With two kids in tow, half our house packed into the car and the thought of an eight-hour journey I was filled with trepidation at the start of our holiday...but getting to France for our Eurocamp break couldn’t have been easier.
Keen to avoid stressful airports with two children or the risk of a rough ferry crossing we opted to use the Channel Tunnel to get to Normandy and just over half an hour after driving onto ‘Le Shuttle’ we were saying ‘Bonjour’ talking about croissants and wine and on our way to our parc – the Cote de Nacre in Saint Aubin, Normandy.
Laughter, screams and shrieks from children and families using the parc’s impressive pool complex greeted us as we arrived at the beautifully kept site.
Boasting a heated indoor pool, which proved vital on rainy days, the parc also has a lazy river, four slides and two outdoor pools which were the life and soul of the place.
Nestled next to a bar and restaurant, the pool complex is also alongside a well equipped children’s playground complete with bouncy castles, a synthetic ice rink, a table tennis tables and a football pitch – all perfect for keeping children of all ages entertained.
But with the parc based in the heart of the Normandy landing beaches – where troops arrived during the Second World War in the allied invasion of Europe – it was an ideal spot for exploring.
A trip to the region would not be complete without a visit to at least one of the beaches, to take a step back in time and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Tanks, guns and ships used during the crossings are scattered along the coastline as monuments along with a raft of museums and attractions including a 360 degree 3D cinema in Arromanches where the invasion is brought to life with the latest in film technology.
Shops, bars and restaurants all pay homage to the troops who fought to liberate France – thanking Britain, Canada and America for the sacrifices made.
The coastline also boasts picture postcard perfect tourist towns, and the stunning port of Honfleur – the St Tropez of the north.
With its harbourside lined with cafes, bars and restaurants it is a tourism honeypot full of life and atmosphere – perfect for a visit during the day or for an evening out.
Be sure to take the time to explore the cobbled side streets to get a real feel for the place.
Just a short drive along the coast lie the upmarket neighbouring resorts of Deauville and Trouville.
Deauville with its vast wide beach and Olympic-size swimming pool is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day, while Trouville – dubbed the Monte Carlo of the north – is a bustling hive of activity both day and night.
Its harbour is lined with top quality bars and restaurants and is the place to be for a spot of al fresco people watching during the day or a busy night out, but don’t forget to take plenty of Euros!
For a perfect self catering family holiday in beautiful surroundings Eurocamp is the provider to use.