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 families? We have got you covered! We have taken lots of family camping holidays in France with the kids, most recently a six week summer family campervan holiday in our VW campervan.
Through trial and error, we have located some of the best family campsites in France.
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 young kids. Thinking of campervanning with kids in France? Make sure to read our top tips on campervanning with 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. Can’t get away to France at the moment? Why not check out these UK campsites with ensuite facilities?
Map of the Best Campsites in France for Families
Camping Domaine de la Besse and Spa
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
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.
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.
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
Camping La Farigoulette
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
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.
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.
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
Château de Chanteloup
Located just to the north-east of Le Mans and close to the Perche Regional Natural Park in the Sarthe department.
Pays de la Loire
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.
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.
- 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
La Croix du Vieux Pont
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, La Croix du Vieux Pont is the perfect choice. It’s one of the best campsites in northern France.
8 rue de la Fabrique
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.
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.
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
- Organised trips to Paris and Disneyland
Camping La Bouysse
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
Camping La Bouysse has large pitches which are separated by hedges for privacy. They also have mobile homes to rent.
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.
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)
Camping Les 4 Chênes Urt
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. It is one of our favourite family campsites in France for location.
Chemin de Larroque
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.
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.
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.
Flower Campings La Venise Verte
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
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).
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.
- There is entertainment in the evenings at the bar
- Kayak rental from reception
Camping Seasonova Ile de Ré
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
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.
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.
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 les Saules
Located in the Loire Valley close to Blois.
Les Saules, 41700 Cheverny
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.
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.
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 Airotel La Châtaigneraie
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
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.
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.
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.
We hope you find something you like amongst these outstanding campsites in France for families. If you’ve made it this far through the post and think camping might not be for you there are also plenty of great hostel options in France that will stretch the budget.
If you have your own recommendations for other great French campsites, please drop them in the comments below. We’re always looking for similar places for our next trip!