La Cigale

from £15.95 to £52.10 Per unit

Overview

  • Campsites next to or within walking distance of a beach

    Top site for beaches

  • A great site for cycling

    Top site for cycling

  • A great site for walking

    Top site for walking

A small, immaculately kept site with a lovely, friendly atmosphere

La Cigale is close to the magnificent Atlantic beaches and within walking distance of Arès town centre. The friendly owners’ attention to detail is apparent throughout the site, not least in the abundant flowers and shrubs that are a feature of the site. There are excellent cycle and walking paths in the surrounding area and nature lovers will enjoy the bird sanctuary at La Teste as well as exploring Arcachon bay, famous for its oysters and oyster farming. While here, a climb to the top of the nearby Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune (110m) in Europe, is a must. 

Early booking is essential - owned and run by the Pallet family.

Location

Situated 800m from Arès with the beaches of Arcachon bay just 1.5 miles away. Atlantic beaches 12 miles, Cap Ferret 15 miles, Arcachon 27 miles, Bordeaux 34 miles, Dune du Pilat 35 miles.

Local transport (2016): Bus stop 150m for services between Cap Ferret and Bordeaux.

Pitches

Some open, mostly part-shaded pitches; all with electricity (6A), some with water and drainage. Larger vehicles (about 8.5m long or over) with a vehicle and an awning may have little spare space.

Information

Low Season
Quiet and peaceful, with some of France’s best beaches close by and a wealth of information on all the things to see and do in the region available from the site owners.

High Season
Friendly cosy atmosphere, with a good mix of nationalities.

Worth noting
- 2018, July/August minimum stay 7 nights

- BBQs permitted (on roadside)

- Dogs welcome

- Small and popular - early booking is essential.

- Fridge hire and ice pack freezing

- THE SITE BARRIER is open from 0800 to 2230

Site Accessibility

Dedicated accessible facilities

Flat access to reception. Small step up to special unisex washroom including: shower with grab rail and seat; washbasin with grab rails,; raised wc with grab rail. Flat terrain, with main routes and pathways of tarmac. Flat access to bar. Swimming pool access by special gate.

Facilities

La Cigale has the following facilities on or around the site.

  • Outdoor pool and paddling pool

    Outdoor pool and paddling pool

  • Snacks and take-away

    Snacks and take-away

  • Full restaurant adjacent

    Full restaurant adjacent

  • Older style, very well kept wash blocks

    Older style, very well kept wash blocks

  • Wi-fi not on pitches (free).

    Wi-fi not on pitches (free).

  • Open-air bar/restaurant

    Open-air bar/restaurant

  • Bread available

    Bread available

  • Play area

    Play area

  • Washing machines

    Washing machines

Reviews

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4.7

Lovely friendly owners who always acknowledged you.

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Lovely friendly owners who always acknowledged you. Very clean, showers and toilets good if not a little small. No hooks to put towels or clothes. A cycle ride through the forest that has the most beautiful unspoilt beach. On the approach to the beach there is a lovely restaurant with a french lady that can speak English and is very helpful. A lovely site and one to revisit.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Coastal
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 4
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5

This site gave us a great welcome. Obviously family run by people who care.

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This site gave us a great welcome. Obviously family run by people who care. It is a small site very close (almost within) the town of Ares. In some ways that is probably the only negative as it is right next to the road which was at times busy. The facilities were good with pools to jump into to cool off. The pitches are reasonably sized and easy to access. I think we were a bit unlucky in that our pitch had very peaty soil that never really dried out. It was well worn after a lot of use with not too much grass. You had to be very mindful of leaving shoes at the door if you wanted to maintain a clean living area. I don't think there were many of these so it shouldn't affect most. We weren't fans of the area at the height of season, but once away from the crowds in the tranquil pine/oak forests it was superb. The cycle network was ideal. Right from the campsite entrance you could choose so many different routes of varying distance. All the routes were well signposted and the useful map we were given when we signed in made it easy. They were safe and off road. We even used our bikes to go to a nearby town for a great evening meal and were quite surprised how busy they were even at 10.30 in the evening - don't forget your lights! If you are going out in the car be prepared for lots of traffic. We were there in August so it may be different at other times. A trip to the famous Dune du Pilat became a nightmare as did the stop in Arcachon. Both good places to visit, but when the temperature is hitting 35 degrees plus and you can't find a parking place it makes you wonder why you left those tranquil cycle paths. Also a good centre for a visit to Bordeaux that has a great park and tram ride network and the city is worth a visit. On leaving we got a nice thank you and wave from the staff (family). If the site was elsewhere I would go back, but as we have now seen the 'Bassin d'Arcachon' I think we will look elsewhere.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Town
  • Suitable For: Families
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5
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5

This is a small site within walking distance of the local town.

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This is a small site within walking distance of the local town.The site is beautifully maintained with lovely flowers and shrubs separating the pitches. The facilities are excellent and the restaurant at the entrance is also to be recommended. The owners are very friendly and helpful and the site is well positioned to enjoy all the local attractions. Although there is not much within the site for those with young children to keep them entertained. Definitely well worth a return visit.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Town,Country
  • Suitable For: Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5
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4.7

We were camping in a tent. Our pitch was big and not too close to neighbours.

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We were camping in a tent. Our pitch was big and not too close to neighbours. There was water and electric on our pitch. The snack bar was good. The restaurant just at the gate of the campsite was excellent. Toilets and showers were very clean. Good campsite location as very close to cycle routes and town was close enough to walk to.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Coastal
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Peaceful break
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 4

Pricing

Sites often charge for an additional vehicle, including a car towed by a motorhome. You should also expect to pay extra for pets and awnings.
We only charge you for extra equipment if the site charges us.

Solo campers may be entitled to reduced pitch fees on some sites.

Please proceed to book in order to find the latest prices, availability, or if you are looking to start your stay within less than 1 week, please call 024 7767 0375.

Contact Centre Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

(Closed 1.00pm-1.30pm on Wednesday, closed Bank Holidays)

Saturday: 9.00am to 1.00pm (January)

More information on pricing can be found here.