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Escape the winter blues with a holiday in France


There's no need to wait until the busy summer months to plan a camping trip – choose a campsite or open-air resort open in winter to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary, out-of-season holiday.

You'll have amazing sights all to yourself, quiet trails and beaches, beautiful landscapes you won't see in summer - from autumn forests to snowy mountains, illuminated by year-round sun and crisp blue skies. You'll end the days rosy-cheeked and energised, with plenty to talk about over a hot chocolate, in your cosy chalet.

The winter months don’t have to be spent inside, you just need to make sure you pack warm clothes! With the right planning, a winter open-air holiday in France is a magical experience. Have a look at our winter accommodation options below.
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Some of the very best Winter campsites in France

Image of Le Champ du Moulin
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Le Champ du Moulin

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Fabulous 9,1 222 reviews
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
  • Food shop
  • Food store
Arrival date  Saturday 19 August 2023
€518 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Camping LA BOURIE
Hautes Pyrenees, Occitanie

Camping LA BOURIE

star star star
Super 8,6 114 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
  • In the countryside
Arrival date  Wednesday 23 August 2023
€357 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Camping-Caravaneige l'Iscle de Prell...
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Camping-Caravaneige l'Iscle de Prell...

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Fabulous 9,0 96 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Kids club
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
  • Food store
Arrival date  Sunday 2 July 2023
€415 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Camping Le Haut Salat
Ariège, Occitanie

Camping Le Haut Salat

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Fabulous 9,1 158 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
  • Hiking
  • Fitness
€14 Price for 1 night
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Image of Camping du Col
Savoy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Camping du Col

star star star
Fabulous 9,3 191 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Kids club
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Food store
Arrival date  Sunday 20 August 2023
€456 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Sites et Paysages A La Rencontre du ...
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Sites et Paysages A La Rencontre du ...

star star star star star
Fabulous 9,0 246 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Kids club
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Eco friendly
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
Arrival date  Thursday 24 August 2023
€480 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Camping LE RUISSEAU
Hautes Pyrenees, Occitanie

Camping LE RUISSEAU

star star star
Exceptional 9,5 120 reviews
  • Kids club
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • In the countryside
  • Food shop
  • Food store
€10 Price for 1 night
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Image of Camping Qualité l'Eden de la Vanoise
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Savoy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Camping Qualité l'Eden de la Vanoise

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Super 8,6 132 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Covered pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
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Arrival date  Sunday 2 July 2023
€802 €350 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Image of Camping LE PYRENEEN
Haute-Garonne, Occitanie

Camping LE PYRENEEN

star star star
Fabulous 9,4 134 reviews
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • In town centre
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Pets allowed
  • Close to river
Arrival date  Saturday 1 July 2023
€330 Price for 7 nights (2 adults, 2 children)
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Our promise: Reconnecting you with what matters most

Friends and family

Experience the togetherness of a camping holiday with loved ones and create unforgettable memories.

Nature and outdoors

Escape to the sea, mountains or countryside....Have a break and breathe again!

Fun and simplicity

A splash in the pool with the kids. A sunset on the beach. Rediscover the fun and beauty in the simple things in life.

Highlights of an open-air holiday in winter 

Camping in winter is a little bit magical – with unique sights, experiences and activities you just don’t get the rest of the year.

Winter sports in France

France has several impressive mountain ranges, including the Alps, Pyrenees and Massif Central – which each have lots of towns, villages and resorts which are great winter bases – but also many smaller ones. So you will have no shortage of places to practice winter sports in France. There are hundreds of locations to ski, snowboard, snow-shoe and toboggan. And of course there are seasonal ice rinks in most of the bigger towns and cities.

Winter events & Christmas markets in France

Many seasonal events and festivities take place in the winter in France. Visit the La Folie des Plantes in Nantes, one of the most important horticultural exhibitions; the Festival of Lights, a unique Lyonnaise tradition; or the Nice Carnival, one of the world’s major carnival events.

There are a range of Christmas markets in various cities throughout France in the winter months, too. Select a campsite in Montpellier and visit Les Hivernales de Montpellier, which takes place during November and December each year. Or book a campsite in Toulouse and visit the Toulouse Christmas market held in the famous Place du Capitole throughout December.

Mediterranean warmth

While it can be cool, the winter in France is not too cold compared to other countries in Europe, especially in the south. While the nights are cool, you’ll enjoy warm, sunny days ideal for outdoor activities and even outdoor lunches (with a jacket!). Book a campsite in Gironde, in the southwest of France, and enjoy refreshing walks by the Atlantic. Or a stay in Alpes-Maritime for great road cycling and rock-climbing throughout winter.

Have historical and cultural sites all to yourself

Most of the major sights and attractions in France are open all year round and are much less busy in winter. For example you could book a campsite open in winter near a southern city like Marseille to visit the famous Maison de la Boule or MuCEM museum, as well as wandering the Old Port and enjoying the beautiful flower market. Or take a trip to one or more of France’s infamous perched villages – like Rocamadour in Occitanie or Saint Paul de Vence in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – which are full to the brim of tourists in high season, but will be all yours in low season.

Different nature and landscapes

Winter in France and gain a different and unique view of the country. For example you could book a campsite open in winter in Brittany and really appreciate the seafaring culture of this area in the winter winds: visit St Malo to see the beautiful Château and walk the windy ramparts; and take a trip to Josselin, overlooking the River Oust – a picture-perfect town in winter.

Lingering lunches and divine dinners

France is famous for its hearty cuisine, which comes into its own in the cooler winter months. A soupe à l’oignon gratinée or boeuf bourguignon is the perfect choice for a cold day. If you have your eye on a particular restaurant, you are a lot more likely to get in without a booking during the off-peak season.

Cosy chalets and practical mobile homes

Visiting a campsite doesn’t necessarily mean pitching a tent. Take advantage of a range of accommodation offers available to rent on-site, perfect for the winter months. Choose from different mobile homes, chalets, lodges or cottages, and stay warm and comfortable during the cooler nights.

Benefits of visiting a campsite in winter 

There are many advantages to booking a campsite holiday in winter.

Last-minute availability

It can be hard to find time for a holiday, let alone a time when everyone is available. Take advantage of increased availability to book a last-minute camping trip during the winter months. It’s easy to surprise someone or book a special trip for a special occasion (that had almost slipped your mind!) during the off-peak season.

Peace and quiet

Campsites, viewpoints, attractions, museums and historical sites are all notably quieter in the winter. Enjoy a peaceful break from the usual fast pace of life and really take the time to enjoy the outdoors. You’ll also avoid spending time queuing for attractions and get the best views and pictures of famous sights.

Affordability

It is a great idea to holiday in winter if you are working to a tighter budget, as accommodation prices are generally much lower. But you might also get better deals on travel and reduced rates at theme parks like Disneyland, Parc Astérix, Futuroscope and others.

Occupy the school holidays

While the longest school holidays are in the summer, there are several more school holidays throughout the year to be planned for! Plan a camping trip during October half-term or Spring half-term and enjoy a holiday the kids will be delighted with, while paying a lot less than you would during the summer holidays.

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