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Free campsites in France

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Free campsites in France

Hi advisors,

I was thinking of hiring a campervan for 7 days to explore France, end of July 2014. Would love some advice as to where might be some good areas to go as well as some of the costs that might be involved other than fuel. Should i expect to run into any catches or have any security concerns?

Quite open to free or budget site options

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Free campsites in France

Might I suggest that you ask this question on a Motorhome (Campervan) site such as – www.motorhomefacts.com – and get the experts to answer as many of your questions as possible.

The end of July and August are the busiest times of the year, almost all of the French population go on holiday from mid July until the end of August, and prices rise accordingly.

But you will still find plenty of places to park your campervan and stay overnight.

There are 'Aires' the length and breadth of France in almost every town and village. An Aire is a designated place to park for Campervans and usually facilities for waste water and toilet disposal, fresh water and electric hook-up are provided on site.

There are Aires on Motorways but they are not recommended for overnight stops as security can be a problem and Aires and Municipal Aires are a much better bet and easily found in whichever part of France you visit.

There are other places to stay such as 'French Passion' sites, free to stay but basic and you're expected to buy local produce, and Campsites which will possibly be fully booked at that time of year and very expensive compared to Aires.

The cost of staying on Aires varies from Free to around €10 for 24 hours – usually you are charged a couple of Euros extra for water and EHU. We stayed for 28 nights on different Aires last year at a cost of €150 in total – just over €5 per night.

Depending on where you pick the Campervan up from will determine how much of France you get to see as 7 days is not a great length of time to explore what France has to offer.

As I mentioned earlier you need to speak with those who have travelled extensively throughout France to get a better idea of what to expect and those people are at MHFacts.

Here are a couple of the Aires we used in July 2013 -

http://youtu.be/B3D77SKrOc0 - Soubise

http://youtu.be/oib_nC0cKlw - Mesniéres-en-Bray

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2. Re: Free campsites in France

As already said,in addition to the multitude of campsites, there are many "Aires de stationnement pour camping cars" in every region.Some offer free facilities and parking.




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