Friday 21 December 2007
With a host of well-equipped campsites, the south of France ticks all the right boxes for anyone looking for a cheap getaway break in Europe. The popular seaside resort of Argeles-sur-Mer, Languedoc, on the south west coast of France, has the magnificent Pyrenees mountains as a backdrop.
The town is a mix of old and new - Argeles Ville, the old town with narrow streets and Argeles Plage, a modern tourist area overlooking a lovely sandy beach. You’re only a few km from the pretty fishing village of Collioure with cobbled streets, and within 20 minutes drive you can be exploring the hilltop villages.
Don’t miss Spanish–style Perpignan, and Collioure where struggling young artists such as Picasso and Matisse would buy drinks in the local bar with their paintings.
Where to stay: Camping La Sirene in Argeles-sur-Mer, Languedoc has a pool complex for all ages, and free kids club, as well as tennis, mini golf and horse riding.
How much? Price for seven nights, including Dover/Calais ferry crossing from £179. Call 0870 336 2423 or visit www.holiday-cottages-rentals.com/camping-life.