Huttopia Landes Sud Huttopia

Europe France Aquitaine Landes

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
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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Facilities

Heated swimming pool, paddling pool, a playground, boules pitch, table tennis, table football, volleyball court, bikes available for hire and a central lodge with internet and free Wi-Fi. 'Camper's corner' shop for any essentials you've forgotten, a library corner, board and card games to borrow and tourist information in reception. There's a laundry room for longer stays and motorhome service point. Bar-restaurant (with special 'meal nights' during peak season) and activities for children throughout school holidays.

Suitable For

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

Nearby

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 & 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.

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

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.

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Accommodation

You will find 210 flat, shady pitches set out on the dunes, offering a beautiful undulating landscape. Come and camp with your tent, caravan, or motorhome and enjoy a natural, peaceful, family-friendly environment.

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Sweet Wood and Canvas Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 5 2 Available
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The Classic IV Wood & Canvas Tent

Safari tent Sleeps 4 2 Available
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Roulotte Gypsy Caravan

Gypsy caravan Sleeps 4
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Chalet Evasion

Cabin Sleeps 5 3 Available
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Location

Contact Huttopia Landes Sud, 450 Route de Léon, 40550 Saint-Michel-Escalus, France

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Getting There

By car: From Bordeaux take the A63 towards Bayonne, then take Exit 12 towards Dax , and follow signs for Leon/Molliets/St Michel Escalus. Dax TGV train station (30km)
Nearest airport: Biarritz 80km

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★☆ over 1 reviews

★★★★☆

Nice site and great pool but remote

We stayed at three different Huttopia sites throughout our two week trip in mid July and their theme runs successfully throughout all the sites we stayed at. Exceptionally clean and well looked after, great service and good food are at the core of all the sites. Pros: Great brand new pool area Not busy during our stay Tasty food if you don't feel like cooking Cons: Noisy band night through to midnight (ironic as we were told to turn our very quiet music down during the day) Remote location, Leon is a 20 minute drive Crickets are incredibly noisy during the day but you eventually get used to them We stayed in a IV Safari Tent during our stay and we really didn't get the greatest of locations being right next to a noisy services area, a terrible view and also next to the on site handy mans accommodation which meant he often over looked us during the late/afternoon evening, was surrounded by his unsightly clutter and really bought that part of the site down. If the park was full I'd understand but after day 2 I walked around the site to find the river I'd seen in various photos (more on that later) and many of the other tents were unoccupied, but we'd already settled so weren't keen to move. It really is luck of the draw as some tents and cabins have great surroundings. The site really is quite remote meaning bike rides into local Leon are on busy main roads initially and access to the water for canoeing or SUPing is via a totally different site altogether. Both of these we were lead to believe by various photos on here and the Huttopia site were accessible via the Landes Sud site...they're not! We even bought SUPs for that very purpose and assumed incorrectly that bike trails lead directly from the Huttopia site because of the photos they chose to use on their website. I'd certainly recommend the site but I wouldn't stay here again as access to the beach is too far away and even Leon and it's lake which are lovely with free parking, great local sized shop and a near daily market are a drive away, unless you plan on bringing bikes and staying out all day. The bus to the beach also runs at random times in the afternoon which wasn't suitable for our family with a three and a half year old.
Jul 30, 2019 by Russ Jenkins

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