La Bien Assise Campsite - Review
Castel Camping La Bien Assise is a three star french campsite that is located in the countryside and is just a short drive from the Channel Tunnel and Ferry Ports. The camping site has a moated chateau and 198 emplacements set in an 18 hectare site. You are assured of a warm welcome here whether you plan to have a short stopover on your journey or to take a longer stay in this interesting region which is often overlooked. It is in the heart of the 3-pays area which offers 300km of designated and well maintained paths which are ideal for cycling, riding or walking.
Booking Your Holiday
The La Bien Assise Campsite is very easy to get to.
If you are going to drive, the campsite is not far from many of the Channel Ports :
- • Calais: 14 km
- • Boulogne: 27 km
- • Rotterdan: 334 km
- • Caen: 335 km
- • Dieppe: 165 km
- • Le Havre 265 km
- • Zeebrugge: 127 km
- • Oostende: 111 km
- • Beauvais : 210 km
- • Brussels airport : 213 km
- • Bus Station Calais, 1.5km
- • There are shuttle buses from the ferry port to the town centre (Gare Calais-Ville and Place d'Armes) run by P&O Ferries. These run hourly from 10:00-19:00.
- • There is also a Calais Bus Company and in the centre of Calais there is a free mini bus service "Balad'in" (yellow mini buses and yellow bus stops ! which run every 10 mins 9 am -7 pm Monday to Saturday) - details of routes can be found at :http://www.calais.fr/bus/index_std.htm
Local Railway Calais, 11km
Services to: Paris
Things to Do in the Area
You can walk into Guînes village which takes 15 minutes. You will be able to buys meat/bread/fresh fruit and even small gifts in this attractive little town.
Cité de l'Europe
A large mall with 140 shops, 12 screen cinema, restaurants and takeaways, 10 pin bowling at Coquelles. There are also nature workshops which might be interesting. http://en.citeeurope.com/W/do/centre/home
Bird Watching Ornithology and Nature
Nature lovers will be in bird-spotting heaven in the Marquenterre reserve, between the Canche and Somme estuaries, while other highlights on the Côte d’Opale are the vertiginous headlands of Cap Griz-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez.
World War 1 and World War 2
- • The Somme - You can visit the Somme’s war memorials to reflect and remember, or visit the huge port of Dunkerque, scene of an heroic troop evacuation in 1940.
- • Eperlecques - There is the Blockhaus bunker at Eperlecques to visit where Germans assembled V2 rockets : http://www.leblockhaus.com/intro.htm (watch out for the noise of the rocket on the website !)
- • La Coupole - an excellent war museum in an underground bunker near St Omer http://www.lacoupole-france.com/en/musee/default_dedie.asp and http://www.lacoupole-france.com/en/default.asp
- • Calais World War 2 Museum
- • Famous for the Anglo French summit - cloth of Gold.
- • Dunkerque (54 km)
- • Forteresse de Minoyecques - Underground World War II bunker. Guided tours available. Shop, tea room and picnic area.
Looking onto the plains of Champagne and Picardy, Laon is dominated by one of France’s earliest and finest Gothic cathedrals.
Lille has a main TGV station from where you can travel to a variety of destinations. it is also great for shopping and open-air chess-playing. You can visit the Ancienne Bourse (old exchange building), the Euralille shopping centre and the Opéra which are all worth a visit. You can also visit the birthplace of General Charles de Gaulle in Lille at 9 rue Princess.
This town on the Belgian border has an amazing Art Deco swimming pool-cum-art gallery which is well worth a visit. It also has two large factory outlet centres - "McArtur Glen" and "A L'Usine".
Arques (an industrial town next to St Omer)
The glass factory at Arques is the region's largest employer and is also a good place to go for a bargain or for a factory tour of the glass factory where you can see glass being made. The factory tour lasts 1hr 30 mins and you must be aged over 8. For information about the tour : http://visite-usine-fr.arc-intl.com/uk/decouvrez/individuels.html
The factory was founded in 1825, and in 1930 Jacques Durand went to the USA and visited several American glassworks, learning about the latest mass-production techniques. On his return, the old mouth-blowing craft techniques were replaced by industrial methods - tank furnaces and non-stop production. It produces over 5.5 million articles daily. There is a factory shop as well so you might find a bargain !
Near Cambrai, is the birthplace of painter Matisse. For more information please see this blog posting about the childhood home of Matisse : http://souvenirsdemonpasse.blogspot.com/2011/04/bohain-is-first-place-where-my-dad.html
Amiens is Picardy’s capital city and, like Beauvais, it has a magnificent cathedral which has a son-et-lumière season (when the west façade becomes a riot of colour). You can also visit its charming canals and the cottages of the St-Leu quarter.
Visit the elegant coastal resort of Le Touquet nestling amid dunes and pines.
Whilst you are on the coast, head for the splendid Nausicaà national aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where you come face to face with hammerhead sharks and tuna shoals. It is Europe's largest aquarium and there are 4000 Fish to look at and touch in the various aquariums. There is also a seal pool. You can hire an audio guide.
Beussent Chocolate Factory
This factory which is 35miles (50 minutes) from the campsite is great for everyone with a sweet tooth ! There is also a factory further away at Lachelle. For more information have a look at their website at http://www.choco-france.com/
To the north of Paris, you will find this fantastic theme park based on the French cartoons characters Asterix and Obelix. With rollercoasters, medieval banquets etc it makes for a great day out. The address is Parc Astérix BP8 60128 PLAILLY, France.
Steam Train ride
Upper Somme Valley - St Valery sur Somme to Le Croyton.
A KID STATION is holiday resort that provides particularly good facilities for children, and has taken care to ensure their safety. It is a national scheme, with "KID certified" resorts all over France. In this area, they include: Bray-Dunes, Dunkerque (54km), Gravelines, Wissant, Wimereux, Boulogne and its suburb Le Portel, Hardelot and Berck-sur-Mer.
Each centre offers menus for children in restaurants, also high-chairs, information at the local Office de Tourisme about children's facilities. There should also be plenty of activities such as beach clubs and sports facilities e.g. watersports, tennis, horse-riding, etc. There should also be shows and entertainment for children including competitions and games. Safety is also a high priority so there should be a first aid booth on beach and the environment should be clean with seawater tested daily for quality and suitable public toilets.
Other places to visit :
- • Cambrai
- • Arras
- • Douai
- • Aqualud Water Park
- • Cap Blanc-nez
- • Cap Gris-nez
Disclaimer: The reviews published on the site are intended solely for the purpose of providing general information and comment and are purely our opinions. We cannot guarantee that descriptions on this site are accurate, up to date or free from error. We have found that the campsites described are very good and are some of the top campsites in France but we find that it is difficult to find a campsite which has 100% of what you are looking for. Also one person may love a busy campsite with lots of activities while someone else may love a quiet campsite with a small swimming pool. Actually we tend to be the latter ! So what we have done is highlight the good points of the sites and maybe point out a few of what we have found as slightly negative points. However we strongly recommend that you make full use of as many internet sources as possible before deciding about your holiday, including such things as Google maps.