Seaside Camping in France | Life’s a beach

Written by on February 14, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning

Small boats with tall sails parked on a white sandy beach under a blue sky in Brittany

When it comes to camping near the seaside in France, there’s a huge choice. From pitching your tent in the dunes, to a cool cabin right on the beach, glamping under the pine trees, parking up in your mobile home or renting a chalet. What’s not to love about the sound of the sea lapping up the sand, a glass of wine under the twinkling stars and the fresh air that always seems so much more pure at the coast…

Beachside camping in Brittany

Swimming pool on a campsite in Brittany in which families play under a blue sky, palm trees surround it

With its beautiful beaches, enthralling coastal scenery and family friendly campsites, Brittany is brilliant for seaside holidays. Explore the Emerald Coast or the Pink Granite Coast, which takes its name from the colours of its unusual rock formations. You’ll discover a land of silky sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, a plethora of islands and secret bays. When it comes to local produce, who can resist the famous pancakes of Brittany, but there’s much more to this region. From the oysters of Cancale, cider, mouth-watering cheeses and the freshest sea food, indulge your senses in this gastronomic paradise.

Finán O’Donaghue, CEO of one of the leading campsite comparison and booking websites, with hundreds of sites in France, recommends the 5 Star Castel Chateau de Galinée between Cap Fréhel and Saint Malo in Cotes d’Armor, northern Brittany. “It’s got everything” he says. “A few minutes from glorious beaches, two swimming pools, loads of activities, kids clubs, on site restaurant and store. You can pitch your tent or rent a lovely mobile home for up to 8 people, or a large tent with a bathroom, kitchen and terrace”.

Perfect beach pitches in Provence

Woman sits on a beach, her back to the camera, holding a glass of wine looking at the blue sea on a sunny day

Provence is a beautiful region, rich in history, gastronomy and wine, famous for its lavender fields, picturesque villages and vineyards. It’s also a playground for families and perfect for camping with lots of sunshine. The coast of the French Riviera with its sandy beaches, swish resorts and beautiful old villages and towns is utterly alluring.

Palm trees, tables and chairs surround a swimming pool on a sunny day in Provence

Finán says that one of his favourite campsites is in Roquebrune-sur-Argens. Just a short way from Saint Tropez it lies between Sainte-Maxime and lovely Frejus. “The classy 5 Star Castel Domaine de la Bergerie is wonderful” he shares. It’s a 10 minute drive to stunning beaches, set in a natural woodland of cork oaks and umbrella pines between the sea and the mountains. “With a 1400m₂ water park, wellness area, fitness centre, loads of sports and entertainment and kids clubs – there’s heaps to keep everyone happy. The restaurant in an authentic Provencal stone sheepfold is delightful”. Pitch up or rent a gorgeous cottage – all types come with air conditioning. Go glamping here with a chic lodge tent, ecologically friendly, they don’t have air conditioning but they do have kitchen, bathroom, WC, 3 bedrooms and play area for kids plus a covered terrace.

“It’s a truly beautiful, unspoiled, not so well known area to non-French visitors. The medieval town of Roquebrun-sur-Argens is quintessentially Provencal. There are fabulous boulangeries, chocolatiers, great restaurants and a weekly market (Friday). Nearby is a golf course, water sports galore – from sailing in the gulf of Saint-Tropez to diving, hiking and horse riding”.

Seaside camping in the Vendée

Waves lap a sandy beach under a sky which has clouds in but the sun beams are strong

The Vendée, in Poitou-Charentes, on the Atlantic in southwest France is best known for its shining, soft sandy beaches. Around 70 miles of unbroken coast line, peppered with seaside towns are enough to please everyone. One of the best locations for camping holidays is Les Sables-D’Olonnes, known as the “Pearl of the Ocean”. It’s a large seaside town with an enormous beach 1.5 miles long. This vibrant town has loads to offer. Plus there are lots of fabulous cafés, perfect for a refreshing after beach aperitif as the sun sets. There’s a thriving fishing port and a marina, watching the boats come and go is so relaxing. With five markets, ferry service, museums, the nearby salt marshes, boat trips and absolutely loads of activities – you’ll never be bored here.

Pretty wooden cottage on a campsite in Sables d'Olonnes, southwest France with stripy awning over a terrace

Finán recommends the 4 Star Domaine de L’Orée “perfect for friends and families”. Less than a mile from the beach, it nestles in a forest surrounded by bike paths. “The accommodation selection here is second to none” he says. “Pitch your tent, park up in your caravan, or better still rent one of the fabulous cottages. The Prestige Cocoon is lovely, lots of space and a great covered terrace”. There’s a pine tree lined, direct pathway from the campsite to the beach. And, water babies will love the campsite’s water park with slides and a river ride. “There’s tons to do for children here, from zip line to playgrounds and clubs. With organised events, loads for kids and night time entertainment – camping heaven!”

Find more details and book your perfect camping holiday in France at

Guide to family camping holidays in France
Camping guide to the Pays de la Loire

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