Favourite Campsites France

With the advent of the internet, finding French campsites is so much easier. I will list here only sites we have stayed on. Useful publications for sites are the Caravan Club books and the Michelin Camping Guide. Personally, we rarely use Aires except in an emergency. Aire books are best picked up in French supermarkets. Choosing and using campsites is such a personal choice and also depends on the time of the year. All the sites we have listed are ones we would recommend. Most of the pictures show our last van!


Beaumont Sur Sarthe. Between Alencon and Le Mans.

I have included this link as the website is only in French. We love this site and have been staying here for years. Great as an overnighter, but we have also stayed for over a week. The town has most of what you need and is a two minute walk. There is cheap and easy petrol at the Super U at the top of the town and loads of places for food shopping. Having a meal out, is a bit tricker as many places are closed in the week, but the Hotel de Ville is reasonable!

Really clean toilet facilities and spacious pitches. A long electric lead is needed. Great children's playing area and motorhome service point. The showers are really good and the toilet block is always really clean. We have never booked here but always managed to get a space. One of the cheapest but best sites we have found.

Plenty of space for our trailer.
Fishing can be done by the river.

The river is beautiful, especially first thing in the morning! We usually camp on the inside pitches to avoid "bitey" things.


St Nicholas. Le Bec Hellouin. Near Rouen

This link says it all really! Again, we have stayed here so many times. The site is in a beautiful spot and you can walk through the woods to the village down a really steep hill ( directions from Monsieur.) Avoid 12 -3pm, Monsieur & Madam have a snooze! You can park at reception until they open up. We have always managed to get a pitch here amongst the apple trees! This is a nice area of France and worth spending a few days.  Facilities are brilliant.


Camping Les Erables, Wissant near Calais

If we are travelling back via Calais, we always stay the last night at this site. You do need to arrive in the morning, midday at the latest as the site can be very busy. If you can speak a little French, you could ring and book. We usually walk into the village and have a meal at one of the hotels as our last night treat! A basic site but good, clean and not too expensive. Brilliant for walkers! This site is around 45mins from Calais, if you are leaving early Monsieur, will open the gate early for you.


Le Serpoline. Loire near Doue La Fountaine

We have stayed here many times. Very friendly English owners and pitches for around 6 units. Hard standing available and open all year round. A beautiful part of the country but you do need transport, as the shopping facilities are a good drive away. The toilet block is simple but clean and there are indoor washing sinks.
 There is a gite available and a small but refreshing plunge pool for hot days.
Camping is in the big field or on the hardstanding. The stars at night are absolutely beautiful and the weather tends to be good too!!

 One of the two large fields.

In the Vendee near Beauvoir Sur Mer. Easy access and good for larger vans. New hardstanding and does one night stops. Huge pitches although you do need a long lead. An English run site although there were French and Dutch on the site to give a more cosmopolitan feel. Two large fields available, they also do caravan storage. Bread available in July and August which can be ordered the day before. Very rural feel ( beware the cockerels ) with loads of nice biking lanes around. We were glad we had our Smart car with us!

Loads of places to visit near by and lovely beaches. Facilities, unisex showers but clean with loads of really hot water. Wi-fi connection if you don't mind sitting in the toilet block to get a signal ( that's not as bad as it sounds!) Generally a well kept site although the veggie patch could do with a tidy up. Very well priced.

Nearby Port Du Bec and Beauvoir Sur Mer has spaces for motorhomes. Municipal also in St Gervais looked quite good.

Aire at Port Du Bec. They were just putting in a borne, great for a short stay.

Le Pommiers Municipal near the port at Ouistram
The reviews for this site were very mixed but we would stay here again. With the van and car, it would be best on the hardstanding the other side of reception. Easy walk into town and two minutes from the port they open the gate at 6.15pm. A very French site but we loved it and would stay there again.
Found out this year that you can park on the dock from 11pm but we felt better on the camp site. New barriers on the site ( 2013) make sure you look at the pitch before you go to it, they tried to site us on a very small pitch! Lots of spaces for motorhomes.A large Aire at the top of the town past the port enterance but not for us!
This site really grew on us as it's ambiance is so French. Also really easy to walk into town for a meal which we did.

Parc Verger. Champagnac La Riviere
Lovely site in the Haute Vienne on the edge of the Dordogne. Very well run and great for large RV's with hard standing. On the edge of a small village with restaurant, bread van calls every day. Lovely lakes with man made beaches within 20 mins of the site and a great bike path just outside the campsite. Very clean toilet and shower facilities, British run.

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