La Vallée Campsite, Houlgate, Normandy, France

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Located within walking distance of a beach, La Vallée claims to be one of the premiere campsites in Normandy.  It has a selection of pools, and lots of on-site facilities, and some positive reviews from previous campers.

  • Tents
  • Motor Homes
  • Static Hire
  • Glamping
  • Showers
  • Wash-up
  • Electric Hook-up
  • Chemical Disposal
  • Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • On-site Shop
  • Laundrette
  • Swimming Pool
  • Play Park

There is an on-site mini-market.  The nearest large supermarket is about 10 minuts drive away.

Pitches and Accommodation

La Vallee has 372 grass pitches that are 80-100m2.  Some pitches have shade, and some have a bit more privacy than others.

Tents are permitted (maximum of 6 per tent and one vehicle).  Mobile homes also accepted (maximum of 6 per mobile home).

Dogs are not allowed at La Vallee campsite.

If you are staying with Eurocamp, then you have a choice of 2 or 3 bedroomed static caravans.  These are well equipped and some have a decked terrace.

If you still want to stay in a tent, but don’t want to bring your own, Eurocamp also provide their ‘Classic Tent’, which includes electricity, and either 2 or 3 bedrooms, plus patio furniture and a BBQ.

A Eurocamp Safari Tent
Alternatively, you could try a spot of glamping, and try their gorgeous Safari Tent.

The Safari Tents at La Vallee sleep 5 in two bedrooms, have a kitchen area (with fridge), wooden decking an furniture, and a heater (well, it is Northern France after all!).

Activities at La Vallee Campsite

Swimming Pools

There are four swimming pools overall: one of which is an outdoor toddler pool (max depth 0.6 m, with 2 slides), and another pool that’s covered.

The outdoor pools are unheated; the indoor pool is heated.

There are also two separate small water chutes.  One a small chute for children (kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult), and another fast slide (again, young children must be accompanied by an adult).

There’s also a jacuzzi during high season.

Note: There is a charge of €10 for a pool pass bracelet (not sure if this is only a deposit though).  Also, as with many French pools, shorts style trunks are not allowed in the pool, neither are t-shirts nor inflatables, and children must be supervised by an adult.  (Lifeguard is only available in high season).

On-Parc Activities

For the kids there are 2 play grounds.

La Vallee also organises children’s arts and crafts activities during the summer (July – August), which is provided in French, English, and Dutch.

If you want to try something a bit different, then La Vallee also run taster diving lessons during high season.  These only last less than an hour, but if you have not done it before, then it’s usually a good experience (and you soon learn that the aqualungs they sling around in movies are made of polystyrene!).

Cycle hire is also available (May-Sept), and even a BMX circuit on site.  Child bakes are available as well as helmets, so no need to bring your own.

For sports La Vallee has quite a lot of facilities: 1 full size asphalt tennis court, 5 table tennis tables, football pitch, 1 badminton court, 2 grass basket ball courts, 1 volley ball court, and of course boules.

Archery is also available during the summer (July to August).

Although not officially mentioned, reviewers state that pony rides were available at La Vallee itself (10 minutes was around €2), and also a climbing wall was put on free.  See ‘Rating’ below for people’s comments.

Activities Near La Vallee

With the beach around 1km away (10-15 mins walk), there’s also lots of activities that aren’t too far either.

0.6 km away: Pony Trekking and Horse Riding

1km away: Windsurfing, Mini Golf

2km away: Rafting, Golf

4km away: Scuba Diving

15km away: Abseiling

25km away: Boat Trips

30km away: Canoeing

Getting in Touch with La Vallée campsite

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La Vallée campsite Website

[pullquote style='right'] Average customer rating for La Vallée campsite 4 out of 5[/pullquote]

Where to find La Vallée campsite

Latitude: 49.2940102, Longitude: -0.0682780

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N 49° 17' 38.4324'' E 0° 4' 5.8008''

Camping de la Vallée, 88 Rue de la Vallée, 14510 HOULGATE.

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Other Places Nearby

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There’s a couple of ports that are within easy reach of the south coast of England.  The nearest port to La Vallee is Caen Ouistreham (CAE), which is 35km away.  Alternatively, Le Havre is 73km, though at the time of writing, only an overnight ferry service was available to Le Havre.

If you would rather fly then Deauville Airport is 14km away or you may wish to try Caen Airport (CFR) at 44km away.

What’s in the area

The nearest town is Houlgate at around 1km away from La Vallee campsite.  This is also where the nearest beack is.

Just 14km away is Aquarium Vivarium de Trouville, with fish and insects from around the world.

Festyland is family adventure park, with a Viking Battle every day in July and August.

Zoo Cerza has over 50 hectares filled with animals such as lions and other large cats.  It also has a mini-train to help get around the zoo.

There’s also a lot of history in the area, from the Bayeax Tappestry to more recent events of WW2.  The Musee du Debarquement retells the events of D-Day.

Rating and Reviews of La Vallee Campsite

So is La Vallee any good?

Average customer rating for La Vallée campsite 4 out of 5

Eurocamp average customer satisfaction score was 8.3 out of 10.

There are also some reviews on UK Campsite that also put the site at 8 out of 10 (11 reviews).  Reviews on Trip Advisor gave La Vallee 3 out of 5 (31 reviews).

The plus side people report:

  • Reasonable sized pitches
  • Pools were good fun
  • Kids activities were good: a climbing wall, high ropes course, pony riles, and the BMX track
  • Pizzas from the on-site takeaway were good and reasonably priced
  • Entertainment stopped at 11pm
  • Showers and toilets were clean and serviced regularly (mentioned by a number of reviewers, though some reviewers also stated they were dirty – I guess, as with most places, it depends on how busy the site is and who is using them).
  • Houlgate is a nice old-fashioned seaside resource with a large beach at low tide.
  • A variety of shops in Houlgate to supplement what is available at La Vallee’s mini-market
  • La Patio in Houlgate is recommended for its pizza
  • Close to visiting D-Day sites

The downsides people reported:

  • 6 amp electric, so if you are using an Electric Hook Up (i.e. your own tent or caravan), then there’s not a lot of juice there to run much
  • Showers were warm, but prone to pressure drops (if other showers are on or toilets flushed)
  • WiFi quite good coverage but is charged.  Was reported at costing €5 for 240 minutes.
  • Not all pitches are equal.  A few are not that level.
  • The entertainment at night can be noisy (though it does stop at 11pm)
  • Not all facilities are available in low season.

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