Le Sérignan Plage: the place where I had the real campsite feeling!
July, 12 2018
My real holiday feeling? Mornings with my shower things under my arm and my slippers on, going over the gravel to the toilet block. It still feels a bit fresh outside, but the first rays of morning sun are hitting my face, the birds are chirping and I meet other campers who have just got up and say hello as we pass. As I wander over, I think of all the great things that we’re going to do that day. I love it! To have that feeling again, a friend and I spent the May holiday at a campsite in the South of France, Le Sérignan Plage.
We took a flight to Béziers and then a taxi to the campsite. We were at the campsite within 15 minutes. Our midweek, luxury camping break could begin! And how did it go? I’ll tell you!
Bonjour! Goedemiddag! Hello!
Feeling in high spirits, we immediately headed over to the reception. We’d already had a sneaky practice in the back of the taxi — practising telling the reception staff in our best French that we had a reservation in a SunLodge. We stepped inside and were immediately greeted in our native language, Dutch! The friendly young man in the reception told us where our accommodation was and where the Suncamp holidays representatives would be to greet us. The SunLodges were around ten minutes’ walk from the reception, swimming pool and other amenities. And, importantly, just 100 metres from the beach and the sea!
The representatives greeted us very warmly. They explained to us the check-out times, and invited us to call in to see them at any time if we needed to. This was particularly useful when later on, we realised that we had forgotten to bring tea towels along! They were more than happy to help us.
Luxury and cosiness in one
Our accommodation was located in a small courtyard — a cosy five-person lodge tent with a veranda, two bedrooms and a small kitchen area. There was no bathroom, in contrast to the SunLodge Safari, but very modern toilet facilities were located nearby, with regular cleaning throughout the day. The SunLodge also came with its own bicycle, which we used every morning to pick up fresh bread from the bakery on the campsite.
The SunLodge Jungle is a delightful place to say, and the kitchen and beds in particular were fantastic! The only problem was the awful weather that we had during our holiday — lots of rain and wind, so we spent a lot of time inside. When you have to do that a lot, the accommodation does feel a little on the small side. You can stay dry if you’re sitting on the veranda, but with so much wind, you can hardly sit there and enjoy a game of cards! So if you want to be sure that you’re going to have enough space, the SunLodge Safari or a mobile home might be a better option.
The campsite has everything you need
You’ve no need to leave the campsite for groceries or a meal as there’s a campsite shop with a wide range of daily essentials. The bakery bakes the tastiest croissants we’ve eaten in a long time, and the fresh bread is pretty good too! The fishmonger and butcher on the campsite — yes, the campsite has both! — have everything you could need for a dinner. And if you don’t fancy cooking, the fishmonger sells a fantastic paella! Yum! There are two restaurants as well, and several bars at Camping Le Sérignan Plage. At restaurant Lou Pas d’Oc, you can enjoy a three-course meal for just €26. We highly recommend the Thai beef salad as a starter!
Ideal for families
We were holidaying in May so it wasn’t too busy on the campsite. But those that were there were generally young families from the Netherlands and France, and their kids were having a whale of a time. The site has a large swimming pool with different slides, a water play area, an extensive entertainment programme, trampolines, fountains and loads more. It’s a great campsite for families, with plenty going on all the time. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the children, we withdrew to the wellness area on the campsite, where you can bathe for free in thermal and Roman baths. Great for relaxing! There’s also the wide sandy beach!
What to do around Le Sérignan Plage
We spent a lot of time on our mini-holiday in the South of France cycling, as the cycle paths are great and it’s fairly flat. To discover the region properly though, you need a (hire) car. Here are a few tips from the places we visited:
- Sérignan: visit the local market and try fresh Fuet (dry sausage) with blue cheese.
- Carcassonne: a mediaeval fortified town.
- Cycling along Canal du Midi: there’s a free cycle tour every Tuesday that is organised by the campsite. It takes in the local villages and tracks Canal du Midi. It’s also suitable for young children.
- The village of Valras-Plage, a delightful harbour village.
- Terra Vinea: take a train and a trip to a ‘wine cave’ 80 metres underground, with film shows, stagings and lots of wine casts. A wine tasting is the great way to round it off!
Although the weather wasn’t great and we only had a hire car for one day, we had a really good time. The amenities on the campsite are really fantastic and the SunLodges are ideal for a camping holiday with a bit of extra luxury. The surroundings have plenty to discover. Camping Le Sérignan Plage is highly recommended, especially for families looking for a beach holiday in France.