French campsites are the starting point for many Brits looking to spread their horizons internationally. The standards are very high and the choice of holiday parks is very varied. You can choose small family run parks which are perfect for young families to giant, brash parks that will suite teenagers and those looking for a more active holiday. Below are just some of the more popular campsites in France:
The scenery at La Garangeoire in Western France is to die for. Charming local markets on your door step, a camp site to keep the whole family entertained and inspiring local attractions – all the ingredients for a great family holiday in France.
A 5 star family run holiday park with a wide variety of onsite facilities and activities, you’ll struggle to fit them all in. Located on the beautiful Brittany coast line close to the ferry ports this is one of the most popular camp sites in France.
At the heart of this lovely campsite is a grand Loire valley manor house. With ideal travelling distances, great onsite facilities, lush campgrounds plus the beautiful scenery this really is a great holiday park.
If you were to design the perfect French holiday park, Chateau des Ormes would be it. It’s ideal location puts it close to the ferry ports as well as having great links to Paris. Onsite you’ll find one of the best equipped campsites in France.
La Croix du Vieux Pont is located in rural Northern France and is easily reached by ferry or rail. With just an hours drive from Paris the location is perfect for families. The parc itself can be best described as a kids paradise.
St Avit Loisirs is one the best holiday parcs in France with a lovely woodland setting in the French countryside the scenery is just bliss. Onsite you’ll find a great choice of accommodation, a superb pool complex and lots of activities to keep the kids busy.
Never been easier! What do you mean where from? Channel tunnel by car from Dover to Calais in 20 minutes, Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris in less than three hours and of course more channel ferry services than you could ever want to shake a stick at. From ports including Plymouth, Weymouth, Portsmouth and Dover to Calais, St Malo, Le Havre and Dieppe to name just a few, the biggest drama will be making a choice.
Flying has never been easier with scheduled airlines covering major French cities from Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick whilst the no frills airlines appear to have a route to anywhere with a mile and a half of flat countryside. Again, the biggest drama is making a decision about where you get on and where you get off.
Family Holidays in France
French holidays are a big favourite with British families seeking a dose of Europe. Not only has it never been easier to get to France with Eurostar and the Channel Tunnel and the masses of cross channel ferry journeys but there are so many different parts of France to choose between and they are all so different.
For a great beach holiday for a younger family the beaches of Normandy, Brittany and Picardy to the north are always absolutely ideal. They also make convenient stopover points on longer journeys to south but are best as great destinations in themselves. Slightly further afield are the lush green hills and the 1,000 chateaux of the Loire Valley. Great wine making areas such as Burgundy and Champagne have stories to tell of their own making this a perfect place for a holiday whatever your age and interests.
Rolling waves , golden sands and all things water sports will delight those who holiday in the Vendee and as you move inland from the fabulous beaches you’ll find hills rolling away into the distance and as far south through Gironde to Gascony. If you need a more gentle beach environment then head even further south to the costs of Provence and Languedoc Roussillon and the ultimate delights of the sophisticated French Riviera.
France has villages, towns and cities that boast thousands of years of history and vary from the likes of Paris, the city of lights and like no other capital in the world, Carcasson with its medieval history and resorts such as Biarritz and Cannes which are famous for their glamour and celebrity visitors.
France is also one of the great cuisines of the world and any holiday will be so much more memorable if you experience as much as possible. From local markets to restaurants to boulangerie selling fresh bread and croissant with delightful pastries it sure beats the bakers counter at your local super market.
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Mont St Michel
Located just one and a half kilometre from the coast and connected by a causeway Mont St Michel looks like a fairytale come true. Perched on a rocky island in the middle of vast sandbanks is a large Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael. A village grew up in the shadow of the walls between the 11th and 16th centuries and presents some great photo opportunities.
Close to the city of Poitiers is a very unusual theme park. Futuroscope is a theme park that has technology and the moving image as its theme. There are some really spectacular rides here and perhaps the most impressive thing is the architecture. The same architect has been involved in the creation of all the buildings and it does create a very Futuro theme to the park. These are the pavilions of Futuroscope and what goes on inside them can be breathtaking.
Loire Valley Chateau
Today there are upwards of 1,000 chateau in the Loire Valley, each with its own tale to tell and they make an important part of any adventure trip to this part of France especially as seen from the saddle of a passing bicycle. Time taken out for the best three, Chateau Chambord, Chateau Villandry and Chateau Chenonceau which is even built in the Loire River itself needs to be at the top of the list.
Written by Dave Jonhson of Family Camping Reviews
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