10 of the Best Campsites in France for Families

Thinking of camping in France with kids and looking for the best campsites in France for kids? We have got you covered! We have taken lots of family camping holidays in France with the kids, most recently a six week summer roadtrip with our VW campervan. Through trial and error, we have located some of the best campsites in France for families.

France is one of the most family-friendly destinations we have been with the kids. Being such a family-friendly place, however, means that there is an overwhelming number of campsites in France for families. It sounds like a nice problem to have, but it can be mind boggling.

To make things easier, we’ve listed our favourite French campsites. Not only are they some of the best campsites in france for kids, they are also located in some of the best areas of France where there are endless things to do for families.

Our best family camping experiences have been on small campsites in France and for the most part, this is what we recommend if you are camping with small kids.

For each campsite we have listed the location, what type of accommodation they offer, what their facilities are like, what activities they offer and what there is to do in the local area.

Map of the Best Campsites in France for Families

2 Top Tips for French camping holidays with kids:

Make sure that every male in the family takes their speedos. Most, if not all of the campsites insist on these. It’s the only thing about France camping holidays that we’re not so keen on :)

Planning on cycling with kids? It is law in France for all kids under the age of 12 to wear bike helmets (even if they’re being carried on the back of your bike).

Breakfast on our camping holidays in France

Breakfast on our camping holidays in France

Camping Domaine de la Besse and Spa

Location

Camping Domaine de la Besse & Spa is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Ariège deparment in south-east France and close to Toulouse and Carcassonne.

Besse de Naout
09500 Camon

Accommodation

The 4 star campsite is situated on a working farm in their fields so you get an enormous amount of space. There are camping pitches and rental accommodation available.

The main field for tents, campervans and motorhomes is an enormous meadow with beautiful wildflowers and incredible views of the foothills. The pitches are situated around the edge of the meadow only so you have a wide open space in front of your pitch for the kids to run around. In terms of allowing the kids some freedom, this is one of the best family campsites in France.

Facilities

They have the most incredible pool we have ever seen on a campsite. It is a lagoon pool and although you are far from the coast, it makes you think that you’re by the sea with its soft white sand and crystal clear water. Remember to bring your bucket and spade!

The sanitary blocks are spotless and they provide hand soap, washing up liquid and sponges. There are two main sanitary blocks, washing machine, fire pit / BBQ area and a games room and a small playground.

There is a restaurant on site, but during our stay it was closed due to government regulations so they were doing takeaways instead.

Activities

They have a fun calendar of activities for all the family. There are…

  • Fishing competitions for the youngsters
  • Guided outings to the nearby historic town of Mirepoix
  • Guided visit of the farm and the animals
  • Family orientation game
The lagoon pool at Camping Domaine de la Besse

The lagoon pool at Camping Domaine de la Besse

Camping meadow at Domaine de la Besse

Camping meadow at Domaine de la Besse

The village ramparts of Camon

The village ramparts of neighbouring village – Camon

Lovely local river swimming spot

Lovely local river swimming spot

Local area

  • Visit Camon – one of the most beautiful villages in France.
  • Take a bike ride on the Voie Verte to Mirepoix (market day is Monday)
  • Carcassonne is a 45 minute drive from the campsite.
  • Take a swim in the river next to the campsite
  • Visit the sunflower fields on the way to the river
Cité de Carcassonne

Cité de Carcassonne

Sunflowers at sunset

Sunflowers at sunset

Market day in Mirepoix

Market day in Mirepoix

Camping La Farigoulette

Location

Located near the famous Lac du Saint Croix in the Verdon Gorge in the Alpes de Haute Provence in the south of France.

1029 route de Montpezat
04500 Saint-Laurent-du-Verdon

Accommodation

The beauty of Camping la Farigoulette is that it is a very small campsite which makes it perfect for families. It is one of the best 5 star campsites in south of France.

They have camping pitches, safari tents and mobile homes dotted around with plenty of shade from the trees.

Facilities

It has lovely facilities for families, including a small pool for kids with water features that is separate to the main pool. It lies on the shores of a lake and there are multi-weather football and basketball courts for the older kids and playgrounds for the younger kids. There are also ping pong tables, mini golf and an outdoor gym area.

There is a restaurant and bar on site. You can order pizzas from their wood-fired oven to take away.

Activities

Being on the shores of a lake, the focus is on watersports with a dedicated watersports centre. There is also a kids’ club with various activities scheduled through the week.

  • Hire electric boats
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Kayaks
The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge

Safari tent at Camping la Farigoulette

Safari tent at Camping la Farigoulette

Swimming pool at Camping La Farigoulette

Swimming pool at Camping La Farigoulette

Watersports centre at Camping la Farigoulette

Watersports centre at Camping la Farigoulette

Local area

Visit nearby Moustiers Sainte Marie, a Plus Beaux Villages de France

Visit the Valensole Plateau lavender fields (and Sunflower fields) between mid-June and mid-July.

Hike in the Verdon Gorge

Boating in the Verdon Gorge

Boating in the Verdon Gorge

Provence lavender fields

Provence lavender fields

Moustiers Saint Marie

Moustiers Saint Marie

Château de Chanteloup

Location

Located just to the north-east of Le Mans and close to the Perche Regional Natural Park in the Sarthe department.

72460 Sille-Le-Philippe
Sarthe
Pays de la Loire

Accommodation

Situated in the grounds of a beautiful French château, Château de Chanteloup is the perfect example of a Les Castels campsite. Top tip – if you are looking for luxury campsites in France, start with Les Castels.

The main pitches are located around the edges of the large lawns by the house with more secluded pitches in the wooded area behind the château. You get the feeling of having plenty of space because the centre of the field has no pitches on it.

There are also a couple of glamping tents by the lake if you don’t have your own camping gear. There are a few more camping pitches here too which looked idyllic. This really is one of the loveliest 5 star campsites in France and you couldn’t ask for much more for family camping in France.

Facilities

The sanitary blocks were plentiful and spotless. The main facilities are up near the house but there is a smaller block of toilets and showers by the main camping field.

There is a restaurant and bar on site and takeaway pizza. There’s a small shop but the hours are limited.

They have possibly the poshest games room we’ve ever seen and a fantastic playground and pool area.

Activities

  • There’s a kids’ club for ages 4-10 which is on every day during the high season.
  • There’s a lovely children’s wooden play area with a little village for kids.
  • Boating and fishing on the lake.
  • Woodland walk
  • Goat farm in the woods
  • Games room
Chateau de Chanteloup

Chateau de Chanteloup

The pool area at Château de Chanteloup

The pool area at Château de Chanteloup

Exceptional facilities at Les Castels campsites

Exceptional facilities at Les Castels campsites

Kids play areas at Castel campings

Kids play areas at Castel campings

Local area

Junior karting in Le Mans

Junior karting in Le Mans

The gardens at Donjon de Ballon

The gardens at Donjon de Ballon

Château de Lude

Château de Lude

La Croix du Vieux Pont

Location

Located only 90 minutes from Paris in the department of Aisne in the north east of France. If you’re looking for campsites near Paris or campsites near Disneyland Paris, this is the perfect choice.

8 rue de la Fabrique
02290 Berny-Rivière

Accommodation

The Croix du Vieux Pont is not a small campsite but it is really excellent for families and the location is fantastic. It’s an institution in terms of France camping holidays for British tourists.

They have a range of mobile homes, Swiss chalets and pitches.

Facilities

There are indoor and outdoor astro pitches. There are numerous playgrounds, mini golf, soft play centre and even a spa.

If you’re looking for campsites in France with swimming pools, there are plenty here! They have a very large pool complex with 3 pools to suit all ages with a few waterslides. There is a large covered pool but when we went in April, it was quite chilly! In addition to the pools, they have a lovely outdoor ‘beach’.

There are a couple of bars and restaurants and a well stocked shop.

Activities

It is a typical Eurocamp site with loads going on for kids. If your kids are into football, there are always plenty of kids around willing to play.

  • Kayaking or pedalos on the lake
  • Laser game
  • Bowling
  • Organised trips to Paris and Disneyland
La Croix du Vieux Pont

La Croix du Vieux Pont

Mobile homes at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Mobile homes at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Swimming pool at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Swimming pool at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Kayaking at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Kayaking at La Croix du Vieux Pont

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris

Château de Pierrefonds

Château de Pierrefonds

Watching the parade at Parc Astérix

Watching the parade at Parc Astérix

Camping La Bouysse

Location

Located in the Dordogne less than 10 km from Sarlat and right on the Dordogne river so if you’re looking for riverside camping in France, this is a great choice.

1583, route de la plage de Caudon
24200 Vitrac

Accommodation

Camping La Bouysse has large pitches which are separated by hedges for privacy. They also have mobile homes to rent.

Facilities

They have a lovely infinity pool looking out towards the river and the cliffs and a smaller pool for kids. There’s a small playground, ping pong tables, a tennis court and a games room.

The two sanitary blocks are cleaned frequently, but we found that with the amount of dust around, they could not stay clean long.

They have an onsite restaurant and bar and do takeaway food. There’s also a small shop.

Activities

If you’re going to do only one activity in the Dordogne, it has to be canoeing down the Dordogne river. You can hire a kayak onsite at the Canoe Azur kiosk by reception. You can go from the campsite down river to Beynac et Cazenac which is arguably the most beautiful stretch of river and takes 3 to 4 hours. The Calviac to La Bouysse stretch is an easier 2.5 hours with the kids and still beautiful.

  • Local producers come along with their goods for tastings
  • Evening entertainment in the form of concerts, karaoke and bingo
  • Kids’ club during the peak season
  • Swimming in the river (which is very shallow and slow flowing)
Infinity pool at Camping La Bouysse

Infinity pool at Camping La Bouysse

Pool at Camping la Bouysse

Pool at Camping la Bouysse

Canoeing in the Dordogne

Canoeing in the Dordogne

Swimming in the river by Camping la Bouysse

Swimming in the river by Camping la Bouysse

The Jardins d'Eyrignac

The Jardins d’Eyrignac

Rocamadour

Rocamadour

Beynac et Cazenac castle

Beynac et Cazenac castle

Camping Les 4 Chênes Urt

Location

Located close to Bayonne in the south west of France in a little village called Urt in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department. It’s a lovely rural campsite seemingly far from anywhere but with so much to do in the local area.

Chemin de Larroque
64240 URT

Accommodation

Camping Les 4 Chênes is a 3 star campsite. There are large pitches which are mostly separated by hedges. They also have mobile homes to rent.

Facilities

This is the oldest campsite we have visited in terms of facilities, but they are spotless.

They have ping pong tables and a bouncy castle gets inflated in the early evening. There’s a great playground for kids.

There’s no restaurant or shop on site, although you can get ice creams from reception and there is a bar. Food trucks visit the site for takeaway food.

Activities

There is no kids club here because its a small site, but there’s plenty to explore in the local area. There is a little farm at the end of the campsite with donkeys, ponies, dwarf goats and a rhea that love to eat your old vegetables.

Camping pitches at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Camping pitches at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Sunrise view from Camping Les 4 Chênes

Sunrise view from Camping Les 4 Chênes

Pool area at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Pool area at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Bouncy castle at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Bouncy castle at Camping Les 4 Chênes

Local area

  • Take a day trip to San Sebastian
  • Visit beautiful villages like Bastide Clairence
  • Visit the famous chilli town of Espelette
  • Have a day at Base du Pop water park
Day trip to San Sebastian

Day trip to San Sebastian

Base de Pop in Guiche

Base de Pop in Guiche

Bastide La Clairence

Bastide La Clairence

Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Location

Located in the heart of the Marais-Poitevin Regional Park in the Vendée between Niort and La Rochelle in the west of France. The area is called La Venise Verte which translated as the Green Venice. With lots of waterways criss-crossing through verdant marshland, it’s easy to see where the name comes from.

178 Route des Bords de Sèvre
79510 Coulon

Accommodation

Flower Campings La Venise Verte is a small eco-campsite with a mix of mobile homes and pitches. The pitches are all decent sized, although they are probably the smallest we have encountered (not taking into account the coastal campsites).

Facilities

There is one main sanitary block near reception and an onsite restaurant and bar. There are ping pong tables and a children’s playground as well as a pool area with a main pool and a small kids’ pool.

As well as there being a restaurant on site, various food vans turn up during the week offering something different for a takeaway meal.

Activities

  • There is entertainment in the evenings at the bar
  • Kayak rental from reception
River cottages in La Venise Verte

River cottages in La Venise Verte

The pool area at Flower Campings La Venise Verte

The pool area at Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Camping pitch at Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Camping pitch at Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Flower Campings La Venise Verte

Local area

  • Visit the town of Niort and the Donjon de Niort
  • Biking – there are over 850km of cycle tracks to explore
  • Boating along the canals (ask at reception for a discount with Embarcadère la Trigalle in Coulon)
  • Puy du Fou – an incredible historical theme park where history comes to life
Boating along the canals of La Venise Verte

Boating along the canals of La Venise Verte

The Donjon de Niort

The Donjon de Niort

Cycling in La Venise Verte

Cycling in La Venise Verte

Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

Location

Located in the far north west of Ile de Ré near the beautiful little village of Les-Portes-en-Ré.

Route de la Pointe à Chabot
17880 Les-Portes-en-Ré

Accommodation

Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré is one of the most basic campsites we have stayed at but we chose this one mainly because of its location, and the fact it is so low key. They advertise a ‘Slow Life’ here. They have camping pitches, safari style tents and chalets.

Facilities

There aren’t many facilities but they are spotless.

There’s no restaurant or pool (who needs a pool when you’re right next to the beach??) but there is a small playground with a little petting area. There’s also a larger playground with a skate park on the way to the beach.

Activities

There are no activities on site – but head off on your bike and you’ll discover some of the best beaches on Ile de Ré on your doorstep.

Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

Safari tents at Camping Seasonova ile de Ré

Safari tents at Camping Seasonova ile de Ré

Mini farm at Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

Mini farm at Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

The local beach at Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

The local beach at Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré

Local area

Ile de Ré is all about cycling. You can cycle along dedicated cycle tracks all over the island. It’s also about the beaches and the perfectly quaint little whitewashed villages. And the seafood!

  • Beaches – the best beaches are in the north and west
  • Biking – there are 110 km of cycle paths to explore
  • Pop over the bridge to La Rochelle for the day
  • Climb the 257 steps of the Phare de Baleine (lighthouse) for spectacular views
Beautiful little villages of Ile de Ré

Beautiful little villages of Ile de Ré

Sandy beaches in Ile de Ré

Sandy beaches in Ile de Ré

Trying seafood in La Flotte, Ile de Ré

Trying seafood in La Flotte, Ile de Ré

Camping les Saules

Location

Located in the Loire Valley close to Blois.

Les Saules, 41700 Cheverny

Accommodation

Camping Les Saules is a Sites & Paysages camping where nature is important. The pitches are all surrounded by greenery and there are all types of accommodation available from tent pitches to safari style tents to chalets. You can even try out their ‘Tiny House’

This campsite is an eco-friendly campsite and if you are looking for a quiet campsite in France, this is the one for you.

Facilities

There’s an onsite restaurant and bar. There’s also takeaway available and a small shop. There are two sanitary blocks, one of which is the newest and cleanest we have come across. There’s even a separate sanitary block for kids with tiny toilets and wash basins.

There are 3 pools, one of them is indoors and is accessible to wheelchair users.

Activities

The activities are mainly centered around connecting with nature. Apart from the free mini golf course, they have:

  • Ornithological Heath Trail
  • Beekeeping experience
  • Fishing in the onsite lake
  • Kids club from 10th July to 25th August where the kids will be able to take part in various sports and go on bug walks discovering the biodiversity of the campsite.
  • Make sure to try the bike track that takes you from the campsite to Château de Cheverny.
Camping Les Saules

Camping Les Saules

Swimming pools at Camping les Saules

Swimming pools at Camping les Saules

The Ornithological Health Trail at Camping Les Saules

The Ornithological Health Trail at Camping Les Saules

Biking in the local area

Biking in the local area

Local area

Being in the Loire Valley, there are plenty of incredible Châteaux to visit. Our favourite French Châteaux in the Loire are:

Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord

Château de Cheverny

Château de Cheverny

Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau

Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Location

Located just outside the town of Argelès-Gazost in the Haut-Pyrénées i the south west of France.

46, Avenue du Lavedan
65400 AGOS VIDALOS

Accommodation

Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie is a small campsite with only 80 pitches (some of which are mobile homes). The pitches behind reception are exceptionally quiet as they are away from the main camping area.

Facilities

They have a lovely play area for kids. The heated pool is on the small side, but there is a separate water slide. We tend to find that campsites in France with waterslides are larger and very busy and we try to avoid them, so this was a great find.

There’s no restaurant or shop on site, but the reception sells ice creams.

There is one main sanitary block which is modern and spotless.

Activities

It’s such a small campsite that there aren’t any organised activities. It’s all about the fabulous playground. There’s also so much to do in the local area, you won’t need much more to keep the kids entertained on site.

Camping pitches at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Camping pitches at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Swimming pool and playground at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Swimming pool and playground at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Sanitary block at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Sanitary block at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Play area at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Play area at Camping Airotel La Châtaigneraie

Local area

If you are looking for cheap camping in France in your campervan and want to do the Cirque du Gavarnie hike, we can recommend staying at the car park in Gavarnie.  Whilst it is not a campsite, there are toilets and a playground and a river to have a quick dip in if you need to refresh after a hike. The best part is that it only costs €5 per night and has all of the local restaurants nearby if you need them.

Parking in the village of Gavarnie

Parking in the village of Gavarnie

Hiking the Cirque du Gavarnie with kids

Hiking the Cirque du Gavarnie with kids

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Swimming in mountain rivers

Swimming in mountain rivers

We hope you find something you like amongst these outstanding campsites. If you have your own recommendation, please drop it in the comments. We’re always looking for similar places for our next trip.

10 of the Best French Campsites for Families

10 of the Best Campsites in France for Families

Lakeside camping at Château de Chanteloup
The beautiful village of Gordes at sunset
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Les Gorges du Verdon
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