Lakeside camping in the dunes of western France just a bike-ride from the beach
One of Huttopia's most beautifully situated campsites – and one of its newest – Lac de Carcans in the Medoc is the perfect place for the indecisive camper. Not only is it situated in an expanse of pine woodlands in the heart of Bombannes National Forest, bang on the shores of the Carcans Maubisson freshwater lake, it's also just a bike-ride from the sea where the beaches are big, sandy and beautiful. All of which makes it the perfect place whether you're the outdoors-adventure type or a beach-bum.
It's no surprise to find that, though new, this is already a popular site. With a multitude of facilities and stuff to do on and off-site, it is in many ways the perfect family campsite. There are pitches for tents, caravans and campervans alongside a range of pre-erected wood-and-canvas tents that have their own living areas, outside terraces and, in some cases, their own kitchen and en suite bathrooms. There are no less than four public washrooms, one of which is brand-new while the other three have been recently renovated, and they also have family and disabled-access bathrooms and baby areas. There's Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool, a children's playground, fridge- and BBQ-hire and a food truck that serves as a café and pizzeria – plus bikes for rent for that all-important journey to the beach. Minimalistic and basic it may not be but if you like to keep your options open this place will be right up your street.
Among many activities on offer, there is volleyball, petanque, tennis and a children’s playground, plus lots of watersports are possible on the lake, from windsurfing and waterskiing to paddleboarding and kayaking. Meanwhile the nearby beaches are temptingly large expanses for swimming, sunbathing and dune-roaming. All in all, it's an ideal family campsite in a particularly lovely part of France.
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Huttopia F.Joined in December 2016
From the host
In the heart of the Landes du Médoc, in Carcans-Maubuisson, a seaside resort offering a wide range of activities for all the family, just a few kilometres from Lacanau, Huttopia Lac de Carcans campsite invites you to stay in Bombannes national forest.
One hour from Bordeaux, Huttopia Lac de Carcans campsite is ideal for your weekend breaks and holidays by the ocean, in the heart of an unspoilt natural environment… a true paradise for cyclists and water sports enthusiasts, or for setting out to discover the Medoc and its castles. On the campsite, you can enjoy the swimming pool and paddling pool, the beautiful wooden terrace with its Snack Wagon where you can relax and have drinks, and family activities in the summertime in the heart of Bombannes estate. 250 hectares of pine forest with cycle paths and footpaths, the largest lake in France, the ocean just 6 km away, and the UCPA leisure park: it is a paradise for water and land-based sports.
There are lots of watersports (and swimming) on offer at the lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in France, or make your way to the beach, for surfing, bodyboarding or general beach-lolling. It's deadly flat and everywhere is easily explorable by bike, connected by footpaths and cycle paths. Lake-side Maubisson village is about 2km south of the site, while the resort of Carcans-Plage is an easy bike-ride away. Fishing is permitted in nearby Carcans-Hourtin lake.
Food and drink
You can order morning bread and croissants at the campsite and there's an onsite food truck with terrace during July & Aug. Off the site, most of the restaurants in Maubisson and Carcans-Plage are pretty ordinary, although the Bistrot de Cochons (0033 5 5603 1561) in Lacanau-Ocean is pretty good. There's a grocery store 100m from the campsite.