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Campsites in France

Camping in France is the perfect way to escape the big city crowds

Campsites in France Sights

Explore some of the more beautiful and unknown corners of the country.

So you've checked out our camping in France tips, got your tent all packed up, you've got your portable stove in the back of the car and enough tins of beans to feed a small army, but where should you head to get a decent pitch for the night?

France has some of the best campsites in Europe, so let Eurotunnel be your guide as we seek out the exciting, the exquisite and the excellent to cater to whatever you're looking for.

Family Fun

Camping Le Futuriste

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Just because you're camping doesn't mean you have to stay out in the wilderness. Camping Le Futuriste is just a short drive from the city of Poitiers and even closer to the huge French tourist attraction Futuroscope, which features dozens of exciting and intriguing cinematic experiences for the whole family.

The campsite itself has a range of activities available including a heated outdoor pool and an indoor pool, which is ideal for the inclement weather. There is a small lake for fishing and a multisport ground which can be used for activities such as basketball or football.

The bathrooms are clean, large and well maintained, with plenty of hot water at no extra charge. This is truly camping in style – it may not quite qualify as "glamping" (glamour camping) but it certainly comes full of amenities for the price.

Getting there: From Calais head towards Rouen on the A28, continue on to Le Mans and Tours, before turning off towards Poitiers on the A10. Click for further information on how to get there

Cost: 24 € during peak season for up to three people, 17.60 € during the rest of the year. Extra charges for more people, cars and pets.

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Airotel Pyrenees

Nestled in the impressive Pyrenees mountains this luxury campsite has a huge range of activities that will keep the whole family happy whatever the weather.

Before you even head out to explore your stunning surroundings you may be tempted to spend a day just relaxing on site; with two outdoor pools (one with slides) and an indoor one for those rare rainy days, there's plenty of splashing about to be done.

And if you want to take a well-deserved break then you can leave the kids playing one of the regularly organised children's activities and head to the Balneo indoor spa complex; there you can unwind in the Jacuzzi, sauna or Turkish Bath, or indulge yourself with a hydro massage.

Getting there: Driving to the south of France takes just over 11 hours in one stretch, so it's worth planning a stopover along the way, Orleans is a perfect spot to break your journey. From Calais head towards Paris on the A16, from there the A10 will take you to Orleans before you have to follow the A20 all the way to Toulouse. Local roads will then take you up into the Pyrenees to this charmingly secluded campsite. Click for further information on how to get there

When you're ready to head out there are a massive range of activities available which can be organised through the campsite, including canyoning, rafting, guided walks with exploration of mountain flora and fauna, and overnight hikes.

Cost: Prices range from 14 € in low season (May/June) to 27 € at peak times (July/August). Be aware of extra costs for more than two people, dogs and second vehicles.

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Les Alicourts

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You could be forgiven for spending your whole holiday purely enjoying the activities at this expansive campsite in the heart of the Loire valley, but do try to make it out and see a couple of the stunning chateaux in the surrounding area.

Les Alicourts covers a huge site with both chalets and large camping pitches available. On-site activities are split into the categories of 'Entertainment' and 'Wellness', though these could easily be 'kids' and 'adults'.

The site includes a full-size golf course (as well as a mini one), a lake with a beach, fishing spots, an aqua park, theatre, spa and restaurant. Visitors can play tennis or football, do laps in go-karts or relax in a Jacuzzi or hot tub.

Getting there: From Calais head to Paris on the A16 then down to Orleans on the A10, from there it's a small drive into the heart of the Loire valley. Click for further information on how to get there.

Cost: With so many facilities on offer you can expect a higher price than the average and pitches are actually bought as part of a camping package which includes an electricity supply. The basic package starts at 20 € for two people out of season and goes up to 46 € at the height of the Summer.

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Getting Active

Le Garangeoire

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Situated in North-West France this campsite offers the opportunity to get active during the day and enjoy some top class dining of an evening.

On-site activities include archery, horse riding, swimming, kayaking and fishing. By venturing out to the nearby beach town of Vendee you can enjoy all manner of nautical sports, from windsurfing to yachting, both on the sea and the sand.

The campsite includes a restaurant with terrace and bar, as well as a small shop if you are determined to remain self-sufficient.

Getting there: From Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais terminal head towards Le Mans on the A28 then take the A11 towards the coast and the campsite. Click for further information on how to get there.

Cost: A tent pitch will cost 29.50 € during peak season and falls to 14.50 € out of season, there is also a 25 € refundable deposit payable with every booking. Extra people, pets and vehicles will cost more.

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Le Moulin de Charrier

At first glance this may appear to be just another peaceful, sleepy campsite set in the picturesque Bésorgues Valley. However, the surrounding rugged countryside and on-site river offer thrill seekers a huge variety of opportunities to get the adrenaline pumping.

Leap into a mountain stream on a canyoning tour, scale a cliff or two with the area's excellent climbing facilities or gallop a horse along a dusty pass. And if that exhausts you then take a relaxing dip in the Bésorgues River, or cast off and catch a fish.

Once you've had your fill of thrills and spills you can unwind in the site's restaurant, which has unparalleled views of the valley and offers a surprising range of dishes based on local chestnuts, from cream and jam to liqueur and ice cream.

Getting there: This is another campsite where an stopover on the way is recommended; The Dijon area is particularly nice for a night's camping. Take the A16 to Paris, then the A6 to Lyon. Follow the A7 until exit 16 then follow local roads to the campsite. Click for further information on how to get there.

Cost: For two people per night 14 € during off-season and 22 € in July/August. Additional people and pets cost extra.

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Something Different

Les Tipis du Bonheur de Vivre

Travel just an hour outside of Paris and you will suddenly find yourself transported across the Atlantic to a Native American reservation.

If you're fed up with the same boring canvas tent book yourself a spot at Village Amérindien and soon you could be experiencing the surprising comfort of a traditional tepee, while also learning about the history and culture of Native Americans.

With a mission statement to make the experience as authentic as possible, the owners run a weekend package learning about Indian first nations including Mohawk, ABENAKIS and Lakota.

Traditional events and annual celebrations are also marked and it's well worth trying to book your stay around these incredible experiences.

Getting there: From Calais take the A16 towards Rouen and branch off onto the A28 to Le Mans. The campsite is just outside the city. Click for further information on how to get there.

Cost: Weekend experiences include meals, traditional workshops around subjects such as cooking and leathercraft and of course accommodation in a tepee. Two days and one night starts at 169 € per person, adults only.

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Photo Credits: Camping in France by Rhodes, Pyrenees by manuel | MC, Futuroscope by Jez.atkinson, Chateaux Chambord by Roger4336, kayaking by FreeWine, hiking by akunamatata, tepee by tab59.
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