Sports & Outdoors

Campsites - South of France

Visit top campsites in the south of France: Family-friendly fun in the outdoors with the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle guide.

Camping, culture and countryside

France has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, quaint villages and family fun - and if you're camping, the south of France has all of the above in spades. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has scoped out some of the best campsites for your family break this summer.

Driving to the south of France takes a little over 11 hours - a long way to go in one stretch, so we suggest having a stopover to break up the journey. We recommend Orléans, and for each of these campsites, we have provided driving times from Orléans.

To get from Calais to Orléans head towards Paris on the A16, from there the A10 will take you to Orléans.

Campsites - South of France

Best For: Chilling Out

Le Val de Cantobre

Nestled within the lush expanse of the Grands Causses Regional Park, this small (but perfectly formed) campsite overlooks the valley of the Gorges du Tarn.

Pitch sites are terraced so everyone can make the most of the valley views. You can also rent family-sized tents with real beds, if you really fancy taking it easy. A former medieval farmhouse houses a restaurant and pizzeria, while kids will love the onsite waterpark, complete with three water slides and a lazy river to ride down.

Look out for guided walks offered on certain dates throughout the summer, or simply kick back and have a meal outdoors in the campsite BBQ area.

Getting there: From Orléans, head west out of town then follow the A71 south, changing to the A75. Drive time is about 5 hours.

Best For: Nature Lovers

Camping La Cascade

Sprawled across 5 acres of land along the Jonte river in the heart of Languedoc is this spacious campsite, where nature-lovers can relish the splendour of the French countryside.

Onsite facilities are delightfully simple, offering all the basics. Groceries - including fresh bread – are available each day; a solar oven and BBQ provides cooking options; while kids will love the ping-pong tables and the little library packed with books (perfect for a rare rainy day).

Of course, the main draw of this campsite is the surrounding area, from the local village and market, to the stunning views over the Gorges de la Jonte, and the river, which is the perfect place to go swimming.

Getting there: It is 5 hours' drive from Orléans, heading west out of town and following the A71 south, changing to the A75.


Huttopia Font-Romeu

If you enjoy getting amongst nature, head for this pretty campsite right on the edge of the Pyrenees. Open your tent to mountain views in the morning, and spend the day expending some energy in the great outdoors.

The forest park of Font-Romeu is right on your doorstep, a perfect place to go a-wandering, or hang out and play a family match of ping pong or petanque (a form of boules), or make a splash in the onsite pool.

Huttopia Font-Romeu's restaurant and terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a family meal, and here you'll find more of those breathtaking views.

Getting there: From Orléans, head south along the A20, through Limoges, and then Toulouse. Drive time takes about 7 hours.

Campsites - South of France

Best For: Coast and Culture

Le Vieux Port

In Messanges, just 500 metres from the beach on France's south-west coast, this large and lively camping spot is the place to go for some ocean air.

The wild waves can make this a little rough on swimmers, but fortunately Le Vieux Port campsite has a series of swimming pools - complete with slides and wave pool.

Kids are well catered for; a bouncy castle and pony rides will appease the little ones, while crazy golf and the games rooms will entertain teenagers. The wellness centre is a great place for grown-ups to unwind.

Why not hire bikes to make the most of local cycle paths, or take advantage of the beach and get stuck into a range of water sports? Of course, with Basque country on your doorstep, you can always take a day trip to the ritzy seaside of Biarritz, or pretty Bayonne.

Getting there: From Orléans, head south and follow the A10, through Tours, and Bordeaux. Drive time takes just under 6 hours.

Campsites - South of France

Best For: The Comforts of Home

Le Col Vert

Sandwiched between lake and coast, amid the pine forest, Le Col Vert is Le Vieux Port's inland neighbour, and has everything you need - think of this less as a campsite and more of a holiday village.

There are some scenic pitches to set up your holiday base, whether you want the tranquility of the forest, or prefer to unzip your tent and see the ocean.

Onsite there's a kids club to entertain the younger members of your group, while active adults can choose from a whole host of options, including archery, volleyball, workshops, and a relaxing spa. Of course, there's always the forest to explore, on foot or by bicycle, while the lake provides an ideal spot for swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, or simply sunbathing by the water.

Getting there: From Orléans, head south and follow the A10, through Tours, and Bordeaux. Drive time takes just under 6 hours.

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