Guide to fabulous family camping holidays in France

Written by on January 16, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning

wooden cottage with canvas covered terrace, palm trees and lush green vegetation

Camping in France with kids is all about having fun and adventure. Making memories and eating delicious French food – freshly baked croissants for breakfast, scrumptious picnics with crunchy baguettes and piquant cheeses. It’s about escaping from your daily routine, experiencing the freedom of the great outdoors and enjoying great activities, wonderful scenery and nature.

Tent, mobile home, caravan in France

Tents, caravans and mobile homes on a campsite along a sandy beach

Camping is one of the most popular holidays in France. There’s so much variety for where to go, where to stay and accommodation. All you need to do, is figure out what you want from your camping holiday.

Want to stay in a tent? Well there’s masses to choose, you can take your own and pitch up at any number of campsites. Or you can rent one at a campsite and they range from just a couple of rooms to truly fabulous. Tents with all mod cons or even exotic yurts are available.

How about a mobile home? If you’ve got really young children, you might prefer to have a few more home comforts and security against poor weather. There’s a vast range of styles available including mobile homes with bathrooms, even hot tubs on private terraces and their own pools! Or you can take your own campervan/caravan.

There are prices to suit all, from great value to glamping, across all areas of France. If you want to see an enormous range of options in one place with easy click search options so you can see what the facilities are, ranking, availability, family friendly etc, then is the best website there is.

Camping in France campsite comparison website

Laughing children on a banana boat in the sea

Founded by Finán O’Donaghue, aims to make the whole experience of searching for the right campsite easy – whatever your needs. “We constantly engage with holidaymakers about what makes the experience of finding the perfect campsite better for them. We talk to park owners about how to make the search easier for holiday makers. And we bring it all together”.

Finán is a camping fan, he was inspired to start when he decided to take his young son on a camping holiday – and was appalled by how hard it was to find a site that had what he wanted. He had to trawl through dozens of sites, and he knew it ought to be, and could be better. He has bought onboard hundreds and hundreds of camping sites whose listings make it easy for holiday makers to find what they’re looking for. Want a spa, beach, sports, countryside, family friendly, kids clubs, gypsy caravan, treehouse, tent, mobile home or pitch your own facilities? Well on this site, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

Why camping in France is perfect for families

We asked Finán what makes France the perfect place for a camping holiday with the family:

  1. Easy to get to! With low cost flight availability, numerous ferry ports and Eurotunnel – there’s plenty of choice.
  2. Kids Clubs. Many camps offer clubs from one year up to teens. Keeps the kids amused and making new friends while parents can relax.
  3. Swimming and sports. If this is what floats your boat, you’ll find that there are some truly amazing pool complexes in French campsites. With great weather, especially in the south, kids love to spend time splashing about. And, with water slides, spashzones and all sorts on offer, your kids (and you) are guaranteed pool fun!
  4. From archery to cookery lessons, workshops, art classes and more, many campsites in France offer a plethora of activities to keep the whole family entertained. You can often hire bikes to enjoy quiet roads or designated family friendly cycle routes. You might choose a campsite with or near a lake and enjoy boating fun! You’ll never run out of things to do!
  5. Choose a campsite near a town or village with bars, bistros and tourist attractions for a great choice of things to do in the day and at night. Or enjoy organised activities at the campsite. Many organise evening entertainment for the whole family. Quizzes, karaoke, talent shows, games nights and performances are on offer. Or gazing up at an unpolluted sky, looking for shooting stars on a balmy evening might be your thing.

Family Camping in Languedoc

Swimming pool under a blue sky, deck chairs around it

Finán recommends the Languedoc for family camping holidays – sunny, loads of places to visit, great beaches and gorgeous countryside, historic cities, culture, castles and sports galore. “The Languedoc really does have something to suit the whole family” he says.

Between the beautiful cities of Montpellier and Sète, lie the vast white sandy beaches of Frontignan Plage, a typically Mediterranean resort. “For families who love the seaside, 5 Star Camping Sandaya Les Tamaris (above) is perfect” says Finán. “The campsite is set out along the beach, and you’ve got a swimming pool, tons of activities from horse riding to bike hire, great facilities, restaurants and bars, kids clubs and much more. If you’re after a relaxing holiday, with really great accommodation (air conditioning is available) it doesn’t get much better than this”.

Children at an art workshop in the shade of a hut

If you’ve got younger children Finán recommends the lovely Campsite Mas du Padre in Balaruc-les-Bains. It’s idea for couples and children under 13 years of age, close to the beaches of Frontignan. “There’s lots to do, but its in a quiet location. It really makes for a restful break with plenty of shady pitches, perfect for little ones. There’s a choice of mobile home or pitch your own here and it really is very relaxing”.

Pool complex with palm trees, beach in the background

Great for the whole family

5 Star Camping Les Sablons at Portiragnes, a seaside resort with character, gets the thumbs up from Finán for having so much to do for all ages. “Three swimming pools, tons of sports and on site spa. Clubs for young ones and teenagers, close to fabulous beaches, gorgeous sunny days. And the accommodation choices are great! If glamping’s your thing, the Lodge tents are fabulous, a cottage under canvas with everything you need for a luxury break. The choice of mobile homes is terrific, air conditioning is available too”.

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