Richard and Wendy Curtis call their little part of the world ‘paradise’, and they're not wrong. Even finding the place is a breeze. No zigzagging along endless country lanes to get here, and with direct routes from various cities you can shop around for cheap flights. And shouldn’t all roads to paradise be paved with gold? Well, if you come via Alès, you’ll see people panning for the stuff.
There are 190 pitches, so in Cool Camping terms it’s not an intimate paradise. But there’s something calming about the landscape. Beau Rivage begins at Richard and Wendy’s home, which looks over flat meadows. On the far left, the land drops down to the river. Pitches are spaced amongst the trees, so even when full, the aura remains peaceful.
Aim for a spot at the bottom by the Cèze river. You’re further away from the comings- and-goings of other campers and ideally positioned for quick refreshing dips. Swimming is the main attraction here.
Any adventurous escapades require a car; you can drive to the south coast in two hours or to the mountains of the Parc National des Cévennes in one. Alès, the nearest town, is full of pavement eateries for a decent pit-stop. There’s a prehistoric museum (Musée de Préhistoire) nearby and if that sparks your imagination, check out the decorated caves at Chauvet Pont d’Arc, where people lived during the Stone Age. Men in loincloths? Gold? That sounds like some ladies' kind of paradise, for sure
FacilitiesThere’s a morning visit from a baker and a postman, a reception selling ice creams, cold drinks and camping gas, plus a shared washing machine, hot and cold showers, Wi-Fi and a shared BBQ.
Tents, caravans, chalet campers, dogs – yes.
Time travel back to when man wore loincloths and hunted for supper with a spear at Le Musée de Préhistoire (0033 4 68 29 07 76). Treat yourself to a spot of gold panning near the River Gardon d’Anzuze on the D6110.
Food & Drink
The Beau Rivage hot tip is the Asian restaurant L’Auberge d’Auzon (0033 4 66 24 83 51) at Allègre-Les Fumades.
29th March - 12th October.
Pitches52 camping pitches (18 fully-serviced hard standings) and 16 rental chalets.
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Contact Beau Rivage, Allée des Marronniers, 64190 Navarrenx, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Off the D904 north of Alès take the D37 at Saint-Ambroix (so it’s the right fork) and continue until you see signs on the left for the campsite.
You can fly to Nîmes, Montpellier or Valence and hire a car from there. Buses run from Montpellier up to three times a day to Saint-Ambroix.
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