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Driving to Eurocamp sites from Calais

Heading to France for a holiday full of outdoor adventures? Eurocamp sites are great value and located in a variety of gorgeous areas, from coast to country. So what’s the best way to travel to them? Read our guide to see some possible routes.

Driving from Calais to any of the numerous Eurocamp locations in France will take you through some wonderful scenery, wherever you’re headed.

In this guide we’ve picked some of the most beautiful areas in both Northern and Southern France where you’ll find Eurocamp parcs, plus suggested some routes to help you get there, to make planning your next Eurocamp holiday even easier.

Eurocamp sites in Northern France

Picardy

Picardy is a historical region of northern France, featuring WW1 battlefields. It stretches from the suburbs of Paris and vineyards of Champagne to the beaches of the Bay of Somme on the English Channel. The closest French Eurocamp parc is La Bien Assise Campsite in Guines, less than a 30-minute drive from the Calais port via Rue de Hames. For the Domaine de Drancourt Campsite further south, the A16 will get you there in around an hour and a half. You’ll be unpacking and relaxing in no time.

Picturesque French village with bridge over river

Normandy

Normandy’s varied coastline features white-chalk cliffs and WWII beachheads, including Omaha Beach, site of the famous D-Day landing. Château Le Brevedent Campsite is just under three-hours’ drive from Calais via the A16 and A29 and places you near a wide choice of WWII museums, and the Bayeux Tapestry at Bayeux. A little further away, Eurocamp La Vallée parc gives you easy access to the D-Day landing beaches and port town of Caen.

Paris

Beyond landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the impressive home of Mona Lisa, the Louvre gallery, Paris is also close to a great Eurocamp parc. Just two and a half hours’ drive via the A26 from Calais is La Croix du Vieux Pont Campsite that sits in the picturesque Aisne Valley. The La Croix du Vieux Pont Eurocamp parc is only one hour 30-minutes from Disneyland Paris, and two and a half hours’ drive from Calais.

Paris is one of the most popular places to visit in Northern France. However, there are so many lovely cities and areas to delve into. Read our 7 Reasons to Visit Northern France guide to learn more.

Brittany North

Brittany is wild and rugged region extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean, its coastline dotted with beach resorts. Northern Brittany’s coastal jewel is the Cote de Granit Rose which stretches from Ploulec'h to Trévou Tréguignec and nearby Dinard is popular for some of the best Breton cuisine. Château de Galinée Campsite is a five and a half hour drive from Calais and only five minutes from some lovely beaches.

Brittany South

There are two distinct areas in southern Brittany, Morbihan to the east and Finistere to the west. The Morbihan coast features numerous pretty islands and sheltered waters, the Finistere area has a fishing heritage and is known for fresh seafood. Southern Brittany is also known for gothic churches, best seen in Locronon close to L'Atlantique Campsite in Beg Meil, a seven-hour drive from Calais. 

view of three swimming pools with water slides and sunbeds

Eurocamp sites in Central France

Loire

The Loire is the longest river in France. Along its central banks is the Loire Valley, sometimes referred to as ‘the garden of France’, an area of cultural importance thanks to its vineyards and chateaux that range from the medieval to late Renaissance periods. Cycling holidays are popular here, so you can take in all that scenery at your leisure.

Visit the Domaine de la Brèche Campsite in Saumur, Loire for a trip to nearby Chinon to see a picturesque French fortress. The site is 5 hours’ drive from Calais via the A28. Alternatively, Le Parc de Fierbois Campsite is in Tours so you can take in the medieval town and its fantastic restaurants! The route from Calais to this Eurocamp parc will take you through Paris on the A1 and A10, with the total journey taking four and a half hours.

Flowing river at sunset

Vendee

The Vendée is part of western France known for its long coastline and sandy beaches, like those in the towns of Saint-Jean-de-Monts and Les Sables-d'Olonne. Eurocamp's Le Clarys-Plage parc is right by the former, and a six and a half hour drive from Calais.

Dordogne

Dordogne is one of France’s oldest departments, famous for its green hills and beautiful scenery. It’s nestled in the Southwest of the country and features enough picturesque towns to fill a lifetime of adventures. We have a guide to some of the highlights of the Dorgdogne here to help you make the most of your time in the area.

With a route that goes through Paris via the A20, just over eight hours’ drive from Calais lies Camping Le Capeyrou in Beynac et Cazenac, a French Eurocamp parc set on the banks of the river Dordogne and beneath a limestone castle perched on a cliff. A little less than eight hours will place you in Le Bugue on the Vezere River and at St. Avit Loisirs parc where you can visit the honey-coloured village of Sarlat.

French town set into a hillside on riverbank

The Jura

This mountain range runs along the border between France and Switzerland. Here, medieval architecture meets spectacular scenery and there’s plenty to do from fishing to visiting areas of natural beauty such as the waterfalls at Cascades du Hérisson.

The A26 will take you to Domaine de Chalain Campsite in Lac de Chalain, nestled in the foothills of the Jura and very close to the waterfalls. Rougemont, six hours from Calais, holds Le Val de Bonnal Campsite, a place that’s perfect for wild swimming beneath those majestic mountains.

Swimming pool and lush forestry with a lake and snow-capped mountains in the background

The Alps

The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe. The town of Annecy sits at the tip of picturesque Lake Annecy, overlooked by the snow-capped mountains, and hosts three Eurocamp parcs:

  • Camping Les Fontaines
  • La Ravoire
  • La Ferme de la Serraz

It will take you around 8 hours to reach Annecy from Calais, via the A26.

Wild flowers on sunny mountainside with snowcapped peaks in the distance

Eurocamp sites in Southern France

Gascony & Gironde

Sunshine, history, sandy beaches, what’s not to love about this part of the Southwest coast of France? There are seaside villages to explore and local wines and cheeses to taste, especially in the popular city of Bordeaux.

Along this stretch of coast, Eurocamp parcs Le Soleil des Landes in Lit et Mixe and Le Ruisseau in Biarritz are both around a 10-hour drive from Calais. Le Ruisseau grants views of the Pyrenees mountains and Biarritz is a major surfing destination, with sweeping views of the Bay of Biscay.

Ardeche & Auvergne

This area of France will satisfy nature lovers with its mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes. If you love activities in the great outdoors, it’s certainly the place to be as mountain biking, kayaking and hiking are all readily available. These regions are also known for the popular (and delicious) Cantal and Roquefort cheeses.

On the banks of the Ardèche river lies L'Ardéchois Campsite and the region’s national park also boasts Eurocamp parc Val de Cantobre, both under 10-hours’ drive from Calais.

Clear blue water in a bay with boats and buildings across hills in the distance

Riviera & Provence

Provence borders Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s home to rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields. And south of this captivating place is the French Riviera, sometimes called the Côte d'Azur, which is home to glamourous towns such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes.

Le Val de Durance Campsite in Cadenet lies 9-hours and 30 minutes from Calais on the A26 and has its very own private lake on-site. For a taste of the luxury of Cannes without the hefty price tag, try Côté Mer in Cannes, well worth the 11-hour drive from Calais.

Languedoc-Roussillon

Running from Provence to the Pyrenees, this coastal region of southern France is probably best known for its vineyards. But there’s a lot more to discover, including castles, sites such as the Pont du Gard and the Cévennes.

Eurocamp Les Peupliers in Canet-en-Roussillon lies 11-hours’ drive south from Calais via the A71 and A75 in the heart of a seaside town. Domaine de la Yole in Valras-Plage, Languedoc offers easy access to the peaceful Canal du Midi and the region’s fabulous beaches. This Eurocamp parc is ten hours from Calais by car.

A Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 1985, exploring the Cévennes is a great way to see southern France’s most incredible scenery. Featuring the GR70 Stevenson trail, a famous hiking route, and the Grotte des Demoisselles cave complex.

Lush green valley and mountains in sunshine

Pyrenees

Separating Spain and France, the Pyrenees mountains offer magnificent landscapes in the form of valleys, lakes and peaks. Positioned next to a national park, in the foothills of the mountains, Airotel Pyrénées is the perfect Eurocamp to base yourself at in the area, located in Luz-St-Sauveur, 11 hours’ drive from Calais.

Swimming pool with mountains in background and flowers in the foreground

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