The Le Soleil campsite is a large and lively popular campsite in the South of France with direct access to a sandy beach. It is an excellent park for both teenagers and younger children as it offers a variety of children's clubs but it is also great for people who just want to relax. It has an excellent californian style pool complex and usually offers scuba diving lessons in the pool. It is on the edge of the town of Argelès where you will find many restaurants, bars and shops.
In High Season you will find that there is some noise late at night from the adjacent fairground called "Luna Park" but we did not find it too disturbing and it stops at a reasonable time (1 am). The campsite is a very clean, well kept site and felt safe for children or teenagers as there are regular patrols of the park.
Booking Your Holiday
Argelès has a train station and so can be reached by train, car or aeroplane (Perpignan is about 20 minutes by taxi). The drive from the Channel Ports is a long one but you could break the journey with an overnight stop. Another option is a ferry to Bilbao or Santander in Spain and then drive across to France.
If you are going to drive, perhaps with an overnight stop, then here are the distances from the Channel Ports:
- • Calais: 1162 km (about 12 hours of driving)
- • Caen: 1000 km
- • Santander (Spain): 767 km
- • Le Havre: 1022 km
- • Perpignan: 29 km
- • Gerona: 91 km
- • Beziers: 133 km
- • Carcassonne : 148 km
- • Train station: Argelès-sur-Mer, 3km
- • Services to: Paris, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Cerbere, Port Bou
Things to Do in the Area
Adjacent to the campsite is Luna which offers carnival rides, bowling, karting, crazy golf etc - great fun - and some days it offers half price rides - worth checking !
Argelès Sur Mer
Here is a guide to the local town which gives you a good idea of what the area is like and some things to do while on holiday, including such things as a boat trip to Collioure : http://www.argeles-sur-mer-tourism.co.uk/
Aqualand St Cyprien
If you have younger children or teenagers with you who would like to have a day in a water park then the excellent Aqualand at St Cyprien is well worth a visit. This is a large waterpark with an excellent selection of pools and slides. Suitable for toddlers and teenagers. It is the largest waterpark in Roussillon.
Collioure (10 minutes by car)
Definitely worth a visit to this colourful and scenic village on the coast.
The Little Yellow Train (le Petit Train Jaune)
Picture: Herbert Ortner https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Trainjaune_03.jpg
Perhaps not for the faint hearted but this is an interesting and exciting trip into the Pyrenees! Watch this video to see what you think! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NicKaeAuMoI Here is some more information to help you to begin to plan your trip: http://www.pyrenees-cerdagne.com/en/the-yellow-train