In the UK the idea of camping has undergone a populist revolution in the last few years. More people than ever are taking up camping and France has become one of UK travellers top destinations.

France as a nation is somewhat more camper friendly than the UK as there regulations are a lot less strict. France embraces the camping lifestyle and of course offers some much more favourable weather than the UK. It’s not hard to see why France has become such a popular destination. The beautiful countryside, weather and easy access make it an affordable option for many.

So what camping options exist for UK travellers while in France. In this article we will explore some of those options.

Vineyard Camping

France is of course synonymous with wine and is home to many famous vineyards. People travel from all over the world to visit them and what better way to enjoy them than by staying in one. Many vineyard owners offer a free night of camping and allow visitors to enjoy the full delights of a vineyard. Simply kick back and enjoy a glass of wine.

Mountain Camping

The French Alps is a particularly beautiful region and very popular with campers. This is because of the changing climates. In the summer campers can enjoy the sunshine while in the winter campers can camp in snowy conditions. The area caters for everyone and the views are unrivalled. For example the highly regarded Airstream Trailers sits in the foothills of the Pyrenees and has its very own wood fired hot tub.

City Camping

Believe it or not you can still camp in capital cities these days. Many have excellent camp sites just on the edges of the city and offer good access to local attractions. A prime example would be Paris. There are many great campsites in the northwest suburbs and staying in one of these can be excellent value for many. It provides an alternative way to stay and enjoy a city.


For the more adventurous types you might want to try free camping. This is in essence, where you find a field and setup camp. This is perfectly legal in France and something that many visitors enjoy. It is a great solution for people travelling through and adds a sense of excitement. Of course there are some risks with this approach and precautions should be taken. For example if you are going to camp in a farmer’s field it is best to ask permission from them first.

Beech Life

The southwest of France has some of Europe’s longest and most beautiful beaches. The warm temperatures and idyllic sand dunes make these the perfect places to camp. The fresh ocean air and a warm camp fire make this a very romantic setup. Couples flock here from all over the world to enjoy this experience.

France is essentially full of great campsites and works hard to accommodate campers. This and the diverse culture help make it a top tourist destination for UK travellers.

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