Le Vieux Port

Plage Sud, Messanges, 40660, France

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Ideal for ...

  • Active stays
  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

This large, coastal site is geared very much towards families, boasting the largest water park on any campsite in France. This impressive facility features five outdoor pools, water slides, waves and a heated spa. There’s also a multi sports pitch, mini-golf and tennis, alongside daily organised activities in high season.

In low season, the site's facilities are still all up and running and the site is much quieter.

The touring pitches are of mixed size and shaded by pines, and the general ambience is a lively one.

The lovely sandy beach is just 400m away and is ideal for surfing and bathing, while the town of Le Vieux Boucau is a 10-minute walk. Those looking to venture offsite will be able to reach Biarritz in an hour and the Spanish town of San Sebastián within 90 minutes.

Around and About

Messanges, Vieux Boucau les Bains, Soustons, Markets, Forests, Surfing, Golf, Tree-top walks, Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, Karting

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Daytime entertainment (high season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Games room
  • Paddling pool
  • Play area
  • Tennis

Facilities on site ...

  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: barbecue zone
  • Disabled facilities -: good
  • Horseriding
  • Late arrivals area without electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi


Useful Info

Latest arrival time - low: 7:00 PM

Latest arrival time - high: 8:00 PM

Earliest departure time - low: 6:00 AM

Earliest departure time - high: 6:00 AM




From the A63/E70 take exit 11 (Vieux-Boucau/Magesco) follow signs for “autres /toute Directions” on the D16. Turn left onto the D150 (Azur/Messnages) Continue on the D150 to Messanges. In Messanges take the 3rd exit at the roundabout on the D652. Go straight over 1st roundabout then take the 1st exit at the 2nd roundabout (site is sign posted). Site entrance in 800m

Sites key: Overseas Site

Distance to Calais: (kms)
Lat 43.79794 / Lon -1.40164
Michelin map no.

Transport links

  • Nearest port: Santander (207 kms)


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Good for families

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Rated 4 of 5

Good for families


Whilst this site has a great water park  and is near the beach, the sheer size makes it more like a small town than a camp site.We visited in August when queues were the norm - 45 minutes to check in on a Tuesday afternoon set the standard.Pitches are small and we were not able to park our 25 foot van on the site allocated.We were moved to a different pitch which we later learned was only used during peak season- understandable as it sloped both north south and east west. The soil was not compacted and as we parked there was quite a bit of wheel spin.The beach is only suitable for surfers or children under supervision and is quite a walk dependent on where your pitch is. The nearby town of Le Vieux Bacau is only a 10 minute walk from the site and offers alternatives to the onsite restaurant and pizzeria - which was OK- whilst the Super U is about a 10 minute walk in the other direction and offers an alternative to the on site SPAR, which was also OK. The site staff were generally unfriendly, the site is not well marked out and the mixture of cars,bikes,scooters, skateboards and swegways is a constant accident waiting to happen.

Response from The Caravan Club:

We thank you for taking the time to leave this review, and we are sorry that you did not have an enjoyable stay on Le Vieux Port. I hope you will not have issues like this again on any of our campsites, however please know that you can always call us when you are on site, we will always try our best to help save the holiday. 

Response from Camping Le Vieux Port:

We thank you for your comment and your stay on our campsite. We wanted to provide some answers to your comments. We are surprised that you waited 45 minutes for a check in with an arrival on a Tuesday as our arrivals during this period are made on Saturdays and Sundays only. For your commentary about the sandy pitch we recall you that we are on the seafront. We are very surprised that we have assigned you a pitch at the site that did not correspond to your expectations we always try to satisfy our customers. In terms of distance to the sea you are on a campsite of 1549 pitches so of course some will be further away than others from the beach. As far as the bathing, the beach is monitored but you are on the Atlantic ocean with the dangers that it can include and we can not change anything there unfortunately. Finally, with regard to possible accidents, all these means of locomotion have cohabited for several years and we have never had to deplore an accident. We make sure with improvements to reduce the speed of vehicles.  We hope you will have a change of mind and maybe come back for another staying in our campsite.

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