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Seaside Camping in France | Life’s a beach

Small boats with tall sails parked on a white sandy beach under a blue sky in Brittany

When it comes to camping near the seaside in France, there’s a huge choice. From pitching your tent in the dunes, to a cool cabin right on the beach, glamping under the pine trees, parking up in your mobile home or renting a chalet. What’s not to love about the sound of the sea lapping up the sand, a glass of wine under the twinkling stars and the fresh air that always seems so much more pure at the coast…

Beachside camping in Brittany

Swimming pool on a campsite in Brittany in which families play under a blue sky, palm trees surround it

With its beautiful beaches, enthralling coastal scenery and family friendly campsites, Brittany is brilliant for seaside holidays. Explore the Emerald Coast or the Pink Granite Coast, which takes its name from the colours of its unusual rock formations. You’ll discover a land of silky sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, a plethora of islands and secret bays. When it comes to local produce, who can resist the famous pancakes of Brittany, but there’s much more to this region. From the oysters of Cancale, cider, mouth-watering cheeses and the freshest sea food, indulge your senses in this gastronomic paradise.

There’s heaps of choice but we really like the area between Cap Fréhel and Saint Malo in Cotes d’Armor, northern Brittany. It’s got everything from historic towns, gorgeous villages and glorious beaches. With plenty of camp sites to choose from, you can pitch your tent or rent a lovely mobile home, or a large tent with a bathroom, kitchen and terrace.

Perfect beach pitches in Provence

Woman sits on a beach, her back to the camera, holding a glass of wine looking at the blue sea on a sunny day

Provence is a beautiful region, rich in history, gastronomy and wine, famous for its lavender fields, picturesque villages and vineyards. It’s also a playground for families and perfect for camping with lots of sunshine. The coast of the French Riviera with its sandy beaches, swish resorts and beautiful old villages and towns is utterly alluring.

Palm trees, tables and chairs surround a swimming pool on a sunny day in Provence

Roquebrune-sur-Argens isa little bit of paradise. Just a short way from Saint Tropez it lies between Sainte-Maxime and lovely Frejus. It’s a truly beautiful, unspoiled area and not so well known to non-French visitors. The medieval town of Roquebrun-sur-Argens is quintessentially Provencal. There are fabulous boulangeries, chocolatiers, great restaurants and a weekly market (Friday). There’s a golf course, water sports galore – from sailing in the gulf of Saint-Tropez to diving, hiking and horse riding.

Seaside camping in the Vendée

Waves lap a sandy beach under a sky which has clouds in but the sun beams are strong

The Vendée, in Poitou-Charentes, on the Atlantic in southwest France is best known for its shining, soft sandy beaches. Around 70 miles of unbroken coast line, peppered with seaside towns are enough to please everyone. One of the best locations for camping holidays is Les Sables-D’Olonnes, known as the “Pearl of the Ocean”. It’s a large seaside town with an enormous beach 1.5 miles long. This vibrant town has loads to offer. Plus there are lots of fabulous cafés, perfect for a refreshing after beach aperitif as the sun sets. There’s a thriving fishing port and a marina, watching the boats come and go is so relaxing. With five markets, ferry service, museums, the nearby salt marshes, boat trips and absolutely loads of activities – you’ll never be bored here.


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