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Old 13-09-16, 15:33
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Looking at going to Hourtin Plage next summer. Is it drivable in a day from St Malo or would I be better getting the afternoon ferry to Caen driving a few hours overnight stay and do the rest the next day.

Normally cruise along at 60mph.


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Old 14-09-16, 11:40
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Looking at going to Hourtin Plage next summer. Is it drivable in a day from St Malo or would I be better getting the afternoon ferry to Caen driving a few hours overnight stay and do the rest the next day.

Normally cruise along at 60mph.


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Only done it from Roscoff and it's quite a trek but well "do-able" in a day.

I do like it there. Many happy memories and some good surfs.
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Old 14-09-16, 16:35
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Only done it from Roscoff and it's quite a trek but well "do-able" in a day.

I do like it there. Many happy memories and some good surfs.
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I think I will do Portsmouth to Caen (cheaper ferry) drive to Nantes and stay the night then drive the rest the next day. Did you use the Royan ferry.
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I think I will do Portsmouth to Caen (cheaper ferry) drive to Nantes and stay the night then drive the rest the next day. Did you use the Royan ferry.
It was a Brittany ferry and a loooooong time ago!
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Old 16-09-16, 09:57
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Not done the route from the Channel ports, but the Royan ferry is a nice way to go. There might be queues depending on what time you take it, it's not that big a ferry.

Depending on how long you're staying in Hourtin, there's a "camping car" enclosure down by Hourtin Lac which is basic but cheap. I prefer it to the bigger but more noisy campsite at Hourtin Plage. Obviously, you then have to get to the beach. But you can bike it through the woods.

As an alternative, there is a farm/guest house between Hourtin Lac and Hourtin Plage, just by the roundabout, that has a big field. The owner will allow you to plot up there for cheap but there are no facilities. You can use the guest house pool if you ask him nicely and don't annoy the guests.

There is another campsite on the north shore of the lake at Picquerot (if it still exists). A bit end-of-the-world-ish but very quaint. Good restaurant at Picquerot too.
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Thanks marp. Unfortunately with a 9&8 year old in tow its the noisey campsite we are looking at. If it was just me it would quiet and cheap all the way. We went to the Vendee this year stayed at LA Garangeira lovely site but a drive to the beach. Spent many younger years in a T2 rough camping in lacanau and LA porge so hoping Hourtin is similar.
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Old 16-09-16, 19:35
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Yes, Hourtin is similar, although a lot lower key than say Lacanau.
I haven't stayed at the Plage campsite but it looked pretty well-appointed (I think it's a 3 or 4 star). You're 5 minutes from the beach and there's shops and stuff close by. You can cycle into Hourtin village and Hourtin Lac and go sailing and kayaking on the lake. Lots of stuff to tire out even the most resistant 8 year-old !
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Yes, Hourtin is similar, although a lot lower key than say Lacanau.
I haven't stayed at the Plage campsite but it looked pretty well-appointed (I think it's a 3 or 4 star). You're 5 minutes from the beach and there's shops and stuff close by. You can cycle into Hourtin village and Hourtin Lac and go sailing and kayaking on the lake. Lots of stuff to tire out even the most resistant 8 year-old !
Sounds great. Weather should be okay in July\august I hope. Hopefully some nice restaurants close by to.
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Le Nautique at Picquerot. You usually have to book.
Otherwise, a good pizza place (can't remember name) down at Hourtin Lac (good safe lake beach there for the kids btw)
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Old 20-09-16, 15:28
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try the portsmouth - le havre crossing. leaves about 11pm and rolls in at 8am (local time) should give you ample time to drive to Hourtin.

ferry from royan has gone up in price so if you chose to drive round via Bordeaux this will add time!!

most of the route in toll free from Caen to Nantes.

we stayed at les ormes campsite but was a good few years ago now so not sure what it's like now. was pretty good then.

get an asci camping card, if you don't have one. better prices for camping if you are going outside of the main holiday season.

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