France campsites – tips on how to travel with a tent
Traveling with a tent through France is a pleasant experience. There are really plenty of campsites and there are almost always places available. We found campgrounds either by navigation (Sygic for phone/tablet has a good base) or by accident on the signposts. France – camping sites are an entry that can save a lot of time and effort.
Camping site prices in France
Camping prices are directly proportional to the popularity of the region and the population density.
Over the Loire and in the vicinity of the valley we paid for two people, a tent, a car, and electricity about 24 Euro – there is a lot of space on the campsites, the grass is always green and the owners smiling and very carefree (at 19:00 they watch only how fast they can roll up from the reception).
On the Côte d’Azur, the price in the same high season for the night started at €36 per campsite at sea – the standard was only slightly higher. Two small tents (we had companions for a few days) were often treated as one, which helped to save several Euros many times.
We visited the Agde area completely off-season (end of September) – here for a larger group it was more profitable to take the cottages than to pitch the tents (the village of Valras Plage).
North of France and Normandy – prices depend on the attractiveness of the region. In the vicinity of Mont St. Michele it is more expensive, just like in Carnac. However, the Allied landing beaches have a price of about 27 Euros for two people, a tent and a car.
Prices can also change exponentially depending on the season – from mid-July to the end of August, the French have holidays and prices rise sharply. In September for the same money as the tent in August you can even hit the house.
The cash is rather superfluous – I think it only happened once that the campsite did not have a card payment terminal. If you are staying for one night, the custom is paid for in advance. For a longer period of time, they keep the ID card until the end of their stay.
Field operation on camping sites
The service is at a high level, always courteous and helpful. With English, however, it can be different. The less touristically advertised or the more out-of-touch the region is, the harder it is to communicate in English. Young people do not always work at the reception desk, the older they are, the more they will want to help us and save us… but with less understanding. It’s simply funny too. A pen, a piece of paper and a few pictograms saved us many times.
However, we warn those who plan to come to the place late at night or look for a place to break up after dark – an open reception after 20:00 is a rarity.
Sanitation, electricity, and grill
Toilet paper is really rare (after all, it’s not hotels). You can always count on the hot water in the shower, but not always on hot water or free water (chips or 50 cents).
It is important to have an adapter to the socket for three pins (used by campers) and a long extension cable – on less frequent campsites without separate fields the distances from the socket boxes can be considerable (10m).
Many campsites in France prohibit barbecuing on coal, so it is worth having an alternative in the form of a cooker or camping. It is worth asking about the grill when you register, to avoid any unpleasantness. If it is not possible to light a fire in the field, it is customary for the campsite to have a special barbecue area or to borrow a gas grill (in our case 5 euros per day).