The four-star camping site Le Palais de la Mer in Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer is located reasonably close to the town of Perpignan (18 km) and offers direct access to the beach of the French-Catalan coast of the Mediterranean. An unique feature is the superb park, belonging to the camping site, which can be accessed via a small bridge over a river. The park has been designed as a petting zoo with chickens, peacocks, goats, donkeys and more. There is also a small tourist train in the park.
The camping site
The pitches vary from 80 to 100 m2 in size and the sanitary buildings have recently been renovated. This gives them an extremely attractive and functional appearance. There are various sports possibilities on the grounds. To socialise (especially in the evenings) there is the l’Embuscade pub, where musical performances take place three times a week in high season.
Adjacent to the bar are two swimming pools, one of which is heated, so that you can also swim outside the summer months in a pleasant water temperature. The swimming pool has a waterfall, a childrens' pool and a jacuzzi. The swimming pool is flanked by a number of sun loungers and a solarium. This year (2018) the swimming pool will be scaled up with slides etc. The beautiful sandy beach along the Mediterranean can be accessed from the camping site.
The restaurant of the camping site is well-frequented and you will be able to watch the performances in the evenings. You can also buy take-away pizzas. In the camping shop you can get all basic necessities, but also beach and camping accessories. On the other hand, near the traffic circle in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer you will find some more shops.
Detail information about this campsite
This inspector visits Campsite Le Palais de la Mer every year and inspects the campsite on the basis of more than 200 amenities and other points of interest. The inspector is an ACSI staff member and does not work for the campsite.
Average rating: 8.9
- Toilet facilities
- Price - quality comparison
- Child friendliness
- Sports facilities
- Swimming pool
- Food and drink
Liked - Pitch was clean and well presented although the water tap was a little awkward to use. All washing facilities and toilets were very clean. The swimming pool was excellent and the Life guards. The beach was so close it made our holiday. The shop was well stocked, staff very friendly and helpful. We shall be returning next year.
Disliked - The animation team were great from what we could see but not very inclusive for non french speaking children which was a shame. The restaurant was good but lacked choice of snack type good at lunch time, only Chips (frites) available as snack choice or full menu which was too heavy for the children. The older amenities block on our side of the camp didn't seem to have water as hot as the new block. The dishwashing area never even had warm water which was disappointing but we used the facilities in the new block which had hot water.
Liked - Close to beach and lovely area to explore
Disliked - Noisy entertainment which is a bit dated now (90's Europop disco!)
Stayed 3 nights. Excellent shower block nearest the entrance. Lots of shade. Swimming pool and surrounds - fantastic. The approach to the entrance of the site does not look the best, but once onsite you will be pleasantly surprised. If you want the beach, there is access from the site. Good cycling area if you don't want the challenge of hills.
2 sets of facilities; one very much in need of modernising (3/5) one superb (5/5) hence score of 4. great site on beach, easy walk/cycle into town. many pools, child friendly, sauna and spa, bar and restaurant, lovely location, much shade. excellent site will stay again.
Great campsite, village only 5 minutes walk away with lovely little shops. Great for bike riding as on the flat. Many places to access the beach from the village but also good direct access from the campsite. You can choose to be near the pool or the beach.
We were to stay for 3 nights and ended up staying for 9. The campsite is very nice with a lot of things to see and do. The owners and staff take pride in the facilites which were all clean and everything in working order. The pool is great for relaxing and the beach easy to access via the campsite, the food was good and staff very nice. We will return for a holiday.
This is an excellent site, staff are friendly, surroundings are nice, the loos are superb and as we have come out of season the prices are good too.WiFi can be found for free by reception, or you can purchase a card and use it Anywhere on site. Beach is clean and an easy stroll through the site.The shop opens in the mornings and afternoons and sell very fresh bread and a few other essentials. For anything else the village is only 10 minutes stroll away.
The staff are friendly and some speak a little English, I speak a very little French and we get by. The site is aimed at families with children and is dog friendly.
Liked - Campsite facilities were excellent and we all thoroughly enjoyed the swimming pool and slides.
Disliked - Not enough toilet roll in the bathrooms, and some showers were cold.
Liked - The Beach.
The new pool.
Liked - Relaxing, just what we needed after a busy summer at home and some health problems
Disliked - We booked this larger (and more expensive) bungalow because we were assured we could arrive on Thursday 7th and this one would be available . When we arrived we were put in bungalow 66 because 137 was occupied and we had to move on Saturday.
However both were clean and tidy and in the end we enjoyed our stay and stayed on until Thursday 21st. (Total of two weeks).
- Guide price 1
- Guide price 2
- Period of opening
- 11-05-2019 till 28-09-2019
- 3 ha
- Number of touring pitches
- 122 (80 - 100m2)
- Number of accommodation units for hire
* Amenities in bold are not included in the overnight price. Some may need to be paid for. (This does not imply that all amenities not in bold are free!)
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Situation of campsite
Address & Route
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Campsite Le Palais de la Mer
av. de Las-Illes
66478 / Ste Marie-la-Mer
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Coordinates: 42°44'25"N 3°2'0"E
On coastal road D81 take exit Ste Marie-Plage. Then drive straight at the roundabout and turn left at the third intersection. Signposted.
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