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Camping in the south of France

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Camping in the south of France

Hi all,

I'm trying to plan a camping trip to the south of France this summer. I've never camped in 'official' campsites before, french or otherwise, so am after a bit of background information.

We have 2 children of 11 and 1 and plan to travel with another couple. I assume that where it says 'pitch holds up to 6 people' that means all in 1 tent (IE we can't turn up and bung 2 tents in our alloted space?)

Does anyone have any 'hidden gem' campsites / area's? We're looking for a bit of sun hopefully on the cheaper side of things...

As for the journey, roughly how much should I budget for tolls to get from say calais to cote d'azur?

At the moment just trying to get costs together to see if it's financially possible...


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1. Re: Camping in the south of France

Tolls from Calais to the Languedoc via A6 are around Euro 75, but Euro 60 via A75 (the last section is toll free). A75 is very picturesque and quieter than A6. Keep to the speed limits, no long stops or hold ups will get you down to, say, Montpellier, in 9 hours.

In general, the Languedoc area is cheaper than Provence/Cote dAzur and has better beaches.

Save more money by staying at a campsite with pool and other facilities a few km inland.

Might be worth looking at sites like these :




Bonne chance


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2. Re: Camping in the south of France

No idea about camping but just a few general points to help your planning process.

late July and August are the peak holiday times for the south of france. Camping is a popular holiday so you will need to book in advance if you are staying during this period.

Pick an area you think you might like to visit and then post on specific forums for that town for advice.

Its a long drive and if you are travelling at weekends in the holiday periods be prepared for some nasty traffic jams - these can be mitigated by travelling during the week or starting early.

Visit autoroutes.fr the official site for the French autoroute network. This will give you route details including toll costs and rough fuel costs for the drive - beware it will route you via Paris for the drive from Calais to the south - you want to go via Reim and Dijon to avoid Paris.

All of the above said its a fun drive being part of the holiday and do factor in the cost of an overnight stay to break the journey - you will need it!

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