Discover Benelux | Issue 13 | January 2015

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Discover Benelux |  Special Theme |  Summer Destinations

Summertime dreaming When hearing about the wonderful location of camping La Nautique, in the south of France, it is tempting to wish away the cold winter days. The campsite in Languedoc-Roussillon is situated in a beautiful nature reserve, just a stone’s throw away from a large inland sea along the Mediterranean coast where flamingos are dotted around the beaches. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK  |  PHOTOS: CAMPING LA NAUTIqUE

La Nautique is also surrounded by picturesque  fishing  villages  and  acres  of vineyards that produce the region’s excellent Corbières wines. Located nearby the  former  Roman  stronghold  of  Narbonne  and  in  the  middle  of  the  Cathar Country  with  its  magnificent  castles, there is also plenty to see for culture enthusiasts. “From fishing to wind surfing, sightseeing  and  wine  tasting,  there  is something  here  for  everyone,”  says camping co-owner Miriam Malquier. But its location is just one aspect of La Nautique’s appeal. The family-run camping was set up in 1995 after the former neglected  campsite  was  completely  rebuilt.  Starting  with  two  stars  when  they opened,  La  Nautique  now  boasts  four stars and has an almost endless number of facilities on site. “There is a bar, shop and restaurant, swimming pool and paddling  pool,  beach  volleyball  and  tennis courts,  ping-pong  tables,  mini  golf  site,

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football  pitch,  pétanque  area,  playgrounds and we have Wi-Fi covering over 70 per cent of the site,” Malquier says. The 16-hectare site has 270 normal camping pitches – each with private washroom, shower and toilet facilities – and 120 rental mobile homes. A unique feature of La Nautique is that every facility and several of its mobile homes and chalets are wheelchair accessible.  “In  2005  we  were  the  first campsite in the south of France to gain the ‘Tourisme  &  Handicap’  quality  label.  We also rent out wheelchairs, both normal and electrical ones and wheelchairs for in the water,” Malquier continues. During  the  high  season,  the  camping hosts a range of daily entertainment and kids’ club activities, including night openings of the swimming pool, foam parties, ghost  walks,  live  music  and  more.  Six times  a  week  in  July  and  August,  the camping’s mascots Charlie and Kiwi pick

up the children for the Cool Kids activities, for adolescents there are sports championships and adults can enjoy zumba, aerobics  and  aqua  gym  classes.  Malquier concludes,  “There  is  always  something going on. All our activities are aimed at an international audience and we also always try  to  have  speakers  of  Dutch,  English, French and German on shift every day.” La Nautique is currently taking bookings for the 2015 season and will open on 1 March.