Waking up on our first morning at the Eurocamp Holiday Green parc in the south of France, I felt a combination of excitement and nerves. I don’t know if it’s normal, but between the day we book a holiday and actually getting there, I worry that we didn’t make the right choice of location or accommodation, and that we’re going to regret the place we decided on.
Arriving in the dark after a delayed flight and a disaster in Nice Airport car park where we ended up stuck between two exit barriers in our hire car as we managed to drop the ticket you need to get out, meant we weren’t able to get a feel for where we were.
Thankfully, my fears were unfounded and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places we’ve holidayed at. The weather was amazing, the scenery was stunning, and the boys have asked to go back there again this year … I’ll take that as a win!
So here’s our guide to Holiday Green Camping in Frejus, France.
Where is Holiday Green Camping Frejus?
Holiday Green is just outside the town of Frejus in the Var region of the South of France. It is roughly a 45 minute drive from Nice Airport (we flew with EasyJet from Bristol to Nice), 40 minutes to Cannes and 50 minutes to St Tropez. The area is beautiful, with so many pretty towns to explore nearby.
There are mobile homes, camping pitches and sites for caravans and camper vans onsite. We stayed in a Eurocamp mobile home during the first week of September, and the site was nice and quiet. Most of the other guests were French, and I got the impression that most of them owned their own accommodation there – lucky them!
First impressions of Eurocamp Holiday Green, Frejus
We’d driven in to the site in the dark, and bundled the boys quickly from the car to bed, so had no idea what our surroundings were like. Waking up – or more accurately, being woken up by our two boys – early on our first morning, we opened our curtains and saw that our cabin was in a little cul-de-sac surrounded by pine trees. When we stepped outside we found that the smell from the trees was amazing, and the early September sun was shining through the branches giving a lovely warm glow … perfect for photos!
As we walked to the on-site shop to pick up some breakfast, we passed different works of art – the boys found a giant stone bottom hilarious – little workout areas, and were greeted by a view over the swimming pool and the hills. I definitely wasn’t worried about making the wrong choice of location anymore!
Holiday Green has a shop, restaurant, spa, mini farm, indoor and heated outdoor swimming pools, a boules court, rooftop park and a creche, so it is perfectly set up for families. It describes itself as a five star campsite, and it definitely was more luxury than camping!
Our first morning was spent eating a breakfast of baguette, croissants and jam in the sun, before getting ready to hit the pool. Heaven.
Actually, that’s how most days went … I always say I enjoy holidays because I like getting out of routine, but we end up falling into a more chilled routine while we’re away.
Swimming all day…
We spent a fair amount of the week at the pool – the boys would have spent all day every day in the water if they could have – and got into a nice routine of having breakfast, going for a swim, and heading back for something to eat and a break from the sun.
The swimming pool was fab – it was heated, as I’ve mentioned, which meant we could dip in and out without having to adjust to freezing cold water, it had shallow bits on the side where the boys could sit and play without getting in fully, and there was a huge terraced area with loads of sunbeds.
The main pool was huge – and pretty deep, which meant the boys needed to keep their arm bands and swim fin on … not that they were worried as they threw themselves in off the side. But there was also a children’s pool with a fab climbing frame, water fountains and animal statues, where we could let them play a bit more freely.
I’ve honestly never seen a swimming pool in such beautiful surroundings. The views were stunning. You could sit on the side and look up at the hills … and if you’re anything like me, dream about buying one of the houses dotted among the trees. One day…
When we needed some shade, there was an indoor pool with a slide, which the boys absolutely loved. They made good use of that slide, I tell you!
I hit jackpot on the first day when Stew took the biggest boy for a wander around the parc and the littlest napped for a good two hours after his swim. I sat outside with a Diet Coke and a book, and soaked in the peace and quiet. You honestly couldn’t hear anyone else around, and it was so relaxing. It only happened the once, mind you!
Other facilities at Eurocamp Holiday Green
We’ve been to three Eurocamps over the past three years, and Holiday Green has to be the best for facilities. If you’re not a family who likes to go exploring, you could easily spend a week on site and not run out of things to do…
There’s a rooftop play park, mini golf course, children’s club (although this was closed as we were out of season), evening shows, tennis and football courts, and a creche.
One of the most exciting things for our boys was the petanque (boules) area. When we went to France two years ago our eldest son became obsessed with petanque (aren’t all two-year-olds?) and he couldn’t wait to play again. Unfortunately when we headed down to the petanque court there was a tournament on, which we couldn’t join in with, but we were given a set to play at the side, and passed a good hour practising.
What is there to do around Holiday Green?
EXPLORE! I love getting out and about on holiday and seeing a bit more of the area than just the place we’re staying at. I think we managed to see a new town nearly every day of our week-long holiday, and each one was a little bit different to the next.
The obvious ones to make an effort to visit are…
Port Grimaud: Beautiful, beautiful, pastel coloured town built on the sea. You will not be disappointed … and if you somehow are, the violet ice cream will change your mind in an instant!
Cannes: Anyone who admits to being a fan of Bean’s Holiday (just me?) wouldn’t pass on a chance to visit Cannes to reenact the final scene, singing Somewhere Beyond the Sea on the beach. No? Seriously, just me?! And for everyone else, there’s always miles of stunning beach and a glorious old town to wander around. Just look at those colours…
Nice: I was pleasantly surprised at how un-city-like Nice was on our brief stop-off. Again, there’s a lovely old town with cobbled streets and quaint cafes, or if you have children you could pass a few hours at the fountains at Promenade des Anglais. If we go back to this area, I’m definitely planning more time there. Maybe we’d also find the shoe that got left behind…
I most definitely wasn’t ready to come home from our week away, and have a list of places I’d like to visit if we go back to the Frejus area … every town is so pretty!
So that’s a bit of a whistle-stop tour of our week at Holiday Green … I’m planning to write a bit more in detail about the various places we visited, but given my track record for getting things done it’ll be another year before I get round to it!