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Summer time camping in France: Our guide to camping in France

France has a great climate, plenty of amazing beaches and loads of activities for families especially in the summer. It is famous for its wine and cheese, it's Rivera, Alps and Eiffel Tower, but it’s also popular for families who go camping there every summer. If you're thinking of joining the thousands who enjoy a camping holiday in France this year, here is our guide.

Why go camping in France

Camping in France is a massive and successful tourist trade which attracts thousands of families every year. Generally, large campsites are run by operators who provide all accommodation, equipment, amenities and entertainment for families. They offer more freedom for families who can arrive when they choose, by either air, train or by car and because of different operators, there is plenty of deals to suit every budget.

Which campsite

Many campsites have different themes for families who are looking for alternative kind of holiday experiences. Some are focused on kid’s entertainment and will offer pool parks, sport activities and kids’ clubs. Other campsites offer a more quiet relaxing holidays in outdoor scenic environments. It is a good idea to do some research on each of the locations (and find out what your family wants from their holiday!) before you book.


Because of the warm French climate, there are camps scattered around the country; including the hotter South of France and the cooler north. Temperature and weather are generally warm and sunny during summer months, but can get very hot in the south during July and August. Cooler temperatures are June and September.


Dedicated campsites offer holidays for different budgets and so there are many types of accommodation. Most sites provide mobile homes for families that come in many standards and sizes. Or if you're looking for something more rustic, you can choose a large family sized walk-in tents. For something alternative, there are also tree-houses, bungalows, cabins, and lodges, all ready at your arrival. All accommodation come with the essentials, including the most important item: the plug for the ipad!


Sites are generally safe for children to roam free, and all provide amenities that include a pool, bars, cafes, restaurants and loads of activities and clubs to keep kids entertained. There is nightlife provided for jaded parents, and kids are allowed stay out late too! Perfect for families of all ages.

Flight times & travel

There are flights from Ireland to most large cities in France. Costs differ depending on which week you choose in the summer. Flights times are about 2 hours. You can also drive by taking a car ferry from Rosslare to either Cherbourg and Roscoff.



(29-04-2016 11:46)

Hi Carol, I have been camping in France every year for the past 10 years and it is an amazing holiday especially for the kids. I have never been to the campsite you have mentioned but I would recommend a campsite in the Vendee region called La Clarys Plage, I have been there numerous times. Ryanair fly into Nantes, really quick flight and the campsite can arrange a mini van to pick you up, think its about 200 euro return for the family. Its probably a 50 min drive to the campsite from the airport. One of the main advantages of this campsite is that there is a large supermarket on site, it is walking distance to the beach and village so no car is necessary. We usually book through Hell France in Cork, they are great, really helpful. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy the hols, Anne.


(28-04-2016 10:02)

Hi there, we are thinking of visiting La Reserve campsite. It is our first time to go camping so its all new to us. Can anyone please advise if a car is needed especially for going to the supermarket. Can you please advise what the price of a taxi for 5 people cost from Bordeaux airport.

Many thanks

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