Planning a camping or caravanning holiday to France? From the grounds of a château in northern France to a campsite just a short stroll from the Mediterranean Sea, here are some amazing places where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan
France Passion, across France
If you are planning to explore France in a campervan, then signing up with France Passion could be ideal for you. An annual membership fee of €29 allows you to park at more than 2,000 sites across France for up to 24 hours. Most of the locations are farms or vineyards off the beaten track, where owners will share local knowledge and advice, as well as letting you stay overnight on their land for free. Members also receive a stopover guide including regional maps and information on the sites.
Domaine du Château de Drancourt, Somme
Enjoy a camping holiday in the grounds of this château, which lies in countryside near the medieval town of Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme. The 12-hectare campsite has spacious pitches of a minimum of 100m² for tents, caravans or campervans, while the extensive facilities include outdoor and covered swimming pools and paddling pools, a tennis court, mini-golf and children’s club, as well as bars, a restaurant, takeaway and grocery shop. Bikes are available to hire, so you can explore the local cycle routes and the Baie de Somme.
Open 13 Apr to 23 Sept. Classic pitches from €19.95 per night, based on two people.
Village de la Guyonnière, Vendée
This new holiday park is set on the banks of Lac Jaunay in Saint-Julien-des-Landes. Perfect for families, the park has several swimming pools with water slides, its own animal sanctuary, tennis and volleyball courts, and is just 15 kilometres from the Atlantic beaches. Outdoor activities range from a gentle stroll to a boat ride, but you can also hire bikes, go on pony rides or try fishing. The on-site spa includes a whirlpool bath, sauna and treatments.
Open 25 May to 15 Sept. Seven nights’ self-catering accommodation from £334.
Domaine de Sévenier, Ardèche
This small resort provides lodge-style accommodation a ten-minute drive from the natural wonders of the Ardèche gorges, including the Pont d’Arc. The 56 wooden lodges sleep up to six people, and come with air-conditioning and covered terraces. Enjoy the stunning views of the countryside from the two pools and a terrace, or pamper yourself in the new wellness centre and spa. The site has a restaurant, takeaway and bar, and offers activities including table tennis, football, a playground and children’s clubs, as well as bicycle hire.
Open 23 Mar to 11 Nov. Prices from £378 for seven nights, based on two sharing.
Camping Indigo, Paris
Think camping is just for the countryside? Camping Indigo Bois de Boulogne, just 20 minutes from the centre of Paris, will make you think again. A shuttle bus takes you to Porte Maillot métro station for a convenient trip into the capital, and at the end of the day, you can retreat to the green surroundings of the seven-hectare campsite on the banks of the River Seine. Facilities include a games room, bike hire and a restaurant where home-made pizzas are the speciality. Barbecues are available to hire and the on-site supermarket sells freshly baked pastries for the morning croissant run. Guests can stay in their own tent or caravan, or rent a wooden cabin.
Open all year. Cabins from €78 per night, pitches from €27.
Huttopia Millau, Aveyron
If splashing around and bobbing down a river is your thing, this campsite with a riverside setting and private beach might take your fancy. The site is just 900 metres from the centre of Millau, itself bordered by the Tarn and Dourbie rivers, and is the perfect base for enjoying the area’s outdoor activities. You can swim or canoe in the Tarn gorges or take in the scenery of the Grandes Causses regional park, but there is also rock climbing, paragliding, mountain biking and caving on Millau’s doorstep. After an action-packed day out, relax in the campsite’s heated pool. The site has a snack bar and a small shop, free wi-Fi and TV area.
Open 27 Apr to 30 Sept. Comfort pitches from €19.70 per night, mobile home cottages from €63.
Huttopia Rambouillet, Yvelines
It is hard to believe that this campsite in a forest setting – think tall, mature trees, natural swimming pool and lake – is just 50 kilometres from Paris. Set in the forest of Rambouillet, the site has a small working farm where you can visit the pigs and lambs, and is especially recommended for cyclists, thanks to the excellent cycling paths. A day trip to Versailles or Chartres is easily done, but you can also chill by the pool or in the central lodge with board games, books and a TV room.
Open 30 Mar to 4 Nov. Comfort pitches from €24.30 per night, cabins from €130.
Campsite la Sirène, Pyrénées-Orientales
The resort of Argelès-sur-Mer lies in the far south of France, where the luxurious Campsite La Sirène occupies a prime position one kilometre from the wide, sandy beach and the Mediterranean. At its heart lies a leisure pool complex with slides, play pools and waterfalls, while other facilities include tennis, mini-golf, archery and a sports field, as well as a children’s club in high season. The site covers 21 hectares in forested surroundings and has mobile homes sleeping up to six, with a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a terrace. There is a restaurant, snack bar and mini-market on site.
Open 21 Apr to 15 Sept. Prices from £370 for seven nights, based on two sharing.
La Vallée, Calvados
Nestled in the Normandy countryside near Houlgate, the La Vallée holiday park is ideal for a relaxing family stay. The park features an outdoor heated swimming pool with a two-lane waterslide and a children’s paddling pool. Volleyball, tennis, badminton, horse riding and archery are all available on-site, while the beach and cafés in Houlgate are within walking distance. There are also several children’s clubs for all ages.
Open 23 March to 28 Oct. Seven nights’ self-catering accommodation from £236.
Les Bois du Bardelet, Loire Valley
A stay at the five-star Les Bois du Bardelet near Gien in Sologne offers plenty of opportunities to embrace the great outdoors. Set over 18 hectares, the site has many ponds where campers go canoeing or fishing, and they can also explore the surrounding forests or take to the cycle paths running along the River Loire. On site, there is an aquatic centre with water slides, a covered pool and a tennis court. The mobile homes (ranging from one to three bedrooms) have views over the water, while those seeking a more boutique experience will relish the two-bed glamping tents.
Open 14 Apr to 16 Sept. Mobile homes from £532 for a week’s stay, pitches from €41 per night.
Camping La Yole, Hérault
Camping does not have to mean barbecues and beers, as Camping La Yole proves. Set within a wine estate in Valras-Plage near Béziers, it will suit those who do not want to compromise on the French wining and dining experience. Activities include wine tastings and gastronomic hikes, while the campsite has a wine cellar and two restaurants specialising in Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities include a huge water park, an adventure rope park and a farm where children can pet the animals.
Open 1 Apr to 15 Oct. Pitches from £21.30 per night, based on two adults, cabins from £69 a night.
Domaine de la Paille Basse, Lot
Once a medieval hamlet comprising three farms, the five-star Domaine de la Paille Basse campsite near Souillac lies on wooded hillside on the border of the Lot, Dordogne and Corrèze départements. Explore the campsite’s marked hiking trails or take advantage of the many sporting facilities including volleyball, football, tennis and basketball. Four to 12 year olds can join the mini club, while teenagers have sports tournaments and a disco in July and August.
Open Apr-Sept. Mobile home for a family of four from €266 for a week, pitches from €16 per night.
Camping 3*** l’Escale, Haute-Savoie
The L’Escale campsite is located in the Alpine village of Le Grand-Bornand, 40 minutes from Annecy, and offers hiking, mountain biking and paragliding on the doorstep. The campsite covers four hectares, with 123 pitches for tents, caravans and motor homes, as well as chalets, apartments and mobile homes to rent. There is an outdoor and covered heated pool, restaurant-bar, indoor playroom and TV room, outdoor playground and tennis courts. Guests have the use of an on-site launderette, and can hire sheets, towels and cots from reception.
Standard 80m² pitches from €19 per night.
Campsite la Chapelle Saint-Calude, Lac d’Annecy
Located in Talloires, 13 kilometres from Annecy, La Chapelle Saint-Claude has an idyllic setting on the shores of the lake with views of the mountains. Pitches are a minimum of 80m² with electricity and can accommodate tents, caravans or campervans with views of either the lake or mountains. There are also mobile homes to rent. The campsite has a private beach as well as a volleyball court, playground, pétanque area and children’s club. If you want a change from the bar and fast-food restaurant, there are plenty of other options and shops near the campsite.
Open 14 Apr to 23 Sept. Pitches from €18 per night, based on two sharing.
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