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General

  • Spacious site in Gravelines, right next to Petit-Fort-Philippe beach
  • A 25-minute drive from Dunkirk ferries and 35 from Calais
  • Spa, miniature golf, pétanque, fitness room and summer activities

With a name like Camping des Dunes, could it possibly be that this is a seaside site? Why, yes indeed – and what a seaside setting it is, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais resort of Gravelines and right next to the gorgeous Petit-Fort-Philippe beach.

Getting out onto the beach could hardly be simpler, as there’s direct access along paths through the dunes onto the three kilometres of fine sand that lie beyond. Those paths are good for a sea-view wander too (or a sandy game of hide-and-seek…) If you’d rather stay closer to base, there’s a great swathe of space for sunbathing, and a lifeguarded swimming area. Active sorts can play games of beach football or try their hand at windsurfing, kitesurfing or sand yachting.

Being just a short stumble from beach to pitch, it’s easy to barrel back and forth throughout the day, mixing up hours on the sand with time back on site playing games of pétanque or miniature golf, working out in the fitness room or sloping off to the spa for some hot tub/sauna time while the kids are entertained at the playground.

Extra facilities laid on during high season include a bar (selling drinks and all sorts of naughty treats like waffles, ice creams and candyfloss), a mini market, snack bar and a games room. Summer weekday mornings are dedicated to kids’ club activities, with entertainment running three evenings a week too.

Those folk coming and going across the channel may like to note the handy presence of ferries in Dunkirk (25 minutes’ drive) and Calais (35 minutes).


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7.4

Overall rating based on 29 reviews

 

69% would recommend this site to a friend.

66% would stay here again.

  50% described as Budget/backpacker ?

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Wonderful staff, wonderful service! My car actually broke down on …08/11/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAbby Y.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Wonderful staff, wonderful service! My car actually broke down on arrival and 2 of the staff were kind enough to drive my boyfriend to the petrol station to pick up some petrol which saved a HELL of a lot of hassle!

    Disliked: 

    There was quite a lot of construction noise early on but this is probably only temporary

From the manager...

Dear Abby,

Thank you for your note. It was a pleasure to help you.

Do not hesitate to come back.

See you soon,
Amandine

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Clean hot showers, good pitch size, close to beach, on …08/08/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Clean hot showers, good pitch size, close to beach, on site take away. Covid measures observed.

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your good note and your comments.

We hope to see you soon.

Best regards,
Amandine

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Large and peaceful beach08/03/2020

Reviewer's country: NetherlandsBram B.Confirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice campsite really close to a large beach where it is very quiet. There are a lot of activity's to do (i.e. blokarting or other sport activities), but it's als a great place to relax and enjoy being close to the sea.

    Disliked: 

    Most of the staff doesn't speak english

From the manager...

Bonjour !

Thank you for your review and for your good note.

It was a pleasure to welcome you and you are right, we have a beautiful beach. ;-)

We inform our staff to pay attention and to speak english.

We hope to see you soon,
Amandine

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Clean site level big pitch good electric, covid 19 compliant07/19/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and sand motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Large grassy pitch , good electric, close to beach, covid 19 precautions all in place and adhered to.

    Disliked: 

    Norhing

From the manager...

Dear David,

Thank you for your nice review.

We hope to see you soon.

Best regards from Gravelines,
Amandine

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Do not visit this place even if you are desperate10/27/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRichard E.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
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  • Liked: 

    The morning we drove away

    Disliked: 

    Booked gravel pitch but there was none so we stopped in 3 inch of sludge
    Park was in serious need of a refurb. Shop was a bit like a jumble sale with a few items on a bench. Shower was limited to 4 minutes and was cold. The toilets was not fit to use. The chemical disposal point for the toilet was to far to carry cassette so was a 3 minute drive. Staff was very limited English. The address given takes you to the closed part of the camp so about half hour trying to find a way in. The static caravans on site was like you would see in a shanty town. The pitch was unlevel the back of the caravan was on the ground whilst having 8 inch packers under the front legs. The site is advertised as a 4 star it is without doubt the worst place we have been to I would give it a rating of - 10.

From the manager...

Dear Customer,

We are very surprise by your comments. Regarding the description on Pitch up about our campsite (description and pictures) we don't have gravel pitch (we are not a parking) but grass and sand pitches.

For your information, we changed your place in the campsite in order for you to be closer to the beach. Of course, you was more far away of chemical toilet. We was thinking that you prefere the beach.

Concerning the address, we are sorry but the most of our client don't have this problem... Our address is "Rue Victor Hugo - 59820 Gravelines - France".

Regarding your pictures you took, we can see on the second, a blockhouse. We don't know if you watched the movie of Christopher Nolan, but we are a region of history and this blockhaus is a part of our heritage. It's our duty to conserve this patrimony.
And on this picture, you can see our rental mobil-home (that was in perfect condition).

We have of course some annual clients with old mobil-home, but it's not our politicy to choose our clients and we prefere to gavec them time to change for a better one. We have a a handful of mobil-home like that... You found them.

On the last picture, for your information, we are seting up this mobil-home and the terrace. We was working on it because it's the low season... We don't understand the issue...

For the end, we can saw your spot on your picture, and we are happy to see that this pitch is big enough and correct.

Regards,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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Nice location. Unusual set up to access the shower facilities10/25/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric gravel and sand motorhome pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Nice location, spacious pitches and access to a lovely beach. Close to the small town of Gravelines which has a good range of restaurants and shops.

    Disliked: 

    The shower block was basic with no toilet seats and no toilet paper provided. You have to purchase a swipe card for the showers and leave a card as a deposit (my husband left his driving licence which was returned in exchange for the swipe card when we left) .The charge for the shower was on top of the charge for the pitch and the electric hook up. Never experienced this type of set up before.

From the manager...

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review. We appreciate that the place was nice for you and you enjoyed our town and our beach.

Regarding the deposit, normaly we ask for 60€ (as indicated on your booking) but we accept also ID, credit card or Driving licence because not everybody have the cash. It's for facilitate the checking-in but next time, do not hesitate to tell us that you prefere give us the money.

I confirm that electricity and water terminal are on the pitch. The shower card is include in the price.

Have a great day.

Best regards,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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Accommodating, friendly and brilliant placement10/25/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomFrederique H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Accommodating, friendly and brilliant placement

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From the manager...

Dear Frederique,

Thank you for your great review. It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you soon.

With our best regards from Gravelines,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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pitches were individual and hedge. only stayed one night so …10/06/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    pitches were individual and hedge. only stayed one night so can not comment on much. clean toilets and showers.

    Disliked: 

    staff we dealt with could not speak any English at all. mixed toilets and showers which is ok ,but not when the urinals are right next door to the big clear glass entrance doors and cannot be avoided not a site my wife wants to see first thing in the morning.

From the manager...

Dear customer,

We feel sorry that your stay was not a success. You have entirely right about the urinals near to the door, and we will change the door this winter in order to follow your comments.

Regarding our english language, we are a family staff and not everybody speak very well ; but during the peak season, you will find a team speaking very well english. So do not hesitate to come back, it's very nice during the springtime.

Have a great day,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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Great location /good clean facilities09/12/2019

Reviewer's country: IrelandAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The location was near the beach the facilities were excellent :wifi was good
    The camp was very quiet assume as it was September and the busy season was over . Little activity ..which was good

    Disliked: 

    All good ..

From the manager...

Thank you for your great review. During the peak season, we propose more facilities : activities, little shop with bread and french fries, a pub…

Both season are nice for different reasons so do not hesitate to come back :-)

Best regards from Gravelines and see you soon,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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Staff fantastic, good pitch , great location nice and clean09/08/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDeborah C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional gravel and sand tent, trailer tent or touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Near to Dunkirk port,access to beach campsite great for kids

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Dear Deborah,

Thank you for your great review. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family and we hope to see you soon.

With our best regards from Gravelines,
The team of Camping des Dunes

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Pétanque

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Themes

Peaceful

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for tourers

Location

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  • Rue Victor Hugo, Gravelines, Nord, France, 59820
  • Timezone Europe/Paris +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.0085°N 2.1184°E

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Local attractions

You don’t have to stray too far for a day out around here – start your local wanderings by climbing the 116 steps of the Gravelines lighthouse (10 minutes’ walk) for cracking views over your seaside surrounds, then walk to the town centre (half an hour) to visit the harbour, the bell tower and the medieval gardens within the walled town. Hire boats or pedaloes to see the ramparts from the water, and have a look at Espace Tourville to see a traditional ship reconstruction.

Folk with an interest in the natural world may like to take their binoculars over to the Platier Oye nature reserve (20 minutes’ drive) to see what sort of native birds they can spot; larger creatures from around France and the rest of Europe reside at Fort-Mardyck zoo (25 minutes).

Families with something more active in mind should take a look at Sportica leisure centre (five minutes), where there’s a swimming pool, bowling alley and roller rink, or Parc Galamé (15 minutes) for nature trails, a petting zoo and a swimming lake.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Camping des Dunes cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

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.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Hired accommodation: €400,00 (R8 198,82) 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 €60,00 (R1 229,82) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Tax

Local tax of €0,50 (R9,53) at least age 18 doesn't apply.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site 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 des Dunes have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Camping des Dunes dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Camping des Dunes? You don’t have to stray too far for a day out around here – start your local wanderings by climbing the 116 steps of the Gravelines lighthouse (10 minutes’ walk) for cracking … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Camping des Dunes?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 30 day(s) of arrival.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

General
Entertainment and activities are available between 06/07 and 31/08.

Extras
Facilities/activities including SPA are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: €400,00 (R8 198,82) 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.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Sites
Pitches: a €60,00 (R1 229,82) deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure when returning the gate badge/barrier pass/toilet keys

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. between 29/06 et 31/08.
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. between 02/04 - 28/06 and 01/09 - 30/10.
Reception is unmanned after 8 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

General
The bar is open between 15/06 and 31/08.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. If you wish to bring a car along with your motorhome/RV, please select the extra.

General
The grocery shop is open between 15/06 et 31/08.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The sauna (and/or hammam) is open between 01/06 and 30/10.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Dogs
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Sites
Units should not be left unoccupied unless previously agreed with the management. Please speak to reception when the need arises, a fee may be charged for unsupervised units.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Dogs
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of €85,00 (R1 753,56) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

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