What are our best campsites in Ouistreham?
In Ouistreham, we offer 4-star Campsite Riva Bella, a family-friendly destination located south of the city on the edge of the Caen à la Mer canal. Blending in effortlessly with the natural environment, the site rewards guests with the chance to benefit from many activities based in or around the sea, while onsite, there is a playground and vibrant mini club for children. Campers who love to explore the local area of their destination on two wheels can hire bicycles from the site's reception.
We have a wide variety of accommodation options at Riva Bella including mobile homes for 2 to 6 people equipped 1 or 3 bedrooms. The campsite also has a superb indoor heated swimming pool ensuring that you can enjoy swimming all year round, while the spacious pool terrace has loungers for relaxing. As the resort is dog-friendly, holidaymakers can enjoy a stay with their canine companions.
In Calvados, we also offer campsites in the towns of Isigny-sur-Mer and Vauville-en-Auge.
What are the best things to do while camping in Ouistreham?
Despite its small size, Ouistreham, like many other towns in the region, suffered in the Second World War, especially during the German occupation and with the construction of the Atlantic Wall.
Nevertheless, Ouistreham boasts a few sites of historical interest dating before the war, particularly the Saint-Samson church dating from the 12th century. The town has also renovated a whole set of old buildings dating from the 10th and 11th centuries, including the tithe barn. At the Museum of the Atlantic Wall, dedicated to events of WW2, visitors can trace the steps of the commandos who landed at Sword Beach.
A camping holiday in Ouistreham provides visitors with a great excuse to explore Caen, a charming city of Lower Normandy that suffered greatly during the war. Today, however, the city thrives and features a wealth of historical attractions and places of cultural heritage. In the Middle Ages, the city was the capital of the Normans and was home to the castle of William the Conqueror. The city is famed for the construction of half-timbered houses, and day trippers can also appreciate the architectural prowess on show in its churches and abbeys. We highly recommend a visit to the church of Saint-Etienne-le-Vieux, a living monument to WW2 that was hit by shells towards the end of the conflict.
A camping holiday in Ouistreham is also an opportunity to visit many natural wonders of Normandy. You can marvel at the natural beauty of Suisse Normande, the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park and Geopark, the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Nature Park and the Cotentin and Bessin Marshes Regional Nature Park. During your visit to Normandy, you will also be able to visit historical cities such as Bayeux, Honfleur, Villerville and Deauville.
A little further afield from Ouistreham, lies the magnificent Pays d'Auge, a hilly area blessed with a fine array of enchanting villages. As well as the town of Lisieux, visitors to the region should consider stopping by some of the most scenic villages there including Cambremer, Beuvron, Saint-Hymer, Beaumont-en-Auge and La-Roque Baignard.
For fans of food, Normandy is a highly regarded region in France in relation to gastronomy, with special mention going to the production of camembert and neufchâtel. Other notable cuisine in the area includes the famous salt-meadow lamb of Mont-Saint-Michel as well as sumptuous seafood.
A stay in Ouistreham allows you to explore the coast of the English Channel, which is decorated with picturesque beaches, charming port towns and the Bocage Normand via the Orne and the Mayenne.