Camping guide to Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) in the southwest of France is one of the country’s most popular camping destinations. It’s no wonder, with a diverse landscape incorporating four departments that take in some of the best beaches and most glorious countryside in France, this is a region that makes for very happy campers says Finán O’Donoghue, CEO of campsited.com

Poitou-charentes – the ideal camping destination.

Poitou-Charentes has, over the last ten years, been sort of “discovered”. It used to be pretty much unknown to holiday makers who flocked to the Dordogne next door, but when savvy travellers learned about the Poitou-Charentes’ drop-dead gorgeous golden sandy beaches, rolling hills and forests, authentic cafés and bistros, mouth-watering markets and artisan boulangeries in picturesque towns – word got out.

Despite its growing popularity, it never gets as crowded as some places; for those wanting relaxed tranquillity it’s easily achievable, and for those wanting a lively buzz from their camping adventures, that’s a doddle too.

Historic seaside towns like Île de Ré, Île d’Oléron, La Rochelle and Rochefort are all popular with visitors but there’s much more to the region. Cognac, for instance, famous for its production of Cognac makes for a great visit, as does Angoulême a beautiful town famous for its wall murals and annual comic festivalt. And whether you’re a nature or sporty activities lover, the Marais Poitevin, the ‘green Venice’ of France with its cycling and hiking paths and waterways that criss cross the landscape, will really float your boat.

Perfect Pitches in Poitou-Charentes

“If you want a holiday in areas of outstanding natural beauty” says Finán “then this region’s going to tick all your boxes”. Whether you’re looking to pitch a tent or rent a chalet or mobile home, there’s masses of choice in this region.

“One of the most fabulous campsites in the area is L’Orée du Bois” Finán shares. “In the vast pine forest of La Coubre, La Palmyre, Charente-Maritime, but just a couple of miles from outstanding beaches”. There are activities galore from cycling to hiking and horse riding and the campsite has several swimming pools and multiple leisure facilities including an on-site spa, kids clubs and loads of sports. There are plenty of places to pitch a tent but if you want a bit of luxury, the excellent rentals available are top notch with bijou 1-bedroom chalets for couples, to huge cottage like chalets sleeping up to 8, complete with covered terraces and even a private jacuzzi.

The beach at La Coubre is considered to be one of the best in the region, and yet it’s never crowded. “Set in a basin, lined with lovely cafés and restaurants, watching the boats go in and out of the port, kites flying on the long sandy beach is one of life’s finest pleasures”.

“If you’re looking for a holiday with golden silky sand on beautiful beaches, you’re in the right place at Airotel Camping Oléron” is Finán ’s tip. Situated 1km from the Château d’Oléron and the sea but tranquil in a forest setting on the island of Oléron with its 80km of coast, oyster huts, fishing hamlets and salt marshes. With both pitches for tents and excellent mobile homes to rent, this 4-star campsite will make for very happy campers!

“Camping along a river that’s crystal clear and full of fish, in the stunning green valley south of Vienne, with so much to do for the whole family, you won’t know which way to turn – that’s Camping Les Peupliers” says Finán. Comfy chalets and mobile homes, heated swimming pools, WiFi throughout the camp, sports and activities and of course fishing, are on offer here. Close by are some of the top attractions of the area including Futuroscope, the award-winning multi-media theme park that’s brilliant for kids of all ages! You’re also close to the Marais Poitevin, the Valley of the monkeys and historic Poitiers.

Search for a brilliant camping holiday in Poitou-Charentes

“At campsited.com” says Finán “our philosophy is that every once in a while, everyone can press pause, go camping and reconnect with what really matters in life – friends, family and nature, to name but a few”. He set up the company after finding it frustrating and difficult to find the sort of information that he wanted to make sure he booked a campsite that suited his needs. The comparison and booking site covers 17 countries, more than 2000 campsites and features around 600 campsites (with more being regularly added) in France. “To be the easiest way for people to find and book campsites – that’s what campsited.com is all about”.

Nip on to the campsited.com website to find your dream holiday in France.

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