Camping with a view in France

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Embrace the freedom of camping and pitch your tent somewhere with a view.

Camping gives you the freedom to explore at your leisure, with the unique opportunity to choose precisely what sort of view you want to wake up to. Something you just can’t get from a hotel!

France is a big, beautiful country with vastly different landscapes wherever you travel. Travelling by car means you can see the best of every region, from the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, to the wild beauty of the Provence countryside.

Huttopia Bourg-St-Maurice

Where in France: Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Drive from Calais: 967km / 9h

The campsite

Number of pitches: 108 camping pitches and 45 glamping units

The Huttopia Bourg-St-Maurice campsite has something for everyone, including your pets. There are plenty of lovely pitches to choose from if you’re bringing your own tent, caravan or motorhome. Alternatively, you can choose from the permanent glamping options available on site, including safari tents, gypsy caravans and chalets.

The campsite is open from late May until late October, and there is a swimming pool on site that is heated, which means you can enjoy a dip even in the chillier spring and autumn months. There is also a playground for children, as well as many other activities including volleyball, boules, table tennis and table football to keep the whole family entertained.

A view from the hills down to Bourg-St-Maurice
A view from the hills down to Bourg-St-Maurice.

You’ll also find a shop selling all the essentials, a library with a great range of holiday reads, and a central lodge with free WiFi and internet access. If you fancy exploring the wider area, there is plenty of tourist information available at reception, and friendly staff to offer advice.

The area

Savoie department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

With the dramatic scenery of the Alps all around you, for the outdoorsy types, this is the ultimate destination. There are hundreds of kilometres of hikes and walking trails to explore in the region, with several lovely walks to set off on directly from the campsite. For thrill seekers, put your mountain bike on your roof rack, or else hire one locally, as there are a number of exciting downhill rides to conquer.

The local scenery of the Savoie is simply breath taking
The local scenery of the Savoie is simply breath taking.

The local town of Bourg-St-Maurice is completely charming, with its pretty wooden buildings and baroque chapels. While you’re visiting the town, be sure to try some of the local dishes on the menu at the little restaurants. Raclette and tartiflette are particularly popular in this region, both of which involve rich gooey cheese melted over potatoes, sometimes served with onions and lardons. Hearty and delicious, and just what you need if you plan to hike up and down those big beautiful hills!

Camping La Serre

Where in France: Aigues-Vives, Occitanie
Drive from Calais: 1,061km / 10h

The campsite

Number of pitches: 48 very large camping pitches

The pitches at Camping La Serre are lovely and big and feel nice and secluded with trees offering shade. Whether you’re bringing your tent, caravan or campervan, you’ll instantly be made to feel welcome, and you can even bring your dog along with you. There are also 14 wooden chalets on site, or for something a little different, there’s even a wooden treehouse that will comfortably sleep a family of five.

The campsite is open from April until the end of October, and no matter what time of year you visit, the on-site nature reserve is sure to delight. 15 acres of natural woodland have been dedicated to the project, and campers are welcome to walk the trails and learn about the natural flora and fauna. Also on site, you can take advantage of the good sized pool, badminton courts, and football pitch, and there’s even a little eco-museum looking at the local farming history.

In reception, you’ll find a range of helpful leaflets, guides and maps of the local area, and the owners are also on hand to answer your questions. There are lots of hiking and cycling trails in the local area, so why not bring your bike with you too.

Spend a day exploring the charming town of Foix with its medieval castle
Spend a day exploring the charming town of Foix with its medieval castle.
The area

Ariège department, Occitanie

Nestled at the bottom of the foothills of the Pyrenees, a short drive from the borders with Spain and Andorra, Ariège is one of the most unspoiled areas in France. With wild, untamed landscapes dotted with pretty little towns, the roads throughout the area offer unparalleled views.

There are loads of villages and attractions to explore from your campsite as a base, but the nearby city of Foix is particularly worth visiting. The skyline is dominated by the medieval silhouette of the 10th century Château de Foix with its crenelated towers, and the town below is everything you’d expect and hope for from rural France. Stroll the winding lanes browsing shops beneath ancient wooden arches, or simply pull up a chair at one of the many cafés that spill out onto the streets and take the time to watch the world go by.

Huttopia Gorges du Verdon

Where in France: Castellane, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Drive from Calais: 1,089km / 11h

The campsite

Number of pitches: 136 camping pitches

The team at Huttopia Gorges du Verdon welcome everyone, including the family pets, whether you’re bringing your own tent, caravan, or arriving in a motorhome. There are 136 pitches to make your own, separated and shaded by shrubbery and trees, as well as many wooden chalets and tents that you can hire from April to October, before the campsite closes down for winter.

Castellane is famous for the striking rock face towering above the town
Castellane is famous for the striking rock face towering above the town.

The whole family will be kept busy with a range of activities on site, such as bowling, boules, volleyball, table tennis and table football. There is also a playground for children to let off some steam, a lounge with free WiFi so you can stay connected with friends and family, and a communal room for relaxing in front of the TV and making some new friends.

Huttopia Gorges du Verdon also benefits from being situated on the banks of a river and is therefore able to offer an exciting array of water sports, as well. You can go on a canoeing or rafting adventure, swim in the open waters, and even try your hand (and patience!) at fishing.

The area

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

A short drive down the road from the campsite is the beautiful ancient town of Castellane, with written records showing that people have lived here since the 10th century, but artefacts have been found locally that date back as far as 6,000 BC. The local history is fascinating, with cave paintings and Bronze age tombs discovered in grottos in the area.

Marvel at the natural beauty of the Gorges du Verdon
Marvel at the natural beauty of the Gorges du Verdon.

No matter what you do, you just can’t leave without having visited the campsite’s namesake, the Gorge du Verdon. It’s about an hour or so in the car through picturesque scenery, and more than worth the trip. Often considered the most beautiful river canyon in France, it’s about 25km long and 700m deep in places, with the river culminating in spectacular fashion where it flows into the lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

If you’re feeling inspired to jump in the car and head off in search of a campsite with a view, remember to book your tickets with us as early as possible to take advantage of the best fares available.