Discussion in 'France' started by GAVLAD, May 28, 2014.

  1. Hi all,

    For those of you considering going to Normandy, I can recommend a great site and advise on a 'NO-GO' site.
    We sailed into Caen/Oustreham and took the coast road to Courseulles-sur-Mer before heading inland towards Bayeux. There was plenty of small campsites dotted around on the coastal road but we had pre-booked to stay at Bayeux's Municipal Site.
    Situated on the ring road around Bayeux and only a short stroll/bike ride into the centre, it was ideal.
    There was a large Carrefour supermarket with petrol station 2mins up the road and it was a breeze for getting around and seeing the sights.
    The site itself if really well kept. Don't let it being a council/Municipal put you off.
    Everyday, groundsmen and gardeners were onsite pruning and gardening and the site office had friendly and welcoming staff.
    A bread van visited every morning selling croissants, breads and pastries all freshly baked.
    There was also a take-away van with pizza oven but unfortunately we missed this.
    Theres a small river located next to the site with a footpath which leads into the town centre.
    The area has loads of sights and you're not too far away from the beaches.
    On site facilities were basic but regularly cleaned.

    We moved on to Isigny and stayed on a privately run 4* site besides a lake called Le Fanal.
    It was like going from one extreme to the other.
    Unkept, deep tyre ruts across pitches. Uncut grass, dirty toilets. A real disappointment for the price paid and it being a so called four star. Had we not pre-booked and paid, I wouldn't have unpacked.
    From here we drove up to Cherbourg and caught the ferry home, stopping off in Poole Dorset at the fabulous South Lytchett Manor.

    This was our first visit to Normandy and was a 'one off' trip that my other half had agreed to as I always wanted to visit the Normandy Beach Landing sites. Surprisingly, she loved the place!
  2. Which ferry did you take?
  3. Brittany Ferries - slow boat overnight out and fast ferry back. - Only because the timings suited us from where we were travelling from/to.
    You may get a better deal going into Le Harve.
    A work mate did that route and travelled over the Pont de Normandie - the high suspension bridge and stayed near Hornfleur which is a nice place to visit.

    I noticed other sites going the other way from Oustreham which looked nice - we visited Merville going in that direction.
    We filled over a week just sight seeing in glorious sun and then had our relaxing part in Poole & Bournemouth in the rain!

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