Get away from it all on a short camping break in France

Friday, 23 September 2011 10:28 AM

If you're researching a short camping break in France for you and your partner, you will soon find there is a wealth of destinations to choose from.

Whatever kind of holiday you're looking for, you're sure to find it in this diverse country. Here's a selection of our recommendations to consider while you arrange your travel, campsite accommodation and tent insurance.

Relax in the sun

The French Mediterranean might be famous for its gorgeous beaches, decadent resorts and celebrity appeal, but this part of France is also perfect for a quiet break away from it all if you know where to go.

Head away from the coast and venture inland to discover the picturesque countryside of the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence regions, which are home to rolling green fields, charming villages and some wonderful opportunities for long walks and other pursuits.

If you want to soak up some history, there are several cities with a wealth of attractions dating back decades and centuries to explore. Nimes is famous for its Roman heritage, while Narbonne also has Roman roots along with plenty of medieval monuments and buildings.

Camping in the French Mediterranean is easy - the pleasant weather means you'll be able to avoid rain for most of the year, while there are many campsites ideally situated within close proximity of the major sights of the region. Just don't forget to take out some tent or trailer tent insurance before you go!

War history and chateaux

Normandy is another popular location for camping breaks thanks to its beautiful scenery and wide array of sights and activities.

It is perhaps most famous for being the site of the D-Day landings during World War II, and there are several historical attractions linked to this event to see while camping in the area, including museums and memorials.

You can also take a look inside some of Normandy's numerous chateaux and castles for a taste of another part of the region's history. Visit Chateau-Gaillard in Les Andelvs or Caen Castle to catch a glimpse of Norman military architecture dating back to the time when kings of England were among Normandy's ranks of dukes, or head to Balleroy Palace, Mortree's Chateau d'O or Saint-Maurice d'Etelan's Chateau d'Etelan to see evidence of the extravagant nature of non-military architecture.

Elsewhere, you could soak up Normandy's wonderful scenery by exploring Cotentin's wetlands, Mont Saint Michel Bay and the verdant Auge area. Consider taking a motorised campervan to this part of France to really make the most of it - you will need to take out motorhome insurance first, though.

Nature, history - and convenience

If you don't want to go too far on your short break, the Picardy region is perfect for camping holidays. It is here that the ferry ports of Calais and Boulogne are located, so you can start exploring from the moment you arrive.

The area has some well-known connections with military history; Picardy is home to the Bay of Somme and the sites of key World War I battles. You can also take in other historical attractions while in this part of France, including Amiens' UNESCO-listed cathedral and the royal chateaux of Oise.

Stay in the Bay of Somme if you and your partner love all things nature-related - the Marquenterre Ornithological Park is one of the highlights of the Baie de Somme Nature Reserve, while the estuary itself is the largest in northern France and has inspired the likes of Colette, Boudin, Hugo and Degas to translate its beauty into art and written works.

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