Northern France really is a region of contrasts, with naturally beautiful countryside and the cosmopolitan delights of Paris within easy reach. Paris is arguably the world’s most exciting city, with bars, restaurants, galleries and world-famous sights all vying for your attention. It also offers you Disneyland Resort Paris, which is worth a trip whether you are 8 or 80. Yet beyond the City of Light, Picardy and Normandy bring you rural splendour, historic sights and some of the finest cathedrals in Europe.
Camping Holidays in Northern France
Northern France has become a home from home for many Brits and offers so much to make a holiday really special. There are many campsites to choose from and you will find the standards are really high in these mainly family run camp sites. You can click on any of the images below to get and idea of what holidays in thes part of France can be like;
Set in grounds of an authentic French Chateau Domaine De Drancourt is a kids haven and with it being very close to the ferry ports getting there is a breeze. As with most campsites in Northern France the facilities are of a very high standard.
One of the most popular campsites in the North of France due to its accessibility, fantastic onsite facilities and wide choice of accommodation. Have fun on the slides or relax on the nearby sandy beach.
A charming campsite set around a 17th century forge, this is a camp site with well maintained facilities including great pools with one indoor. With just the right amount of onsite activities and nearby attractions this park makes for a great holiday in Northern France.
Holidays in Northern France don’t get much better than this, with great facilities, food and accommodation this is a firm family favourite. With the added benefit of being close to the ferry ports this holiday park is ideal for young families.
A top class family run resort close to the ferry ports Northern of France. With a wide range of accommodation, great facilities plus the nearby beach this holiday park is busy for a reason.
A fairly tranquil camp site when compared to other holiday parks in Northern France but by no means dull. With the fantastic onsite facilities, nearby beach and charming local area to explore you won’t be stuck for things to do.
Getting to Northern France
You can travel to Northern France by air or by rail but by far and away the best way to get to Northern France is by ferry.
There are limited regional flights but you’ll need to pick up a car when you land so why not come by car and by ferry. There’s also the Channel Tunnel, with its high speed Eurostar trains and you can get straight to Lille very easily but again, you’ll need to pick up a car so perhaps your own car and the channel ferries is the best way.
From Plymouth, Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Newhaven or Dover to Calais, Dieppe, Le Harvre and St Malo the choice is varied. You just need to find the port closes to your final destination and away you go. Of course, you can also take your car through the Channel Tunnel, a crossing time of approximately 20 minutes makes journeys for younger families much easier.
Family Holidays in Northern France
If you are in the right place on a good day you can see the White Cliffs of Dover from the French coastline. It’s that close. The variety of scenery across the region is very varied from the long sweeping beaches of Normandy and the Atlantic coastline to the famous wine growing regions of Champagne and Loire.
Nord Pas de Calais is the northern most region, bordering with Belgium and The North Sea and the English Channel. This region is the one of the major gateways between Britain and France and is very popular amongst British people. The region is great for relaxing on the beach and visiting museums to learn about the history of the area, you will find everything you want in this French region. The coast has miles of long sandy beaches as well as fortified towns which are worth visiting.
Further south on the channel coast is the area of Picardy. Picardy has a rich and eventful past, making it an extremely attractive place to go for a holiday. As well as relaxing in warm weather there’s lots of local history to track down and enjoy. Full of rolling valleys and green woodland this region is a popular destination for young families not keen on long journeys for their holidays. Some of the coastline is unspoilt and mixes cliffs, sandy beaches and sand dunes which are perfect for beach holidays.
Normandy consists of two areas, Lower and Upper. Upper Normandy (Haute Normandie) is home to Le Havre and Dieppe which means your journey will be very straight forward. Fall off the ferry and you’re here. Dieppe is very popular and has the largest street market in Northern France that just seems to consume all the citiers streets. Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) is normally lumped together with Upper Normandy and called simply Normandy. The region has a fantastic coastline, some lovely green countryside and a very good dairy industry which means that cheese and cream make the food of the area some of the best in France.
Brittany is one of the largest regions in Northern France. It has very long coastline with rugged scenery that is not unlike Cornwall. This areas has many medieval villages that coexist with busy modern town such as Rennes with pretty seaside resorts such as Cancale. The area is a real home from home for many Brits who come here for wonderful countryside, great beaches and delicious food in abundance.
The Loire region, with it’s pretty Loire Valley is another popular holiday destination. To the west, the wild and rugged Atlantic coast contrasts with the lush countryside and rivers of the Loire valley in the centre. The region produces some of Frances best known white wines and has a large number of pretty chateaux with stunning architecture and wonderful gardens to visit.
Champagne-Ardenne is located in the north-east of France and is the home of Frances most famous wine, champagne. The region has plenty of natural countryside with lakes and forest that make this a particularly popular holiday destination.
Things to do in Northern France
The standing stones at Carnac are one of the best examples of prehistoric life in Europe. The area has remains from many prehistoric times and these massive stones were erected by tribes who inhabited the region before the arrival of the Gauls, the area is studded with burial places, semicircles, and tumuli. Located close to some of the areas loveliest countryside this makes an interesting day trip for the family.
Mont Saint Michel
The Abbey of Mont-St-Michel sits on top of a 264-foot high rocky outcrop and looks like a fairytale Cinderella castle. The island is surrounded by half a mile of massive walls and when there, you are greeted by steep, narrow streets. Not for the feint hearted! It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of Frances top tourist destinations. It is connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway where they experience very high tides, the highest in Europe.
Chateaux du Chambord
Chateaux de Chambourd is the largest of all the chateaux in the Loire Valley. The architecture is breathtaking and the grounds are sumptuous and it makes a great place to spend a day. This renaissance castle was by François I, is surrounded by an immense park and hunting grounds which you can visit in horse drawn carriages. If you’re in a chateaux kind of mood then visit the nearby and beautifully furnished Château of Cheverny can be admired from the ground or from the air in one of the captive balloons available on site.
Written by Dave Jonhson of Family Camping Reviews
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