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Best places to camp in France

28 June 2019 08:36

Experience the magic of France while camping this summer

Experience the magic of France while camping this summer

Whatever you're searching for in a campsite, here's our guide to some of the best places to pitch a tent in France...

Beach: Île de Ré

While many campers will stick to the northern sands in Normandy or the glitzy Cote D'Azur, head to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine coastline for a more relaxed beach camping experience. From La Rochelle in the north to upmarket Biarritz in the south, this coastline has plenty of campsites but our favourite spot is on Île de Ré, a laidback island where campsites line the ribbons of crisp sandy beaches.

Town: Tours

Sat between the Loire and Le Cher rivers, Tours is a university city that acts as the gateway to the beautiful Loire Valley. The city itself is fairly modern but at its heart is an imposing 12th century cathedral, while Roman ruins are scattered throughout the town. The city has plenty of camping options along its many riversides, and it's the perfect base for exploring the enchanting Loire valley.

Mountain: Argelè s-Gazost

When most people hear mountains in France they think of the Alps, but the Pyrenees along the Spanish border are a great option for those looking for a quieter mountain retreat. Located at the edge of the Pyrenees National Park, the commune of Argelès-Gazost (just a short drive from Lourdes) has a whole host of campsites that are the perfect place to base yourself if you fancy spending your days trekking through the mountains.

Countryside: Forêt d'Orient

Located just outside Troyes in the Champagne-Ardenne region, the Forêt d'Orient is a protected area of woodlands that's an ideal spot to explore the French countryside. Campsites in the forest are scattered along the shores of several idyllic lakes in the area, where holidaymakers can canoe, windsurf or swim in the warm waters. There are also sandy beaches for sunbathing and plenty of opportunities to play a quick round of that classic French game, boules.

Heading to France? Don't forget your travel insurance.

If you want to vive la vie Française this summer, don't forget to take out travel insurance that fits your plans. Take a look at our France travel insurance for camping in confidence.