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Camping Municipal de la Garenne

Camping Municipal de la Garenne

France, Poitou-Charentes, Charente-Maritime, Port-des-Barques

05 46 84 80 66
05 46 84 98 33
1 April - 31 October.

Ref: FR17830

Alan Rogers Review

At the western point of a small peninsula on the southern shore of the estuary of the River Charente, this is a very spacious municipal site with 242 large and mainly level grassy pitches on sandy soil. Separated by shrubs and trees, all have 10A electricity. The shoreline is rocky with a couple of beaches (a mixture of sand and stone) across the road from the site. At low tide, you can walk or drive across a causeway to the little Ile Madame where there are 18th-century fortifications. A short walk away, the little village has a few shops, bars and restaurants.

There is also an Ecomuseum devoted to the Ile Madame fort, which dates from the time of Louis XIV, and to the area’s thriving oyster farming industry. To the east, the historical town of Rochefort offers a wide choice of shops, restaurants and bars. To the south, the popular Ile d’Oléron is well worth a day’s excursion with its sandy beaches and its interesting villages. The picturesque port of La Rochelle to the north is another possible destination, with its busy streets and historical buildings, and the sandy beaches and fishing villages of the Ile de Ré beyond.


Three rather old and basic toilet blocks of varying sizes and styles are kept clean; preset showers and washbasins. Also three small units central to each camping area (open when needed) with WCs, washbasins and sinks. Rather stark baby room and facilities for disabled visitors. Motorcaravan services. Washing machine and dryer. Snack bar and takeaway service, simple bar and restaurant (1/5-15/9 and Thu. evening to Sun. lunchtime in low season). Open-air swimming and paddling pools (15/6-15/9, supervised July/Aug;). Playground (2-8 yrs). Boules. Children’s club and family activities, excursions and entertainment (July/Aug). Free WiFi over site.

  • Accommodation to Rent
  • American Motor Homes
  • Bar Nearby
  • Bar on Site
  • Childrens Play Area
  • Lake/River Beach Nearby
  • Seaside Beach Nearby
  • Golf Nearby
  • Facilities for disabled visitors
  • Lake/River Swim
  • Sailing Nearby
  • Outdoor Pool on Site
  • Restaurant
  • Shop Nearby
  • Pets allowed
  • Takeaway Food
  • Wifi (all site)
  • Wifi Free



Port-des-Barques is due west of Rochefort. From A10 via A837 leave at exit for Rochefort Centre (sortie 31) and head south on D733 towards Royan. In 8 km. take exit for Port des Barques and continue via D238/D125 through Soubise to Port-des-Barques. Take right fork signed Camping and Ile Madame to campsite after village on left.

Location Coordinates

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    45.948136 -1.095863
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