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Camping Le Vieux Port

  • Direct access to the beach
  • 3 heated pools
  • 3 water chutes
  • 1 heated indoor pool
  • Wave pool, jacuzzi
  • Hot Biarritz climate
  • Carisma children’s club

Carisma Holidays, specialising in mobile home holidays in France for all the family. Campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux and Biarritz. Carisma Holidays, specialising in mobile home holidays in France for all the family. Campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux and Biarritz. Carisma Holidays, specialising in mobile home holidays in France for all the family. Campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux and Biarritz. Carisma Holidays, specialising in mobile home holidays in France for all the family. Campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux and Biarritz. Carisma Holidays, specialising in mobile home holidays in France for all the family. Campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Bordeaux and Biarritz.

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Camping Le Vieux Port, Biarritz Camping Le Vieux Port, a 5-Star campsite

Camping Le Vieux Port

Camping Le Vieux Port was voted the number 1 campsite in the whole of France and also has been awarded a 5 star campsite rating, with direct access to one of the best surfing beaches in France ideal for families of all ages.

Direct Access to Beach

Why was Camping Le Vieux Port voted the number 1 campsite in the whole of France by Michelin Guide and why has it been awarded 5 Stars? Is it because it has direct access to a magnificent sandy beach? Or because of its superb swimming pool complex with 3 water chutes, 4 heated pools (1 indoor), jacuzzis and wave-pools?

Great for Watersports and Cycling

Or its beautiful setting in the midst of a pine forest? Or the sea-water lake, 5 minutes away at Vieux Boucau, and the shops, pavement cafes and nightlife on its shores? Or the freshwater lakes a few minutes drive away at Leon, a must for watersports, with the tracks through the trees of the surrounding forest perfect for cyclists to follow?

So much to do for children and teenage alike

Or is it the on-site entertainment and discos that make this site ideal for teenage children? Or is it the unrivalled number of activities available: tennis, football, horse riding, children's go-karts and dedicated entertainments team?

Nearby Biarritz

Or perhaps it is the location? Nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees near the elegant and fashionable resort of Biarritz, Messanges is so close to Spain that it benefits from the fascination of two different cultures.

Number 1 Family Campsite in France

Of course, it is the unique combination of all these things that make Camping Le Vieux Port the number 1 site for children of all ages, all under a Spanish style climate without the commercialisation of the Mediterranean.

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Campsite Facilities

  • 3 Heated Outdoor Pools
  • 3 Water Chutes#
  • 1 Heated Indoor Pool
  • Wave pool#
  • Jacuzzi
  • Bar with TV
  • Restaurant
  • Take Away Meals
  • Communal charcoal BBQ areas
  • Campsite Supermarket & Newsagent*
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Wifi
  • Evening Entertainment*
  • Internet access
  • Horseriding*
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Tennis Courts
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Football Pitch
  • Wooded Site for Shade
  • Washing & Drying Machines and Irons
  • Carisma Children's Club
*High season only #operates at weekends only until 09/06, then daily thereafter

Getting to the Messanges: Camping le Vieux Port campsite

We recommend a Portsmouth to Caen overnight crossing with Brittany Ferries returning on the 16:30 Caen to Portsmouth or the overnight sailing. This will leave a 7.5 hour drive to and from the site.

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Distances to Camping Le Vieux Port from airports and train stations

If you are traveling to Camping Le Vieux Port by plane or train, here are the nearest airports and train stations:

By plane Biarritz
Pau 78 Bergerac 170 Toulouse 196
By train Dax 25
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Distance from Campsite – 47km

Approximately 11/2 hours south of Biscarrosse. Nestling in the Bay of Biscay is this truly beautiful coastline. Nestling in the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz is a very popular beach resort for surfers and sun lovers alike. It has a beautiful beach, casinos, an aquarium and some great shops!! For a great view over the bay head for the lighthouse (just 248 steps to the top). On rainy days there is a Sea museum, a Chocolate museum, a Historical museum and an Oriental Museum.

The picturesque harbour of the Port des Pecheurs is backed by pink and blue hydrangeas. The fishermen have all gone now, however it makes for a great place to have lunch, with plenty of affordable Tapas Bars and some very expensive fish restaurants.



Distance from Campsite – 53km

Beach of fine sand, pine forest, lake and its plethora of flowers this is a really lovely town to visit. The town is dedicated to wood. The town offers plenty of guided tours in the forest and of wood manufacturers.

Places to visit:

  • The Abbey of Mimizan: Open from the 15th June to 15th September, costing €5.
  • The Traditions Museum: With panoramic views, objects and illustrations of the Landes area before the forest and more information about the first trades of forest. Costs €2, Open 15th June to 15th September from 2pm to 5pm.
  • The flower walk: More than 300 species of flower, bushes and trees decorate this scented walk. It’s extra special at sunset.
  • Woolsack Manor: Unfortunately not open to the public but makes for a good photo from the lake.
St Paul en Born

St Paul en Born

Distance from Campsite – 60km

The Born Farm: 4 hectares of trees and flowers, lakes, animals and birds. The untamed lake has many species of ducks, geese and hens. The deer hide in the undergrowth and there is a mini farm for the children. There is also a play area for the children and a picnic area. Open Sun to Fri during July and Aug from 10.00am to 7.30pm. In June and Sept open Weds, Sat and Sun from 10.00am to 6.30pm and in May: Weds and Sun from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

Biscarrosse Lakes

Biscarrosse Lakes

Distance from Campsite – 70km

The lakes at Biscarrosse are linked by a picturesque canal, with clear calm waters and white sandy beaches.

Cazaux-Sanguinet Lake: (also called 'lac nord'), where you can enjoy swimming and water sports. Petit lac', wilder and less developed. Parentis-Biscarrosse Lake, one of the rare French seaplane bases, also a favourite place for hunters and fishermen.

Mont de Marsin - The town of three rivers

Mont de Marsin - The town of three rivers

Distance from Campsite – 84km

In the 12th century, 1133, The Viscount of Marsan founded new towns, one of the 1st in the south west, at the confluence of two rivers. The Douze and the Midou, which thereafter form a third town: the Midouze. The Commerce Bridge stretches over the Douze and Midou. The old town houses, the green banks of the Midou and disused quays are a reminder that Mont-de-Marsan was once a busy port. 17th century saw the addition of elegant mansions and contemporary architecture and still stand today in amidst of an abundance of flowers.

This town is well known for its annual Madeleine Festival. Each year, in the summer, Mont de Marsan lives to the rhythm of the Madeleine Festival. The fame of the Mont de Marsan bullfighting festival is the most looked-forward to event of the summer. The whole town turns out and dances to the sound of the Bands. For five days, thousands of festival lovers, from France, Spain and even farther away, come to enjoy the wild and wonderful atmosphere of the "bodegas y casetas".

The Flamenco Art Festival: Is held for 6 days, prior to the bullfighting festival. Every night the enjoyment goes through until the early hours with the traditional tertulias (evenings).

While in Mont de Marsan discover the Saint-Roch market with its fresh local produce. It is known to be one of the most beautiful markets in France because its authenticity and the wide range of items. It was renovated recently but has kept its charm of former days.

A bit of history:

  • Lacataye Keep: Relics of the walls and fortifications which surrounded the town. The Lacataye Keep (XVth century) as well as a neighbouring Roman house are now the site of the Despiau-Wlérick museum. From the terrace of the "dungeon" you can get a lovely view of the town.
  • Madeleine Church: Built in a neo classical style, the high-altar inside is the work of the Mazetti brothers eighteen century sculptors from Avignon.
  • Saint Medard Church: A magnificient 10th century chuch with sculpted wooden folding door that lead to the nave. Inside the altarpiece is the work of Floche who was an 8th century Montois sculptor.
  • The Limestone Roman Houses: Mont de Marsan is one of very few towns in Aquitaine with so many relics of medieval houses. At 24bis Rue Maubec stands a roman house with a fortified projecting part which was formerly used as ramparts for the town.

A bit of nature:

  • Going for walks: Take a stroll down the long towpath which stretches 30km. Enjoy a row down the Midouze in a small boat, stop for a gourmet meal on the way. You can hire small vessels for the whole day or half a day.
  • The Jean Rameau Park: Named after the Landes poet and novelist. Previously a tree nursery it’s now been turned into public gardens and houses a remarkable variety of plants.
  • The Nahuques Park: A walkers’ favourite. The grounds of the castle spread out over more than 50 acres, where animals are allowed to roam about free.
Biscarrosse Town

Biscarrosse Town

Distance from Campsite – 86km

A busy little town with shops and markets, cafes and restaurants. In the town there is everything you could need from Patisseries to Shoe shops to a Casino. Sit back and enjoy the café culture or absorb a little culture and the Museums of Biscarrosse Traditions and History or one of the Art Galleries.



Distance from Campsite – 92km

A small village in the heart of a large pine forest on the banks of a lake. It has some great cycle paths and walks. As well as offering some pretty beaches, it’s a great place to relax.

For the more adventurous there are plenty of water sports activities to be tried - sailing schools, catamarans, dinghies and windsurfing.

The village has a lively local market, shops, and many organized activities. Such as dances, traditional Landes evenings, village lunches and local exhibitions.



Distance from Campsite – 119km

A very popular beach resort, with lovely sandy beaches and an interesting town. Known as the town of four seasons due to each neighbourhood being modelled after either winter, spring, summer, or autumn.

The Winter Town: A mosaic of mansions from the Second Empire. For those interested in architecture this is the place to be: Swiss chalets, Moorish cottages, gothic mansions, colonial residences. In the heart of the winter town is la Place des Palmiers (palm tree square) and it’s music kiosk. Take the lift up the hill to Park Mauresque, beautiful gardens with exotic plants offering stunning views over Arcachon.

The Spring Town: A residential area in the heart of a pine forest. The aim of this area is to preserve nature and its greenery. Here you will find stylish homes mingling with natural sites. The best example of this area is Parc Pereire—perfect for a long, relaxing stroll. The forest extends to the coast, creating the Pereire Beach: a stretch of sand bordered by a long walkway and a maritime garden. A great place to find some shade at the beach. A further part of Spring town is Moulleau village. The main street passes by the church Notre Dame des Passes. This pedestrian street is very popular in the summer with varying activities.

The Summer Town: The centre of town and of course the beachfront. Arcachon does not resist its summer resort tradition and take on the colours of summer: White and blue tents stand out on the sand, children's clubs on the beach and the traditional boat tours. Whilst in the centre of town the pedestrian streets come alive with markets and entertainers.

The Autumn Town: A small old fashioned fishing village called L’Aiguillon Saint Ferdinand. A typical neighbourhood of low, red tiled roofed houses, with brightly painted shutters. The town and its fishermen are said to be protected by The sacred Heart Statue of St FerdinandChurch.

Things to Do:

  • Deep Sea Diving,Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, Sailing, Jet Skiing
  • Boat Trips: Around Bird Island
  • To La Grande Dune
  • Leisure day on Sand Island
  • A trip up the Leyre River


Distance from Campsite – 152km

Bordeaux's great reputation comes from its wine and not the city itself. Considering it is the 5th largest city in France. You may be a little disappointed. However it is well worth a visit and the small 18thcentury centre is very attractive and has some outstanding architecture. The narrow streets of the old town stretch from the cathedral, to the west and the Grand Theatre to the north.

The Theatre, built on the site of a Roman temple is a lofty building and faced with an immense colonnaded portico topped with 12 muses and graces. Likewise the interior is opulently decorated in trompe l’oeil paintings. The best way to see it is to attend an opera or a ballet.

The main shopping streets are filled with chic boutiques and cafes.

On the Place Pey Berland you will find the city’s Cathedral and museums. In the middle of the square is an English style garden, disguising the fact that 300 heads were lopped here at the time of The Revolution.

The Cathedral St-Andre towers over the square with two eye-catching twin steeples. Nearby you will find The Musée des Arts Decoratifs, whose collection includes French porcelain, period furniture, glass and prints of the city. The Musée des Beaux Arts, here you will find a small selection of fine art. And just a short walk away is the Musée d’Aquitane, one of the best museums, covering the three main facets of the regions development: maritime, agriculture and commercial.

The Quarter of St Michel, built around the flamboyant Gothic style Basilica, dedicated to the archangel, is by far the most lively and colourful quarter in the city. There is a market under the beautiful spire every Sat and Mon morning. The shops and Cafes around the square make for a lively and authentic atmosphere.

North West of the town centre is the Jardin Public, which contain the city's botanical gardens.

Bordeaux boasts approximately 20 markets, both open-air and covered. The character of each one is unique. Some are relatively small while others, like the Saturday morning Marché Royal, which spreads out around the Saint-Michel church, seem to draw all types of purveyors from the surrounding villages. The Saint-Michel market is certainly Bordeaux's most picturesque, with its live animals for sale and dozens of stalls selling such non-food items as oriental textiles and middle-eastern music.

(Before you make a special journey check with your Local Tourist Information that the day and time of the market has not changed.)

Open Air Markets:

  • Belcier: Tuesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Ferdinand Buisson
  • Pins Francs: Wednesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Eugène Gauthier
  • Saint-Martial: Wednesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Saint-Marital
  • Saint-Victor-Dupeux: Tuesdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place d'Arlac
  • Calixte Camelle: Thursdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Calixte Camelle
  • Lumineuse: Fridays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Boulevard Brandebourg
  • Marché des Aubiers: Fridays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Avenue de Laroque
  • Grand Parc: Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at the shopping center
  • Royal: Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Place Meynard, Canteloup
  • Marché des Quais: Sundays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm at Quai Chartrons
  • Covered Markets.
  • Victor Hugo: Mondays through Saturdays, 6:00 am-1:30
  • Capucins: Tuesdays through Sundays, midnight-12:30 pm
  • Grands-Hommes: Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 am-7:00 pm
  • Chartrons: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 6:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Lerme: Mondays through Saturdays, 7:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Dune de Pyla: The highest sand dune in Europe. At a height of 114 m this is a popular tourist attraction. You have to pay approximately €2 to park but the view from the top is stunning. The best time of day to visit is when the sun is setting over the Bay of Arcachon. For the energetic the dune is a great big sandy slide which is great fun to slide down however less fun to walk back up again.
St Emillion

St Emillion

Distance from Campsite – 195km

Old grey houses straggle down on the slope on this fortified medieval village. Best known for its wine production, the town is well worth a trip.

The Towns Belfry can only be visited via a tour. It begins in a hole where St Emilion lived a hermit’s life in the 8th Century. The carved seat he used as a chair is where infertile women reputedly still come to sit in the hope of getting pregnant. Above is the Trinity Chappel, built in honor of St Emilion. Fragments of frescos can still be seen to this day. The Church dates back to the 9th century and is a truly remarkable place.

As well as wine the area is famed for Macroons, which were devised here in 1620. The one authentic place to buy them is at 9 rue Gaudet, where they are baked to the original recipe.

St-Emilion is a large wine producing area, and due to the number of notably good small vineyards, and the diversity of the terrain, there are many different styles. However, on the whole St-Emilion wines are rich, warm wines which have an easy charm. They have a high concentration of the Merlot grape which leads to a round, fruity and often alcoholic wine. Cotes' St-Emilion are well-coloured, medium bodied perfumed wines yet can show a tannic, powerful complexity. These wines age beautifully, although they can often be drunk earlier than a wine from the Medoc or Graves appellation. 'Graves' St-Emilion is close to the Pomerol appellation and has many of its lush, fruity characteristics. The wines usually have a deep fruitiness and can usually be drunk reasonably young, yet are age worthy.

If you would like to visit the Vineyards then the best place to go to is the Maison du Vin, at the top of the hill by the Belfry. The best way to explore the area is to take the sightseeing train that takes you through the town, the beautiful countryside and to the main neighbouring Chateaux.

The most famous wine of the area originates at Chateau Ausone, south of St Emillion. You can visit the cellars, which have been dug out of limestone and of course taste the wine.

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Nearby Activities

Adrenalin Parc

Distance from Campsite – 110km. Route de Lacs, Moliets.

Paint balling, Quad biking, and a high rise adventure park.



Distance from Campsite – 110km. Gujan Mestras, just outside Arcachon.

A huge and varied water park. Reduced entrance prices can be obtained from the campsite reception.www.aqualand.fr/gujan_mestras.htm.



Distance from Campsite – 110km. Gujan Mestras, just outside Arcachon.

A fun park with slides, inflatables, a small train, a water play zone (so take swimming costumes), a small zoo circus, a clown/magician ( 3 performances at 3.30pm,4.30pm and 5.30pm during July and August) and an animal park where the children can get close to domesticated animals. Open from 10.30am to 8.30 pm during July and August and from 10.00am to 6pm in May and June. (NB closes 31st August) www.la-coccinelle.fr.

Zooland Park

Zooland Park

Distance from Campsite – 105km (at the entrance to Biscarrosse Plage)

More than 100 safe and exciting activities for all the family with rope swings, Tarzan swings, swing bridges.

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French Gardens

For gardening enthusiasts, or those seeking tranquillity exploring gardens can provide an enjoyable holiday pastime. As we visit gardens in other countries we see plants that would struggle to survive in the British climate, new planting combinations and different styles of layout and design.

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Visiting Bordeaux

When her majesty The Queen visited Bordeaux, she described it as ‘the very essence of elegance’. You may be familiar with Bordeaux’s reputation for producing high quality wines, but there is much more to France’s eighth largest city. An extensive programme of restoration has ensured that there has never been...

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