There’s something undeniably surprising about the quiet, rural feel of family-run O2 Camping in Normandy, France. It’s a 10-minute drive from the immensely popular sandy beaches of Mont St Michel Bay and almost the same to the bustling centre of Granville, one of France’s earliest seaside resorts. So initial expectations are generally of a cheap-and-cheerful holiday park that’s heavy on Brit-based fun and light on all things authentic. Thankfully, Stéphane and the Arondel family are here to prove you wrong.
Down a narrow country road, O2 Camping is some 27 acres in size, with ample room for the diverse collection of tent, campervan and caravan pitches, along with glamping options that range from basic bell tents to up-market ‘canvas lodges’. All have access to the brand new ablutions block (the campsite only opened in summer 2016), while facilities include a covered swimming pool, visiting masseurs in summer, volleyball courts and a well-stocked reception shop and bar.
It’s not family table tennis tournaments and aqua-activities that make this campsite stand out though. While the facilities do indeed provide all the French staples – fresh croissants in the morning and sandy pétanque pitches – it's the open, natural countryside feel of the place that makes it different from the Normandy norm. Mature trees and foliage break up the site; there are goats and chickens; a cute herb garden offers free-to-use seasonings for your barbecue; and old farm tracks and footpaths lead out into the surrounding area. It has an ideal blend of modern, man-made functionality but with a traditional, countryside feel.
Off site, busy Granville remains a popular port for catching the ferry out to the Channel Islands and taking day-trips to the rocky and immensely pretty Chausey Isles, 17 kilometres from shore. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont St Michel, meanwhile, is around and hour away (stay late in summer to catch the light show dancing on the medieval ramparts of the island), while Normandy’s historic D-Day beaches and memorials are a half hour further than that. You’re certainly not short of things to keep you busy. So whether it’s a dip on the beach, a tour of the trés chic Dior Museum in Granville or simply borrowing a book from the campsite library and kipping in a hammock, O2 Camping is a number one camping spot.
Facilities7 showers and loos, 1 family bathroom and 1 disabled access bathroom, plus laundry facilities. Volleyball court, pétanque court, ping pong table, covered swimming pool and paddling pool, football area and, during peak season, massages (at an extra charge). Small grocery shop in the reception area, a small bar, fresh bread delivery (order the night before) and ample tourist information. Free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Suitable ForEveryone! Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, families, groups, couples...
NearbyIt's a 10-minute drive to Mont Saint-Michel Bay, where the sandy beaches stretch all the way from Granville to Regnéville-sur-Mer, the former town being right on your doorstep and the place to go for boat rental and lessons from the local sailing school. Granville is also home to an excellent aquarium (0033 2 33 50 19 83) and, from the pretty harbour, boat tours out to the Îles Chausey (0033 2 33 50 31 81). No visit to the area is complete without a visit to famous Mont Saint-Michel itself. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island is the third most popular tourist attraction in France and, though it can be seen from almost every point along the bay can take up to an hour to reach by car. A great day out is to cross the causeway by bike and explore the medieval ramparts by day, staying late enough to catch the evening light show that is run throughout summer. To the north, meanwhile, Bayeux (0033 2 31 51 25 50), home to the historic 70m tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings, is an hour and a half by car, with Normandy's D-Day beaches, memorials and museums just beyond.
Food & DrinkThe campsite has a small shop and bar, offers fresh bread each morning (order the night before) and has communal BBQs for use. Off site, there is a supermarket 10 minutes away and a wide range of eateries in Granville. Just a kilometre or so away, though, Restaurant Le Jardin de Léontine (0033 2 33 50 47 28) is a particularly nice local pick. You can dine outside or in and the focus is on the most local of local food (with plenty of seafood on offer). And, yes, snails are on the menu. Bon Appétit!
Opening TimesAll year (except for a few weeks during Christmas).
The Owner Says
Accommodation90 camping pitches, plus bell tents, coco sweet tents, mobile homes and canvas lodges for glampers.
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