How to have your best ever camping holiday in France this summer

Written by on April 12, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning

A large sun umbrella at the side of a swimming pool looks like the perfect place to relax in France

Camping in France is a great way to enjoy the best of France without having to spend a fortune. You can stay in the most popular areas in the most stunning locations. And, it costs a fraction of what you’d spend to stay in a hotel, especially in the summer months.

There’s an enormous choice of campsites in France – so just how do you pick?

Well that’s easy – have around 800 campsites in France on their simple to use comparison and booking website. Just pick the area you’re interested in.  Choose the facilities you want. Click away and up comes the perfect wish list to suit your choices.

Not sure where to go? You’re not alone. France has the reputation for having the best campsites in Europe. No wonder it’s the most popular holiday theme for the French. We asked Finán O’Donoghue, the CEO of, and keen camping fan, for three of his top summer camping locations in France…

Summer Camping in Provence

Rooftops of St Tropez at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, swanky yachts in the background

This sunny southern paradise is at the top of many summer campsite lists. Lavender fields, olive orchards, vineyards, gorgeous beaches and plenty of sun make this a favourite holiday destination.

Swimming pool lined with seating under thatched umbrellas at a campsite in Provence France

4 star Camping de l’Argentiere is in the picturesque village of Cogolin, Var department in Provence, in the heart of the Gulf of St Tropez but in a green location, just 5km from the beaches. Pretty cottage style holiday homes, air conditioning, WiFi access, pet friendly options, pitches for tents under shady trees and a heap of amenities make for very happy campers here. There are four swimming pools, evening entertainment, a raft of sports activities, lots of things for kids to do, restaurants, shops and evening entertainment, combined with the nearby gorgeous beaches and loads to do in the area. “It is”, says Finán “your perfect summer camping in the sun holiday with a quintessentially French atmosphere that’s great for the entire family, couples, friends and groups.”

Pays de la Loire – camping paradise

The Vendée is well known for its gorgeous beaches and exquisite countryside. You’ll discover it’s also a camping paradise. Fabulous sandy beaches, chateaux galore, an incredible fantasy theme park in Nantes where giant machines roam free, island hopping on gorgeous Noimoutier, the stunning countryside of the Marais, Le Mans with its museums and fabulous old town. There’s just about everything you could ever want here to make your campsite holiday an adventure to remember says Finán.

Swimming pool lined with palm trees and seating areas on a sunny day

He recommends the 4-Star Le Bois Soleil in Olonne-sur-Mer. “It has a great location, just a few kilometres from the beach.” It’s close to the famous seaside resort of Sables d’Olonne, plus has superb amenities. “If endless outdoor pursuits in the sun, family friendly with superb on site rentals, plus great value are what you seek – you’ll love this campsite” says Finán. The wooden chalet style holiday homes are comfy and surprisingly roomy; and this is also a wheelchair friendly campsite. “Onsite shops, bar, pool, mini-golf, entertainment and sports facilities galore. Plus proximity to a city centre, the beaches and top sites of the area – perfect summer camping.”

Summer camping in Dordogne is brilliant

People dining out at night time at an old brasserie in Sarlat, Dordogne

Dordogne is surprisingly not that well known for its camping qualities – which is a secret well worth finding out. This land of wine making and forests, medieval hill top towns, picturesque villages and fields of sunflowers is the perfect summer playground for the whole family.

Brightly coloured wooden mobile homes at a campsite in Dordogne

4-star Camping Pomport Beach in the glorious countryside in the heart of the Monbazillac vineyards is perfect for water babies. It even has its own 3 acre lake with a beach” Finán enthuses. Bergerac is just 10 minutes away. And, with Saint Emilion, Bordeaux and Sarlat within easy travelling distance, this is a fabulously located campsite to explore Dordogne and the surrounding area. Countryside chic rules here. There’s a range of accommodation from quirky lodges to cottage style homes and places to pitch your tent or motor home. “Enjoy a relaxed game of boules or a spot of fishing. There’s a pool complex, boating, cycling, a ton of sports and outdoor activities. The area is known for its amazing gastronomy and with great street markets in towns all around, you’re spoiled for choice when it come to self-catering. Or why not indulge at some of the best and most authentic restaurants in France. Great food and wine, activities galore, fabulous sites, summer sun, aperitifs under the stars… It’s what summer camping in France is all about”.

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