Things to see and do when you’re camping in France
Discover the joie de vivre of French cuisine
, art and architecture, or spend your holidays swimming, surfing and hiking.
Take a hike
France has an extensive network of hiking trails including family-friendly discovery trails and treasure hunts in the Jura Mountains. If you’re a serious hiker, plan a trip through the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Alps in the summer. The picturesque 180-mile-long Normandy Coastal Path is ideal for hiking with dogs.
Visit a winery
Discover French winemaking traditions in the iconic regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Champagne. Take a wine tour to meet local winemakers and enjoy tastings including crisp Sauvignon blanc and robust Merlot. Many wineries are dog friendly and your pet may be allowed to join you for a stroll through the vineyards.
Learn to surf
From Brittany to the Spanish border, the Atlantic coast of France is ideal for surfing. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced surfer, you will find hidden coves and long, unbroken stretches where you can sign up for a surf class or rent a board. Some of the most popular surf beaches include La Torche, Moliets and Hossegor.
Explore verdant gardens
The enchanting gardens of France have inspired countless paintings. Stroll through Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny and admire perfectly manicured, formal gardens with elaborate topiaries, such as the Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac. Many gardens and chateaux allow dogs on the grounds, but you should always check at the entrance.
Indulge in French gastronomy
French gastronomy is the art of eating good food. Many regions produce their own wine and have unique culinary specialties, including rich bouillabaisse from Provence and classic coq au vin, which originated in Burgundy. Start your day with a buttery croissant from the boulangerie, enjoy a toasted croque monsieur for lunch and complete every meal with a wedge of Camembert or Roquefort.
Visit local markets
Many towns have a covered market that is open daily, where you can stock up your camp kitchen with seasonal fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, meat and fish. Outdoor markets are often held weekly, with a range of stalls selling locally-produced cheese, preserves and honey, as well as handcrafts, antiques and souvenirs.
Go swimming with your furry friend and family
From waterparks and heated pools to paddling in the ocean and lounging in the sun, spending time by the water is always a memorable part of any holiday. If your dog likes to take a dip, take your pet to frolic and swim along quiet beaches and in nearby streams and rivers.
Extraordinary World Heritage
France has more than 40 sites recognised by UNESCO for their outstanding universal value to humanity, including cathedrals, medieval towns and Roman monuments. From the waterways of Canal du Midi and the terroir of Burgundy to prehistoric cave paintings in the Dordogne and the opulent Palace of Versailles, there are many remarkable cultural and historical attractions to discover.
Benefits of staying at a pet-friendly campsite
If you can’t leave home without your dog or cat, Campsited is an excellent way to find pet-friendly options for your next camping trip.
Dogs love the great outdoors as much as we do. Whether you prefer the beach or the countryside, your camping holiday will be even more exciting with your pet alongside. Many pet-friendly campsites are located close to trails through natural landscapes of forests, mountains and streams that you can explore with your dog.
Relax on the beach
Enjoy the sandy shores and gentle waves with your dog and take a swim in the clean waters of the Atlantic or Mediterranean. You can also find pet-friendly campsites only a short walk or drive to the coast. Bring a tennis ball or frisbee for a game of catch, an umbrella for shade and plenty of snacks.
Spend time with your family
Whether you’re planning a holiday with kids or a romantic escape with your partner, staying at a pet-friendly campsite means your four-legged family member can come along too. Take long walks together through the forest, play games outdoors and spend some quality time together.
Make new friends
Taking your dog for a walk around the campsite is an easy way to meet fellow pet owners and animal lovers. Get to know other campers from all over the world and learn about different cultures and local attractions. If your dog also likes making new friends, take a walk or hike with other pet owners.
Take the time to unwind
Camping is a unique way to take a break from your busy schedule and recharge your batteries. Spending time in nature is a wonderful antidote to stress and can help to reduce blood pressure and boost energy. Find a secluded natural location to meditate or practice yoga, and take the time to truly relax.