L’Hippocampe (REF : C09)

Route Napoléon, Volonne, 04290, France

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Ideal for ...

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

Why stay here ...

Lively in high season, L’Hippocampe is a friendly, family-run site situated by the side of a river in a beautiful area of Provence. Generous pitches are mostly separated by bushes, and several overlook the river. The site is ideal for active families, with daily entertainment including aerobics, competitions, games and shows, as well as a large pool complex with slides and flumes for those who prefer to entertain themselves. Excellent English is spoken by the staff.

Within walking disctance of Volonne and just 8 miles from Sisteron, the area also provides a lot for the active: rafting, hiking, canoeing and more can all be tried close by. The site staff will be happy to book excursions for guests, such as flights over the Gorges du Verdon and pony trekking. Those looking for a more sedate excursion can visit Dignes-les-Baines and bathe in its thermal spa waters.

Around and About

Gorges du Verdon, Sisteron, Mont Ventoux, Lavender fields, Rafting, Paragliding, Zip wires, Quad biking, Horse riding, Cycling.

Things to do on site ...

  • Bike hire
  • Daytime entertainment (high season)
  • Evening entertainment (high season)
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Paddling pool
  • Playground
  • Tennis

Facilities on site ...

  • Additional facilities
  • Bar
  • Barbecues allowed:: gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities -: average
  • Horseriding
  • Late arrivals area without electric hook-up
  • Motorhome service point
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Takeaway
  • TV room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi availability: bar
  • Wi-Fi charge

Prices

Pitches

Pitch size (m2) Pitch surface Electricity Electricity amperage Water Water shared Drainage Drainage shared Other services on pitch Separated by
Large pitch - LP 130 grass

Yes

10

Yes

Yes

hedges, trees
River View - RE 130 grass

Yes

10

Yes

Yes

hedges, trees
Special pitch - SP 100 grass

Yes

10

Yes

Yes

hedges, trees

Useful Info

Latest arrival time - low: 10:00 PM

Latest arrival time - high: 10:00 PM

Earliest departure time - low: 6:00 AM

Earliest departure time - high: 6:00 AM

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Directions

From Sisteron continue south on the D4085/N85 towards Digne les Bains and Chateau –Arnoux. After approx 7mile/11km turn left on to the D404 signed Volonne. Pass over the river Durance and turn right at the traffic lights on to the D4 signed Les Mées and L’Escale. The site entrance will be on the right in 450m. From the A51 take exit 21 (Aubignosc) then follow signs for Digne les Bains and Chateau –Arnoux on the N85. Turn left on to the D404 (Volonne) then as above.

Sites key: Overseas Site

Postcode:
04290
Region:
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Distance to Calais: (kms)
1032
GPS:
Lat 44.105659 / Lon 6.018137
Michelin map no.
334

Transport links

  • Buses go to: Sisteron, Digne
  • Daily public transport within 2 kms
  • Nearest port: Caen (956 kms)

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OK before or after high season

Reasonably easy to find just south of Sisteron. We did not pre book this site but were given a very friendly welcome to what was a potentially busy site that was cramped in some areas, whilst more open in others. Most pitches were separated by hedges but the planting regimes of some trees will create difficulties when accessing some pitches. The roads within the site were narrow. The lakeside camp has an excellent 3 pool complex and offers a shop, restaurant, bar and entertainment. It must be said that during our visit (May so early season), it was very quiet and the weather dull so it was hard to get a more balanced view of what it might be like later in the summer, but we could imagine that it might get a bit tight during high season. Showers and WC’s very good. Close by Sisteron is well worth a visit.
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Good for families

Great site and location

We stayed here for 4 nights between 1st and 5th of August. When we first arrived reception was heaving and the girl who was suppose to escort us to our pitch got confused and took the wrong family. Eventually things were sorted. The pitch was more or less as far away from reception and the pool as you could get but it was by the river and was in great location (away from the huddle and bussle) and very big. The facilities are good but do become busy at certain times. The pool and bar areas were excellent although crowded. The shop was good but expensive. Lots of activities to do on site (eg canoeing, archery) and the site has an 'excursions' desk. We went on a gyrocopter flight over the Gorges du Verdon which was fantastic, horse trekking in the hills which was a great experience and drove to Mont Ventoux (in the MH). Not the sort of site to go to in the summer if you want a quiet holiday. The area of Valonne is wonderful for running, walking and cycling and the old town is really interesting to wonder around.
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Good stop whilst on tour

This is a very large site. Lots of gites, camping g, motorbikes and caravans. The best pitches by far are river view special pitches with water 10amps and drainage. These pitches are large and fairy flat. So.e have some shade. If it's hot like whilst we were there in early ny you will need it. The site can be noisey with all the children. A big gypsie problem in the area whilst we were here. Site went into lock down. The local village is nice a d there are nice walks to the twin towers. Aix de provence is not far away and worth a look.
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A Very Nice Site (In September)

We stayed here for seven nights in late September. The site was very quiet, the shop, restaurant and onsite activities were all closed, this didn`t bother us in fact I think the site may be too noisy and busy for us in July/August. We were given a large pitch directly alongside the river, fabulous position with a great view. The facilities are mixed and draughty with a raised roof allowing the wind to blow in. They were clean and there were very few people using them so no waiting. We paid just under £14 per night which was great value. The nearby village is small but has a Pizza place which is very "French" and we enjoyed a meal there with other tables occupied by locals. Nearest town is Sisteron which has a fantastic position high up on the hillside overlooking the river and with the Alps in the distance. It has a Citadel which is well worth visiting, for the views alone but also has an amazing history and an enjoyable walk around the walls. We also visited Digne les Baines, the lavender fields, out of season but still worth seeing and also The Gorge du Verdon which is a fantastic drive around stopping off at the little towns for coffee lunch etc with amazing views. I can definitely recommend this site (I would avoid peak season).

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Good for families

Lots to do

We arrived the last week in August, and the site was fairly busy, in a typical French campsite style. There are a lot of large pitches, and those by the river have excellent views. The end of the camp with the pools and activities area is fairly noisy, so a pitch at the opposite end may be for you. There is a lot to do in this area, with rafting, gliding, canoeing, walks, bike rides and so on, but it is mountainous, so be prepared for long drives, high up with hairpins (but its worth it). The gorges and Lac St croix are not to be missed. We found all the facilities to be clean. The site shop is a bit spartan, but there is an Intermarche about 10 Kms away, which has everything. The site restaurant is a cut above typical site food establishments, and the bar area around the excellent pools is attractive. The site quietens considerably after the last weekend in August, which is clearly when the retired Brits and Dutch arrive, if that's your preference, although the shop closes, as does the entertainment. We would stay again but perhaps for say a week at end of season on the way somewhere else.
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