Guînes Things to Do
If you like adventure and feel the emptiness under your feet, you will love this theme park! You will walk on a cable with 6 to 15 meters under you! Check out their web site for more infos! http://www.passiondaventure.com or http://www.cyanopale.com/ngnpassionav.htm
I loved it and the more you do it, the more you like it! I recommend to do it in the early afternoon or in the morning to have the time to do everything (it can last 3 hours if you do it cool or depending of the speed of the persons before you :-)Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
Right next to La Bien Asise ...so if you are staying Guines with Eurocamp it is very handy, just behind the shop.
The chef, Francois, is French but lived in Hull for 20 years and ended up as secretary of Hull FC rugby league club. The food is French but there's more of an english menu for the kids if they are not that adventurous. One should be rightly wary of restaurants next to campsites as they are usually rubbish but this was excellent. I had Lamb Shank which was top banana...only complaint was that the house white could have been a bit colder...however it soon got the right temperature in the ice bucket.
Favorite Dish: Lamb was historic, Cod was great too. Mushroom Stroganoff my son had looked good..
Guînes Tourist Traps
My husband and I have just returned from what we had hoped would be a very pleasant and relaxing vacation in Guines, France. We had booked a hotel room at Auberge de Colombier which is connected to an adjoining campsite.
From the beginning there were problems. The signs to find the hotel were very difficult to understand (no clear direction given). There is a pathway between two buildings where you must drive between to get to the hotel.
After calling the staff with the front desk phone, we were escorted to our cozy room. The room itself, was quaint and looked all right. The bathroom connected to the bedroom is nearly the same size.
In the description from this hotel we were told included tv. Well, it did include a tv but no one in their right mind would consider this a working tv. There were 5 channels, which were terribly fuzzy to view and listen to and they were only French. Considering the large amount of guests coming from the UK you would think there would be some English channels to view.
When we asked the staff about this, they said there was nothing they could do.
In addition upon our arrival, we were told the restaurant connected to the hotel was not open and we would have to go to the campsite for take out fast food or visit the bar.
When sitting on our hotel room bed, we thought oh this isn't so bad. But as soon as a person laid down it was like laying on a thin sheet of plywood sitting atop unstable springs.
This is just the hotel part we were unhappy with. The village itself was filled with unique homes filled with old age and character. There were a few new buildings, but the majority was delapitated.
There really wasn't a lot to do in this busy little village. It seemed to us the high point of this place was the large craft store located near the Aldi.
When driving through the village, the children looked bored and reckless. We couldn't imagine raising a child in this desolate location.
Later that evening we went to dine at the campsite bar. The food itself was of good quality and a acceptable price. We had planned on spending the evening there. But then the realization of the price of the drinks hit us. 2 Euros and 60 cents per cup of tea, and 3 Euros for a Cola Light. The weather was chilly, so we were left with no choice but to return to our room, which we had began to view as dungeon rather than a cozy getaway.
By the third day in Guines, we were finding ourselves emotionally and physically exhausted mainly due to the horrible bed situation and lack there of television which had been advertised.
Unique Suggestions: Calais is a nice place to do some shopping. We enjoyed ourselves at a mall, with the store Auchan.
St. Joseph's Historic Village of the 1900's which was on the outskirts of Guines.
Saint Omer which is about 30 km from Guines. There is a gorgeous catherdral there which should not be missed.
We had lunch at a delightful cafe called Le New's in Saint Omer. The staff and customers were not to be forgotten. And then there was the food. So much value and quality for your money. Saint Omer we cannot wait to return.
Fun Alternatives: Saint Omer seems to have a lot to offer. There are various hotels and campsites in and around the city.Related to:
- Travel with Pets
- Historical Travel