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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Languedoc-Roussillon
A haven of tranquillity TEXT: MARTIN PILKINGTON | PHOTOS: RêVE DES îLES
Just a couple of kilometres from buzzing Mediterranean beaches, and three from the vibrant resort village of Argelès-sur-Mer, Camping Rêve des îles has created an oasis of calm. “Since it was founded in 1968 it has always been a family site,” says its manager, JeanMarie Inchelin: “And some time ago we took the decision to remove all the services like shops and restaurants from within the site to make it a quieter and more relaxed place.” With shops just 100 metres away and all the amenities and attractions of Argelès handy too, the families staying on the site are not inconvenienced, but as Inchelin says: “Even mid-morning you can walk through the site and it’s peaceful.” Accommodation on the site these days is ex-
clusively mobile homes, so guests can relax in comfort from the moment they arrive.
Entertainment on the site is family-oriented too, with a weekly boules tournament followed by a meal, and barbecue parties, plus an excellent pool to amuse (and tire) the kids in the daytime. Even the beaches and the village can be accessed by dawdling mini road-trains to save the fuss of driving. Argelès’s seven kilometres of beach and promenade draw visitors towards the sea, with the Albères mountains just behind the coastline offering an alternative escape into nature with some great hiking country. “Or you can just enjoy the greenery, trees and flowers here,” says Inchelin: “It’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries, relax, and feel at one with the world again.”
The sunny side of life TEXT: HARUN OSMANOVIC | PHOTOS: ISIS EN CéVENNES
Southern France, its villages and rivers, the scents of the country side and time that seems to run as slowly as the wine decants... this is the decor of camping Isis en Cévennes. It is ideally located less than one hour from the Mediterranean Sea and the cities of Montpellier, Nîmes and Millau, in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon – a region often praised for the quality of life it offers. Ten hectares of bliss are waiting for you at Isis en Cévennes. "We are a family owned camping," explains owner Florence Faidherbe, "and I am the second generation maintaining the legacy." Their traditional approach allows you to enjoy the best of France without compromising on comfort and fun as Isis en Cévennes boasts a three star mark for the quality of its services and facilities. It offers
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cottages, mobile home rentals and places for your recreational vehicle or tent.
will welcome you, singing the nicest harmonies with the best sound quality.
Among the many activities offered by Faidherbe's team is the visit to their gardens and orchards where you will be able to get your hands dirty and perhaps taste some homemade jams and juices made in the old machine that the family has kept running on the property. In the Roman chapel, classical music is played and often a choir
Between April and October Faidherbe offers hotel services and home grown food in the restaurant. A slice of nature sparkling with sunshine to the rhythm of cicadas is what the camping Isis en Cévennes is: the road map to the brighter side of life. www.isisencevennes.fr
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