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Trip List by Virginiastamp

Southern Fance in a Westfalia camping car

2 Oct 2010  4 day camping car road trip in Southern France
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

An itinerary about driving around Southern France to see Roman ruins, Papal history, Mediterranean cliff views, and mixing with the rich at a sailing race during late September.

  • 1. Pont du Gard
    Pont du Gard, Vers-Pont-du-Gard, Gard

    Day 1: Morning. Spend the morning marveling at ancient Roman ruins and for a geology fan looking at fossil rich limestones. We picnicked in the parking lot (just as peaceful) on a lunch of white wine, cheese, smoked meat and French bread.

  • 2. Avignon
    Avignon, Vaucluse

    Day 1: Afternoon. Drive into Avignon and spend the afternoon wandering through the Popes palace and seeing the Avignon bridge. If you see both sites you can discounts for both, I think about 15 Euros per person.

    Also recommend watching the street performers in the square in front of the Palais des Papes, anything from opera singers to living statues.

  • 3. Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes)
    Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes), Avignon, Vaucluse

  • 4. Pont Saint Benezet
    Pont Saint Benezet, Avignon, Vaucluse

  • 5. Camping Auberge Bagatelle Pavillion Bleu

    Evening 1: A campsite, hostel, and hotel across the river from the famous Bridge of Avignon. Has a restaurant, bar, small grocery heated showers and indoor location to do dishes if you are camping. We found the staff to be really helpful with ideas for not only Avignon, but where else to go camping in Southern France.

  • 6. le chemin des Cretes

    Day 2: Head to La Ciotat to take the scenic route to Cassis. A scenic highway between la Ciotat and Cassis. The road follows the seasides cliffs between the two towns and the views are incredible both from the car and from the many small walking trails leading from the pull-offs. There is no rest area along this route and with the views you will most likely take a long time so be sure to bring plenty of drinks and sunscreen.

  • 7. Camping les Cigales, Cassis

    Day 2 camping site: Camp site about the city of Cassis, about a 15 minute walk to the harbor. Facilities include heated water for showers and washing dishes and toilets. Be sure to bring your own toilet paper and soap when you use the toilet, (as an American I was initially unprepared for that).

    In the morning when you leave, be sure to stop by the store for a fresh baguette for breakfast with coffee and jam and pick up two chocolate pastries as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack for the day.

  • 8. Cassis
    Cassis, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

    Afternoon Day 2: After setting up camp, we walked about 1500 meters to the harbor and walked around town. The water was to cold to go swimming in late September so instead sun yourself on the cobble beach then head to one of the many small bars/restaurants for a beer. The food and drink here is much more reasonably priced than other locations on the Cote d_Azur and just as good, so if you are watching your wallet I would suggest going out here.

  • 9. Le Lavandou
    Le Lavandou, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

    Day 3: Driving along the Cote D Azur. It can be tricky finding a road that is not a highway to get from one place to another. We suggest taking Route D559 from Cassis through Toulon to end in La Lavandou. The city looks nice but keep driving east along D559. There are multiple view spots and small beaches on the Mediterranean that have free access.

  • 10. Camping de la Place

    Day 3 and 4 camping: A three star camp ground with camping sites right on the beach if you are lucky. You pick out your own campspot but this place is popular. We ended up in the second row of campsites from the beach and could see the ocean from between two larger RVs. In retrospect I think I would have stayed three nights here just to enjoy camping near the water. Be sure to pick up fresh bread and pastries at the store. The staff speak french and english. You can walk along the beach to Port Grimaud, a small resort town.

  • 11. Port Grimaud
    Port Grimaud, Grimaud, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

    This is the cheaper resort town compared to St Tropez and it was made for tourism. But it is within walking distance from the camp site and you can take a ferry across the bay to St. Tropez for about 10 Euros per person. Highly recommend taking the ferry instead of driving to St. Tropez. It hard to find parking there.

    Walk around to see all of the boats in the harbor. We ate at one of the restaurants here, but because its a tourist resort and we went in off season a lot of places were closed. I would recommend eating in one of the restaurants in St. Tropez instead.

  • 12. St-Tropez
    Saint-Tropez, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur

    Day 4: In the morning spend it soaking up the sun on the beach near the campsite and then after lunch take a ferry from Port Grimaud to St Tropez for site seeing.

    Once in St Tropez, there is just so much to see that you can spend hours walking around. We went in the end of September and ended up in the middle of a boat racing weekend, so the boats coming in and out of the harbor were incredible! The streets immediately neat the harbor are packed, but just walk away from the harbor for a block or two and the number of people walking the narrow streets are greatly reduced and there are many small crepieres for a nice snack.