Huttopia Lac de Carcans Huttopia

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  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
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.



Outdoor swimming pool, a central lodge with internet and free Wi-Fi, a playground, boules pitch, table tennis, 2 volley ball courts, 2 tennis courts and bikes available for hire. 'Camper's corner' shop for any essentials you've forgotten, books and board games to borrow and tourist information in reception. There are fridges and BBQs to use and a food truck (open July & Aug). Evening activities include open-air film and concerts, games nights and boules tournaments.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, families, groups, couples, pets… everyone!


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 & 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.


May – September.

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The Owner Says

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.

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180 camping pitches and 100 glamping units (wood and canvas tents, chalets and roulottes).
Camping Pitch with electricity i

Camping Pitch with electricity

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 6 5 Available
Camping amongst the pine trees, with the ocean on your doorstep!

Sweet Wood and Canvas Tent i

Sweet Wood and Canvas Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 5 2 Available
Large and spacious luxury Canvas Tents.

The Classic IV Wood & Canvas Tent i

The Classic IV Wood & Canvas Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
Family friendly canvas tents with large wooden terrace.

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Contact Huttopia Lac de Carcans, Domaine de Bombannes, 33121 Carcans, Gironde, France

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Getting There

By car: From Paris, before the Aquitaine bridge, take the ring road towards Mérignac Airport, then take Exit 8 towards Lacanau.
From Toulouse, follow signs for Mérignac Airport and take Exit 8 towards Lacanau. Once on the road to Lacanau, after Ste Helene, follow signs for Carcans and then Maubuisson. As you leave Maubuisson village, turn right at the roundabout, towards “Domaine de Bombannes”. Train station: 61 km (BORDEAUX SAINT JEAN)
Nearest airport: 54 km (BORDEAUX MERIGNAC)


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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews


Beautiful and welcoming.

Hello, My wife and I would like to say a very big thank you for the way in which we were welcomed to the campsite by all the staff we met. It was our first holiday in 7 years since we moved permanently to France from the uk, so it meant a lot to us and we were not disappointed. The campsite and accommodation were very clean and well kept, and the Covid-19 procedures were well managed and easy to understand. We would definitely recommend Huttopia Lac De Carcans. The only thing we would have liked in the tent would be a kettle, (stove top or electric,) as boiling water in a pan for coffees etc was not the easiest/safest way when pouring into mugs. Although we went at the end of the season it was a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful setting, with a lot of places to visit nearby. So once again a very big thank you and we hope to see you again soon. David et Lyn.

Beautiful experience

We had the best time at Huttopia lac de Carcans, I was nervous before going after reading the reviews and people mentioning noise however we experienced non of that. I think if you go in the school holidays naturally the chatter is going to be louder, the site was soo lovely set amongst the forest and the lake was beautiful, we cannot wait to go back next year.
Sep 20, 2019 by Rebecca Dimmock

Without the noise this place would be stunning

This place should be great, just what you expect from a cool camping site. Facilities, surroundings ,staff ,area , all fabulous ... BUT , it’s bedlam in the evening and night with music and noise from the surrounding area. This simply cannot live up to its billing when you are so badly disturbed in the evening .Its not as if it finished at a certain time , one evening going on till past one followed by shouting and screaming from the participants till very late. Some reviewers have mentioned this, some haven’t - all I can say is you would have to be a heavy sleeper not to be badly disturbed. I would suggest that Cool Camping remove this from the website and Huttopia make some serious efforts to deal with their neighbours. Sitting here on our last night with thumping music going on , having had a good time but wondering how much better it would have been without the spoilt evenings and nights . Without the noise this place would be stunning
Sep 7, 2018 by Jgraves

Fabulous location

If you want a holiday where the kids are kept occupied the whole time while you relax this is the place for you. There’s so much to do for kids. Whether it’s football or basketball or table-tennis or volleyball or just hiding in the trees. There’s a swimming pool on site or the ocean is just a 20 minute bike ride away on safe cycle paths. The local town is 10 minutes away by bike selling all you need with nice coffee shops and restaurants. But the jewel in the crown is the lake which is a 5 minute walk. You really feel like you are at the beach. You can hire a boat or a pedalo or swim and jump off the many piers there’s also an aqua park. This is a great family holiday destination.
Sep 2, 2018 by Jason

Avoid unless you like late night noise

Very noisy adjacent campsite that will spoil the tranquility of the area night after night with parties til midnight and beyond. Huttopia have not once recognised my complaint, so they obviously do not value their customers or their experience. Avoid
Aug 31, 2018 by Gavapentin

Lovely but...

We stayed in sweet wood plus safari tent last August for 5 nights. Lovely area. The tent was well equipped except there were no reclining chairs that should have been provided. The other tents had them! What we didn’t know was that the tent was up a very steep sand dune which made it really hard to lug all our bags and five bikes up there in 35•c! Which is why we were in need of a comfy chair! Apparently they had trouble getting more chairs. The play park is really good, swimming in the lake and biking to the beach was great. If you go in July and August then expect noise at night as the campsite has lots of summer schools close by. And check on the position of the tent if staying in safari unless you like climbing sand dunes, however once you’re up there it is lovely!
Apr 19, 2018 by

Camping in the dunes

We turned up at this campsite with no booking in the week before Bastille Day. We’d travelled up from Spain and just wanted somewhere for a day or two before we carried on north to our return ferry. We ended up spending a week here leaving us to do a mad dash for the ferry at the end of our holiday! We’ve used Huttopia / Indigo sites before so knew what to expect. This site was clearly an old campsite owned by someone else before & we had arrived within the first couple of weeks of the new ownership. Indigo have installed all new toilet blocks (which were immaculate and plentiful) and there is a huge play area / gathering area in the middle of the site. All the pitches are just dotted around between the trees in the sand. The pool was next to the Reception Area & was just a simple pool with a separate paddling pool for the little ones. I should imagine if they had been designing the site from scratch, they would have the pool, playground & food truck together, but it was fine with the layout they had. There was football screened on a couple of evenings as the World Cup was on while we were there which created a good atmosphere & wasn’t too noisy too late. The food truck served excellent pizzas – we were their 2nd customers of the season on our first night! Perfect when you’ve had a hard day at the beach & don’t want to cook. The campsite could not have been in a better position. The huge Lac D’Hourtin was 100 yards from the site through the dunes and the woods. Once you were at the lake, there is a beach with a café & activities – windsurfing / peddle boats etc. You can cycle through the woods to Maubuisson which is also on the lake & worth the visit for shops / cafes / ice-cream etc. We also cycled a little further to the sea at Carcans Plage which has the most amazing beach – loads of space & huge waves. All of the bike rides we did were along purpose built bike paths. You could cycle all day everyday from the site & not repeat your journey. Bikes were available to hire at the campsite, but we brought our own. If you have small children, you would probably be better off using the lake beach as the water was nice & calm. There were loads of places for days out from the site – Bourdeaux, Arcachon etc. Even though we arrived without a booking and then decided to stay longer, the staff at the site were very helpful & found us a pitch that suited us. The pitches are a bit haphazard & won’t suit people who like clearly defined spaces. Later on in our stay, the campsite was starting to get busy, so I’m not sure how well this would work at peak season. We couldn’t have our car near our pitch – just wasn’t physically possible, but I think there were some pitches that were more accessible. Really nice to not be disturbed by cars on our pitch – I wish more sites were like this. Looking forward to revisit this site in the future.
May 15, 2017 by Sazza42

the hellewells

Great site with good facilities. This is a new addition and is clearly still having teething problems. The team at the office were very pleasant but somewhat ineffectual because they were so new. Training had obviously been sketchy. There are supposed to be no cars on site, so they made us lug all our gear over a hill to get to our pitch - it then transpired that there was in fact a roadway to the pitch itself that they didn't know about/tell us about. No wifi at all at present and only smiles and hope from the staff. Absolutely perfect place for us and our kids - calm lake, atlantic rollers a bike ride away and loads of safe cycle tracks to stretch legs. We will be back and would recommend it - just know the idiosyncracies.
Jul 14, 2016 by thehellewells

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