How to Choose a French Campsite Guide
France offers the choice of nearly 9,200 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.
If you travel in a motorhome or campervan and like the idea of staying overnight at farms and vineyards across France, the France Passion stopover scheme is a great way to experience rural France and get off the beaten track. Read our blog post detailing seven of Chris and Meli's favourites France Passion stops.
Vicarious Shop stocks a range of campsite guides for France:Le Guide Officiel Camping Caravanning – Written in French with an English key. Features 9,167 classified camping parks in France. Suitable if you want the complete list of French municipal campsites (1,541), aire naturelle sites (392) and camping on the farm campsites (109). Published annually in Mar/Apr.
Caravan and Motorhome Club Touring France – Written in English. Over 2,151 featured campsites are submitted by Caravan and Motorhome Club users. The detail can be extensive with over 200 abbreviations used to convey all aspects of a campsite. This guide lists 473 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 – Written in English. Campsites are annually inspected by ACSI. The ACSI Camping Card features 1,464 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.
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.
Main image: Camping Municipal La Galetas, Aiguines overlooking Lac de St Croix, France © John Seb Barber, CC license granted via Flickr.