Do you want to camp in France? Then it’s nice to make it a real road trip and stay a few nights in different regions. Whether you like nature, culture or just the sun and the delicious French food: France is a wonderful holiday destination. You enjoy it even more if you cut up the long distances by booking different campsites. This way you immediately get the best from different regions!
First you choose your route and then you look for the nicest campsites in France. A provider like Vacansoleil has a huge range throughout Europe. Do you want to drive along the west coast and descend along the Atlantic Ocean towards Spain? Or are you driving through the middle of France and choosing Provence with a campsite near the Mediterranean Sea as your final destination?
Of course also great fun to plan the same road trip and end up in neighboring Italy! Holiday provider Vacansoleil also has a huge range of great campsites in Italy in this holiday country. This way you can turn it into a real holiday adventure by booking your own tour through Europe: go down via France and, for example, drive back via Italy to the North and then via South Tyrol through Austria and Germany (for example, stop at a campsite at the Black Forest or visit Europapark for another day at the theme park). If you book all your campsites through a reliable provider, you can be sure that you are in the right place and that the campsites where you want to relax for a few days before continuing your journey meet all your needs.
In any case, a nice destination is the Occitania region in the south of France. On the west side, for example, you come out via Tarn et Garonne to end up in a beautiful seaside resort like Argelès-sur-Mer. In my mailbox I found several beautiful routes through France, which you can also do by bicycle, for example. In this case I say: you can also visit the beautiful places by car and then get out for a walking route, sightseeing or rent a bicycle through your campsite or (for the experienced riders) book a ride on horseback!
Tarn et Garonne
The cycle route La Vagabonde (V87) is an adventure of more than 500 kilometers long, which you can of course also take as a starting point by car to visit the most beautiful places. You start in Montluçon in the Allier and end from this summer in Montech in the Tarn-et-Garonne.
Along the way, you will be treated to a wide variety of landscapes: Lake Vassivière, the plains of the Tarn, the Plateau of Millevaches, the Dordogne Valley and the Regional Natural Park of Les Causses du Quercy.
In the Tarn-et-Garonne you will be welcomed by the green hills of the Quercy Blanc region. You then cycle past sunflower fields, vineyards, orchards and the river Aveyron towards Montauban.
From this pink town you can continue on the cycle route La Vallée et Gorges de l’Aveyron à vélo or continue on the route Le Canal des 2 Mers à vélo to the final destination Montech, enjoying unspoiled nature and water. Moreover, places like Lafrançaise et Montauban give a good idea of the typical Southwest French architecture. In short, a route with all the trimmings!
Along the Atlantic coast
The historic capital of Brittany, Nantes, is the starting point of a unique cycling tour through ancient Breton landscapes from the Atlantic Ocean to the English Channel. With countless sights along the way: surprising works of art, small and large ports, marshes, waterways. Just south of Nantes you will also find the mighty beautiful historical theme park Puy du Fou, definitely worth a visit with teenagers!
You can find the exact cycling route for free on the website of the Voyage en Bretagne tourism office. Vacansoleil has several campsites in this region from which you can visit the wild marshes, bucolic waterways with cozy locks and characterful towns with an unforgettable atmosphere. If you travel to the North, you will end up at the Emerald Coast and the highlight of the route: the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, which towers timelessly above a vast bay.
The route is split up from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire. Then through the unspoilt landscape of the salt pans you end up in the natural area with golden rocks of Pénestin. Then inland to Redon. Now long swamps, slate rocks and forests on to Rennes. Via Rennes, the route takes you past beautiful locks and old water mills towards Saint Malo. You then cycle the last part through polder landscapes towards Le Mont-Saint-Michel.
Travel through the Ardennes to Savoie Mont Blanc and Provence
You can of course also travel to the south of France via the Belgian Ardennes. Not too far to drive, but really get out and in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve. Ideal for walks along cute rivers or through the woods. Then you descend towards the mountains of Savoie Mont Blanc, not for winter sports but because it is also beautiful there in the summer.
In the vicinity of the city of Stratsbourg, the myth of the Easter bunny who delivers chocolate originated, did you know that?
Savoie Mont Blanc covers no less than two thirds of the French Alps. It is the umbrella name of the French departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie. The area is home to 112 of the best and most renowned resorts in the world. That means a mountain Valhalla with majestic peaks and beautiful views. Savoie Mont Blanc is therefore very attractive in the summer season, between the four large lakes and mountains. It is a paradise for mountain lovers, with extensive protected areas, a national park (La Vanoise), two regional parks (Bauges and Chartreuse) and many nature reserves.
Then you travel further south and you should definitely see the Pont du Gard! And of course a day trip to the beautiful city of Avignon.
My personal recommendation is the Luberon region, with beautiful villages such as l’Isle sur la Sorgue. This is the place of the purple lavender fields and there is even a Lavender Museum with a Dutch audio tour. In these parts you will find a large number of picturesque villages that are in the list of ‘most beautiful villages in France’. Think of Gordes, Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Oppèdes, Ménerbes and Roussillon. The latter is known for the unique Ocres: the ocher-colored landscape. Very special to walk or cycle through, or like us: to cross with a horse-drawn carriage. Also nice: in this region at the foot of the Alps it hardly ever rains.
Tip: keep track of your trip in a Holiday Diary or store entrance tickets and receipts in a beautiful memory jar that you open at the turn of the year.
What are your recommendations for a camping trip through France? Which Vacansoleil campsite is your favourite?