Camping Holidays in Southern France
The area is so wide and varied but it’s worth pointing out that some of the campsites here are big, brash and very lively during the summer months. They are quiet earlier in the season if you want a quieter holiday but if you’re travelling this far jump in with both feet. You can click on any of the images below to see what’s on offer here;
A petite but well managed holiday park nestled on the banks of the Ardeche River. L’Ardechois also offers an onsite breakfast which is very popular which young families and takes the strain out of your holiday in Southern France.
A small but perfectly formed holiday park set against a beautiful backdrop in Southern France. With a great choice of accommodation and excellent onsite facilities plus nearby attractions such as the crocodile farm this is one of the more popular camp sites in Southern France.
Les Tours is a medium sized campsite with a lot happening and if you love water you’ll love it here. Relax by the great pool complex, hit the river or explore the beautiful French countryside, simply bliss.
A fun sized campsite based in the South of France with great onsite facilities surrounded by stunning countryside. With a great pool complex and nearby river this holiday park is all about “location location location”.
A vast parc located next to a stunning crystal clear lake, not as popular as other campsites in Southern France due its relatively unknown location. However with great onsite facilities and good choice of accommodation this site is an hidden gem.
With a glamorous backdrop, great weather and nearby cities such as Cannes, this isn’t what you’d typically associate with a family holiday. However La Baume is very popular with young families due to its great location in Southern France and amazing onsite facilities.
With delicious food from the onsite restaurants and fantastic onsite facilities for the whole family that’s two of the main ingredients for a fantastic family holiday covered. The wide choice of accommodation completes the list making this a very attractive campsite.
Getting to Southern France
You’re way way on down south in this region so one of the best ways to get here is by air. There are many airports serving this area from Nice in the east to Biarritz in the west and Bordeaux or Bergerac in the north. Most of them are served by one no frills airline or another and there’s a great choice of which local regional airport you want to fly from in the UK.
Train is also another good way of getting here with Eurostar from London to Paris and then fast and cheap TGV trains to any number of cities across the region.
It is possible to drive, French roads are very good but don’t doubt the distances involved and you will need to stop off en-route which may well take up too much valuable holiday time.
Family Holidays in Southern France
Southern France is a huge area with vastly different countryside and cultures with one thing in common. The regions warm summers that mean you get to make the most of the spectacular beaches you’ll come across. From the lovely beaches around elegant resorts such as Biarritz, through Perpignan to St Tropez, Cannes and Nice you cover some of the most tempting part of France.
The part of France covers four French administrative regions – from west to east these are Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and between the Atlantic coast and Biarritz to the west and the French Riviera to the east, there are a remarkable number of places worth visiting.
There are numerous villages thought to be the most beautiful in France and many villages that are equally beautiful but less well known. The area is steeped in history and has significant Roman ruins as well as some fantastic Renaisance chateaux in the Dordogne. The local countryside is equally varied and some of the prettiest is found in and around Bordaeaux where the vineyards produce some of the world’s greatest wines. Further south the countryside gives way to vast fields of bright sunflowers on Gascony and to craggy limestone scenery around Marseilles.
Coastal resorts such as Biarritz, St Tropez and Nice are known as the playgrounds of the rich and famous but there are many other resorts of all types and sizes across the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines.
Food and drink are such a massive part of French culture and are very varied across this massive region. From the Basque like seafood dishes seared with tomato and pepper sauces on the Atlantic seaboard to the traditional cassoulet served in the areas around the Canal du Midi and bouilabaisse and salad Nicoise from the Cote D’Azur, the variety of dishes is as varied as the number of chefs cooking the. Along with a fantastic selction of well known wines the best fun is seeking out a less well know wine of your own that you can champion back home.
Things to do in Southern France
The Millau Bridge
The Millau Bridge is not really a tourist attraction but it is something quite spectacular and is worth the drive to see it. It crosses the River Tarn in the Massif Central Mountains and was designed by British architect Lord Foster. It’s 300m (984 feet) tall, is taller than the Eiffel tower and weighs in at 36,000 tonnes. In the right weather conditions the bridge appears to float on the clouds despite the fact that it has seven pillars and a roadway of 1½ miles in length
Avignon is a stylish city in Provence. It’s stylish, but not brash in the way that Nice and Cannes are. The city is steeped in history and it stands alongside the River Rhone. As you approach the city don’t worry about how it looks, it is a sprawling modern place but at it’s heart is a historic quarter that is as fascinating as it is beautiful.
You can’t visit this part of the world without a nod to one the most glamorous places on earth. Even if you’re used to city living you’ll still be surprised at how densely developed Monaco is. Not one square yard of Monaco is wasted. The principality is divided into a number of districts, the most visitor-worthy being Monaco-Ville. The home of the Jardin Animalier, housing tropical flora and fauna, and the Jardin Exotique, which is the home of thousands of different exotic plants, and offers a visit to a cave with spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations.
The Camargue is an area of unusual environment. It is a strange lagoon delta with two rivers, the Grand Rhone and the Petite Rhone with a criss corss of dykes and irrigation channels to control the annual flooding. There’s very few people living here but the wildlife is outstanding.
Written by Dave Jonhson of Family Camping Reviews
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