There are many countries in the European Union which may lay their own claims to having the most spectacular scenery with some of the world’s most spectacularly positioned campsites to match. But when it comes down to facilities and organisation, the French campsites are the best in Europe if not the world for me.
In France, “le camping” is something of a religion. Families take everything but the kitchen sink to their favourite destinations – often setting up for a whole month of alfresco living.
Almost every commune has a “camping municipal” a publicly provided campsite – which are cheaper than the private ones and usually have excellent facilities. These can be particularly useful if you’re only staying for one or two nights as you travel around. A couple of good Vango sleeping bags and a cheap tent are all you’ll need any time between May and September.
Where you decide to go camping in France is entirely dependent on what you most love to do. France is a very diverse country with varied landscapes.
In the north, the coastline is rugged, while the south coast offers classic Mediterranean stretches of golden beaches.
Inland, the landscape is lush with landscapes carved by famous rivers such as the Loire and the Dordogne, whilst the Alps offer a mountainous landscape beloved by outdoor sports enthusiasts in every season for different reasons. You’ll need you best Merrell gear during any season here.
Also, the Vendée, Royan and the South-West along the Atlantic coast are perfect for family holidays camping in France. There are huge stretches of open sandy beach and the sea is perfect for swimming and water sports during the summer. Be warned, though, it can be exposed in these regions during the hottest months as the beaches are so open and the landscape generally flat.
Wherever you decide to camp in this magnificent and hugely varied country – you won’t be disappointed by the camping facilities.