Campsite Le Clos du Rhône is a campsite in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône, located by the sea.The campsite has which are marked out, pitches with shade, pitches without shade and pitches with some shade. Camping Le Clos du Rhône is located close to a sandy beach. It is possible to rent mobile homes and bungalows. The campsite has a playground and a sports ground.
The following rules apply to pets at (Camping Le Clos du Rhône):
- Dog(s) permitted in low season (if on a lead)
- Dog(s) permitted in high season (if on a lead)
For sportive holidaymakers the camp site offers various cycle routes. There is an entertainment programme and a fitness room. For those who want to relax after a busy day there is a whirlpool and steam bath. The camp site has an outdoor swimming pool and a toddlers' pool. There is also water slide. You can swim nearby in the sea. At Camping Le Clos du Rhône you can go snorkelling and windsurfing.
You don't always have to cook, as the camp site has a snack bar, pizzeria, restaurant (with snack menu) and restaurant (with full menu). The camp site also supplies fresh bread. You can also use the internet, as the camp site has one or more computers with an internet connection, there is a WiFi point and you can access the internet with your own laptop in 80% of the camp site.
Detail information about this campsite
This inspector visits Campsite Le Clos du Rhône 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: 7.4
- Toilet facilities
- Price - quality comparison
- Child friendliness
- Sports facilities
- Swimming pool
- Food and drink
We did not stay here. The mistake the staff made was to let us wander around the site to find a pitch. We came here to find shade, but there was none. Just a dust bowl. Plus noisy at the swimming pool. Not for us.
1. despite being reassured that reservation was unnecessary – when I phoned 3 days before – when we arrived the place was full.
2. Because there were no \"ACSI\" pitches left, we were charged more per day on top of the standard ACSI rate, for a water connection, despite the fact that we could not use it, and you could argue that – given 1 above – they should have waived the charge.
3. Their website gives the impression that the piches are properly separated, and sheltered; They are not. The divisions are marked with plates in the ground, and painted sticks.
4. Most camping sites place trees or water stations between pitches; They don’t, such items were often right in the middle (making parking a caravan or campervan interesting).
5. Having arrived at about 7.30 pm and set up the tent, we went to the onsite cafe at about 9.10 pm for something to eat. We were informed that the kitchen was shut and we could only have a pizza; Part way through said pizza (which with no salad or aother accompaniment) the staff locked the door and started clearing other tables.
6. On another day at about 4 pm, when the temperature was over 30C, said café – where the ice cream cabinet was located – was closed till 5.30 pm, and refused to open to sell ice creams.
7. On one day when I drove up to the beach access gate to see if I could drop my wife (and chairs, parasol etc.) off and then walk back myself, they dumped a huge pot in the access way, thus preventing any such access.
8. There was never any hot water in the sinks or showers, and if the temperature ever did accidentally slip above tepid then it only ran for 10 seconds with the stupid push “taps”.
9. The toilet block had no entrance marked “Ladies’ Toilets” in any language. The “main” door had many pictures of baths, showers, sinks etc. If ladies went through that door they had to pass through the gents showers, or they could just go through the door marked “laundry sinks”. Obvious really!
10. The pitches were not mown after users left.
11. The pitches were not cleared of any rubbish left by users.
12. The pitches (certainly in the area where we were located) were so stony as to be painful to walk on, and damaging for groundsheets (for everyone, not just tenters).
13. The reception is only open from 9 am to 5 pm, which is hardly ideal if you arrive late or wish to leave early – as most campers tend to do
Our first trip to the Carmargue. The site is about a 20 minute walk outside of St Maries de la Mer, but if you are able to cycle it would only take about ten on a perfectly flat cycle path. We had plenty of options as far as pitches were concerned and they were all quite spacious. It was, however, quite windy when we were there and we had to turn our motor home round a couple of times. There is a small beach within walking distance and the water was warm. Fresh bread in the bar each day. Highlight for us was the boat trip on the Tika II which goes from just outside the camp site. 10Euros for a couple of hours down the Petit Rhone to see the birds, horses and bulls. The town is lovely, too many restaurants to chose from, but the food we had on one was excellent. Big Spanish influence in the area. The downside was the toilet facilities, they're modern but not particularly clean and for some strange reason the staff chose to clean them between 7.30 and 9 in the morning. Fortunately we have very good facilities in our motor home and tended to use them instead. There is a very good motor home point on site so that was an added bonus for us. Would we visit again - probably, but we've ticked off the Carmargue so it'll be a while before we return.
We stayed here in our caravan for three nights in June. Despite many warnings picked up in other reviews, we decided to have a go at staying on this site right on the Camargue coast – it seemed too good to miss. Most warnings concerned the biting insects, but we were armed with lotions, coils, electric vapour devices and screens, so we thought we could survive. We arrived at 12.05 (grrr!). This meant we had a two hour wait until the reception re-opened at 2pm. Quite a queue formed and tempers were getting frayed by 2pm as the queue jumpers did their best! Good points: plenty of space on site in June; a very nice, if busy, pool; direct access to the beach from the site. Bad points…well, the insect life was intolerable. Even fully lotioned, you couldn’t comfortably walk from the door of the ‘van to the back of the car without feeling the biters moving in. We mustered about 50 bites between us in 3 days. An English couple we met lasted one night and left traumatised! Having said that there were plenty of people lounging around on site, apparently comfortable. We had to leave after 3 days because we were tense and uncomfortable…not good on a holiday. Incidentally, we had a great day out on the nearby bird reserve. Did we get bitten there at all – no!! Add to this problem a feeling that the site is unloved; the older toilet block was smelly; there is a bar/café, but they offer ONE outside table and no shade! Taking all of this together, we realised that a better holiday could be had elsewhere – and so it proved! Never again!
Worst ever campsite been on, pitches very small, very untidy site, would not recommend. Staff not helpful and very untidy.
- Guide price 1
- Guide price 2
- Period of opening
- 30-03-2019 till 11-11-2019
03-04-2020 till 01-11-2020
- 7 ha
- Number of touring pitches
- 228 (60 - 100m2)
- Number of accommodation units for hire
- Campsite suitable for disabled persons
* 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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Address & Route
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Campsite Le Clos du Rhône
route d'Aigues-Mortes, CD38
13460 / Stes Maries-de-la-Mer
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Coordinates: 43°27'0"N 4°24'6"E
From Arles beyond Chateau d'Avignon right onto D38c. Left after a few km on D38. Turn right before Stes Maries-de-la-Mer. Campsite signposted.
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