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French campsites vary so much that we have only listed some we have enjoyed staying at, mostly for one or two nights. Booking in at small municipal sites can be difficult. Its best to arrive around 4 to 6pm when the guardien is likely to be in the office, or he/she may call round to each pitch sometime in the evening or morning. You normally pay on arrival. There are sometimes signs in quaint English giving details of the charges and the address of the Mairie (town hall). Most of the sites we have visited were unsupervised except when the office was open and also situated in public parks by the local plan d'eau (bathing and fishing lake) with public access, and usually in walking distance of the town for buying provisions.

Links to other campsites we have visited in more recent years: 
for Jura and the Alps   
for Provence , Camargue and Lot 
for Auvergne, Cevennes, Riviera, Alps, Vosges
2006 for Alps, Provence, Yonne
for West coast Pyrenees, Languedoc and Lot
2009 for Auvergne central and eastern France


Campsites visited  before 2000

North and Eastern France

Site nearest large town Our comments
Rocroi Charleville -Meziers Basic site set in the ramparts of the old walled town in the French Ardennes.
Sezanne Rheims At the municipal swimming pool so busy. Marked allocated pitches in rows with some shade.
Langres Langres In town centre ramparts. Useful for an overnight stop. There is a torchlight pageant cum pub-crawl each week along the ramparts so can be noisy! 
Morvan and Auvergne
Accolay Auxerre Small site on edge of pretty village. Some static Tourer vans. Pleasant cycling along canal towpath to Vermenton. There are pleasant small towns nearby especially in the Puisaye region to the West and Vezelay to the north-east.
Montigny en Morvan Chateau-Chinon  A small site among trees on lakeside. It had a hippy feel about it with log fires and brightly painted VW campervans
Chatillon en Bazois Nevers Pleasant site in town next to swimming pool. Canal path nearby for easy cycling and occasional pleasure boats to wave to.
Cevennes and Tarn Gorge
Camping de l'Aiguebelle


Florac Small site on edge of the village with some pitches in marked areas and also in a  field alongside river Tarn with some shade. Friendly owners, small cafe and swimming pool. Facilities in field were basic the main site ok but busy
More sites in Brittany visited in 1998
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