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Huttopia Landes Sud
France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
1 acre
A modern campsite with bucket loads of facilities set in a natural, riverside woodland just a few miles from France's Atlantic coast
Huttopia Landes Sud is essentially a campsite in the dunes. The soil is light, sandy and undulating while the trees that cover it all are those tall gangly pines that are synonymous with the coast. Pad around in your flip-flops and the familiar feel of sand in your toes makes you feel like the beach is on your doorstep. In fact it’s a 15km cycle ride away and the dunescape seems to go on for miles. After 40-minutes of pedalling, a dip in the sea is all the sweeter. Cycling is exactly the type of thing this campsite is all about though. It’s an active place and the facilities are plentiful. There’s a heated swimming pool, volleyball courts, petanque, table tennis and a good children’s playground. Plus, a river runs around one edge of the camping area, where you can slip in a canoe or kayak and paddle all the way to the sea – sadly there aren’t any available to hire on site yet. It’s fair to say that so many options, including organised children’s activities, do give it a slightly commercial feel. It’s staff that welcome you here, not a coupe of campsite owners, and there are plenty of caravans and motorhomes to be found. Yet the Huttopia aim is really to make a welcoming site for everyone. At the far end, smaller, non-electric pitches are occupied almost solely by tents, while glamping options are also available in another area with wood and canvas lodges and oversized gypsy-style trailers. It’s certainly not a tiny, local farmer-owned place but if you’re looking for traditional camping in the trees and never want to be left thinking of ideas for things to do, Huttopia Landes Sud will be the first to fill the void.
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France, 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
Set amongst pine trees and sand dunes, with the Ocean a bike ride away, an idyllic holiday escape! Enjoy a trip in the heart of an exceptional setting, the great forest of the Landes de Gascogne. Located near to the Nature Reserve of the Courant d’Huchet, the Huttopia Landes Sud campsite lies just a few kilometres away from the ocean. On site, enjoy the swimming pool and water sports activities offered on Lac de Léon and the river crossing the campsite.
Nearby attractions
Ask at reception for information on the Vélodyssée cycle paths. They lead from the campsite through the forest to Lake Léon (5km) or further to the coast (15km), connecting Seignosse and Hossegor, both with excllent beaches. The villages of Messanges and Vieux-Boucau are also easily reached by bike. Don't miss the chance to go down the river with a boatman (enquire at reception) taking in the Courant d'Huchet Nature Reserve as you go – known as the "Little Amazonia of the Landes". The river mouth, which opens out onto Moliets beach, is an ideal place to swim.
Food and drink
The bar-restaurant onside serves excellent homemade pizzas, along with other snacks and drinks. It's only open over the May public holidays and through July and August. There's a small grocery store for any essentials you've forgotten and a fresh bread service – order your bread and pastries the night before at reception. Locally, seek out the regional specialities: Asparagus mousseline, Landes salad with foie gras, apple tourtière with Armagnac flambé and the love/hate drink Landes pastis – served with water so that you can dilute to your taste. Local wines to look out for are Tursan, Côteaux de Chalosse, and the vins des sables.
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