Camping La Brande, Route des
Huitres, 17480 Le Chateau D’Oleron, Tel 0546476237
To find site:- From the Viaduc (which is the bridge from the mainland to the
island) take the road towards Chateau d’Oleron. Watch out for signs to the Route
des Huitres and you will soon pick signs to the campsite.
Camping La Brande is on the Île d’Oleron which is an island off the west coast
of France. There are about 220 pitches of which 140 are for touring units. The
statics are grouped together rather than being dotted within the touring are.
Parts of the site are under quite heavy shade but there are other pitches with a
more open aspect. At the furthest point from reception is a new touring section
with little shade, as yet. Pitch size varies but the majority are of a good size
and several are larger than average. Electricity is rated at 6 amps and
connections are via Continental 2 pin adaptors. There are water points dotted
around the site but they are a bit sparse in parts. The site has two toilet
blocks, both of a good standard but are unisex. There is a mix of British and
Turkish toilets. The British style toilets have seats and toilet paper is
provided. There is a nice swimming pool complex which includes a water slide and
the main pool can be enclosed in poor/cooler weather. Next to the pool is a bar and a
games area. Free WiFi is also provided in the Bar area. Bread can be ordered at
Reception. In the main season there is a shop but this, along with other
facilities is not available throughout the site’s lengthy opening season, check
with the site for more details as this may change from year to year. Children
are well catered for with a playground, crazy golf and for older children
electronic games. One slight downside of this campsite is a continuous low level
noise coming from a nearby oyster production facility. In time it does become
less intrusive and noticeable. It effects pitches around the perimeter of the
site from the swimming pool. Camping Cheques are accepted out of the high
season. Date of visit September 2010.
The Ile d’Oleron is only about 20 miles long by 8 wide so it is relatively easy
to explore either by car or bike. Other than the main road running the length of
the island many of the other roads can be narrow, winding and bumpy so best not
to be in a rush! For serious shopping there is a nice Shopping Centre in St
Pierre d’Oleron which includes an E LeClerc supermarket. Sea food is the life
blood of the island and there are many seafood restaurants to enjoy. There are,
of course, many local markets.
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