on the bank of the Herault river. It's a quirky place with lovely pitches with plenty of natural shade. Dotted around the site are several water features, a table tennis table and a lovely communal sun lounge which would be fabulous in non-covid times. The toilet facilities were basic but perfectly adequate, especially when you consider we only paid €15 for the night.
We all slept well and even George caught up on some of the sleep he missed during our late night at the funfair. When we woke in the morning, nobody really had a huge appetite for moving too far. Looking on Google Maps Steve spotted another aire, less than 200m away that also had it's own pool. So we packed up and moved on.
Les Peupliers turned out to be more than an aire. It was a campsite with a Motorhome Aire near the entrance. We arrived and pitched up in the first free motorhome space and the site manager arrived on a golf buggy to take €12 for the night! Steve and I were both surprised that the price was so low for such a great location with access to the pool. Within 20 mins of arriving we were pitched up and ready to hang out at the pool. It turns out that the pool was only really for use by the Campsite visitors - D'oh! After a couple of minutes of confusion, rather than move to the main site, we offered to pay the difference and just access the pool. The lovely lady at reception decided that was unnecessary and we spent a couple of hours swimming. As soon as the pool started to get busy we left so the campsite people could enjoy what they had paid for.
These two aires proved to be the perfect "slow down and chill" stops!
Aire de camping car Les Canoës: https://www.campinglescanoes.com/
Les Peupliers - http://www.lespeupliersdelatama.fr/