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Campsites and Pitches in France


Here we present campsites and pitches in France - from lovely pitches on the west and south coasts to Europe's Grand Canyon and a great campsite in Cannes. We also offer personalised tips on things to see and do in the surrounding area. Campsites and pitches in France are listed below. from north to south. Fasten your seatbelts because we're leaving!

Why camp in France?

There are plenty of campsites in France, many of which are surrounded by beautiful scenery. There are also plenty of caravan sites, many of which are automated. Travel to France to discover stunning scenery, exciting sights and great food and wine!

Campsites and pitches in France - from north to south

Ställplats i Veulettes sur mer

Normandy: Veulettes sur Mer - caravan site by the sea

  • Description: Pitches on tarmac, close to the sea.
  • Service: Electricity, water and emptying of grey and black water via a vending machine. Tokens for this can be purchased at the tourist office.
  • Price: Free to stand, can't remember the price of the tokens (2014)
  • Find hereDrive towards Veulettes-sur-Mere. Located on the waterfront between the two large cliffs, the site is not to be missed.

Normandy: Honfleur - parking space at the harbour

  • Description: Large pitch at the harbour, very close to the centre.
  • Service: Electricity, water and drainage of grey and black water.
  • Price: €10/day (electricity included) in 2014.
  • Find hereCamping-Car area, Bassin de l'Est car park, 14600 Honfleur.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: The charming town of Honfleur with its harbour and fish shops.
Ställplats Frankrike

Normandy: Arromanches car park in a residential area

  • Description: Nice and simple pitch on asphalt near the sea and the city centre.
  • Service: Electricity, water and emptying of grey and black water via a coin-operated vending machine.
  • Price: Free to stand, electricity + water €2/hour (2014)
  • Find here: Drive towards Arromanches-les-Bains. Rue Francois Carpentier.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Memorials of the Normandy Landings, with museum.
Ställplats vid Mont St Michel

Mont St Michel - car park

  • DescriptionOne of the most convenient and automated sites in France! The site is in a natural setting and close to Mont St Michel.
  • Service: Electricity, water and emptying of grey and black water. You pay before entering through a barrier.
  • Price: Can't remember exactly, probably around €15/day in 2014.
  • Find here: Drive to Mont St Michel. Aire du Mont St Michel, Rue Le Reage Du Violet 15, 50170 Beauvoir, Lower Normandy.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Mont St Michel
Ostron i Frankrike, Cancale

Brittany: Cancale - car park

  • Description: Site near the centre, which looked nice and tidy, but not fully open (may have been due to the season).
  • Service: Emptying of grey and black water. It looked like there could be more services, but those areas were not open when we were there.
  • Price: Free when we were there, in low season (2014)
  • Find here: Drive towards Cancale. Camping-Car Area La Ville Balet. 
    Rue des Francais Libres, 35260 Cancale.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Fish and seafood shops.
vägar i Bretagne

Brittany: Plogoff - car park

  • Description: Parking space on asphalt in the middle of the centre, with services so that we felt it was more or less a parking space.
  • Service: Water, electricity, grey and black water drainage, rubbish collection and toilets. Water and electricity are paid in coins.
  • Price: Free parking, electricity + water 2 euros/hour in 2014.
  • Find hereDrive towards Plogoff. The site is right next to the church, in the centre.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Not far from here you can experience the stunningly beautiful Camaret-sur-mer. If you continue south, don't miss the walled city either Concarneau.
Iles de re

Ile de Ré parking space at a campsite

  • Description: Pitches at the entrance to the Campéole Le Platin campsite. Located on the waterfront.
  • Service: Water and drainage of grey and black water. Electricity is available, but not in winter. You pay by driving through a barrier.
  • Price: 7 euros/day in low season (no electricity) 2014.
  • Find hereDrive over the bridge to Ile de Ré. The car park is just after the bridge, on the right-hand side, at the entrance to Campéole Le Platin.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Beaches and restaurants.

Mortagne sur Gironde - parking space at the marina

  • Description: One of the many nice pitches in France, nicely located by a marina.
  • Service: Rubbish collection and electricity. Payment is made when someone comes and knocks on the door.
  • Price: About €3/day (can't remember exactly) in 2014.
  • Find here: Drive to Mortagne-sur-Gironde. Quai des Pecheurs.
FREEDOM på ställplatsen i Biscarosse-Plage

Biscarosse-Plage, Silver Coasts. caravan site in forest

  • Description: Nice automated pitch in the forest, close to a beautiful beach on the Silver Coast.
  • Service: Station with water filling and emptying of black and grey water. You pay when you drive through a barrier.
  • Price: About €8/day (depending on the service used) in 2014.
  • Find here: Drive towards Biscarosse-Plage. Rue du Tit 681.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Silver Coast and Europe's largest sand dune, Dune du Pilat.
camping Midi

Ardeche - Camping midi

  • DescriptionA nice and relaxed, yet rather unorganised campsite, with a strong focus on canoeing. There are some motorhomes and many young people with tents.
  • Service: Service centre with toilets and showers, as well as the usual services. The campsite also offers canoe hire.
  • Price: Approximately €24/day in high season 2018.
  • Find here: Route des gorges de l'Ardèche, Le Pont d'Arc - 07150 Vallon Pont d'Arc.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Canoe trips and caves such as the Grotte de la Madeleine and cave paintings.
Moustiers Saint Marie

Moustiers Sainte Marie - camping Saint jean

  • DescriptionNice campsite within walking distance of Moustiers Sainte Marie. If you drive past the campsite you will also find a car park.
  • Service: Service house, reception with mini-shop and WiFi (2 hours included free of charge).
  • Price: 16 euros/day + tax in low season with ACSI discount card, 2015.
  • Find here: Drive towards Moustiers Sainte Marie and look out for signs. Quartier Saint Jean, 04360 Moustiers Sainte Marie.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: The village of Moustiers Sainte Marie and the canyon Gorges du Verdon.

Gorges du Verdon: Castellane parking space in the city centre

  • Description: Pitches on asphalt by the river, close to the centre - on the other side of the river from Peter.
  • Service: Don't know because we happened to fricamp on the wrong side of the river (not allowed).
  • Price: Don't know (2015)
  • Find here: Drive to Castellane, the site is on the river, near the bridge to the centre. Aire Municipale, Ancienne Route de Grasse, 04120 Castellane.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Castellane and the Gorges du Verdon canyon.
Aiguines i Frankrike

Aiguines - Camping L'Aigle

  • Description: Scenic campsite on sloping terrain, with stunning views of the Lac Sainte Croix lake and within walking distance of Aiguines.
  • Service: Service centre, restaurant and free WiFi in the reception/restaurant.
  • Price: 16 euros/day + tax in low season with ACSI discount card 2015.
  • Find here: Quartier Saint-Pierre.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: The village of Aiguines and the canyon Gorges du Verdon.

Lac Sainte Croix - Camping Le galetas

  • DescriptionSimple but pleasant campsite near the Lac Sainte Croix lake and the entrance to the Verdon. Right next to it there is also a pitch for 10 euros/day.
  • Service: Service house and free WiFi covering part of the campsite.
  • Price: 18 euros/day in low season 2015.
  • Find here: Located in Galetas, near the entrance to the Verdon.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Canoe/tramp boat hire.
camping Arles

Arles - Camping l'Arlesienne

  • DescriptionNice campsite in a good location for visiting Arles. Just outside the campsite you will find buses to the city centre.
  • Service: Service house, pool and WiFi included in the price.
  • Price: 16 euros/day + tax in low season with ACSI discount card, 2015.
  • Find here149 Draille Marseillaise Pont de Crau BP 50126.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Arles with its amphitheatre. You can also make a visit to the caves of Baux de Provence.
Camping Cannes

Cannes - Camping Le Ranch

  • DescriptionCamping with a good location for travelling to Cannes. The bus leaves just outside.
  • Service: Service house, covered pool, mini-shop and WiFi (extra charge).
  • Price: 18 euros/day + tax in low season 2015 with ACSI discount card.
  • Find here: Chemin Saint Joseph, L'aubarède, Le Cannet. Drive towards La Bocca, at the end there are signs for the campsite. 
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Cannes with alleys and boats and film festival which is organised once a year. Just outside Cannes, you'll find the lovely island of Sainte-Margurite Island. It is also not too far to the beautiful city. Nice.

Sainte Maxime - Camping Cigalons

  • DescriptionCharming little campsite in hilly terrain, a few metres from a fine sandy beach.
  • Service: Service centre, small restaurant and WiFi (extra charge).
  • Price: 16 euros/day + tax in low season 2015 with ACSI discount card.
  • Find here: Drive along the beach, eastwards from Sainte Maxime. 
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Sunbathing and swimming on beaches. Not far from here you can visit St Tropez.
Palavas les flots ställplats

Palavas les Flots - parking space at the marina

  • DescriptionOne of the most pleasant sites in France! Nicely located at the marina, within walking distance of the centre of Palavas les Flots.
  • Service: Shelter, water, emptying of grey and black water and electricity if you pay for it.
  • Price: About €14/day without electricity and about €17/day with electricity, 2015.
  • Find here: Drive to Palavas les Flots and follow the signs for the site. Port Fluvial Base Paul Riquet, Rue Frederic Mistral, 34250 Palavas les Flots.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Palavas les Flots by cable car. Also, don't miss out on the charming town of Seat.
Camping Oltra

Cap d'Agde - Camping Oltra

  • Description: Large and well-run naturist campsite in the nude town of Cap d'Agde.
  • Service: Service centre, restaurant, small shop and WiFi at extra cost.
  • Price: About 45 euros/day, 2015.
  • Find hereCentre Naturiste René Oltra, 1 rue des Néréïdes, 34 307 Cap d'Agde.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: The naturist town of Cap d'Agde with its beaches, restaurants and jester clubs. Not too far from here you can see the fortified medieval town. Carcassonne.
Södra Frankrike camping

Le Lavandou - Pramousquier Park

  • DescriptionA rather nice and green campsite with a short walk to the beach. There is also a bus stop nearby, with buses to Le Lavandou, etc.
  • Service: Service centre with toilets and showers and normal services.
  • Price: About 32 euros/day in the high season 2018.
  • Find hereParc Camping Pramousquier SARL, Chemin de la Faverolle Quartier de Pramousquier, 83980 Le Lavandou.
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Take a boat trip to the beautiful island. Port-Cros or to the naturist island Ile du Levant.
Camping Olbia på Giens-halvön

Giens Peninsula Camping Olbia

  • DescriptionWell-maintained campsite in La Madrague, with scenic areas all around.
  • Service: Service centre, restaurant, small shop and WiFi at extra cost.
  • Price: 16 euros/day + tax in low season 2015 with ACSI discount card.
  • Find here: Avenue René du Knyff 545, drive to La Madrague and through the town. 
  • See and do in the neighbourhood: Hiking, sunbathing and swimming or surfing. Don't miss out on visiting this amazing island Porquerolles. It is also interesting to discover the city Marseille.

Corsica - campsites and caravan parks

Corsica has plenty of campsites, many of which are well located and close to nature. It is also possible to find the occasional pitch.

Moules frites i Nice
Peter and Helena Bergström in France, the travel magazine FREEDOMtravel

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Info and facts about France

  • Capital cityParis
  • Language: French
  • Residents: 67.1 million (2017)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Price mode: As in Sweden
  • El: Like Sweden
  • Water: Drinkable
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Flag: The flag of France is blue, white and red.

Driving to France

  • Ferry from Gothenburg: Gothenburg-Kiel with Stena Line takes 14 h 30 min. By car drive via A1 which takes 13-14 hours.
  • Ferry from Trelleborg: Trelleborg-Rostock with Stena Line or TT-Line takes about 6-7 hours. By car drive via A1 which takes about 14 hours.

Roads and driving in France

  • Roads: French roads are of a good standard. Beautiful roads include Route Napoleon and the Alsace wine route.
  • Road tolls: You have to pay a toll on many motorways, but not on all. You pay at toll stations on the road and at exits. It is usually easiest to pay by cash, but you should also be able to pay by credit card. Be aware that driving on French motorways is relatively expensive.
  • Environmental zones: The central areas of several cities (e.g. Paris, Lyon and Grenoble) are classified as environmental zones, and to drive in them you need the Vignette Crit'Air sticker. The sticker can be ordered online before departure from Air Quality Certificate Service.
  • Speed limits: Passenger cars and camper vans under 3.5 tonnes drive on motorways at 130 (except in bad weather when 110 applies). Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes may drive at 110 on motorways, 90 on multi-lane motorways and 80 on single-lane motorways and roads.
  • Per mille limit: 0.5 (0.2 for professional drivers and new licence holders)
  • Traffic rules: Talking on a handheld phone and sending text messages while driving is prohibited. Heavy vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) must keep 50 metres away from the vehicle in front.
  • Equipment in the car: Reflective vests should be kept in the car.
  • Words in traffic: "Rappel" means reminder. "Sens interdit" means prohibited direction of travel.
  • Fuel: Petrol stations are called 'station de service' and the cheapest place to fill up is at supermarkets such as Carrefour. Diesel is called "gazole" or "gasoil", while petrol is called "essence" and is available in 95 and 98 octane.
  • Parking rules:  Yellow lines on the road mean no stopping and dashed yellow lines mean no parking. "Stationnement" means parking and "payant" means that it is subject to a charge. In Paris, you cannot park for more than 24 hours in the same car park. On the other hand, there are plenty of car parks in France.
  • Security: Make sure you have Roadside Assistance, so that you can get help on the spot in case of an accident. The emergency number for the country's emergency services is 112.

Rules on camping and caravanning in France

  • There are plenty of both campsites and pitches in France. Many campsites in France consist of free car parks where you pay with coins if you want electricity or water. 
  • The rules for free camping are restrictive, but in more remote areas overnight stays are accepted.

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  1. Lars Permeln says:

    Absolutely superb, thank you very much. We will use some of these sites when we visit Mont St Michel.

  2. admin says:

    Lars Permelin, I'm glad the information is useful! Have a nice trip!

  3. Frank says:

    Would have been desirable with coordinates It's a bit easier than a road description otherwise good info.
    Currently planning for next year

  4. admin says:

    Frank, thank you very much for your comment! I know a lot of people want coordinates, so we'll try to get a little better at finding them somewhere and writing them down. We have a GPS without coordinates ourselves (can only enter street addresses) so it doesn't come naturally to us...

  5. Simone says:

    Such valuable information for our nascent life as a motorhome traveller in my own country; thank you for this resource!
    You haven't mentioned France Passion, which is an organisation where you can stay on farms and buy farm products, which is a great way to get to know different regions and their inhabitants.

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