Huttopia Lac de Carcans
Domaine de Bombannes, 33121 Carcans, Gironde, France
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.
The Owner SaysCamping amongst the Pine trees, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a huge lake to the other, welcome to camping heaven!
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.
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.