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Alpine farmhouse offering self-catered and camping options
Chemin Pierre Polycarpe
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Price from: Camping from €10.50 per night, furnished tents from €450 per week, apartments from €65 per night, mobile homes €275-€850 per week
Open: All year, except for campsite which is open May to November
Surrounded by renowned Tour de France country, the Ferme Noemie is a British family-run farmhouse in a quiet rural location that provides a great base for relaxing and exploring the area. There is a nice mix of accommodation with something for everyone from the solo tourer to large groups: there are four apartments, two mobile homes, two furnished tents, and 16 tent places, all available for the majority of the year. For cyclists there are numerous rides on your doorstep, from the 4.5km flat ride to the town of Bourg d’Oisans, to the cols of Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Sarenne, Croix de Fer and Glandon. There are also lots of mountain trails and loads of activities for non-cycling friends and family, including watersports at the nearby lake and river. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
Rural camping south-east of Angers on the Loire Valley route
Route de St. Mathurin
Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire
Price from: €10 for a pitch; prices vary for cabins
Open: April to September
Far from bustling roads, Camping de l'Etang sits in a quiet natural lake environment. Interestingly, the owners focus on providing employment for disabled people, making it accessible for everyone. They also take tremendous care to ensure that the communal areas are planted with flowers and well-kept year-round. The site is family friendly, with open-air or covered pools and childminders during the summer months who are fluent in English. A real highlight is its proximity to Angers – a key stop on the Loire valley bike route, which runs concurrently with La Velo Francette along this section (La Velo Francette is just 14km from the campsite). Angers has a stunning catherdral and chateau, home to the Apocalypse Tapestry, a breathtaking work and well worth a day trip. This all makes Camping de l'Etang a good base to relax and enjoy the Loire valley. Part of a network of independently run sites.
Bike-friendly campsite near Angers on the Loire Valley bike route
Rue du Pont Caroline
Price from: €9 for a basic 'trekking' pitch for cyclists, prices vary for fixed base tent bungalows and cabins
Open: March 30-September 30
Camping du Port Caroline is located just outside the Angers city centre, on the eastern side. It's an Accueil Velo-rated campsite on the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley bike route. Designated a 3-star campsite, its has tent pitches, as well as fixed base canvas bungalow tents to rent, plus mobile homes and chalets for longer stays. There are also 'tentelodges' (pictured) that are fixed tents in small wooden huts - ideal for cyclists. Heated, covered pool. Family friendly.
Bike-friendly campsites on the Via Rhona between Lyon and Valence
50 Route de Font-Flacher
Price from: €21, prices vary for cabins and other self-catered onsite accommodation
Open: April 17 to November 1
Camping La Châtaigneraie at Anneyron is a cool and shady campsite between Lyon and Valence and ideal for the Via Rhona bike route. It's got camping pitches, as well as self-catered chalets and mobile homes for longer stays or a few more creature comforts. Family friendly with kids' club. Swimming pool + spa/wellness centre. Accueil Velo-rated campsite. Onsite shop.
Woodland campsite near the Mediterranean coast south of Perpignan
Route de Sorede
Pyrénées-Orientales, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €24 for tent pitches, prices vary for self-catering cabins
Open: Avril 11 to September 20
Shady and peaceful, Camping Les Chênes Rouges is located in a wooded parkland just west og the Mediterranean hub of Argelès-sur-Mer. It's set among cork oak, mimosa, aloe vera and eucalyptus trees, and offering stunning views of the Albères mountain range. It's ideally located for both outings across the Spanish border into northern Catalonia and walks along the coves and through the picturesque villages of the Côte Vermeille. Snack bar and onsite pizzeria. Pool and waterslides. Children's play area and outdoor games. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently run sites.
Rural Loire Valley campsite offering a back-to-nature experience
Cher, Centre Val-de-Loire (Loire Valley)
Price from: €7 for a basic pitch for bike and tent; from €69 for a cabin sleeping 4 people (min 2-night stay for cabins)
Open: April 1 to September 30
Camping des Étangs is a quiet four-star campsite tucked into just 2 hectares. Tent pitches as well as self-catered cabins. Swimming pool. Near a lake with watersports. Shady pitches. Restaurant area/pizzeria and small shop for basic stocks. Located up a short hill outside Aubigny-sur-Nère, which is 35km west of the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley route as it snakes its way south to Nevers.
Popular 4-star Atlantic Coast campsite on EuroVelo 1
176 Chemin de Bimbo
Price from: €21 per night (may be min 2-night stay, depending on the season); prices for cabins and other self-catered accommodation vary
Open: April 2 to October 1
If you can get past the name – which I don't think has any origins in English! – Camping Bimbo in Biscarosse is well placed on the Atlantic Coast for rides down the EuroVelo 1 La Vélodyssée bike route. It's a 4-star campsite with both covered pool and outdoor pools + paddling pool, water games and slides for the young at heart. Situated 600m from the lake, it provides a refreshing and comfortable stop. Tent pitches, as well as mobile homes, chalets and wooden cabins for hire. Gets busy in summer – may be minimum night stay, depending on the season. Part of a network of independently run sites.
Pitches and cabins 10km from Blois on the Loire EV6 bike route
464 Rue du Gué
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)
Price from: €36 for two nights
Open: Camping pitches open from 10/04 au 01/11
Les Lodges de Blois-Chambord is a small rural campsite nestled between Blois, Cheverny and Chambord in the Loire Valley – and perfect for anyone riding the EuroVelo 6. It's in a quiet location and offers both tent emplacements and wooden cabins (including cabins on stilts and 'floating' cabins) – an ideal base for exploring the chateaux of the Loire, including Chambord and Blois itself. Nearby also is the Grand Chambord lake, the woods and lakes of Sologne and, of course, the River Loire itself. Heated pool, wifi across the site + small onsite shop. Part of a network of independently run sites.
Year-round mountain camping at the gateway to the Alps
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhone-Alpes border)
Price from: €12 for basic pitch; prices vary for self-catered cabins and fixed base tents
Open: December 20 through until September 28 of the following year
Camping Le Montana is a 3-star campsite ideal for bike routes around Briançon and Serre Chevalier in Hautes-Alpes. Nestled between in the Clarée valley between Les Ecrins National Park and Le Queyras Regional Nature Park, this is pristine cycling country. Open both summer and winter. Heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Tent pitches plus self-catered mobile homes, chalets and fixed base tents. High mountain passes are accessible from the campsite. Bar, small shop, wifi.
Friendly B&B with small campsite on the towpath 29km from Dijon
10 Rue Larrey du Pont
21360 Côte-d'Or Veuvey-sur-Ouche
Phone: +33 (0)3 80 33 09 62 or +33 (0)7 78 51 24 37
Price from: €3 for tent pitches; B&B from €80 for 2 people, or €60 for singles for direct bookings by phone or email
Open: Open April-October every day except Thursdays
There can be no better place to stay while cycling the Burgundy Canal than right on the canal. Shopicerie is as close as you can get without getting wet! You can find the Shopicerie right near the towpath at Veuvey-sur-Ouche between locks 22S/23S. Shopicerie was recommended to us by a cyclist who stayed there. "It's a great cafe, shop, bar, B&B and campsite all in one. Really friendly, English spoken. Highly recommended," he writes. There are just two B&B rooms with space for 7 people in total. The rooms have canal views and private bathrooms. Rare in French B&Bs, they also have kettles in the rooms for teas and coffees. There is space in the garden for 6 tents. The attached shop sells stacks of goodies for your panniers: groceries, coffee, beer, wine, and sandwiches, as well as ice-creams to cool off when you arrive. There are showers, toilets and washing machine/tumble dryer for campers, as well as a book swap with English and French books. (There is no other general store on the towpath for around 20km). The Shopicerie is run by the lovely Bryony, who told me: "I started this multi-service shop in 2017 having lived in the area for 30 years and felt something was needed for all those thirsty and hungry tourists pedalling by. Our guests now come in all languages, and the English-speaking ones are always relieved to find someone who can chat and help in English." Credit cards accepted. The Shopicerie also has bike hire. Dijon is 29km away via the towpath. See here for camping and here for B&B (or email/phone Bryony direct).
Lake-side pitches and cabins off the Canal du Midi east of Toulouse
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €14 for a pitch per night; cabins and mobile homes from €40 a night (min two nights)
Open: All year
Camping du Lac de La Thésauque is a 3-star campsite at Montgeard, just off the Canal du Midi east of Toulouse. Tent pitches, mobile homes and cabins to rent. The campsite provides a natural, lake-side setting with water sports centre, an outdoor pool, and activities for young and old (canoeing, paddle-boarding, pedalos, floating bouncy castle, etc). An ideal stop between Toulouse and Carcassonne on the Canal di Midi bike route. There is also a free suttle bus for walkers and cyclists to and from the canal. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently run sites.
Accueil velo-accredited campsite on the Atlantic Coast
35 Route de Lacanau
Price from: Pitches from €15; cabins and fixed tents from €63 a night
Open: Pitches from April 28-September 30; Self-catering cabins from April 7-November 4
Le Medoc Bleu is part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned campsites with fewer than 300 pitches. This one has just 121 pitches, making it one of the smaller ones on the Atlantic Coast. It's 3-star and an ideal stop on the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike route. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as mobiile homes and log cabins for self-caterers. Heated outdoor pool, 5km from Carcans-Hourtin (France’s largest freshwater lake). Children’s activities. Close to Lacanau, it offers peace and quiet in spacious grounds dotted with oaks and sweet chestnuts. This area of France - well within reach of Bordeaux and an ideal stop on the Bordeaux-La Rocelle Ride, is a favourite summer holiday destination for Freewheeling France and her mini-cyclists.
Campsite near Carnac with on-site cabins sleeping upto 8
Route des Alignements de Kermario
Price from: £30
Open: May 8-September 6
Cycle 2 miles down the road from your cabin to the ancient standing stones at Carnac, or explore any number of quiet cycling trails around this beautiful corner of Brittany. Cycling tours of the local area can be booked on-site and there are also free 'learn-to-ride' classes for kids aged 3-6. Click the link below to find out more about onsite self-catering cabins sleeping up to 8 people, or click here if you have your own tent, caravan or campervan.
Peaceful lakeside campsite close to the Garonne river south of Marmande
Moulin de Campech
Price from: €8
Open: April to October
With a focus on peace and quiet, Camping Moulin de Campech is located in a wooded valley complete with 16th century watermill. The mill is located on the river Ourbise which provides delightful background sounds of running water, and a home for local flora and fauna. The site itself has a heated pool set away from the large pitches to maintain the sense of tranquility. The mill is home to a popular restaurant, bar and terrace. The area is rich in cycling and walking opportunities and the English-speaking owners can supply further details about paths and trails. There's also a trout fishing lake and unspoit local towns waiting to be explored.
Camping and self-catering cabins within reach of Bagnères-de-Luchon
Ctra. N-230 Km. 171
25537 Pont d'Arròs
Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Price from: €5 per tent; from €55 a night for a self-catering bungalow
Open: All year
Tucked just over the Spanish border and within reach of the high Pyrenees cols from Bagnères-de-Luchon is the lovely Camping Verneda. There is plenty of room for tents and campervans, plus a great range of self-catering bungalows and cabins at affordable prices. Super family friendly (there are two children's playground areas). Onsite bar and restuarant. Mini-supermarket for supplies. Games room. Pool. Onsite mountain bike hire. This is a lovely option alongside a mountain river stream and handy to some of the best bike routes on both sides of the Pyrenees.
Riverside site close to Burgundy's canal towpaths and EuroVelo 6
Rue Julien Leveneu
Price from: €18.50
Open: April to September
This is a quiet site ideal for either a stopover or a slightly longer stay to appreciate the nearby famous wine region and historical towns. It also offers the chance to meander through lovely villages and vineyards by cycling the 31km canal-side voie verte, which starts in Chalon-sur-Saone, just over 2km away, and goes to Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. From Chalon-sur-Saone you can also access other parts of Burgundy's network of bike greenways (voies vertes), including the Canal du Centre, which forms part of EuroVelo 6. This town also has a beautiful cathedral and a highly regarded market three times a week. A restaurant/bar is available on-site and golf/bowling can be found close-by.
Camping on the banks of the Lac du Croiselet
Chemin de la Presqu'île
Price from: €16 for a tent pitch for 2, prices vary for cabins and chalets
Open: April to October
Set on a small peninsula bordered by the River Ain and the Lac du Croiselet, Camping La Presqu'Île du Jura is an unspoilt, family campsite offering a quiet holiday destination with views of the lake and mountains. It's a 3-star campsite at Chancia, close to Oyonnax in the Jura. It has camping pitches and chalet and mobile home rental. There is a multi-sports court nearby, with fishing, canoeing and boats. This is a good base for road cycling, as well as walking, mountain biking and horseriding. Don' forget to also sample the local cheeses and wines. Onsite snack bar and shop. Children's playground. Accueil Velo-rated.
Green, shady camping in the heart of the Loire chateaux route
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)
Price from: €12 for a basic 'trekking' pitch for one cyclist, prices vary for self-catered cabins
Open: April to September
Between a forest and the beautiful Chateau Cheverny lies the green oasis that is Camping Les Saules, an accueil velo-rated campsite. For cyclists it offers a superb base from which to cycle the Les Chateaux a velo routes, a network of cycle paths and lanes that link the stunning chateaux found in the Loire valley. One such netwok, the Itineraire 04 - Entre Vignobles et Chateaux, is very close to the site and offers and an incredible chance to explore the local highlights on signposted tracks and roads. The focus of Camping Les Saules itself is on providing shaded pitches in a calm ambience where nature comes first. The restaurant serves local food and there are pool options for all ages. Part of the Le French Time network of independently owned sites.
Leafy, bike-friendly campsite on the Atlantic Coast bike route
Croix de Kervec
Price from: €11 for 2 people on bikes with tents, fixed tents and chalet prices vary
Open: Tent pitches from 04/04-12/09, cottages and chalets from 04/04 au 12/09
The 3-star Le Kergariou campsite offers a warm welcome at Clohars-Carnoët, between Lorient and Concarneau on the EV1 bike route. The beach 1.5km away, heated pool, sauna, kids’ club and entertainment. Camping pitches, self-catering chalets and mobile homes. Shop and snack bar.
Lovely camping base in the heart of a natural wonderland. Ideal for families
178 Route des Bords de Sèvre
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €15 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins and cottages
Open: April 4 - October 10
4-star campsite near Niort in the heart of the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park with heated outdoor pool, evening entertainment and children’s activities. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalets to rent. On the Velo Francette bike route. Recently awarded European Ecolabel status. Near 300km of cycle paths, walking routes and waterways which criss-cross the park. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned sites.
Calm and zen in the grounds of an old chateau
Route de la Chatre
Creuse, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: €49 for 2 people + tent/campervan, prices vary for self-catered cabins
Open: May to September
With large lakeside pitches covered by oaks and adjacent to a 15th century chateau, Camping Chateau de Poinsouze makes a great cycling base, especially for families. There's plenty on offer for the kids including pool, slides and trampoline, while for the adults there are numerous watersports and two local golf courses. For cyclists and walkers, the GR41 route runs very close to here, allowing a signposted hike or ride in the lovely surrounding countryside. On site there's a restaurant, plus a shop offers eat-in or takeaway options. A real taste of rural France. Part of the Le French time network of independently run sites.
Spectacular views and direct access to the historic D-Day beach
Price from: €18 per night for tent pitches; from €68 per night for mobile home (may require weekly booking during high season)
Open: April to October
Camping Omaha Beach is in a spectacular location, perched on the clifftop and offering direct beach access and stunning sunrises. Tent pitches, plus sites for caravans and campervans. There are also mobile homes of varying quality and sizes. Mini-supermarket and bar/restaurant open during peak season. Kids' playground with trampolines and bouncy castles. Pool. The site itself and its facilities are showing their age a bit and this place isn't as slilck as many newer campsites, but for locatioin it's hard to beat if you want to be near Omaha Beach.
Campsite with tent pitches and cabins right on the D-Day Beaches
50480 Sainte Marie du Mont
Price from: €17 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins
Open: Until the end of September
Camping Utah Beach in Normandy is a 3-star campsite ideal – as it says on the tin! – at Utah Beach in Sainte Marie du Mont. The campsite provides direct access to the landing beaches made faous on D-Day, when Allied forces came ashore to help liberate France. Tent pitches, plus a range of self-catered accommodation such as on-site canvas tents, bungalows, mobile homes and chalets. Wifi Onsite bar/restaurant. Ideal for cycling the D-Day Beaches.
Family run campsite on the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route
Price from: €18
Open: Tent pitches 01/05-19/09; chalets and mobile homes 10/04-19/09
Camping Kerleyou is a 3-star campsite in Douarnenez in Brittany on the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route. Heated indoor swimming pool, beach 1.3km away, children's activities, family activities and evening entertainment, camping pitches + mobile home rental and chalets. Bar and snack, fresh bread available each morning.
Loire Valley campsite between Orleans and Nevers near the EV6
Route de Bourges
Loiret, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)
Price from: €11 per night for a 'cycling' pitch for 2 people, prices vary for cabins and other self-catered options
Open: April 10 to September 13
Camping Les Bois du Bardelet is just outside Poilly-lez-Gien. It's set in a peaceful area between lakes and forests – ideal for a cycling holiday. It's billed as 5-star camping and comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect: restaurant + shop. Swimming pool + indoor water playground. Fish in the lake or go canoeing. Tent pitches, plus self-catered cabins, fishing huts and lodges. Accueil Velo-rated and located between Orleans and Nevers it is ideal for the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley bike route.
Quiet campsite SE of Montélimar and handy for the Via Rhona
252 Impasse Les Truffières
Price from: €16 for a tent pitch, prices vary for cabins and fixed base tent options
Open: Open from April 1 to November 27
Camping Les Truffières is an Accueil Velo-rated campsite set among abandoned truffle fields and century-old oaks in the southern Drôme. South-east of Montélimar en route to Orange, it's a great stop on the Via Rhona bike route. It's also well placed for the lavender fields of the Drome, as well as the hilltop villages of the Enclave des Papes, including Adhémar-Montélimar, Suze-la-Rousse, La Garde-Adhémar, Vinsobres, Valréas and Nyons. Peaceful site with large, shady pitches. Also cabins and fully equipped onsite tents for rent. Heated swimming pool. Onsite bike hire. Part of the Flower Campings network of independent campsites.
Campsite on the Basque section of the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route
Price from: €19 for a pitch
Open: Camping pitches from April 1 to September 30; rental accommodation from April 1 to November 30
Ideally located between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean, the quiet Camping de la Corniche is an accueil velo campsite that sits in leafy grounds, and is handy for the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast La Velodyssee bike route. It's a 4-star campsite within easy reach of Hendaye (2.5km) and the Spanish border. Camping pitches, plus mobile homes and canvas bungalows to rent. Onsite pizzeria/restaurant. This is an ideal site whether you’re just passing through staying longer with family or friends. Just 150 metres from the Atlantic Ocean, it offers easy access to the magnificent coastal route that forms part of the EuroVelo 1.
Shady campsite set among the trees outside Honfleur
910 Route de la Morelle
27210 Honfleur-Fiquefleur Equainville
Price from: €18 for 'nature' pitch for 2 people and a tent; rates vary for self-catered cabins, mobile homes and fixed tents
Open: April 1 to November 1
Domaine de la Catinière is a friendly and relaxed campsite near the Pont de Normandie. Countryside feel but within easy reach of Honfleur and its harbour. A 4-star site with tent pitches, fixed base 'coco' tents, mobile home rentals, thatched cottages and 'barrel' caravans. Ideal for touring cyclists as well as single base riders. Bar and restaurant on site. Pool with waterslide. Playground for kids.
Family friendly campsite on the island of Oléron
Route de Boyardville
17550 Dolus d'Oléron
Price from: €14 for a basic pitch, prices vary for self-catered cabins
Open: April 4 to September
Camping La Cailletière is a 3-star campsite at Dolus on the Île d'Oléron on the west coast of France. It's got camping pitches, cottage rentals and mobile homes. Heated covered pool. Bar/restaurant. Kids’ club and holiday activities in summer. Set in a forested area, it's a peaceful and relaxing place from which to cycle the Oleron, famous for the Marennes-Oléron oysters.
Friendly campsite with pitches and bungalows on super cycling island
5, Route de la Noue
17630 La Flotte-en-Ré, île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Price from: Camping pitches from €13 a night for 2 people, wood cabins from €132 for upto 5 people
Open: From April 6-September 29
Camping Bel Air is a 3-star campsite at at Flotte-en-Ré on the Ile de Ré. It's 900m from the beach and handy for the island's excellent network of bike routes. There is a heated outdoor pool + kids’ club. There are pitches for tents and camping cars, as well as wood cabins and canvas bungalows for self-caterers. Close to the star-shaped citadel and restaurants of St-Martin-de-Ré. The campsite has its own bike rental. Part of a network of independently owned campsites in France.
Cabins and on-site tents with good access to Lake Jaunay cycle paths
85220 La Chapelle Hermier
Vendée, Pays de la Loire
Price from: £21
Open: May 4 - September 8
First-class parc near woodlands and Lake Jaunay, with good access to dedicated cycle paths around the lake. Other activities incude tennis, kayaking and fishing. Family-friendly with kids' pool area. Bar, take-away and pizzeria on site. Mobile homes/cabins and onsite tents that sleep up to 8 people.
Quiet campsite near the end of the Narbonne branch of the Canal du Midi
79 Chemin du Stade
11480 La Palme
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Price from: €11 for a basic 'trekking' package for 1 cyclist with bike; prices vary for self-catered cabins and fixed tents
Open: March 27 to November 8
The 3-star Camping Domaine de La Palme at La Palme is just 5km from the Mediterranean coast near the end of the Narbonne stretch diversion of the Canal du Midi bike route. It around a 8km coastal ride from Port-la-Nouvelle. Tent pitches, as well as self-catered rentals including tents on stilts, canvas bungalows and chalets. This quiet, family campsite sits near a large saltwater lake on the edge of the Mediterranean, providing plenty of opportunities for swimming and water sports. Further afield, explore vineyards or watch the flamingos on the salt pans. Pool. Free wifi. Bar/restaurant with pizzeria.
Cabins and on-site tents 500m from the beach in Vendée
4, rue du Bottereau
85360 La Tranche-sur-Mer
Vendée, Pays de la Loire
Price from: £32
Open: May 26 - October 3
Cool off after your ride at La Tranche is the longest south-facing beach in the Vendée. Mobile homes and on-site tents suited to solo cyclists, families and groups alike. Active supporters of cycling, with cycle tours of the surrounding region are offered onsite.
Lakeside camping within view of the Alps
1530, Route de Chaparon
74210 Doussard, Lac d'Annecy
Price from: €16.50 for 2 people
Open: May to September
With a wonderful setting close to the beautiful Lac d'Annecy and surrounded by the mountains of the Bauges national park, this site provides all that is required for either a relaxing holiday or something more adventurous. The lac has numerous walking trails and there is a dedicated cycle patch alongside the water, as well as watersprorts and even a beach. It would also offer a superb base should a Tour de France or Dauphine stage be hosted nearby. All standard facilities are provided along with snack-bar and sale of fresh bread.
Campsite with on-site tents and self-catering cabins in the Dordogne
24260 Le Bugue
Price from: £20
Open: March 23-September 14
One of the best campgrounds in France, St Avit Loisirs holds 5 'red tents' from Michelin, and boasts not one, not two but SIX pools to choose from after a day out on the bike. There are also free 'learn-to-ride' lessons for kids aged 3-6. On-site tents and cabins sleeping up to 8 people, plus pitches for tents, caravans and campervans.
Riverside campsite on the Seine River south of Rouen
1 Rue Gilles Nicolle
27700 Les Andelys
Price from: €28 for a tent pitch; prices vary for fixed tents, tipis and cabins
Open: March to November
Camping L'Île des Trois Rois is south of Rouen in Normandy on the Seine River on the Epte Valley bike route. A 3-star campsite, it has two heated pools plus a fishing lake. Tent pitches plus self-catered mobile homes. Ideal for anyone riding along the Seine north of Paris. Close to tourist attractions such as Château Gaillard and within a day ride of Monet's house at Giverny. Good for rides, too, into the Vexin Regional Natural Park. Wifi. Snack bar.
Campsite 7km south of the Canal du Midi near Homps
Rue des Rousillous
Aude, Languedoc (Occitanie)
Price from: €7.50 a night for tent pitch it bike or car, fixed base tents from €25 a night, rates vary for the self-catered cabins
Open: April 1 to October 31
Camping la Pinède at Lézignan-Corbières is a friendly campsite just south of the Canal du Midi near Homps, between Carcassonne and Narbonne. It's a lush, green site, spread out over 3.5 hectares and shaded by pine and almond trees. Tent pitces or mobile homes to rent. Restaurant. Children's play area. Local MTB and bike routes from te gate.
Loire valley camping between Orléans and Bourges
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
Price from: £51 a night for fixed tents + self-catering cottages/chalets from
Open: May to September
This is a good option if you're wanting to escape the main tourist trail that runs along the Loire river to the north. Camping Les Alicourts is situated on a lake with a wealth of water sports on offer, including cable water-ski. There's a choice of four pools, including a heated covered option, plus lots of things to keep children entertained with dedicated clubs for each age group. For big kids, there's cocktails on the bar terrace and a choice of dining options. The chateaux are still accessible from here, as is the famous wine town of Sancerre to the south. The tourist hotspots of Orleans and Blois are 60-70km from the site, making this an ideal stopover en route or after the busy Loire route.
Shady campsite within reach of the Dordogne and Lot valleys
Price from: Pitches from €16 per night; self-catered cabins start from €230 a week depending on the season
Open: From April 2
A family run campsite in the Dordogne Valley that's set in its own 2.2-hectare estate. The 3-star Hirondelles campsite is designed to blend into the natural environment of the Lot, with rivers and mountains. This campsite with indoor and heated swimming pool will please the whole family. 24 camping pitches and 39 onsite mobile home rentals. Explore the Quercy region by bicycle, walk the banks of the Lot or Célé rivers or take a dip in the Dordogne. Cycle local vineyards. Visit the medieval cities of Rocamadour or Sarlat. On site food and catering.
22 Quai de la Plaisance
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)
Price from: €13 for basic 'trekking' pitch for a cyclist with tent, prices vary for wooden camping huts and cabins
Open: April 19 to September 20
Camping Robinson at Marseillan Plage is ideal for the start/end of Canal du Midi bike rides, being 7km from Agde and a 16km ride along the Mediterranean coast to/from Sete. The campsite – which has been a fixture on the south coast for more than 30 years – offers direct access to the beach at Marseillan Plage, but there's also a onsite swimming pool and waterpark. Set across 2.5 hectares, it's a peaceful and green site. Tent pitches plus mobile homes and cabins for rent. Some cabins face straight onto the beach and would be wonderful for a fixed base stay for a few days. There are also 'modulo'camp' pitches or wooden huts for cyclists. You pitch your tent near these and get added benefits of a fridge, coffee machine, picnic table and electricity.
Campsite 60km SW of Toulouse in the foothills of the Pyrenees
Lieu dit Le Moulin
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Price from: €19 for 2 people with tent, chalets and fixed tents/bungalows also available
Open: April to September
The tranquil Le Moulin campsite in Martres-Tolosane 60km SW of Toulouse is set in an old Roman villa, the atmospheric 17th century stone buildings and restored watermill providing a unique place to stay. The site is easily accessible from the A64 running between Toulouse and Pau if you're arriving by car, making it an ideal base for cycling while enjoying the secluded and relaxed nature of this park. The pitch options are hedge-lined and generally partially shaded. The heated swimming area includes an aqua-park style slide. A restaurant/bar serves drinks and ice-creams throughout the day and the nearby medieval town of Martres-Tolosane offers sightseeing and dining options. Pitches as well as self-catered cabins.
Camping village at the end of the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel route
28 Route du Mont Saint Michel
Price from: €11 for a tent pitch, chalets from €280-€880 depending on chalet size, the season and the length of your stay
Open: April to November
There's camping and then there's camping à la française. This site is super-conveniently located, about a 20-minute bike ride from the cycle/walking path to Mont-Saint-Michel. It’s spotlessly clean, has all the mod cons you'd need, and is right in the high street of Beauvoir, if you want to stock up on snacks and essentials. You name it, they've got it: bar, snack bar, shop selling bread, pastries and sundries, outdoor ping-pong tables, mini golf, trampoline, video games, boules, pinball, board games, bicycle hire, washing machines, wifi (paid-for), tumble dryers, BBQ rental and ticket sales for Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. You never, ever have to leave. Okay, maybe to go and see Mont-Saint-Michel. It also got accueil vélo status, so they tick all the bike boxes.
We stayed here when we rode Paris to Mont St-Michel – read our review
Small independent campsite on the Meuse River bike route
Route de Thilay
Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne (Grand-Est)
Price from: €15.90 for a cyclist with tent
Open: May 1 to September 30
Campsite des Rapides de Phade is in Monthermé in the heart of the Ardennes and on the EuroVelo 19 Meuse River bike route. It's a basic site located in the woods and near a stream. Tent pitches plus caravans and mobile homes for rent. Small shop.
Near the coast halfway between Sete and Montpellier (15km each way)
1 Route des Aresquiers
34110 Vic-la-Gardiole, Montpellier
Hérault, Languedoc (Occitanie)
Price from: €16 for 'nature' tent pitch for cyclists, prices vary for fixed base bungalow tents and cabins
Open: Open all year
The 3-star Camping Altéa is perfectly located for the end (or the start!) of a Canal du Midi bike ride, being just 15km from Sete. It's also just 15km from Montpellier, making it an ideal base if you are heading that way or arriving from the train station. Tent pitches, plus self-contained fixed base bungalow tents (pictured) as well as self-catered cabins. The campsite is 5km from the beach, and has a pool, bar plus snack bar for takeaway pizzas and other food, plus a mini-supermarket. Part of a network of independently owned French campsites.
Campsite with self-catering cabins walking distance of the beach
Allee St Michel
56340 Carnac Plage
Price from: £30 for a cabin sleeping 8 people
Open: April 27 to September 20
Within walking distance of the seaside resort of Carnac Plage, Les Menhirs is a short bike ride from the famous standing stones at Carnac. Cycle around the peninsula before cooling off in the pool (complete with giant waterslide) or relax in the jacuzzi. Cycling tours of the local area can be booked onsite. Click the 'full details' button below for information on self-catering cabins sleeping upto 8 people, or click here if you have your own tent or campervan.
Campsite with tents and self-catering cabins near Chambord
27 rue de Chambord
Loir-et-Cher, Centre (Loire Valley)
Price from: €19 for a pitch; prices vary for self-catered cabins
Open: Mid-May to mid-September
Small and friendly campsite near Chambord and Blois chateaux, making it a great base for exploring the Loire Valley. The campsite is in the grounds of a manor house. Facilities include restaurant and mini-market. Pool complex, plus spa and jacuzzi with Turkish bath and massage available. Self-catering cabins. Bike hire available on site (including kids' bikes and child seats).
Camping in the Perigord Vert between Angoulême and Limoges
Château le Verdoyer
24470 Champs Romain
Price from: €40 for 2 people per night
Open: April to September
Set in the national park of the Perigord-Limousin, this campsite sits in the grounds of a chateau and lake. Some key renovations have taken place in 2015 to improve the facilities, including changes to pitches and to the terrace area used for eating and entertainment. A new chef has also been bought on board in the restaurant to give you a taste of local cuisine within the stone walls of the chateau (if you're late arriving you can take advantage of a special menu to fill you up on a fast but simple dinner). Water is a big part of experience here, and there are two lakes – one for fishing and one for swimming – plus three pools, complete with water slide. Cycling in the Dordogne area is always a pleasure due to the quiet roads and stunning scenery, but this site is also close to the voie verte (an old converted railway line) between Saint Pardoux la Riviere and Thiviers – a great 17km shaded trail that will take you off through the countryside.
Lakeside camping perfectly located for Futuroscope
Lac Saint Cyr
86130 Saint Cyr
Price from: €19 for 2 people + tent, prices for mobile homes vary
Open: April to September
Ideal for either a stopover or a slightly longer stay to rest and explore, Camping Lac de Saint-Cyr is an easy pedal to the excellent Futuroscope, as well as the cobbled streets of Poitiers. This is an open site set by a beautiful clear lake with a nice beach for relaxing by the water, with pedaloes, canoes and catamarans for hire. You can bike around the lake on the dedicated paths that run alongside the lake, and relax in the heated pool (complete with waterfall and massage jets) afterwards. The restaurant on site provides snacks and evening meals, plus there's a more formal dining room at the nearby golf course, a short distance away.Tent/touring pitches + mobile homes.
Campsite with self-catering cabins perfectly placed for the Canal du Midi
Avenue des Mûriers
Price from: £30 per cabin per night
Open: March 28 - September 28
Les Sablons is good base from which to access the cycle routes along the Canal du Midi, which crosses the River River Orb at Béziers, 14km away. The campsite also has direct access to the beach Portiragnes for a relaxing swim after a day's riding. Cycling tours of the local area can be arranged on-site. Click below to find out more about the fixed tents and cabins sleeping up to 8 people, or click here if you have your own tent or campervan.
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.
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