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- Peaceful site on the banks of the Loire river in Briare
- Handy stopover for cyclists on the Loire à Velo path
- Heated swimming pool, playground and pétanque on site
Hurrah for the Loire Valley, with its fab mix of châteaux, vineyards and scenic active days out. And hurrah for Briare, a laidback little Loiret town with both riverbank and tree-lined canal to wander along, and home to the longest metal bridge in all of France (designed by none other than Monsieur Eiffel, of Parisian tower-constructing fame).
And double hurrah for Camping Le Martinet, a peaceful site with a scenic setting on the banks of the Loire and a pleasant 15 minutes’ amble from Briare’s shops, restaurants and other amenities. This is a particularly fine spot for cyclists – its nifty location on the route of the Loire à Velo bike path makes it both a handy stopover for intrepid types taking in the full 800-kilometre epic and a staging post for fairweather folks seeking a pretty place to pedal.
It’s not just the two-wheeled travellers that will appreciate the easy access to the river: it’s also a bonus for folks seeking fishing, canoeing and riverside walks too. Swims aren’t allowed in the river, but there’s a heated pool on site that makes a fine place for an open-air dip.
Time spent on site is likely to be taken up mainly with chilling out, but there are games of pétanque and miniature golf to play if you need a little gentle activity, and a playground to keep the nippers happy. Other amenities around the wooded park include a launderette, washing-up area and bathrooms with accessible facilities.
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Lake and/or mountain
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Nearby farmers' market
Public transportation nearby
Large (51-200 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for tourers
Begin with a bit of bimbling around Briare – it’ll take you 15 minutes or so to wander into the town centre to visit its best bits, including Château Trousse-Barrière, the mosaic museum and the Briare Canal Bridge. Boat trips along the Loire (short ones, long ones, fancy ones with dinner included) are a good way to see some of the surrounds, and the town’s also got a swimming pool with waterslides and spa for family splashing.
One château not enough? Set off for Château Gien and its hunting museum (15 minutes’ drive), medieval Château Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire (20 minutes) and Château de Sully-sur-Loire (35 minutes), built on three islands in the river. And if you’ve ever wondered how they did it all, get along to Guédelon (40 minutes away), where a bunch of folks are recreating a 13th-century castle from scratch using traditional techniques; they’ll let you have a go at some yourselves if you’re there at the right time.
The Loire Valley’s famed for its libations too, of course – if you’re into your crisp whites, Sancerre (45 minutes away) is a super starting point for a day (or few) of tours and tastings.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||11 a.m. –||6:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6:30 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Camping Le Martinet cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The remainder is payable on arrival.
Hired accommodation: €300,00 (R6 149,12) damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Pitches: a €20,00 (R409,94) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keysDeposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Local tax of €0,35 (R6,46) at least age 18 doesn't apply.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Camping Le Martinet have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
- Is Camping Le Martinet dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Camping Le Martinet? Begin with a bit of bimbling around Briare – it’ll take you 15 minutes or so to wander into the town centre to visit its best bits, including Château Trousse-Barrière, the mosaic … Read more
When can I check in and check out of Camping Le Martinet?
Camping and touring Arrive: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.