Great reasons for camping in France
Whether you want to camp by the beach or in the mountains
, Campsited makes it easy to find the perfect pitch.
Explore charming markets
Local markets are the best place to stock up on fresh produce when you’re camping. Most villages have a covered market in the mornings, selling bread, cheese, vegetables, meat and fish. Larger towns in France also host a weekly market with a range of stalls run by local producers, including speciality foods, artisanal crafts and antiques.
Stunning national parks
Take your family on a hike around France’s majestic national parks and marvel at the diverse landscapes and wildlife. See Bronze Age carvings at the Mercantour National Park, visit the UNESCO-listed Cevennes National Park and the unique marshlands of the Camargue. The Armorique Regional Natural Park features soaring cliffs, rocky peaks and the peat bogs of rural Brittany.
Discover local flavours
From the vineyards of Champagne and Burgundy to fresh local seafood in the coastal towns of Brest and Douarnenez, French gastronomy is world-renowned and every region has its own specialties. Savour the flavours of France with your family at local restaurants near campsites to discover new dishes and seasonal ingredients while enjoying the great outdoors.
Rent a kayak and explore the spectacular sea caves around the cliffs of Morgat. Get your adrenaline pumping and try land sailing at La Torche. If you are planning a cycling tour along the French coast, the 745-mile La Vélodyssée cycling path runs from Brittany to the Spanish border, where you can find great campsites with restaurants en route.
Sand and sea
Rugged and charming, the Atlantic coast of France is largely made up of long, sandy beaches and coastal towns, including Granville and La Rochelle. Make the most of family time by splashing in the water or playing in the sand with the kids. When it’s time to eat, try your luck at fishing or sample seafood specialties at local restaurants near campsites if you don’t end up landing the catch of the day yourself.
Surf the French coast
Grab your longboard and take a road trip from Brittany to Biarritz to explore the legendary surf spots on France’s west coast. There are plenty of great campsites along the way as you search for the perfect wave, all close to excellent restaurants and cafés where you can stop for a satisfying plate of moules-frites (mussels and chips) after a surf.
History and culture
While Paris is home to world-famous galleries such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay that showcase masterpieces of art and sculpture, you can also take your family to museums and galleries in smaller towns to learn about local history and culture.
Get back to nature
Camping holidays are a great way to spend time with your family in beautiful, natural surroundings. If you’re camping by the beach
, you can discover walking trails along beaches backed by pine forests and sandy dunes. Many campsites also allow pets, so the four-legged members of your family can have a holiday too.
5 key benefits for finding a campsite with or near great restaurants
Whether you’re camping in the countryside or along the coast, a campsite with a restaurant will really make your holiday when it comes to mealtime.
Local, seasonal food is one of the most exciting things about travel, and the quality and diversity of French gastronomy are world-renowned. Find a campsite near restaurants and you’ll discover great local chefs, charming bistros and rustic home cooking. From buttery croissants to bouillabaisse and coq au vin, you won’t want to miss out on any of the flavourful French cuisine on offer.
Staying at a campsite with a restaurant means you don’t need to go far if you want to eat out. Many campsites in France have onsite cafés and restaurants so you can enjoy fresh bread in the morning, plus you’ll have meals and snacks just a short stroll from your tent or bungalow.
Camping is a fantastic way to spend time with your family, and dining at restaurants near the campsite allows you to socialise with other campers and locals. This is also a great way to meet new people and get tips about places to visit, whether you’re looking for hiking paths or restaurants.
Take it easy
After a busy day exploring, hiking and swimming, enjoy a relaxing dinner at the restaurant by your campsite in France. Even if you are an expert in the camping kitchen, it is great to sit down to a meal without preparing it yourself and cleaning up afterwards – after all, you’re on holiday.
Spice up your life
Although picnics, one-pot dinners and grilling food over an open fire are an essential part of camping, staying at a campsite near local restaurants allows you to add some variety to your mealtimes. Many campsites in France have restaurants a short walk or drive away, whether you’re in the mood for a hot coffee and a fresh pastry, a quick lunch or a late dinner.