Douce Quiétude, the best way to experience the Côte d’Azur - Al Fresco Holidays
Jean, our Al Fresco rep, from the Douce Quiétude campsite in the Côte d’Azur, talks us through all the opportunities and activities this amazing campsite has to offer.
Douce Quiétude: a rough translation being ‘gentle tranquillity’ and sums up this area quite nicely. It’s nestled in the well seasoned pine groves of Valescure/St Raphaël and situated on one of the most beautiful and famous coastlines of France; the Côte d’Azur.
Douce Quiétude is a well liked site, has a high percentage of return and long stay customers, and is constantly improving and adding facilities in response to its popularity and to merit it’s Castel group 5* accreditation.
The campsite boasts a pool area to suit all; two swimming pools, Jacuzzi area, and a superb children’s splash area; despite the lifeguard’s presence parental supervision is expected at all times.
There is a very friendly bar and restaurant conveniently accessible from the pool area. Throughout the season they are offering different promotions; on offer every Thursday evening during May it‘s a ‘Moules Frites soirée’ where for €13.50 you can eat as much of the said party name as you can, plus a beer and live music thrown in! There are lots of other shows and live music planned for the season and their notice board is regularly updated with their programme of events.
The campsite shop is family run. They pride themselves on their range of stocked items: fresh, frozen, and dry goods and of course a selection of well priced wines. For me the pièce de résistance has to be the baguettes and croissants which are freshly baked on the premises twice daily ……………..well, maybe the wine as well!
There are numerous activities on site: Tennis, Crazy golf, Table tennis, Archery, Basket & Volley ball and in the high season Douce Quiétude offers an entertainments programme and a wide range of activities for the 6-12 and 13-17 year olds. For those holidaymakers wanting to keep up with their fitness regime there are opportunities to take part in the aerobics class, weights area or aqua gym; treat yourself after to a pampering in the health and beauty centre.
For a little peace and quiet visit the Zen Garden where you can catch up on all that reading that you have let slide, or just simply chill out without the presence of animals, children and ball games; there is a well equipped playground for the latter!
When you speak of the Côte d’Azur you can be forgiven for immediately thinking flat terrain, sun (bathing), sea (sailing), sand(…y beaches) etc., which are all there, present and correct; the beaches and harbours at St. Raphael, Fréjus and Agay are no more than 5kms away.
Only a 5 minutes drive from the campsite you arrive at what could only be termed as golfers paradise – golf courses, driving ranges and practise areas in abundance, aptly situated on Avenue (Route) des golfs; however, all that aside, St Raphaël is situated at the foot of the Esterel mountain range where the terrain is not as flat as first believe and so brings appeal to other sporting habits, offering some very challenging and stunningly beautiful cycling routes for the keen cyclist, walks for the walkers/climbers, and drives out for sightseers’ and picnickers.
One often finds with campsites that they can be a little isolated and if you want to explore the area without taking the car the public transport is non-existent and so leaving the car at home is not an option, well not here! A five minute walk from the campsite (I’ve timed it!), brings you to the bus stop where the No.7 bus runs pretty regularly and takes you into St. Raphaël town centre for €1.10 or continue onto to Fréjus, same price; one stop or ten stops the price is €1.10, and no reduction on a return ticket either; saves a lot of messing. There is a linked walkway from the bus station to the train station and from here the Côte d’Azur is your oyster. At present, there exists a Pass Isabelle for a family (2 adults & 2 children) which costs €35 for a day’s travel along the Provence-Alps Côte d’Azur (PACA) lines which stretch as far as Vintimille (Ventimiglia) Italy and from the 1st June – 30th September the single Pass Isabelle , comes into operation at a cost of €12
………………………Monaco return for €12, is suddenly very tempting!
Al Fresco Rep, Douce Quiétude.