Camping in France – Top 5 Things To Visit
There’s a long standing British holiday tradition of camping in France – we’ve been doing it for what seems like forever. Every summer hordes of Brits head across the Channel in cars towing trailers or caravans and campervans. The most intrepid would-be campers set off on pushbikes, some even set off with just a backpack and a train ticket! However we get there, France is a popular destination for camping holidays, not only is it close, but it has great campsites with all the amenities needed for a great holiday.
Not only does France boast some of the best campsites in Europe, it’s a huge country with so many interesting places to visit. Whatever your interest, France is sure cater to it in some way. We’ve put together a list of five must-do visits in France.
- VISIT A VOLCANO - If you’ve chosen to visit the Auvergne region then a trip to Vulcania is an absolute must. This volcano theme park (built on a dormant volcano for added thrills) aims to entertain as well as educate and boasts an interactive exhibition centre, 3D shows and rides. If you’re camping with kids (especially bright, inquisitive kids) this will add the wow factor to your camping trip.
- STEP BACK IN TIME - If you’re travelling way down south, then you may want to check out Carcassone, a medieval fortress designated a World Heritage Site located on the Aude river. This really is like stepping back in time – medieval buildings, cobbled streets and plenty of street entertainment to keep you amused. Carcassone has its own camp site with a swimming pool and many other great facilities for adults and children.
- TASTE THE WINE - Wine buffs will be in their element touring Bordeaux which is renowned for its countryside vineyards. You can follow the wine trails in Sauterne or the Medoc for a sophisticated camping trip for grownups. If you take your wine very seriously, then you might want to consider visiting the Ecole du Vin for some wine lessons in English.
- CHECK OUT THE CHOCOLATIERS - If you’re quite close to Paris and you have a chocoholic in your family, then why not try a chocolate tour? There are quite a few different chocolate tours available but be warned – these are really popular and may need to be booked well in advance. Not the cheapest day out, this is a really sophisticated experience, you get to taste a lot of chocolate and gain some fascinating insights into the chocolate industry.
- ROCK UP AT A ROYAL PALACE - Visit Versailles Palace – you can book a day trip (with guided walk) from Paris which starts with a 20 minute train ride during which you order your ‘artisan’ picnic lunch. It’s then time to set off on the guided walk, exploring the beautiful gardens of Versailles and their rich history. The picnic lunch is enjoyed on the Grand Canal followed by a tour of the Palace with its King’s Chapel and Hall of Mirrors.
There is so much to see in France that camping and touring really can be the most economical way of visiting and making sure that you don’t miss out – France really does have something for everyone. Camping has long been a popular activity with the French and this has resulted in some of the best camping sites in the world. Most have excellent facilities – everything you’ll need to ensure that you can enjoy your holiday in style.