Half a century ago a young couple started their Provencal campsite almost by accident – people kept asking to stay on their land. Two generations later the location remains equally captivating – though the facilities have changed beyond measure. Marius and Paulette Susini found their seaside heaven in 1961 when the sailor and his wife, who was a chef, spent their carefully amassed savings on a field 200 metres from the shore at La Couronne near Martigues. A wellness area, tent and caravan pitches, some high-end chalets, fully-equipped tents and an exclusive restaurant with local delicacies await visitors.