Camping L’Arize-Bastide de Serou in the Pyrenees

We stayed here for a couple of nights at the beginning of June.  Unfortunately it wasn’t our favourite campsite, being somewhat unkempt and in need of some serious attention.

Let’s start with the good points.  We had a decent sized pitch and the owners and staff were very welcoming.  We watched the 1st England match in Euro 2016 in the bar, where the handful of fellow ‘attendees’ politely welcomed our goal (unfortunately they also welcomed the Russian goal!!)  There was a little river running round the back of the site and it was well off the main road (which itself was not particularly busy).

It’s situated approximately 20 minutes from Foix (which we found out in search of milk late on Sunday afternoon!)

As I said though it was not very well cared for.  Pathways were overgrown, the electricity boxes weren’t brilliant, the water was not very conveniently situated (2 hoses stretched over a hedge..) and the chemical toilet was out in the open right next to the swimming pool.  The swimming pool initially looked inviting but on closer inspection we chose to avoid it as it appeared to have a film on the surface.  The bins were actually situated outside of the site on the other side of the road – not really ideal.

The toilets were interesting.  In this photo what you can see between the cubicle and sink is not another sink.  It’s a urinal!  These are mixed facilities (which are fairly common in France).  I was not too keen on leaving the cubicle to be confronted with someone using the urinal.  I’m pleased to say it didn’t happen!

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There did appear to be some attractions to visit in the area, such as underground caves, Foix and an ancient walled city that we passed on our way (I think it was called St Lizier).  Any other time I think we would have visited at least 1 of these attractions, however we were in desperate need of some rest and therefore we spent the whole day sitting in the sun (luckily it was a very hot day).

Overall, whilst we enjoyed our stay (due to the complete relaxation we had) we would not rush back to this site.

If you’re interested in visiting though visit their webpage – http://www.camping-arize.com/en/

 

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