France Shorter Stays and Night Halts






Northern France

Amiens                  Le Parc des Cygnes 

New site convenient for visiting the city or area, bus stop outside gates or cycle along the canal (about 6km). Helpful staff and good heated facilities. Tarmac roads but the serviced grass pitches are uneven (probably due to rabbits) and could be difficult in the wet.    Handy for a last night before ferry. (2011)

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Etaples              Camp Municipal La Pinede

Etaples is good for a short stay and the site is in attractive location with views. We were unlucky with  large noisy French family groups. Good fish market on the quayside at Etaples. Jetons needed for showers, Barrier closed at lunchtime and after 7, might be awkward for early departures. (2006)


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St Quentin(10km South)   ACSI    Camping Le Vivier aux Carpes


Ok site in quiet village good facilities, muddy when wet. Could be base for some Great War battlefields (201O)


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Paris         Camping Bois de Boulogne

Busy site, not too difficult to find following signs from Bvld Peripherique. We found it more difficult to get away going south, might be worth returning to Peripherique.(2006)


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 Metz      Camping  Le Paquis

Convenient NH, on the banks of the Moselle with interesting walk to nearby  WW2 site where US troops crossed the river. Close to main road/Motorway (2011)


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Champagne Area 


Chalons en Champagne       CC   Camping de Chalons en Champagne

 
 

Large hard standing serviced pitches. A bit pricey (unless using Camping Cheques) but still a good night halt or for a few days in the Champagne district. Wonderful boulangerie at top of road and hypermarket in walking distance. 

Formerly Municipal, standards have fallen since it was sold off (2013)

 

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Burgundy 

Macon         Camp Municipal Les Varennes

 
 


Big site close to the town, on the N6 and convenient for the A6 motorway. Very useful for a night or short stay. Take away on site, hypermarket and restaurants in walking distance. Bike tracks into town. We have stopped  here twice a year for over10 years. New sanitary block is a great improvement (2013)

Note 2012    Gate found closed to new arrivals  between 12 and 2, may be a new policy or just low season.

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Beaune              Camp Municipal Les Cent Vignes



Walking distance out of very nice town, good for any length of stay. Sanitary facilities recently renovated, free WiFi.

Gets full so arrive early. (2013)


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Western  France 

Bain de Bretagne  (32 km south Rennes)    Camp Municipal du Lac

Pleasant site outside a spa town. (2007)


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St Maixent L' Ecole (Nr Niorte)   Camp Municipal du Panier Fleuri

A tidy site with a friendly manager and good facilities, especially useful for low season night halts. (2016)


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Bordeaux           ACSI  Camping de Bordeaux Lac

New site signed from exit 5 on the ring road. Good facilities but small pitches and landscaping yet to become established. Good NH but likely to fill early afternoon at peak times or according to exhibition program at near-bye center  . (2012)


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Montaigu (32 km south Nantes)   Camping L’Eden


Peaceful spot  Open April 1st -September 30th  Ordinary, but a useful NH, one days drive south from St Malo 240km or Ouistreham 360km


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Maillezais    Camp Municipal de l'Autize

Very well maintained site in walking distance of the town, good clean facilities and large pitches. Useful NH one day south from Caen/St Malo ferries. (2014)

Now only opens June 1st

 
 


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Fresnay Sur Sarthe  (North of Le Mans)   Camp Municipal Le sans Souci

Pretty town and site very well maintained. Friendly and helpful Warden. (2006)


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Rhone Valley

Montelimar     ☼ Floral Camping

Adjacent to RN 7, convenient for night halt or short stay.  Small site with pool for a swim after a long drive. Eccentric but friendly owners, useful bar restaurant with cheap meals. (2004)

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North West

Carentan    ☼ ACSI Camping Municipal Le Haut Dick

Good site for night halt or short stay visiting D-day beaches.

Can be a bit tricky to find, missed turnings can end up in very narrow streets. Friendly manager. (2004)

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Ouistrehham     ACSI Camping Riva Bella formerly Municipal Les Pommiers 

Only 5 minutes from Ouistreham ferry terminal, adjacent to Caen canal. Open for late ferry arrivals and usually enough room as to not require unhooking the caravan. Facilities basic but ok for a short stay and the adjacent towpath can be used to cycle/walk to town or Pegasus bridge museum. Security much improved with site barriers and coded gate to the canal path.

Under new ownership significant improvements under way but also new office opening hours, closes for lunch 12  until 2 and again early evening  before reopening at 9:30 for the late ferry arrival.(2017)


 
 

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Servon            ACSI Campeole St Gregoire


Good tidy night halt  2 hours from Ouistreham. Sometimes possible to remain hooked up.  Close to main road, quite small could fill.(2016)


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Picardy / Belgium Border 

Maubeurge     ☼ Camp du Clair de Lune

Tidy municipal site on the N2.


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