AIRE of the MONTH  August, 2022

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Blesle in

Haute-Loire (43)

All of the aires below are included in the 'Best Aires in France 2021/ 22'

Each month we select an aire that we feel deserves recognition as one of the nicer aires in France & this month's "Aire of the Month" is  :

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Aire of the Month: Blesle (43)

ADDRESS:  OFF D8

TYPE OF AIRE: PRIVATE

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ TOILETS/ WIFI/ ELECTRIC

LOCATION: RURAL/ RIVER    NO. OF SPACES: 44

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: 9-13€/ 24 Hrs     SERVICES: INCL

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N45.31203 E03.17279

DIRECTIONS: Approaching village from WEST on D125, turn 1st RIGHT to AIRE.

SITE DESCRIPTION: This ‘Camping Village’ aire, run by CampingCarPark, is situated in the former municipal campsite ‘La Bessiere’, about 400m south of the village centre & next to the river Sianne. Pitches are on gravel/ grass (most shaded), each has 6A ehu & wifi with toilets/ showers & sinks (open 15/05-15/09). Artisanal service point with drainage platform. Access by automatic barrier, CCP card required. A pleasant location next to the river, close to one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’ - quiet with play area, bbq’s & good shaded pitches but some low branches. Toilets cleaned regularly but only open May- Sept. Grocer, butchers & restaurant in village as well as a museum, impressive church & beautiful old houses.

 

Previous Aire of the Month: Aydat (63)

ADDRESS:  RUE DU STADE

TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ TOILETS/ WIFI/ ELECTRIC

LOCATION: RURAL/ LAKE    NO. OF SPACES: 55

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: 13€/ 24 Hrs     SERVICES: INCL

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N45.66024 E02.97702

DIRECTIONS: In AYDAT, AIRE is between the CHURCH & the LAKE.

SITE DESCRIPTION: This large well-appointed aire has spaces on grass accessed by a tarmac track – most pitches having shade, lighting & ehu’s, 100m from the village centre. This is a former Municipal campsite that has been converted into an aire for motorhomes, pay at the machine for entry via automatic barrier. Modern Artisanal service point with a large platform drain, toilets/ showers & sinks for washing up. This is a popular tourist area, especially with the French, so there are lots of activities on the Lac Aydat with plenty of eating-places around the lake (in season) & 20 mins drive to Puy de Dome. The aire is in a pleasant green location next to the lake, a children’s play area adjacent, with lovely countryside & forests surrounding the village. There is an epicerie, tabac, pizza van in the village & a bread van calls in summer.

 

Previous Aire of the Month: Puylaurens (81)

ADDRESS:  RUE ALBERT THOREL

TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ RUBBISH

LOCATION: SEMI-URBAN    NO. OF SPACES: 10

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: FREE      SERVICES: FREE

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N43.56843 E02.01172

DIRECTIONS: From SOUTH take D84 to PUYLAURENS & then turn RIGHT at 1st R/BOUT. AIRE is 250m on LEFT (signposted)..

SITE DESCRIPTION: A pleasant aire (well signposted) situated in a medium sized gravel car park on the eastern edge & near the centre of this large rural village. 10 individual level spaces on gravel separated by high hedges. Good views of the surrounding farmland with some shade & shops in the village. Artisanal service point with grey drainage platform. A very nice, quiet aire situated in the former municipal campsite which is fenced all round & several spaces are well shaded under trees. Aire is in a residential area with farmland to east, 10 min walk to village centre where there is a large selection of shops/ bars & restaurants plus a small Carrefour & market on Wednesdays. Swimming pool, lake with fishing & tennis @ 100m.

 

Previous Aire of the Month: Melle (79)

ADDRESS:  RUE DE VILLIERS

TYPE OF AIRE: PRIVATE

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC/ WIFI/ TOILETS

LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL/ RIVER    NO. OF SPACES: 24

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: 10-13€/ 24 Hrs      SERVICES: INCL

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N46.23178 W00.14397

DIRECTIONS: In village follow signs to 'Camping' & AIRE.

SITE DESCRIPTION: This ‘Camping Village’ aire, run by CampingCarPark, is situated in the former municipal campsite ‘la Fontaine’, about 500m north of the centre of Melle & next to the river. Pitches are on grass (most shaded) each with 6A ehu & wifi with toilets (open 01/07-30/08). Artisanal service point with drainage platform. Access by automatic barrier, CCP card required. A nice semi-rural location next to the river, quiet with large shaded pitches on grass – soft when wet. Toilets cleaned daily but only open July & August. Good range of shops, eating places, Friday market & supermarkets in this ‘Small Town of Character’ with a medieval quarter, fortifications & silver mine.

Previous Aire of the Month: Tournay (65)

ADDRESS:  RUE DU GABASTOU

TYPE OF AIRE: PRIVATE

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC/ WIFI/ TOILETS

LOCATION: RURAL/ RIVER    NO. OF SPACES: 45

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: 12-13€/ 24 Hrs      SERVICES: INCL

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N43.18774 E0.24165

DIRECTIONS: In village follow signs to 'Complexe Sportif' & AIRE.

SITE DESCRIPTION: This ‘Camping Village’ aire, run by CampingCarPark, is situated in the former municipal campsite, about 200m north of the village centre & next to the river. Pitches are on grass (most shaded) accessed by a gravel track, lit at night, each has 6A ehu & wifi with toilets/ showers/ sinks (open 15/06-15/09). Artisanal service point with drainage platform. Access by automatic barrier, CCP card required.

REVIEW: A pleasant location next to the sports complex/ tennis courts, close to the village centre & quiet with large shaded pitches. Sanitary block well maintained but only open June- Sept., wifi variable. Shops in village (15 min walk via footpath), Tuesday market as well as an open-air swimming pool & a train station (trains to Lourdes or Tarbes).

 

Previous Aire of the Month: La Ferriere aux Etangs (61)

ADDRESS:  RUE DE L'ETANG

TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC

LOCATION: RURAL/ LAKE    NO. OF SPACES: 25

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: FREE       SERVICES: 4€ WATER or ELECTRIC

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N48.65949 W0.51725

DIRECTIONS: From village take D18E SOUTH over D21 & then 1st RIGHT.

SITE DESCRIPTION: Situated on the south side of the village, in the former municipal campsite next to a large lake, this aire is about 400m from the centre. There is shade available in places under trees, lighting, large pitches on grass or gravel. Modern AireServces service point with platform drain.

 A very quiet position in a nice location, not far from pleasant village centre where there is just a boulangerie, pharmacy, bank & a Cocci superette. The aire is well maintained & next to a fishing lake, with tennis & petanque nearby.

Previous Aire of the Month: Aix les Bains (73)

ADDRESS:  RUE DES GOELANDS

TYPE OF AIRE: PRIVATE

FACILITIES: WATER /GREY & BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC/ WIFI

LOCATION: URBAN/ LAKE    NO. OF SPACES: 86

PRICES/ RATES: 

PARKING: 15€/ 24 Hrs       SERVICES: INCL

OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

GPS COORDS: N45.69627 E05.88926

DIRECTIONS: Take D958/ D3 NORTH to THIAUCOURT. As you enter town, turn LEFT before bridge & keep bearing RIGHT for 400m to AIRE next to tennis courts.

SITE DESCRIPTION: This large private aire is located on the western edge of town, next to the Lac de Bourget, managed by the Campingcarpark company & is in the former municipal campsite in a residential area of the town with the lake to the west. Good shade & lit at night, access is via an automatic barrier operated by CCP card. It is not too close to the town centre (800m) & its shops, lying to the NW of the town centre. Euro-Relais service point with double drainage platform. Large hard standing or grass pitches, with tarmac access track, each with individual 6A ehu’s & wifi.

 Quiet spot but not very handy for town centre, 100m from a large lake, 300m from the town leisure area & cinema. Large parking spaces (40m2) with shade under trees, 78 ehu’s for 86 spaces. Building with washing-up sinks on site but closed Nov – April. CampingcarPark membership card required. Aix les Bains is a nice spa town with watersports on lake, beach & has a good range of shops plus market.