We came here two years ago and it was so pretty, we came back! It is just west of Bordeaux and is well worth a visit.
It took us five hours driving time so we took about six hours to get here in total. Again, the weather was abysmal with strong winds adding to the experience. I (Angela) did some of the driving but when it got windy I gave up and handed the reins back to Dean.
The aire is next to the harbour with plenty of spaces to park and there were quite a few French camper vans there already. Dean parked up and I wandered off to where the payment bourne used to be, only to find it no longer there! There is a big board with information on it but no instructions where to pay.
Once we’d got the gas on, we went for a walk and found the ‘aire de service’ where you pay for your stay along with any water you may wish to purchase. The stay overnight costs just under 8 euros (no electric available) with a maximum of two night stays permitted.
As Dean had had a long day driving we paid for two nights then wandered into the village to get some fresh air. However, on the way back the heavens opened and we got drenched.
The next day we took a walk along the harbour wall and Dean called into one of the many huts there and bought six oysters from a lovely, helpful French lady. We went to great pains to explain we did not want six kilos (as happened to us last time) but the lady knew what we wanted anyway so we needn’t have worried.
During the evening we sat and listened to a couple of podcasts (Frank Skinner) while enjoying a bottle of red wine. There were a few more camper vans who joined us later on, including one who Dean noticed were using a candelabra with three candles as their form of lighting.
It was a British van and looked very cosy!