Great campsites for cyclists in France

Published by Lyn on 3 December 2012

There are many great campsites for cyclists in France – here are some of the best from the Alan Rogers guide to the best campsites for walkers and cyclists. Please add any of your own recommendations into the comments at the end. Merci!

Many campsites in France are located in picturesque settings, close to dedicated cycling routes or quieter country roads that are ideal for cycling holidays. All the campsites listed below are near scenic cycling routes, often starting directly from the campsite's gates.

If you can recommend any other great campsites for cyclists in France, please share their details in the comments field at the end of the article. 


Kawan Village du Deffay

Kawan Village du Deffay
Pontchâteau, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire
+33 (0)2 40 88 00 57 / www.camping-le-deffay.com

A family managed site, Château du Deffay is a refreshing departure from the usual formula in that it is not over organised or supervised and has no tour operator units. The 170 good sized pitches have pleasant views and are either on open grass, on shallow terraces divided by hedges, or informally arranged in a central, slightly sloping wooded area. The bar, restaurant and covered pool are located within the old courtyard area of the smaller château that dates from before 1400. A large, unfenced lake is well stocked for fishermen and has free pedaloes for children.

Facilities: Baby bathroom. Disabled faciities. Laundry facilities. Shop. Bar and small restaurant with takeaway. Covered and heated swimming pool and paddling pool. Play area. TV. Entertainment in season including miniclub. Fishing and pedalos on the lake. Torches. WiFi (charged).
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire on site. Information about cycling in the area.
Open: May 1-September 30


Camping des Princes d'Orange
Orpierre, Hautes-Alpes, Provence
+33 (0)4 92 66 22 53 / www.campingorpierre.com

This site set on a hillside above the village has been thoughtfully developed. Muriel, the owner, speaks excellent English and her friendly welcome means many families return year upon year. In high season, one area is reserved as a one-star camping area for young people. Orpierre has an enchanting maze of medieval streets and houses, almost like a trip back through the centuries.

Facilities: Six toilet blocks. Baby bath. Laundry. Bread. Bar. Heated swimming pool, paddling pool. Play area. Boules. Games room. Fridge hire. Free WiFi.
For cyclists:
Cycle trail access within 2km of the site; mountain bike track within 2km of the site; local cycling information available at the campsite.
Open:
April 1-October 31


Kawan Village le Coin Tranquille
Les Abrets, Isère, Rhône Alpes
+33 (0)4 76 32 13 48 / www.coin-tranquille.com

Les Abrets is well placed for visits to the Savoie regions and the Alps. It is an attractive, well maintained site of 192 grass pitches (178 for tourers). This is a popular, family-run site with friendly staff, making it a wonderful base for exploring the area. Set in the Dauphiny countryside north of Grenoble, Le Coin Tranquille is truly a ?quiet corner?, especially outside school holiday times.

Facilities: Busy shop. Excellent restaurant. Heated swimming pool and paddling pool. Play area. TV and games in bar. Quiet reading room. Entertainment for children and adults (July/Aug). WiFi.
For cyclists:
Bicycle  hire. Cycle trail access within 2km of site.
Open:
April 1-October 31


Sunêlia le Col-Vert
Vielle-Saint-Girons, Landes, Aquitaine

+33 (0)8 90 71 00 01 / www.colvert.com

This large, well maintained campsite is well laid out on the shores of Lac de Léon and offers 185 mobile homes for rent and 380 touring pitches. In low season it is a quiet site and those pitches beside the lake offer a wonderful backdrop to relaxing pastimes. During the main season it is a lively place for children of all ages.

Facilities: Facilities for children. Facilities for disabled guests. Laundry facilities. Motorcaravan services. Shops, bar/restaurant, takeaway. Swimming pool complex. Spa, fitness centre and sauna. Play area. Games room. Sports areas. Boules. Tennis. Minigolf. Fishing. Riding. Sailing school (15/6-15/9). Barbecues. WiFi (charged).
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire. Accompanied cycle trips. Packed lunch service. Cycle trail direct access from site. Mountain bike track within 2 km of site.
Open: April 1-September 23


Le Saint-Martin Camping
Moliets-Plage, Landes, Aquitaine

+33 (0)5 58 48 52 30 / www.camping-saint-martin.fr

A family site aimed mainly at couples and young families, le Saint-Martin is a welcome change from most of the sites in this area in that it has only a relatively small number of mobile homes (127) compared to the number of touring pitches (383). A neat, tidy, well cared for site with direct access to a wonderful sandy beach. The pitches are mainly typically French in style with low hedges separating them, and with some shade.

Facilities: Baby rooms. Facilities for disabled visitors. Motorcaravan service point. Washing machines and dryers. Fridge rental. Supermarket. Bars, restaurants and takeaways. Indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Outdoor pool area with jacuzzi and paddling pool. Multisport pitch. Play area. Beach access. Internet access. Electric barbecues.
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire. Cycle trail direct access from site. Accompanied cycle trips. Drying room for wet clothes.
Open: April 4-November 7


Leading Campings les Alicourts
Pierrefitte-sur-Sauldre, Loir-et-Cher, Val de Loire

+33 (0)2 54 88 63 34 / www.lesalicourts.com

A secluded holiday village set in the heart of the forest, Camping les Alicourts is midway between Orléans and Bourges. There are 490 pitches, 150 for touring and the remainder occupied by mobile homes and chalets. Locations vary, from wooded to more open areas, thus giving a choice of amount of shade. The leisure amenities are exceptional. 

Facilities: Baby bathrooms. Laundry facilities. Facilities for disabled visitors. Motorcaravan services. Shop. Restaurant. Takeaway in bar with terrace. Pool complex. Spa centre. 7-hectare lake (fishing, bathing, canoes, pedaloes). 9-hole golf course. Adventure play area. Tennis. Minigolf. Boules. Roller skating/skateboarding (bring own equipment). Internet access and WiFi (charged).
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire. Information about cycling in the area. Mountain bike track within 2km of site. Road riding nearby. Packed lunch service available.
Open: April 29-September 9


Camping Touristique de Gien
Poilly-lez-Gien, Loiret, Val de Loire

+33 (0)2 38 67 12 50 / www.camping-gien.com

This open, attractive, well cared for site lies on a bank of the Loire with views of the town of Gien and its château. It has a long river frontage, which includes a good expanse of sandy beach. There are 200 good sized, level, grassy pitches with 150 for touring. Some are shaded by mature trees and many have good views over the river. The bar and restaurant are open to the public.  

Facilities: Laundry. Bar and restaurant. Shop 20m outside gates. Swimming pool and paddling pools. Play area and grassed games area. Minigolf. Pedal cart hire. Canoe hire. Fishing.
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire. Cycle trail direct access from site. Packed lunch service. Gien is at the crossroads of the Sologne, the Berry and the Gâtinais, with the Sancerre region close by. There are miles of great cycle tracks to explore. Maps available.
Open: March 1-November 7


Camping Soleil du Pibeste
Agos-Vidalos, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
+33 (0)5 62 97 53 23 / www.campingpibeste.com

The Dusserm family, the owners, are very proud of their regional culture and heritage and will ensure you are made welcome. The reception is friendly, with an area for local foods, maps and good tourist information. This site is special because of its range of activities, including tai chi, qi gong, massage, archery, walking, climbing and canoeing. There are 38 touring pitches, as well as mobile homes and chalets. The mountain view from the terrace is magnificent.

Facilities: Laundry facilities. Club/TV room. BBQ on pitches. Disabled facilities. Bar. Outdoor Swimming pool. Play areaPets allowed. Fishing nearby. Horse riding nearby. Golf nearby.
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire on site. Cycle trail access within 2km of site
Open: May 1-September 30


Domaine le Jardin du Marais
Le Perrier, Vendée, Vendée
+33 (0)2 51 68 09 17 / www.lejardindumarais.eu

A delightful family campsite situated in a country setting on the edge of the marshes. It is beautifully kept and has excellent facilities. Of the 120 pitches, 52 are available for touring: the established pitches offer some shade and have electricity and water nearby; a new area offers large pitches with electricity, water and drainage, but bushes and trees have yet to mature. The beaches are just seven kilometres away.

Facilities: Baby bath and changing. En-suite facility for disabled visitors. Washing machine and dryer. Chemical disposal and motorhome services arranged. Shop. Bar/restaurant and takeaway. Outdoor pool with paddling pool). Indoor heated pool. Solarium. Fitness room. Play area. Free fishing on small lake (fenced and gated). Children'?s club, daytime activities and evening entertainment. Games/TV areas. Internet point. WiFi (charged).
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire. Cycle trail access within 2km of site
Open: April 1-October 2


Kawan Village les Bois du Bardelet
Gien, Loiret, Val de Loire
+33 (0)2 38 67 47 39 / www.bardelet.com

This attractive, high quality and lively site, ideal for families with young children, is in a rural setting and well situated for exploring the eastern part of the Loire Valley. Two lakes (one for boating, one for fishing) and a pool complex have been attractively landscaped in 12 hectares of former farmland, blending old and new with natural wooded areas and open fields with rural views. There are 260 large, level grass pitches with 130 for touring units.

Facilities: Facilities for disabled visitors and babies. Laundry facilities. Minimart. Bar and takeaway. Restaurant. Heated outdoor pool. Heated indoor pool and children?'s pool. Aquagym, fitness and jacuzzi room. Games area. Archery. Canoeing and fishing. Tennis. Minigolf. Volleyball. Pétanque. Children?'s playground. Wellness centre. WiFi (charged).
For cyclists:
Bicycle hire.
Open: April 1-September 30


Castel Domaine de Sévenier
Lagorce, Ardèche, Rhône Alpes
+
33 (0)4 75 88 29 44 / www.sevenier.net

A modern, high quality chalet complex with panoramic views. Located 4km from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and 800m from Lagorce, the domaine is an old winery which has been sensitively converted. Rest and relaxation is the theme here and the restaurant has a good reputation.

Facilities: Restaurant. Bar. Shop. Swimming pool. Children's pool. Activity programme. Play area. Minigolf. Tourist information. Fully equipped chalets. No touring pitches.
For cyclists:
Bike hire on site. Cycle trail - direct access from site. Mountain bike trail within 2km of site.
Open: March 13-November 15


These campgrounds – and others in France and across Europe – are listed in 101 Best Campsites for Walking and Cycling, a guidebook by Alan Rogers. A more general (and detailed) guide to the best campsites in France is also available.  

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