Camping Larrouleta January & December 2012, December 2014 & March 2015
2012: In winter this is a popular overnight halt on the way to Spain. It's a large site incorporating a lake with bathing beach and boating in summer, and most of the pitches are grass, but in winter the pitches in use are the gravel
ones nearest the only toilet block open. (In summer there are 3 in use. )
The facilities are unisex - slightly disconcerting for ladies to walk past the urinals - but are well-heated, clean and with lots of hot water. Showers are fully
controllable and wash-basins are in private cubicles.
The washing-up and laundry sinks are fully enclosed. There is a laundry room with washing machines and driers at 4 euros, and free irons.
The restaurant is
closed in winter but bread is available from reception. There is a big LeClerc supermarket within walking distance.
It's worth staying a day or two to explore the spectacular coastal corniche road, and the pleasant resort of St Jean
de Luz, and Biarritz with its surfing beaches (well used even in temperatures just above zero!)
There is a covered swimming pool in use all year round.
An excellent stopover, and it would make a very pleasant
base for a summer holiday too
March 2015: As
there have been some alterations at this site since my last review in 2012, an update is in order. Some previous reviews mentioned building work - this is now finished. There is a smart new reception block near the entrance, and at the back of this building,
on a lower level, a super new laundry room with plenty of machines, at 4 euros per wash. This is a big improvement on the rather tatty outbuilding which previously served as a laundry! Next to the new laundry room there is a new games room, with a patio outside
with a table-tennis table.
The toilet block is looking a bit dated but is still very comfortable for winter stopovers, with heating, plenty of hot water and wash basins in cubicles for privacy. The indoor heated indoor swimming
pool is also popular.
Major road improvements have been made nearby, with the construction of a large roundabout between the LeClerc supermarket and the campsite.
Even on a stopover it's worth staying an extra
day or two to make the most of the lovely surrounding scenery. This time we enjoyed a steep ride on the vintage rack railway up to the summit of La Rhune, the first mountain in the Pyrenees chain (or the last, depending where you start from!) The views are
Larrouleta is certainly not the smartest site we've stayed on but having been there four times now we find it homely and welcoming