This very modest camping site with youth hostel and restaurant lies directly opposite the old centre of Avignon. From the terrace you have a view of the Palais des Papes, the largest Gothic building from the Middle Ages in Europe. The camping site lies directly on the Rhône, near the famous bridge over the river. You cannot camp any closer to the city, it is only a ten minute walk to the centre. Camping Bagatelle (open throughout the year) is convenient for a short stay only. For instance, as an overnight stop or to visit Avignon.
Transit camping site
There are more than 200 touring pitches and some 20 motorhome pitches. You can expect compact pitches. The terrain does not have much to offer. There a some hedges here and there for demarcation. Bagatelle also has a youth hostel and a hotel on the grounds. Your fellow campers are people who want to visit Avignon. They come here in July for the well-known annual arts festival. La Bagatelle is actually a transit camping site, intended for guests who are mainly interested in the city sights.
Swimming and canoeing
Adjacent to the camping site is a swimming pool (not part of the camping site), which is also located by the Rhône. The river is not suitable for swimming, but canoeing is a favourite pastime here.
Eating and drinking
The large camping site supermarket stocks an extensive range. The restaurant prepares good, affordable meals and has a large terrace. Both restaurant and terrace offer an attractive view of the city.
The sanitary facilities are housed in a large and old building. All in all it is very basic and, according to Dutch standards, somewhat dated.
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This inspector visits Campsite Bagatelle 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: 7.0
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This is a perfectly adequate city site, usefully close to the main sights. Yes the facilities are old, but they were clean and the showers lovely and hot. The pitches are reasonably flat, electric accessible and enough space for most vans. It was quiet and peaceful while we were here. The shop was quite well stocked, but bread needs to be ordered. There’s a proper launderette and s restaurant on site, but we used neither. We’d come again.
This campsite has an ideal location for visiting Avignon, just a 15 minute walk away over the bridge. The entire site is sheltered tall Sycamore trees which would provide shade from the scorching sun in summer. Although it is a city site and therefore busy, the pitch felt private and was quiet and relaxing. We came for one night and stayed for three.
The toilets and sanitary facilities let the site down. They are very old, late 50’s perhaps and are long overdue a complete refurbishment, however they are kept clean and there is lots of very hot water. If you turn up in an Campervan you may be horrified by them but a seasoned camper will have seen much worse ( we have in Cornwall, Parr Sands).
Other positives are a very good mini market, and an inexpensive Resturaunt with a view over the river to the walled city.
We would defiantly come here again.
The campsite was a very pleasant base for a winter break with a caravan. The facilities are a little dated but were immaculately clean with an endless supply of piping hot water. A lovely walk into Avignon from the site. The staff could not have been more helpful and certainly added to the ambience of the place. We would certainly go again at this time of year.
Nice city but the campsite was awful! - the toilets and showers were cold and distusting I couldn't and wouldn't wash there and certainly not do washing up there - staff indifferent - these places only stay open because they are in the city - terrible !!!
As per most reviewers stated this campsite is in a great location but lacks in most other areas. The staff were not very friendly or helpful. The pitches are hard, the toilets/ showers are dirty and small. The campsite is quite loud. The price is comparably quite expensive.
Very convenient for Avignon which is only a short walk over the bridge. Site is basic, shaded by lots of trees and there are no views but is more than adequate for a short visit to the city. It was also very busy so an early arrival is recommended. Staff very helpful and relocated us when our first pitch proved unsuitable. Sanitary block is showing it's age but was clean and there was plenty of hot water. We had an excellent meal at the restaurant at the entrance to the site which does have lovely views of the river and the famous bridge from it's terrace.
great location to walk across bridge to avignon . pitch adequate for 3 night stay . campsite bar closed at 6pm whcih was a shame.
There is a review on here from June this year which just about sums up everything we thought about this site. It has but one thing going for it and that is its proximity to Avignon. A short walk from the entrance and you can sit on a bench overlooking the Rhône and the beautiful old town which is very beautiful. It is within easy walking of Avignon either by the bridge or by a free ferry. However, the site itself leaves much to be desired and does not warrant in our opinion the current ACSI rate. The pitches were packed in, the site looked unloved and the toilet blocks were among the worst we have seen, although regularly cleaned. It is also a youth hostel, not that that made a difference. Having said that there is a well stocked convenience store, a bar and restaurant and despite all, on the days that we were there, there was a constant queue of campers, hikers and caravans at reception and the site was more or less full.
This site is the closest site to the city of Avignon and takes full advantage of it. The site is uncared for in every way and in our view is a disgrace to a beautiful city. The toilet facilities are probably the worst we have experienced often toilet doors would not lock and the shower cubicles were far too small even to be called adequate. Basins chipped and dirty and the whole place smelt. Staff were however friendly. Overall would never return and will ensure that both the cities tourist information and trip advisor are informed of our views.
We were very disappointed by this campsite.The toilet block was very outdated. It smelled very badly of drains all the time. There was no hot water during the afternoon and although the water was meant to be hot at 6pm, it was too cold to shower at 6.30pm. The cubicles for toilets, washbasins and showers were very small. Wash basins were chipped and cracked, some doors didn't lock. In the showers hooks for clothing was often missing, tiles were cracked or missing altogether.There was no sign that any routine maintenance wad being done, even though the site was no particularily busy. Our pitch was on the side of an access road - no room for our awning or for ytables/chairs. The worst camosite I have used for some time
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- Period of opening
- 01-01-2018 till 31-12-2018
- 4 ha
- Number of touring pitches
- 227 (80 - 130m2)
- Number of camper pitches
- Campsite suitable for disabled persons
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Île de la Barthelasse
84000 / Avignon
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From the A9 to Avignon. Campsite located on l'Île de la Barthelasse, opposite the Papal Palace. Campsite indicated on the bridge.
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