Camping in France

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1. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

Ever since I did my 1st RTW last year I've been itching to get back on the road, and since I live in the UK, Europe seems like a great place to do start exploring. Of course we now have the issue that since we have to have "proper" jobs we only get so much holiday. So we want to go away for 2 weeks this August to make the most of the sunshine and were thinking camping around France would be nice. Then the problems start....

I've been looking at camping websites and got a bit of a shock. As we camped all around the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA we expected it to be pretty similar, but although there are a LOT of campsites in France they all seem to be incredibly expensive and laid out like an alternative to a hotel! They all seem to be packed full of families and many of them even have entertainment laid on like a package holiday. They all seem to suggest that you cannot stay for less than 3 nights (we just want to drive around and keep touring - one to two nights at most in one place) and those 3 nights seem to be around 100 euros!!!

Does anyone know of any "traditional" camping in France, as in sites where we can just pitch a tent for the night, cook on a camping stove, somewhere that has a toilet and shower block but nothing else, where the next morning we can just pack up and move on? Obviously I don't mean for free, but just something like I've experienced in all the other countries I've camped in.

Any suggestions welcome, although its only a 2 week holiday we want to do it the same way we travelled, just a couple of backpacks in the car and a tent! And of course on a small budget!


2. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 117 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


Many towns have low cost municipally owned campsites.

However, they tend to be inland and away from the "hot" tourist attractions.

Generally, they run on a star system. The more ***'s, the more facilities, and the higher the cost.

There is a Michelin camping guide to France which includes sites at all price levels.

Also worth looking at Farm Camping ( Camping à la ferme France ) which is often cheap and basic.

Bonne chance