Camping holidays in France are a great way to escape the daily grind and explore the beautiy of this European nation. Whether you're with family or friends, France is a great destination to combine your love of travel and camping. Extremely popular amongst European tourists, France offers inexpensive and comfortable accommodations throughout the country. The French have often been branded as snobbish or rude, however the reality is they are a proud but friendly group. France is a large wine-producing country and is renowned for its fine food variations.
This country's government actually issues a star rating to campgrounds and many 4-star campgrounds offer amenities such as on-site convenience stores, swimming pools and even fine dining. The camping sites offer a relaxing setting while providing their guests access to major attractions and cities in France. This has become an immensely popular way to tour the country.
A major benefit of camping in France is the affordability of accommodations. Visitors have the option of paying a few Euros for a basic tent site to a few hundred on a weekly basis for bungalows that will comfortably lodge up to six people and may even include a vehicle. Electricity is usually available for a modest additional cost and can be utilized with a campsite adapter or extension cord. Some camp sites will accommodate Motor homes and caravans.
Camping Amenities in France
The campgrounds in France are designed to provide a home away from home atmosphere and will usually offer add-ons such as:
- Furnished tents
- Cabins or bungalows (can accommodate 4 to 8 people)
- Motor-homes and Caravan accommodations
- Snack bars
- Grocery Stores
- Wi-Fi Internet
- ATM Machines
- On-Site Medical Assistance
- And much, much moreâ€¦
Amenities that are offered will vary according to the selected campsite and upscale camping resorts are generally located along the coast The rates for July and August are typically higher as these are the peak months in the tourist season; however it's also when the most amenities will be offered. A camping resort that has on-site medical staff and nightly shows may only feature those services during the peak months.
The beauty of camping in France is the numerous options that are made available to the camper. The diversity amongst the different regions can make selecting a campsite a difficult one since France has more than 11,000 camping site locations, but rest assured; there is something for almost everyone.
French Camping Regions
Camping sites are offered in the hot sunny climates of Cote D'Azur, the lush valleys of the Dordogne as well as the northerly and cooler regions of the Normandie and Brittany. There exists the opportunity to explore every type of landscape imaginable ranging from the volcanic uplands of the Massif Central to the lavender-covered hills of Provence and the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. There are a few campgrounds that provide excellent accessibility to the city of Paris by way of a simple 20 minute train ride. Located on an island in the middle of the Seine, the International Campsite of Maisons-Laffitte is one of those campgrounds that will allow you easy access to the historic sites of Paris; restaurants, sight-seeing, museums, monuments, theme and leisure parks like Disneyland Paris. Additionally, the local cuisine, customs, dialect and architecture varies from region to region. Many camps are located near a small town or village enabling guests of the campground to walk to nearby coffee shops and stores to experience a part of the French life.
- The Alps
- CÃ´te d'Azur
Some notable Camping resorts throughout France:
Camping Holiday Green is a 4-star camping resort in Provence Alps Cote D Azur that offers a water park featuring heatedcovered swimming pool, slides and Jacuzzis; tennis, nightclub, supermarket and bakery, full spa offerings of massage, gym, hair salon and facials.
Camping Le Cormoran is a 4-star camping resort that resides just yards from the Normandy sea in Basse Normandie. Highly recommended by the Caravan Club and Alan Rogers, this family friendly camping park offers a tranquil and safe environment in which to hike exploring preserved paths or enjoy a variety of water sports. A few of the offerings are swimming pools, playgrounds and recreational centers.
The Bois de Boulogne campsite situated in Western Paris runs along the Seine River and is approximately 15 minutes from the Champs Elysees. This 17 acre camping ground is a 4-star camp site in Paris and the only one that is located within the French capital. Enjoy restaurant, bar, recreational room, mini-market and nightly entertainment.
The International Campsite of Maisons-Laffitte is another 4-star camping resort that provides excellent accessibility to Paris after a ten minute walk from the campsite to a train that reaches Paris in just 20 minutes. The campsite offers most of the amenities comparable to other 4-star resorts.
The notable considerations have consisted of 4-star camping sites mainly because the amenities as well as the price or location is note-worthy, however that is not to discredit camping sites that have a lower star rating. France has more than 11,000 campsites with the majority of them falling into the two and three star category and they are notable camp sites with valuable offerings and even more affordability for the campers that require appropriate accommodation without the flair. Review your budget and select an appropriate campsite for your needs.
Things to know before you go camping in France
Reservations are highly recommended during the peak months as availability is often limited, however reservations will normally incur a surcharge that could range between 10 to 20 Euros extra.
Check with the campsite that you intend to visit before-hand as some camping grounds are only open during the warmer months of the year.
Obtain a camping guide for the city or region that you intend to visit. These are normally available at the local tourist office.
Properly plan and pack for your trip. A checklist will ensure you have necessary items such are clothing, sleeping gear, food, first aid kit, etc.