La Grange Du Bost, Montagrier
Not strictly camping but somewhere we have recently visited. La Grange Du Bost in Montagrier is an organic farm run that also provides glamping in the Dordogne. The farm is comprised of 20 hectares of woods, meadows and fields. It was once devoted to the organic breeding of laying hens and now focuses on wildlife and the ecology of the area.
The canvas tents ooze rustic get away and have a cottage feel about them. You are greeted by a sofa and beautiful wooden dining furniture as you walk into the tent in the open plan living area. It is complete with a sink and wood-fired stove for cooking and heating. There is a toilet room with a flushable toilet and three sleeping areas. You also have a private shower.
On the site, you can go bird watching and walk through the woods. There is a playhouse, sandpit and swing. Guests are encouraged to help with the animals, which include a dog, cats, horse, donkey, ducks and chickens.
There are countless places to explore – from pretty villages to caves and chateaux, vineyards and even underground churches.
Au Fil de Soi Treehouse, Ardeche
Au Fil de Soi Treehouse in France is in the Ardèche region which is known for stunning natural beauty and unique sites. Some of the top places to visit in this area of France are the Pont d’Arc, the Mont Gerbier de Jonc, the Gorges de l’Ardeche and charming medieval stone villages like Saint Montan and Vogue.
The Ardèche region also has many historical locations to travel back in time like Devil’s Bridge and MuséAl. Plus, there are castles and chateaus to see such as the Castle Museum of Tournon-sur-Rhône and Château de Crussol.
La Farigoulette is a 5-star campsite in the Gorges du Verdon situated on the banks of the Verdon River in the South of France. It’s the perfect campsite for families because it is small, easy to get around, and not overly busy.
There is a range of accommodation on offer from traditional tent pitches to safari-style tents and mobile homes. The campsite has a main pool with a separate kids’ pool. During the peak season, there is a kids’ club for younger kids and organised sports on the multi-weather pitches for older kids. There is also a small playground under the pines so the kids can play in the shade.
The site has a small shop for essentials and a wood-fired pizza restaurant where you can get delicious takeaway pizza if you don’t feel like cooking.
The main draw to the campsite is the water sports centre. Being a lakeside campsite, there are lots of water sports on offer for an additional charge from kayaking to paddleboarding. We highly recommend taking out an electric boat for half a day and heading along the gorge for some amazing views and stopping off for a picnic on the lakeshore.
The nearby area is famous for adventurous activities but if you fancy something a little less adrenaline-fuelled, you might want to check out the beautiful lavender and sunflower fields of Valensole (which are in full bloom from around mid-June to mid-July). A must-do on your visit would also be Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and if you want to head to the coast, you’re about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Marseille or St Tropez.
Jacquie – Flashpacking Family
Yelloh Village Camping Le Brasilia, Canet-en-Rousillon, France
Located near to the beach resort of Canet-en-Rousillon, in Catalan, Southwest France, this campsite has an amazing array of top-class facilities. There is an assortment of beautifully landscaped swimming pools, including a very shallow and warm pool that is perfect for infants. There are also sports courts, a good range of onsite shops, organised classes and nightly evening entertainment shows. For children, the site has baby baths in the child-friendly toilets, a full kids club, as well as a cute, early evening mini-show on stage.
There is a range of accommodation, from chalets to touring and tent pitches. Pitches are well shaded and divided by hedges for privacy. The sanitary blocks are open plan, filled with plants, and spotless. Referred to as ‘sanitary pavilions’, they are definitely the best campsite toilets I’ve ever come across!
Often regarded as one of the best campsites in Europe, prices are somewhat eye-watering during school summer holidays, but drop to being surprisingly reasonable outside of them, with the warm days of June or September a perfect time to visit, if you can.
All around are great options for activities and excursions, including a land train to the nearby sandy beach, lively local markets, and easy road access for a day trip out to some picturesque towns and castles en route to the Pyrenees mountains, such as the wonderful, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Villefranche-de-Conflent. The friendly staff on site are always on hand to offer assistance and recommendations if required.
Whatever you choose to do during your stay, know that this interesting region is both beautiful and experiences fewer visitors than other, busier, parts of France. If looking for a campsite to stay on in Europe, you’ll struggle to find much better.
Rachel – Children of Wanderlust
Les Grands Pins in Lacanau Ocean
Les Grands Pins in Lacanau Ocean is one of our favourite campsites in the whole of France and a great destination for families. Run by the Yelloh group, this five-star campsite in Aquitaine, southwest France, has all the facilities and services you would expect.
Within walking distance of the lively seaside town of Lacanau Ocean, on the vast sandy beach of the Cote d’Argent, the whole area is a playground for outdoor activity lovers. From swimming and surfing to kite flying, cycling and boating on the nearby lakes, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
There is entertainment most evenings, from shows put on by the kid’s clubs to a weekly evening market held on-site. During the day, the team organise tennis tournaments, aqua aerobics and lessons in scuba diving and of course, there is a surf school.
On the site itself, you’ll find a fabulous pool complex with lazy river and slides and a Zen pool reserved for adults. There is a tennis court, pétanque area, playgrounds and kids clubs as well as a variety of bars, cafes, restaurants and take away food places. There is also a great little supermarket which is open all day and has fresh bread and croissants every morning.
The large campsite has pitches for tents and campervans as well as a good variety of self-catering accommodation. There are four modernised sanitary blocks which are always scrupulously clean and across the site, you’ll also find communal BBQ areas. With its own private path to the beach, you could spend two weeks here and never leave!
Izzy – The Gap Decaders
Les Alicourts to the East of the Loire Valley has it all. This is the place to come to pitch up and not leave for two weeks as there is everything you need on-site; a supermarket, restaurant, take away, bar, kids clubs, water sports, playgrounds, a massive water park, and a stunning lake as the focal point of the resort.
This isn’t usually our style of camping, but after a month-long road trip around France it was just what we needed; with so much on offer, there is plenty to keep the kids busy.
The landscaping and design around the site are beautiful, the grand reception entrance alone is very impressive. Although this is a big site to get around, so we advise taking scooters or bikes. There are plenty of tent pitches, but if you are wanting a bit more comfort, you can book a fully furnished mobile home with Canvas Holidays.
The waterpark is the main reason to stay here. It’s free entry for all those staying on the resort and we visited every single day. There are slides galore, a sunken pirate ship, an outdoor wave pool, and a heated indoor pool. However, in peak season it does get rather busy, so try and visit early in the day.
If you do manage to tear your kids away from the on-site activities at Les Alicourts, make sure you visit one of the family friendly châteaux in the Loire Valley. There are also some great cycle tracks in the region (ask in reception for a map), or get spooked in the nearby Beaugency Maze. There is also a lovely quiet stream further up the road from the entrance, which is a nice spot to paddle.
Jenny – TraveLynn Family
The Huttopia Camping Chardons Bleus on the gorgeous Ile de Ré is perfectly placed for a fantastic family holiday in France.
Huttopia Chardons Bleus is a medium-sized campsite that, even when full at the height of the summer season, somehow manages not to feel crowded. The park has a wide range of camping options. You are welcome to bring your own tent or campervan, or you can rent one of their glamping options which include safari tents (with or without private bathroom facilities), chalets and even a few ‘roulottes’ (wooden trailers).
Facilities include a café-bar, games room inside the main reception building and decent-sized swimming pool with smaller kids pool. There is a playground on the site and kids club activities are offered for those who wish to take part. On a few nights a week, the campsite puts on family-friendly evening entertainment, such as a magic show or live music.
The Ile de Ré is crisscrossed with car-free cycle lanes which make getting around a breeze, and safe for cycling with kids. It is relatively flat too, so even little legs will cope with longer bike rides between locations.
The Huttopia Chardons Bleus campsite is a mere five-minute cycle past vineyards to the small village of Sainte-Marie-de-Re. The beach near here is good for rock-pooling, and the village has its own little market, patisserie and family-friendly restaurants. North of the campsite, and easily accessible on the cycle lanes, is the beautiful harbour town of La Flotte. Come for the delicious ice cream and stay for a stunning sunset over the sea.
The nearest big sandy beach to Huttopia Chardons Bleus, less than 30 minutes cycle away, is the popular Gros Jonc – a great spot for bodyboarding.
Deborah – Grand Adventure Story
Campsite Les Genêts d’Or is situated near the city of Bagnols-sur-Cèze, in the Gard department. It has 120 camping spots, several mobile homes and two glamping tents. If you’d like to go camping, you’ll be able to choose between a sunny or a shady spot. The camping owns a great restaurant where you can to dine and get some drinks or ice-cream. Every morning fresh bread is being sold and the campsite has a small market with some useful products.
Next to the camping runs the Cèze river, which is nice and refreshing, especially during hot summers. It’s great for kids and they will certainly enjoy collecting stones, building dams and catching small fish. If you get a bit deeper into the river, you’ll be able to catch bigger fish with a fishing rod. Besides the pleasant river, camping also has a nice swimming pool and a paddling pool for the little ones. During high season, activities are being organized by the owners, such as canoe trips and small competitions for kids.
The campsite is very well located in the North of the Gard department. Nearby you’ll find the Sautadet falls as well as the medieval village of La Roque-sur-Cèze. Famous sites as Pont du Gard and the Gorges of the Ardèche are a 30 to 45 min drive, as well as the cities of Avignon and Orange. If you visit during the lavender season (generally from mid-June until mid-July) a visit to the picturesque village of Montclus is recommended, as there is a beautiful lavender field just in front of the village.
Lisette – Travel Tips France
Le Brevedent Campgrounds, in the Normandy Region of France, is the perfect place for a family getaway or as a starting point for further travels around the region.
For those that love history, there; a Louis XVI Hunting Lodge in the wooded park where you can visit the manor and learn more about the family’s ancestry.
While the site offers a variety of accommodation choices (mobile home, lodge tents, pitches, canvas cottages), anyone who has read this [guide to Scottish glamping pods] knows I am a huge fan, so I fully recommend the lodge tents as a way to feel connected to nature while still having the necessary luxuries.
For the kids, there is a garden, playground, sandbox and bouncy castle for them to let out some energy, as well as a paddling pool and the chance to rent canoes and kayaks for the lake. If indecent play isn’t enough, there’s also a kids club that runs in July and August that offers nature activities, crafts and sports.
The whole family can enjoy on-camp music nights and performances, and occasionally you might get a visitor to your accommodation in the form of chickens that roam around the site.
When you’re looking to get off of the campsite, you’re just 20 minutes away from popular destinations such as Cote Fleurie, or for a longer trip, just 2 hours from the beautiful Mont Saint Michel.
For meals, there is a restaurant and a shop on the campground, but depending on your accommodation, you can also rent a kitchen kit to cook for yourself. No matter what you’re looking for, each member of your family will find a way to enjoy the Le Brevedent camping grounds.
Graham – My Voyage Scotland
Camping Le Barrelet is a 3-star campsite located on the river Gardon above a gorge just outside the small village of Collias (Gard department, Occitanie region) in southern France. It is just a 10-minute drive from the Pont du Gard, the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Roman aqueduct.
The campsite, which is family-run and quiet, has 132 spots for campers including approximately 75 places for tents, places for camping cars and different categories of fixed chalets/cabins. It’s attractively laid out with plenty of greenery and shade and a fabulous view over the river. Our tent placement was on the extremity of the site next to a field with friendly goats who liked to come up to the fence for a chin scratch much to the amusement of our kid.
In terms of facilities, Le Barrelet has a beautiful pool and a good restaurant with a bar as well as a kids’ play area, boules pitch and a couple of areas to kick a football. It also has a shop where you can preorder croissants and baguettes for breakfast each morning. The toilet and shower blocks are clean and accessible for reduced mobility users. Wifi is available for a fee throughout the site.
We stayed at this campsite in May, not full summer season which was ideal for us. We loved the location close to the river where you can hire kayaks and splash around. There are plenty of hiking and mountain bike trails direct from the campsite but it is its proximity to the Pont du Gard which was the highlight for us. You can even paddle from the kayak base to the famous Roman aqueduct it’s so close.
Phoebe from Lou Messugo