Camping Bel is a lovely small French campsite which is just a short walk from both the beach and a supermarket ! The site is a family run site of only 200 pitches, good children's facilities and a marvellous beach two streets away!
It is a well kept, clean site with mostly shaded grassy pitches and with good facilities including a pool. The local town of La Tranche Sur Mer has many nice restaurants and shops. The centre of La Tranche is approximately a 1 mile walk from the campsite.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
Please check with campsite or tour operator to confirm further information about public transport.
There is a free (I think - please double check!) FUN BUS that will take you round the different areas of La Tranche Sur Mer.
There are many restaurants in La Tranches and some which we have enjoyed include Restaurant Pizza Rico at 5, Rue Victor Hugo which has great pizzas and L'Etage Rotisserie and Grill at 10, rue Aristide Briand.
There is a waterpark in the town of La Tranche sur Mer which is great for a fun day of splashing and sliding around.
La Rochelle is a 63 km (1 hr 15 min) drive away. The ancient port of La Rochelle has narrow streets, a fortified harbour and a fabulous aquarium. There are four ports. The largest, Port des Minimes is home to the Grand Pavois International boat show every September. The Vieux Port has many lovely restaurants around it. The centre of La Rochelle is compact enough to explore on foot. However if you want to get around more quickly you might like to try the self-service Vélo Jaune (city-owned yellow bikes), found at 26 key points across the city. You can also hire the bikes directly from Quai Valin (May-Sept) and all year on Place de Verdun. The first two hours are free, and you pay 1 Euro for every hour after that. You could also use Le Passeur and Bus de Mer (www.rtcr.fr) electric boats to hop between the city's ports. The Tourist Information Office which is only 300m from the train station can provide details of all of the above.
In La Rochelle, you may also like to visit the Musée des Automates, France's largest automated figure museum. This museum is home to around 300 models and some wonderful Victorian-era shop window displays. You may wish to walk around the interesting neighbourhood of Saint Nicolas, a city within a city, where everyone is said to know everyone else. It has cobbled streets and you could visit one of the cool bars, the vintage book shops or the antiques dealers or the Saturday Flea Market "Marche au Puces St Nicolas".
For more information about visiting La Rochelle, click here to visit the tourist information website.
Interiles runs various day trip and ferry services from La Tranche and La Rochelle, including ferries and boat trips to Île de Ré, Île d'Aix et L'île d'Oléron. For some more information please click here to access their internet site.
Île de Ré is a low, narrow island about 30km long, with sandy beaches to the southwest and salt marshes and oyster beds to the northeast. Tst martinhe interior is a mix of vine, asparagus and wheat cultivation. All the buildings on Île de Ré are restricted to two storeys and are required to incorporate the typical local features of whitewashed walls, curly orange tiles and green-painted shutters, which give the island villages a holiday atmosphere. The island is reached by a road bridge with toll payable (off season toll is 9E and high season mid June to mid Sept it is 16.50E. You dont pay on return).
The capital is St-Martin (see photo), a north coast fishing port with beautiful whitewashed houses clustered around the stone quays of a well protected harbour.
This zoo is a 44km (52 mins) drive away and is worth visitingmonkey at zoo. The Zoo is home to almost 200 animals belonging to about forty species, including some endangered species. You will see flamingoes (flamant rouge, rainbow lorikeets (Loriquet de Swainson), snakes, gibbons, jaguars, lions, tigers (tigres), giraffes, red pandas and meerkats (Suricates) as well as many other animals, birds and reptiles.
The Indian Forest is an adventure park with high ropes courses as well as lower level children's courses. In addition there is a picnic area, a woodland, paintball, mini golf, climbing wall. For more information, click here to access their site.
This is an excellent theme park which has an historical theme with vikings, romans and gladiators all featuring as well as French history.
There is also an evening spectacle which includes over 100 horses. It is expensive so it is best to plan your visit in advance by visiting their website and it is possible to request a brochure to be sent out. Click here to visit the Puy du Foy website.