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France first timers in need of some serious advice

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France first timers in need of some serious advice

Hello

Me and my friend are hoping to travel to France for 4/5 nights camping at the beginning of August. We’re only really camping because we’re on a bit of a budget and it is so much cheaper but still want to do all the sightseeing and eating out at wonderful restaurants that we would do on a hotel holiday!

I think (??) the cheapest way to do it is to drive down to Dover – from the North-East :( - and hop on the ferry with my car to Calais.

Personally I would prefer to go to the South of France for the sunshine !! but I’m not sure that’s really feasible for the 4 night trip?? I would hate to spend my whole holiday driving.

So far we’ve looked at campsites near Calais…some of them look great but I’m just not too sure about the surrounding areas!? As I say, we’re not really going for the camping – we’re going to see France! We’d be happy to go exploring quaint little towns/villages or even much bigger cities! And being near a beach would just be perfect! We just want to ride bikes in the sunshine and eat croissants all day…is that too much to ask?? :)

I had looked at a campsite near a place called Le Crotoy..? Or how about heading a bit further south to Le Havre? Or we could split the trip and do a few places?

I would really, really appreciate any advice you can give me as I only have a few weeks to plan this and would ideally like to get it booked asap!! Sorry this is so long!! Thank you x

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1. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

With only 4 nights, then I would stick to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and hope for decent weather!

It does not get many mentions here for Tourism, but has plenty of interest, some interesting villages and towns, and good food.

These websites will hlep you:

http://www.theotherside.co.uk - IMO the best website for the area, started by an anonymous enthusiast, but just gets better and better!

http://www.day-tripper.net/# - yes, this one is aimed more at people doing a day shopping trip, but still has some good info

And the relevent French Sites

http://www.tourisme-nordpasdecalais.fr

http://www.tourisme-nord.fr

http://www.pas-de-calais-tourisme.com

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2. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Montreuil Sur Mer was great for our first French holiday a couple of years back. Less than an hour from Calais. A nice old town with ramparts, and plenty of bakeries and restaurants. As with most French towns there is a campsite.

http://www.campinglafontainedesclercs.fr/

Le Touquet and Berck are seaside towns just a short drive away.

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3. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

I'd post another topic on the nord-pas-de-calais forum or maybe the picardy forum. You'll probably get more info.

There's a couple of threads about csmping on the nord forum

Oops, don't know what happened here

Edited: 25 June 2014, 19:52
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4. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Ummmm

Calais IS in the Nord-Pas-De-Calais!

Montreuil-sur-Mer is a great suggestion....

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5. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

I concur with that in regards to Montreuil Sur Mer, it is beautiful and the area around is equally pretty imho.

Good advice from EW. :)

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6. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Ermm.

I don't know what happened on my last post. I clicked on the Paris forum (at least I thought I did) & saw this topic.

& I hadn't even had a drink ;-)

Montreuil is a good choice.

Edited: 01 July 2014, 17:55
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7. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Blonde moment, we all have them!

:)

I hope the OP has a great time.

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8. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Le Crotoy and St Valerie sur Somme are nice areas and not too far from Calais.

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9. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Blonde moment???

I'd be grateful for any coloured hair. ;-)

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10. Re: France first timers in need of some serious advice

Er............man moment? ;)