France is short on being called a camping haven. With the great weather and numerous campsites in the country, more than 10,000 in fact, it is certain that you can locate your ideal camping ground here. From beautiful coastal sites to majestic and pristine mountain campsite, France has a lot to offer campers around the world.
From Europeans to Africans, from Americans to Asians, the vast number of tourist campers the go to France during the camping season shows how much they love the combination of rich natural resources and cultural heritage of the French camping scene. But there are a few things when camping in France, some details the campers ought to know.
Of course, if you’re a foreigner always bring the travel documents with you. Always carry with you your passport, insurances, and various identification cards. Be aware the campsites in France are pretty much like hotels where you booked and pay for your stay. Now identification would be required during these situations so it is imperative that you have something to show. If you will be renting a car, make sure you have your driving license and make certain that the car is well equipped with the necessary safety gadgets and devices like a warning triangle which is required by French law.
Speaking of French law, that’s another things that you should get yourself well acquainted. There will be some restrictions and guidelines that campers will have to follow when they pitched their tents in France. So familiarise yourself. It would be great if you could buy a camping guide since some guides will give you a run down of what and what not to expect from your camping experience in France.
The more popular sites in France is Normandy and Brittany but don’t think that they are the best ones the country has to offer. Depending on your taste, there are thousand others to choose from. Do your research including asking your pals or friends about their camping experiences in France. Take note that since these areas are the more popular ones, expect a lot of people especially during the July to August peak months. Explore inwards, towards the country’s farm campsites where vineyards and valleys with deep rivers flow.
A must try is the food. Another mental note that you should take is the fact that almost every region in France have their own specialties. Don’t leave unless you have tried their food. From seafood dishes to crepes, from pies to local cheeses, camping in France include enjoying the food. So get out of your tent and dig in.
As mentioned earlier, going inland will give you a closer look at the vast vineyards the line up the French countryside. You can have wine cellar tour if your campsite is nearby and have a taste of the various kinds of French wine, which are often famous around the world.
July and August are the peak months so it would be best to schedule a camping trip say between June to August. The camping season officially ends in September because the weather changes. The mid year is the best time to go camping because the weather during this time is just splendid, not too warm or too cold.
These are just a few of the details that you ought to know when you are preparing a camping trip to France. Although some might appear to be too unrealistic or too rigid, some are actually quite commonsensical and needs no further explanation.
But I do feel that in the rush to go an enjoy camping people tend to forget a couple of the important stuff.