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Camping in the South of France

Call it what you will: the South of France, the French Riviera, Provence or the Cote d'Azur, they are more or less the same thing, and this is the region which set off the camping holiday phenomenon for British holidaymakers.

Campsites we feature in the South of France

A medium sized 4* campsite at Port Grimaud, Camping Domaine de Naiades has been specially adapted for the needs of British holidaymakers.

A high quality 4* campsite, les Lacs du Verdon is a superb site close to the Verdon Gorges which provides plenty of scope for walking & cycling. 

A 5* campsite near the beach, camping Esterel at St. Raphael has a Hollywood style pool complex with slides, heated pools + horse riding nearby and all onsite the facilities you could wish for. 

The 3* Camping Pres du Verdon at Quinson in the Alpes Haute Provence provide us with all the spectacular scenery, walking, hiking & mountain biking you can handle.

A 5* campsite,les Prairies de la Mer has direct access to a sandy beach with the beautiful town of Port Grimaud just 500 metres away.

Camping la Baume at Frejus is a lively 5* campsite with 7 pools, a 3 lane water slide, jacuzzi, spa, discos, concerts and many more facilities.

The 3* Camping St Aygulf Plage is set in 22 hectares (54 acres)of parkland near the resort of St Aygulf & has direct access to a freshwater lake and the beach, so offers a great range of both on and offsite facilities.

The 4* Camping Chateau de-l-Eouviere is set in the grounds of an 18th Cent. castle in Montmeyran, near to Aix & Verdon Gorges, prehistoric caves + archaeological sites, rock climbing and nature, nature, nature.

The 4* camping le Montourey campsite is near to Frejust & St Raphael, beaches and the azur blue of the Med, masses of onsite activities & the Aqualand water park nearby.

The 3* Camping Crin Blanc near to Arles is in the Camargue Regional Nature reserve & ideal for visiting the 3 bird watching observatories of Salin de Badon. Campsite has the usual facilities + evening entertainment in high season.

The 3* Camping Fréjus lies next to St Raphael & has a truly superb Pool complex with 6 slides, 6 pools & a Lazy River. The beach is not far away either. This has to be great value for money.

The 4* Domaine de la Sainte Baume in Provence has everything you need for a wonderful holiday: Great onsite facilities, near to the Med beaches & set in over 20 acres of woodland.

The 4* Camping Domaine des Iscles is set in the Luberon hills on the banks of a lake & just 35 Kms from Aix-en-Provence. There are lots of amenities here both on and off site.

A 4* campsite near to the beach, Green Park is situated between Antibes & Nice, has a heated lagoon style pool complex, theme evenings, shows, a multi sports pitch and more. 

The 4* l'Etoile d'Argens campsite at St Aygulf has direct access to a river with a beach just 3 kms away & has masses of both off and on site facilities; horse riding, canoeing, sailing, fishing etc. 

The 4* Domaine du Verdon at Castellane has direct river access with top notch on and off site facilities such as canyoning, rafting, horse riding and also amenities on a nearby lake. 

A 5* campsite, Camping Douce Quietude at St Raphael has everything from boat trips nearby to the large pools and many onsite facilities.

The 4* Camping Domaine de la Sainte Baume is set in 22 acres of forest land in Provence. It is a relaxing family campsite with a host of amenities and numerous hiking trails for walkers & bikers.

The 4* Camping Parc St James Oasis near to the small town of Puget St James is set between the Maures and Esterel hills and offers an authentic Provencal experience.

The 5* Holiday Green campsite at Frejus is 7 kms from the beach, has a huge Californian style pool complex, toboggans, jacuzzi and a solarium.

The 5* Club Colombier campsite at Frejus is 4 kms from the beach and has excellent facilities nearby for golf, windsurfing, scuba diving, canoeing, tennis and much more.

The small 3* le Val de Durance campsite at Cadenet offers white water rafting nearby, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, cyle hire & many cycle tracks.

The small 3* la Presqu'il campsite at St Mandrier is 400 metres from the beach and is near to an authentic French harbour. The site has a heated lagoon style pool, shows, games, evening entertainment etc.

The 3* les Rives du Luberon campsite at Cheval Blanc is a large holiday park in the foothills of the Luberons with wonderful views and all the usual facilities.

The small 3* Marina Paradise campsite at Port Cogolin is set near the beach, is dog friendly and offers all the normal campsite amenities.

The 3* la Baie des Anges campsite at Ciotat is a large site just 3 kms from the beach and looks across the Bay of Angels. The campsite is surrounded by pine trees and olive groves & has a great range of on and off site facilities.

The 5* Holiday Marina resort at Port Grimaud is less than 1 km from the beach, has direct access to the River Giscle with masses of on and off site facilities: canoeing, windsurfing, horse riding, football, scuba diving and the site is also dog friendly.

About the towns with which our campsites are associated.

The Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azure pretty much covers the part of southern France where most of our campsites in the South of France are situated. Call it the Cote d'Azur, French Riviera or South of France and those terms all cover the same area. This region begins roughly at Toulon and extends to the French/Italian border.

Canadel, or le Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer is comprised of 2 small villages, Canadel and Rayol with the Canadel part being roughly 200 metres from the sea. The town is noted for having 11 beautiful public gardens.

Frejus, the dusty little village which I (Editor) first visited in the 1960's, is now an extremely popular tourist resort next to St Raphael.

St Raphael, again, a tiny village in the 1960's, as it had been for centuries, is near to the Mediteranean Sea with the ever busy and mega expensive Cannes just around the corner.

We don't have many camping resorts in or around St Tropez, but this is a town with great beaches and ranks right up there with all the other high profile towns & villages along this coast. Methinks Brigitte Bardot still has a house overlooking St Tropez.

Port Grimaud, also called the "Venice of France" was in fact built as a model of the Italian Venice. The fact is that now it is a tourist Mecca and the property prices are stratospheric!

Castellane, the town near the Verdon Gorge, is popular with tourists who like to walk, climb, mountain bike & go canyoning in some of the most beautiful scenery in France.

Le Muy, more a village than a town, is close to the River Argens where many water based activities are available. It is also about 10 kms from St Raphael.

The camping & holiday resort of St Aygulf faces the Med Sea but is one of the quieter resorts in the area - somewhere to go back to after a hard day on the beach.

The first place I visited (Editor) in the 1960's was Agay, then a tiny little place which had lain undisturbed for centuries but which now has grown up but still has beautiful surroundings.

 

 

 


 

Families have been coming to what they term as the south of France for their self catering camping holidays for many, many years even though this region has arguably the highest cost of living in the country.

Aix en Provence restaurantThat shouldn't bother you too much provided you are aware that shopping here is for the rich and famous, but for we ordinary mortals the camping holidays we take here cost the same as anywhere else in France.

The south of France actually goes by other names as well such as Provence or the French Riviera but they are all one and the same, and the name 'south of France' has become synonymous with Provence and does not include the Languedoc-Roussillon next door which is just as far south.

Beach at Cap d'Antibes, south of FranceCamping here is fun and usually very hot in the summer months so we seriously recommend you use a good high factor sun cream when on your lounger sipping a beer and dipping your toes into the Mediterranean Sea.

This part of the south of France includes Marseille, the largest and busiest port in the country as well as a host of other 'big name' towns and cities such as Toulon, and camping holiday resorts such as St Tropez which was made famous in the 1960's when Brigitte Bardot and other stars bought property there.

Camping has been a way of life and big business since I (the editor) first visited the region in the mid 1960's when places like St Raphael, Frejus and the rest were really just dusty little villages.

Camping in the south of France invariably means a visit to Cannes, Nice and Monaco which is a wonderful little place but has a dearth of parking spaces for mere mortals such as we.

 


Last update: 29.12.2017