Camping in France
There are few countries as good as France to camp in. The French love to camp, and there are good quality campsites everywhere, although they can be expensive. Free camping is tolerated, and special aire de campings are provided.
Campsites in France
There are campsites all over France. French campsite can be some of the most expensive in Europe, but cheaper sites are also available. The state run municipal campsites are almost always the cheapest, and open all year round. France has some super-sites on the coast that provide many facilities you will not find anywhere else, such as aerobics classes, car washing facilities, a selection of restaurants, private beach access, but these campsites are the most expensive. Seasonal campsites will start closing at mid-Septmber. Some campsites stay open year round.
Free camping in France
Camping is so popular in France that there are many people travelling in motorhomes and camper vans, the majority being French. Aire de campings, designated areas where it is possible to camp for free, are provided in many areas, particularly Les Landes and Cote Basque. During the summer there many be a small charge to stay, but free outside of summer. Some sites have toilets, and fresh water and some have an area for electrical hookup. Motorways have their own aire de campings, normally set back from the roadside amongst trees. These are a good place to stop at night if driving long distances.