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Charming Alpine campsite with views over a national park
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 22 29 03
Price from: €9.50
Open: June 1 until September 15
We just love the sound of this place. This green and lush campsite is situated on the border of the Ecrins, one of only 10 national parks in France. The site is at an altitude of 1450 metres, meaning that you can literally ride stunning mountain routes from the door. This is mountain camping as it’s meant to be. From your pitch you’ll be able to see the rocks of the Ecrins, as well as beautiful valleys and the glacier of Pelvoux. A three-star campsite, Camping Croque Loisirs is clean, with hot showers and a good friendly service (speaking French, English, Dutch and German). Most of the 50 pitches have access to electricity and there are several water taps. Every morning you can also buy fresh bread, a great way to start your day. The campsite is part of a sports initiative run by an enthusiastic group of Dutch people wo are passionate about sharing the Southern Alps. They can help you plan your rides (GPS maps and stacks of local knowledge), or take on their own bucketlist cols challenge that includes Galibier, Izoard and a bunch of other Tour de France climbs.
Set among the beautiful gorges of the Tarn
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Price from: €20 for a pitch, prices of cabins and fixed tents vary
Open: Until September
Camping Le Peyrelade is a 4-star campsite along the river and under the cliffs of the Grandes Causses Natural Park amid the magnificent Tarn gorges. The long river beach is ideal for swimming, fishing and white water sports. The campsite also boasts a heated pool, a programme of activities for the kids and evening entertainments including singers, musicians and magic shows. Pitches plus canvas bungalows, mobile homes and chalets for rent. Snack bar and restaurant for takeaway pizzas.
Riverside campsite on the French Riviera
690 Chemin du Moulin des Iscles
Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Price from: €22 for a pitch; prices of self-catered cottages and tents vary
Open: March 20-October 31
Camping Le Moulin des Iscles is a 3-star campsite on the banks of a river at Roquebrune-sur-Argens, near the popular coastal holiday retreat of Fréjus. It has tent and touring pitches, plus self-catered mobile home and canvas bungalows for rent. Heated outdoor pool and spa. Family activities in summer. This is a great base from which to explore the varied landscapes of the Côte d’Azur. Ride to the local lake, go walking in the mountains or cycle through friendly local villages and vineyards. Oh and around 12km from the beaches of the Riviera. Wifi. Shop. Bar and restaurant.
Accueil velo-rated site with pitches and cabins south of La Rochelle
26 La Bernardière
17780 Saint Nazaire sur Charente
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: Tent pitches from €17 a night for 2 people; self-catering cabins from €69 for 5-6 people
Open: April 5 to September 29
Camping L'Abri-Côtier is a 3-star accueil-velo rated campsite south of La Rochelle. It's part of the bike-friendly Flowers camping group. Located 3km from Port-des-Barques (the departure point for Fort Boyard) and the beach, it as its own covered heated pool, activities area for children, and bar area. Camping/camping car pitches, mobile homes, chalets and all-canvas holiday bungalows available. Close to the Moëze Oléron Nature Reserve, this is an earthy campsite set in a wooded area.
Campsite for exploring the stunning gorges of the Aveyron
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €14 for a 'nature' pitch for a single cyclist, prices vary for self-catered options
Open: Until October 30
Camping Les Gorges de l'Aveyron is a 3-star campsite in the beautiful town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Aveyron river gorge region of SW France. There are camping pitches, as well as self-catered canvas bungalows, lodges and mobile homes. Heated outdoor pool and play area. Kids’ club. Perfect base for cycling the relatively empty roads of the Aveyron. Also great for canoeing and kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and paragliding. Wander the narrow streets of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val or stay here en route to exploring the medieval villages of Cordes-sur-Ciel, Bruniquel and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. Bar, pizzas to take away. Wifi.
Bike-friendly campsite on the EuroVelo 4 and Tour de Manche bike routes
Boulevard Paul Doumer
Price from: €12 rate for 2 x bikes + tents without electricity or from €14 with power; prices vary for fixed bungalow tents and cottages
Open: Camping pitches 16/03-16/10; rental cottages 16/03-18/12
Family run 3-star campsite at at Saint-Brieuc on Brittany's beautiful Cotes d'Armor. This is on the Tour de Manche and EuroVelo 4 bike route. It even has a special bicycle package for tent campers. Kids' entertainment, camping pitches, canvas bungalows and mobile homes Waterpark nearby. Free wifi. Shop, bar, fresh bread deliveries each morning.
Campsite right on the EuroVelo 1 on the sandy coastline of SW France
40 Chemin d'Erromardie
64500 Saint Jean de Luz
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Price from: €16 for tent pitches; self-catered cabins from €39 a night but vary depending on the season
Open: April 6-October 31
Camping de la Ferme Erromardie is on the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route. This is a popular campsite in a great location close to the Atlantic Ocean. It's just 50 metres from Erromardie beach, 3km north of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Family friendly. Ideal for exploring the Basque country. Pool. Library and reading area. Petanque. Summer activities for kids. Tent pitches plus self-catered cabins.
In the Dourbie valley between the Larzac plateau and the Cévennes
Route de Nant
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €15 for a pitch, prices vary for fixed base tents and cabins
Open: April 25 to September 29
Camping La Doubie is a 4-star campsite in Saint-Jean-du-Bruel, close to the Millau viaduct in southern Aveyron. It's nestled between the Causse du Larzac and the Cévennes National Park. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalet rental. Outdoor pool, family activities. Camping La Dourbie takes its name from the river which flows alongside the site. The owners are proud of family atmosphere nurtured here, with the site offering quiet, generous pitches in the semi-shade on the banks of the river. Onsite activities include guided organise walks in the countryside and a range of outdoor activities.
Accommodation with a pool between Buzet-sur-Baise and Agen
Lieu-dit Le Moulin
Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €59
Open: All year
Recommended to us by a reader, this B&B also has self-catering gites (see here for B&B and gite) and a small camping area (see here for more on the camping area). It's ideal if you are travelling solo or with a group, and regardless of of style of travel. You can also enjoy a table d'hotes (home cooked meal with wine) if you fancy a relaxing evening, and a continental breakfast is served each morning. There is a pool and wifi and it is situated on the Canal de Garonne on the stretch between Buzet-sur-Baise and Agen.
Campsite between Mimizan and Biscarrosse on the Atlantic Coast
1151 Route de Talucat
Landes, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €17 for a tent pitch for 2 people, prices vary for cabins and chalets
Open: May to October
Camping La Clairière is a 4-star campsite at Saint-Paul-en-Born, between Mimizan and Biscarrosse and handy for the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast bike route. Camping pitches, mobile homes and all-canvas bungalows to rent. It offers a haven of calm beneath the pine trees of the Landes on the banks of a small river. Comfortable self-catered accommodation and shady pitches. Take a bike ride into the old town of Mimizan for a pastis or head out into the forest. Horse riding, walking, fishing and canoeing also nearby. Snack bar with pizzas plus fresh bread deliveries each day.
Quiet accessible coastal camping near Les Sables d'Olonne
19 Les Malecots
Vendée, Pays de la Loire
Price from: €16.50 a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins
Open: April to October
Located in a green environment, yet just minutes from the beaches and fishing harbours of the Vendee coast, this site provides the perfect oppurtunity to have a relaxed and varied break. The pitches are mixed sizes but generally shady and the owners strive to maintain a peaceful atmosphere while still providing entertainment for all age groups during summer (including a meal and dance nights on Wednesdays and bingo on Mondays). If you prefer to use your legs 11 for cycling, then you're spoilt for choice with the La Vélodyssée – the 1200km Atlantic Coast bike route – running nearby. Use Camping La Mouette Cendrée as a stopover if you're riding the whole route, or stay a while longer and use it as a base for some shorter day rides.
Accueil velo campsite on the EV6 Loire route 50km north of Nevers
Quai de Loire
Price from: €13 for a tent space, prices vary for fixed base tents and cabins
Open: April 3 to September 27
Camping Les Portes de Sancerre at Saint-Satur is a leafy campsite set under the trees on the banks of the river Loire. It offers peace and quiet in a beautiful environment. Set at the foot of the slopes of the Sancerre wine region, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to sample the great local food and wine on offer here, including the renowned Crottin de Chavignol goats’ cheese. Camping Les Portes de Sancerre is 50km north of Nevers and 125km from Orleans – so perfectly placed on the Loire Valley EuroVelo 6 bike route. Also 200km south of Paris, making it an ideal place for a weekend break. Tent pitches, plus canvas bungalows and mobile homes to rent. Accueil velo rated campsite.
4-star camping near the Dordogne river 10km east of Sarlat
La Garrigue Basse
Price from: €30 for a tent pitch for 2 people; prices vary for cabins
Open: April 25-October 11
Camping La Châtaigneraie de Sarlat is a 4-star campsite in the heart of the Dordogne/Périgord Noir. It has tent pitches, plus mobiles homes and cabins for rent. This is camping at its best, complete with water park/side and both indoor and outdoor pools and a spa. Evening entertainment and activities for kids in summer. Restaurant for snacks and pizza (can take away or eat on the terrace). mini-shop. Laundrette. This is a family friendly campsite that offers a great base for exploring all key sites of Sarlat, Beynac and Domme.
Riverside camping right on the Loire Valley bike route
Rue de Verden
Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire
Price from: €19 per night for two people with tent; from €15 per night for a basic 'campetoile' (wooden hut), prices vary for cabins and other self-catered accommodation
Open: May 3 to September 30
Camping L'Île d'Offard is perfectly placed for a stop in Saumur on the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley route as well as on the Velo Francette route as it snakes its way from La Rochelle to Caen. Tent pitches, plus wooden huts, fixed base canvas tents, lodges and mobile homes to rent. There is even a 'luxury' option. The campsite is a short cycle (or 15-minute walk across the bridge) to the centre of Saumur. Heated swimming pool and spa. Good for families, with a kids’ club in school holidays. Set over 11 acres of parkland and bordered by the Loire, Camping L'Île d'Offard is a great overnight stay as well as an ideal base for a longer fixed base cycling holiday. Accueil Velo-rated and also on the accredited Loire à Velo network, this campsite is well used to receiving cyclists. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently run sites.
Riverside camping on the banks of the Dordogne
Rue des Ondines
Lot, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €9 for a basic 'trekking' pitch for one cyclist; rates vary for self-catered cabins and onsite tents
Open: Until September 27
Camping Les Ondines is a 3-star campsite just across the Lot border at Souillac-sur-Dordogne, close to the river Dordogne and an ideal base from which to explore the Dordogne and Lot valleys, including the towns of Collonges La Rouge, Rocamadour and Sarlat. Camping pitches as well as self-catered rentals, fixed base canvas tents and mobile homes. Heated outdoor pool + a short walk from a water park. Family friendly with kids' entertainment. Bar/restaurant. Wifi.
Accueil-velo rated campsite between Bordeaux and La Rochelle
213 Passage de Formose
Price from: Pitches from €18 a night; Cabins from €39 a night (weekly rates available)
Open: May 25-September 28
Camping des Pins is a 4-star ideally located between at Soulac sur Mer. Pitched for tents and campingn cars + mobile homes and wood cabins for self-caterers. Ideal for the vineyards of the Medoc, it's just across the Gironde Estruary (connected by ferry from Royan). It's 1.5km from the beach and also has a heated outdoor pool. Kids' club, restaurant. Set amid a pine forest that shelters it from the waves and wind of the Atlantic Coast, where surfboards mix with sand castles on the long, sandy beach. The famous chateaux of Margaux and Lafite Rotschild are also within reach. Part of a network of independently owned campsites in France.
Shady campsite set in woodlands near St Tropez
229 Chemin des Piboules
Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Price from: €38 for a tent pitch for 2 people; prices for self-catering cabins and fixed tents vary
Open: April 1-October 31
Camping La Rouillère is a 3-star campsite at Ramatuelle on the Cote d’Azur – close to the glitz of Saint-Tropez 9km away. A camping pitch here is about a cheap as it gets in this neck of the woods. Set among the vines and the woods, this is a peaceful retreat with creature comforts including a secure bike room, wifi, a restaurant/bar, and a mini-shop for daily bread and supplies. Pitches, as well as fixed tents, and self-catering cabins and mobile homes.
Accueil-velo rated site with pitches and self-catering cabins
Poteau Rouge, 56450 Theix
Price from: Tent pitches from €12 per night, mobile homes and tipees from €66 a night for 2-6 people
Open: Open April 4 to September 29
Camping de Rhuy is a 3-star campsite at Theix, to Vannes in Morbihan. It's perfect for chilling out after a day on the bike. There's a heated covered pool and water slides (popular with mini-cyclists), plus the beach is an 8km ride away. Tent and camping car pitches, plus self-catering mobile homes and tepee hires. This is a great area to explore by bike. Other activities include kayaking, sailing and fishing but also museums, an aquarium and a host of charming Breton villages to visit. Part of a bike-friendly network of French sites.
Basic local campsite set just off the Euro Velo 19 Muese bike route
Rue du Faucon
Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne (Grand-Est)
Price from: €3.50 a night for tent pitch for one rider
Open: From April 15
Camping le Faucon is a basic local campsite set around a lake with aquatic sports, including canoeing. It is popular with school and community groups, but it is also open to the public. Tent pitches as well as fixed base tents for rent. Small shop and snack bar. Ideal for the Euro Velo 19 Meuse River route.
Campsite near the beach on the Eurovelo 1 coastal cycle route
Price from: €16 for a pitch, prices vary for self-catering cabins
Open: April 1 until September 30
Camping Les Capucines sits in the lovely Lannion Bay area in the heart of the Trégor region between Perros-Guirec and Morlaix. Tent pitches, fixed canvas tent for hire, plus bungalows and mobile homes and chalets (basic and 'luxury'). It's ideal if you are cycling the Atlantic Coast EV1 bike route. Close to the sandy beach at Saint Michel en Grève or check out the Plestin les Grèves water sports centre. Walks also alonf the cliff-tops of the Tredrez coastline to the Le Dourven Headland. Heated pool.
Campsite for exploring the Alps 50km NE of Valence
657 Les Marandans
Isère, Alps (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Price from: €12 for a camping pitch; prices vary for mobile homes and caravans
Open: Mid-April to end of September
The 3-star Camping Le Lac du Marandan at Saint-Romans offers a perfect base from which to cycle the beautiful Vercors Natural Park. Offering lake-side camping in a wooded forest environment with views of the Vercors mountains, it's a lovely back-to-nature experience. Camping pitches, plus fixed base canvas bungalows to rent, as well as mobile homes and old-style caravans. Swim in the lake, or spend a day fishing, canyonning or canoeing. Kids' club in summer. Wifi. Bar. Mini-shop. Fridge hire.
Family camping between Lyon and Valence en route to the Alps
5, Impasse du Bontemps
Price from: €20 for pitches, prices of mobile homes vary
Open: April - September
Being located between Lyon and Valence this is an ideal campsite to recharge before riding the Alps or viewing an Alpine Tour de France stage. Coming alive in the high season, the park is located in lovely grounds along the river Vareze which has a number of natural walking and cycling trails running alongside. With heated pools, play areas, tennis courts and fishing, there is something here for everyone in a beautiful setting. An on-site bistro provides snacks and meals throughout the day which can be eaten in or taken away.
Riverside camping ideal for exploring the southern Vosges and Jura
1, Chemin de Moulin
Price from: €24.50 for 2 people
Open: May to September
Situated on the river Ognon, this family campsite provides spacious hedged pitches to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The river, nearby lakes and heated swimming pools combine to provide an oasis of watersport oppurtunities for all ages, including fishing. A large restaurant/bar with newly renovated terrace provides eat-in and take-out options and is also the venue for entertainment. Fresh bread is sold in the well-stocked grocery shop, and don't forget the try the delicious local cheese, Comte.
Upmarket holiday village with self-catered cabins and direct beach access
34450 Vias Plage
Price from: From £30 for a cabin or bungalow
Open: April 20 to September 28
A family-run Yelloh! Village campsite with self-catered cabins and bungalows offering direct access to the beach, as well as to local ride routes (the Canal du Midi is less than 20km away in Beziers). Local cycling tours and bike hire can be aranged on-site. Click here for full details of the self-catering cabins and bungalows, or click here for prices if you have your own tent.
Friendly campsite on the EuroVelo 4 bike route in northern France
Rue Henry Simon
Price from: €19 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins
Open: Until November 1
The 3-star Camping La Chênaie is set in the woods in Yport and is an ideal base for exploring the Normandy coast arount Etretat, with the beach just 800 metres away. Tent pitches plus self-catered chalets and mobile homes. Great base for the Côte d'Albâtre bike route and EuroVelo 4. Pool. Free wifi. Snack bar and takeaway pizzas. Small on-site grocery shop. BBQ and linen hire.
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