We were absolutely thrilled to be invited to experience a Eurocamp holiday this year at Le Brasilia campsite in the South of France. It’s a holiday I had been thinking about booking at the end of last year as I realised we needed to find a more affordable holiday in the school holidays.
There are so many Eurocamp Parcs to choose from and all over Europe so I really struggled to make a decision but after lots of research, we decided on Le Brasilia in the South of France. It felt like it would be a good camp for the girls, based on facilities, proximity to the beach and location to both local towns and the airport.
We flew from London Stansted to Perpignan with Ryanair in just over two hours and collected a hire car at the airport. There are options to use a transfer or take a taxi but we had decided in advance that we wanted to explore the South of France having never travelled to the region before so a car worked perfectly for us.
We stayed in an Avant holiday home, which had three bedrooms and a lounge that could be adapted into a sleeping area. The accommodation had a contemporary feel and we loved the large covered decked terrace, perfect for outdoor eating as a family.
As you enter the holiday home (through double patio doors) you’re greeted to a large and light living area with sofas, an extendable table, cupboard and storage space. To the left of the lounge area were two of the bedrooms. The first was the smallest room with bunk beds and a wardrobe. Next, we found a slightly larger room with two single beds, storage and a wardrobe. The girls would be sleeping in one of these rooms and Eurocamp had provided bed guards on both beds for us.
To the right of the lounge area was our kitchen, which was perfect for our needs whilst we were away. Eurocamp had supplied two packs for us; a welcome pack and an essentials pack (both an extra charge). The welcome pack included products like coffee, tea, jam, olive oil, salt & pepper, water, crips and some wine. The essentials included matches, a cleaning sponge & dishcloth, a tea towel, a bin liner, washing up liquid, some cleaning solution and soap. These were chargeable but brilliant for when you first arrive.
We were also supplied with linen packs which include sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and bath towels. These are chargeable and you need to order these in advance with other packs like beach towels and infant and toddler essentials.
We found all of these packs really handy, especially as we flew, however, if you do decide to drive and had the room in your car you could save some money and bring some of these items yourself.
Our favourite part about having a holiday home was the space it gave us as a family of four. We usually share one room in a hotel so the flexibility of having a kitchen, an outdoor area big enough for the girls to play, a BBQ for cheaper evening meals (when the girls wanted to eat) and bedrooms so we didn’t have to sit in a dark room at night when the girls went to bed was a game changer for us! We did have a few rainy/cold days at the start of our holiday so having a bit more space inside for the girls was brilliant and meant they could get on with colouring and playing.
One of the reasons we chose Le Brasilia was the proximity to the beach. The beach is huge, sandy and very clean. The girls loved jumping in the waves, building sandcastles and once we found the sand dunes jumping up and down them! We also found a wonderful sandy beach at nearby Canet Plage surrounded by delicious restaurants and shops. It was a 10-minute drive for us and Le Brasilia also offered a shuttle service for those without a car. We would definitely recommend a trip to this beach for the day or for an evening meal.
The pool area at Le Brasilia was a big factor in our decision to holiday there. Now that the girls are older and more confident in the water we knew they’d appreciate a pool area with slides and activities for them. The pool area at Le Brasilia is beautiful. There is a large, very modern pool with lanes for swimming and a slightly deeper pool. I’d say this pool area was suited to adults and families with older children.
We spent most of our time in the ‘family’ area. There were four pools all with slightly different slides and activities. The girls loved the toddler pool with one slide and a shallow play area. This pool was heated which we felt was needed for the week we were there. The pool with the larger slides wasn’t heated and although Amelie was brave enough to go in I wasn’t! This was the only downside for us as if the weather wasn’t boiling some of the pools could be a little cold but we were happy with our heated toddler pool!
The thing we loved most about the toddler pool was that it was shallow enough for the children to play in with us being either sat in the water or sat at the side. This gave them the independence they wanted and meant we could sit down and chat!
Overall the pool area at Le Brasilia was fantastic and exceptionally clean. To enter the pool area shoes needed to be removed and you had to walk through a running stream to keep the area clean. Also a note for men, in France you do need to wear speedos or similar, swimming shorts aren’t allowed so remember to take/buy some as speaking to other British families on holiday there they were asked to go and buy some!
Play areas and activities
We were really impressed with the facilities at Le Brasilia. There is a large shopping/entertainment area near to the swimming pool complex and reception. We found a bakery, fruit and vegetable shop, a deli/pizzeria, supermarket, wine store, hairdressers and a shop with magazines, sweets etc. Although there were lots of options on-site we did feel we needed a trip to the supermarket to stock up on essentials for our trip. There are lots of supermarkets a short drive away. We used the Lidl and Casino supermarkets which were about a 5-minute drive and big enough for us to get all our supplies. We went twice during the holiday and used the shops on site for the daily essentials like milk, croissants and bread.
Inside the main building, you can find a bar and restaurant which we used for a few evenings. The service was fairly slow, but the food was good. We loved the pizzas and the ice cream was delicious!
We found an arcade next to the restaurant which the girls thought was the best thing about the whole holiday! Amelie discovered a love for air hockey and Evie loved the racing games! It is something they still talk about weeks after the holiday.
Around the Le Brasilia parc, there are two play areas. One near to the arcade and stage area, the other by the parc entrance and reception. We thought the one nearest to the entrance was the best for our toddler with swings and play frames. This play area seemed newer than the other one and was brilliant for the girls.
Finally, we loved the kids mini disco in the evenings. It happened every night at 8pm and had the same songs every night, which was brilliant as towards the end of the holiday both Amelie and Evie were remembering the dances and really getting involved (the parents were as well)! We would definitely recommend this for little ones!
You can watch our holiday video here which will give a view of the campsite and our holiday…
The local area and amenities
We had a hire car and were keen to do some exploring whilst we were in the region. The area we stayed in was very close to the Spanish border and there are lots of towns to visit nearby.
We travelled to Collioure which was about a 35-minute drive for us and also to Canet Plage.
We loved Collioure – think pretty, winding pastel streets with a stony beach lined with restaurants and bars. There is also a lot of history and sights with the medieval Château Royal de Collioure and the bell tower of 17th-century Notre-Dame-des-Anges Church was once a lighthouse. We really enjoyed exploring the town and shops and enjoyed a coffee by the beach whilst the girls played. Even on a cloudy day (the day we decided to go) we would recommend a trip.
We also drove to the nearby town of Canet Plage a couple of times. With the large beach and delicious looking restaurants, we loved having this on our doorstep. We found a beach bar called La Cala Beach which had sun loungers to rent and an amazing restaurant all on the beach. We dined at La Siesta where I had the most amazing king prawns and the girls enjoyed the kid’s meal of chicken. We would highly recommend this restaurant, it was busy though so it might be wise to book ahead in busy times.
If we go again there are some places we missed but would love to go to; Argeles Sur Mer, Perpignan and some of the inland gorges.
Would I recommend it?
Overall we absolutely loved our Eurocamp holiday and we wouldn’t hesitate in going back to Le Brasilia or another parc. We loved the flexibility the accommodation gave us with the girls from sleeping arrangements to eating. One of our favourite parts of the day was going to the bakery, buying a baguette and then heading back to our holiday home for lunch. The girls would always nibble the baguette on the way home and I just know that’ll be something they remember from our time in France! The parc reminded us a lot of our Centre Parcs holidays in the UK (which we love) with the added bonus of a beach and sunnier days.
*We were invited to Le Brasilia to review the Eurocamp holiday experience. Our accommodation was supplied and we paid for everything else (flights, car hire, food etc).*