France offers the choice of nearly 9,300 campsites ranging from small municipal and aire naturelle sites to large chains such as Yelloh! and Kawan Village. These are suitable for all campers looking for a night halt or a longer holiday whether staying in a motorhome, caravan or tent.

Many of our customers choose to seek out France’s smaller camp grounds, these include Camp Municipal, Aire Naturelle and Camping La Ferme. Municipal campings are smaller campsites set up and run by local councils and communities within easy reach of the local town or village centre. Aire naturelle are usually traditional rural camp grounds and were previously limited to 25 pitches but now are able to offer up to 30 pitches on an area of at least one hectare. Camping 'a la ferme' allows you to camp on a farm, the stops are on land owned by farmers and usually have a maximum of six pitches.Though these smaller campsites may not have all the amenities of 5 star holiday parks, you do benefit from lower pitch fees and they are often located in peaceful, more scenic locations.

Vicarious Shop stocks a range of campsite guides for France:

Le Guide Officiel Camping Caravaning France Le Guide Officiel Camping Caravanning – Written in French with an English key. Features 9,226 classifed camping parks in France. Suitable if you want the complete list of all small French municipal, aire naturelle and farm campsites. Published annually in Mar/Apr.

 

 

Michelin Camping FranceMichelin Camping France – Written in English. 2,300 campsites have been inspected, scored and awarded one to five tents. Provides information on self-catering accommodation for hire including chalets, bungalows and mobiles homes for rent. Features 377 municipal campsites. Suitable if you feel an independent rating on campsites would help you make the right choice and you would like to see a range of campsite prices to suit every budget. Published annually in January.

Caravan and Motorhome Club Touring FranceCaravan Club France – Written in English. Over 3,500 featured campsites are submitted by Caravan Club users. The detail can be extensive with over 200 abbreviations used to convey all aspects of a campsite. This guide lists 809 French municipal campsites and 42 aire naturalle camp-sites and is suitable for the traveller wanting the most detailed list of French camp grounds to choose from written in English. Published annually. 

ACSI Camping Card Discount CampingACSI Camping Card – Written in English. Campsites are annually inspected by ACSI. The ACSI Camping Card features 1,434 French campsites which take part in the discount scheme. The off season discount scheme means you pay no more than €11, €13, €15, €17 or €19 a night. There is extensive campsite information within the listing and a key to a vast range of facilities such as toilets and showers and activities, such as swimming and fishing. This guide is suitable for those looking to get low campsite pitch fees for their camping holiday using the discount card. Runs Jan 1-Dec 31.

 

 

Number of French campsites

 

Number of small or municipal campsites

 

Language

 

Inspected campsites

 Le Guide Officiel Camping Caravaning

9,226

1,707

French

No

 Michelin Camping France

2,300

447

English

Yes

 Caravan Club France

3,500

584

English

No – submitted by members.

 ACSI Camping Card

1,434

0

English

Yes

Whatever you are looking for from your camping holiday in France there is a vast choice of municipal campsites in great locations. Set up camp along the banks of the river or book a sandy pitch in one of the charming seaside towns in Pays de la Loire. Stay on the Normandy coast within easy reach of the D-Day landings sites. Enjoy the view from your pitch of not one, not two but three castles in Eastern France. Or head south to soak up the sun along the beaches on the Mediterranean coast.

Number of French Municipal Campsites by Region:

Atlantic – 86, Brittany – 145, Burgundy – 92, Centre – 116, Champagne – 39, Eastern France – 165, Limousin and Auvergne – 211, Mediterranean – 171, Midi Pyrenees – 125, Normandy – 87, Northern France – 77, Pays de Loire – 106, Poitou – 80, Rhone Alps - 207

Main image: Camping Municipal La Galetas, Aiguines overlooking Lac de St Croix, France © John Seb Barber, CC license granted via Flickr.

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