Camping is one of the best ways to experience the stunning scenery of the French countryside. There’s nothing like waking up, opening the tent door and being instantly surrounding by a truly ‘magnifique’ view, whether it is of sea, sand, or a historic site.
From the grounds of a historic chateau or right on the sands of the South of France, here are some of the best sites to camp by views that will take your breath away.
Chateau de Monfreville, Normandy
This house has seen a millennium of history, with everyone from 16th century French nobles to Walt Disney have stayed there. Now, you can soak up the history of this spot by staying in its idyllic grounds on one of the 25 camping pitches in the grounds of the building commissioned by none other than William the Conqueror.
Camping Belle Vue, Dordogne
Grab your hunting tent, bring your canoe, or pack a palette of pastels; this spot is the ultimate activity destination. The Dordogne is known worldwide as one of France’s finest spots, and it really lives up to its reputation. Whether you just want stunning valley views or are looking for an activity or hunting holiday, the region has everything. If that’s not enough, the campsite even offers breakfast delivery to your tent door!
Camping de l’Ocean, Cote d’Argent
Although it’s on the Silver Coast, everything about this spot is golden, from the stunning sands that are just 300m away from the campsite to the breathtaking sunsets (a camera is essential). This, plus forests full of deeply scented pine trees, great places to surf or cycle, and a church that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Domains Les Moulins, Vendee
For those looking for a little more of a luxury experience, this site on the Ile de Noirmoutier is a must-book. Not only will you see French coastal life at its most traditional going on around you, but the camping spots are stunning views all of themselves, with campers staying in two-floor tipis or wooden cabins alongside a few standard pitches for tents and caravans.
Camping Merry-sur-Yonne, Burgundy
Lakeside camping does not get much better than this. Come for fun on the Yonne and stay for the incredibly photogenic limestone cliffs that tower over the tents, caravans and gites of this quiet campsite. If you are feeling adventurous, bring your crampons and climb these cliffs for panoramic views of Burgundy.
Though these five spots are a great place to start, in France you are never too far from an amazing view. Camping is by far the cheapest and most convenient way to experience them. So find that perfect tent, get yourself a comfy sleeping bag, and go experience every corner of the countryside.