France is as large as it is diverse. The country and has what some would class as ‘the lion’s share’ of uninterrupted stretches of beautiful countryside, an abundance of culture and an historic and undisputed reputation for some of the world’s finest cuisine. With its iconic capital city and accessibility to and from the UK and other European locations, who wouldn’t want to take their motorhome to La France?
Below we have listed some of the most popular regions and detailed a snapshot of French motorhome campsites available and what they have to offer.
Regions of France
- Rhone Valley is located next to Lyon; the second largest city in France and home to a surplus of high quality renowned restaurants. Other places worth a visit in the Rhone Valley include; Vienne, Valence and Montelimar The mediveval village of Perouges is also close by. The Drome in the Rhone Valley also forms an important part of this area of France. Its scenery is spectacular if not a little isolated; south of the area there are more densely populated areas with clusters of villages and towns. If shoes are your thing then don’t miss the famous Mussee Internationale de la Chaussure (museum of shoes).
- Loire is one of the most visited destinations in France. It is littered with chateaus and long stretches of green landscape. Orleans and Gien, the latter built on the banks of the Loire, are two popular places to visit. Also in this region, you will find Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord two of the region’s most famous chateaus.
- Languedoc Rusillion is a very popular camping location; it is situated in the central region of Southern France with the city of Montpellier as its regional capital. Much of the area’s extensive coastline is flat and benefits from an array of long, yellow beaches. It is a wine-growing area with vineyards and valleys galore. Within it are Nimes, Narbonne, Sete and Perpignan.
- The region of Provence and the Cote d’Azur is extremely popular with all kinds of tourists. The area encompasses the Alps all the way to the Mediterranean Sea; it borders with the Rhone River as well as Italy. When you visit you will find a myriad of cliff tops, beaches, snow-capped mountains, vineyards, markets and olive groves. This area is very diverse and can take you from one beautiful scene to another.
- Normandy is positioned in the North West of France and is well known for the beachheads of World War II; it has a collection of white cliffs, and is amass with meadows and illustrious farmland. Although the Normandy beaches are not the same as those in Brittany the area still draws in the crowds, perhaps in part, due to its close proximity to Paris.
- Brittany is divided into three distinct areas; northern, western and southern. To the north there is the Cote d’Emeraude (the Emerald Coastline) which circles around Mont St Michel and Dinard. Here, you will find St Malos which is an old town dating back to the 18th century, with cobbled streets and historic buildings. In the town there is an aquarium and beaches are close by too. The market town of Dol-de-Bretagne is also in Northern Brittany and the lakeside town of Combourg. Western Brittany is made up of the lakeside town of Locronan, Quimper, Benedete, Pont Aven and Concarneau all make up Western Brittany. To the very west, where the landscape becomes more rugged. There is also cliffy Point du Raz which is the most westerly point of mainland France. Quimper is the administrative capital of Western Brittany and is famed for its pottery. Southern Brittany contains a sandy coastline and offshore islands; within it are the medieval town of Guerande; the fishing town of Le Croisic and La Baule, with 5 km of beach, making it the largest in Europe.
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Below we have listed just three of the motorhome-friendly campsites available in some areas of France.
- Domaine du Golfe de St Tropez. This is a family site located in the Vallee des Maures near Grimaud village. It is around 10 km from St Tropez and close to the beach. There is evening entertainment which ranges from traditional, cabaret and magic shows. There is a pool area, a baby pool, a Jacuzzi and plent of other activities there including; craft workshops, team games, treasure hunts, dancing and even trampoling.
- Domaine du Chateau de Drancourt. This site, north of Paris and close to Dieppe, has a heated swimming pool, a grocery store on-site with fresh bread available in the mornings as well as a takeaway and restaurant also on-site. There are walking and cycling activities close by and for motorhomes there are large, green pitches available. The site offers free wi-fi on the Bar du Chateau, a kids’ club (in July and August), pool tables, games and cinema bar
- VivaCamp Lad du Roi. This site is set in mountains, valleys and vineyards; it is the ideal spot for a relaxing family holiday. On the site there are lots of outdoor and nautical activities including a swimming pool, aquatic park and playground. Pitches overlook the lake shore in the Bugey area and there is a private campsite beach. Nearby, there is a water sports centre and on site there is a restaurant, grocery shop, take away, paddle boats, cyber café as well as laundry facilities and an ironing room. Perfect for motorhome holidays.
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