10/09/2006
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Motorhome holidays in France - Agay Soleil

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CAMPING doesn’t get any more idyllic than this.

The three-star Camping Agay Soleil is situated just strides from a glorious Mediterranean inlet around which the town of Agay sits. This small seaside town lacks the busy feel of other larger Côte d’Azur resorts, instead providing a quiet, and supervised, place to swim and paddle. You can even hire comfortable deckchairs and a sunshade if you like. You’ll want to take good care of the little ones, though, because there’s not a lot of natural shade on this beach and their castle construction projects with the firm and clean sand will put them directly in the sun’s line of fire.

You can easily stroll to the westerly side of this small bay in around 20 minutes, where you’ll find a pleasure harbour – from where you can take boat trips, even as far as St Tropez.

But on the eastern side, where the campsite is located, you’ll find marked out swimming areas where bathers are undisturbed by motorised forms of sea transport. Best of all, however, the horseshoe-shaped bay is filled with calm, level waters that are protected from the sea’s white-crested surf.

The drop into the water from the beach is reasonably gentle so it’s safe for children to play near the edge, and, of course, the Med – in summer – is warm and inviting whatever the time of day. I’m always fond of a post-sunset, pre-dinner dip, as the day cools and the beach becomes clear of other holidaymakers.

If you like a bit of adrenalin surging through your veins, however, close to the port is a boat providing towed rides. You can opt for either a bouncy inflatable to sit on or a paragliding experience.

Also available are various watercraft for hire including canoes – for those preferring to travel under their own steam. A diving school (www. clubplongeeagay.site.voila.fr), and sailing school are also located here, so you can learn some new skills if you feel so inclined.

A drive away from the site is also a must, as the road between Agay and the famous resort of Cannes is the most spectacular stretch of France’s southern coast. The scenery is distinctly mountainous and rocky, with the road winding up and down the slopes as it weaves its way past beaches and inlets.

Frequently you have to stop to admire the views over the coastline, whilst behind you the hills keep on climbing. This is a popular area for walking and trekking, although if you are feeling lazy, quad-bike and 4x4 tours are both fun ways to visit.

THE SITE
The campsite itself has an English-speaking receptionist as well as lots of facilities. Practically speaking, there’s a place for filling and emptying your motorhome’s tanks, while the children will love the small play area – when they’re not pestering you to return to the golden sands.

The site has its own restaurant with an outside terrace with panoramic views over the bay, but if you want to get something to eat elsewhere there’s loads of choice along the promenade, including a popular seafood restaurant right on the beach.

Many of the pitches have sea views, although if you want to be positioned in the first row it will cost you an extra 2.50 Euros per night. That’s a small price to pay for a seafront position that hotel-goers would stump up a small fortune to match. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a holiday on the Côte d’Azur!

WHICH PITCH FACT FILE

Site: Camping Agay Soleil
Address: 1152 Boulevard de la Plage, Agay, France
Tel: 00 33 4 94 82 00 79
Website: www.agay-soleil.com
Location: On the coast road (RN98), walking distance from Agay town centre
Open: 15 March to 5 November
Cost per night: 24.30 Euros low season and 29.80 Euros high season for two people, a motorhome and electricity. Add to this a tourist tax of 0.49 Euros per person per day.

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