Most popular camping destinations in France

Corsica is France’s most popular camping destination – by a long shot

The island of Corsica is by far the most popular place for camping holidays in France, beating mainland destinations like Brittany and the Cote d’Azur.

This is according to research conducted by travel expert Find A Cheap Flight. It found that ‘Corsica’ was googled 60,500 times in a month, compared to places like Annecy and Biscarrosse, both of which received 40,500 searches each.

  

Located in the Mediterranean Sea, between Sardinia and Tuscany, it’s no wonder the idyllic island of Corsica is such a popular tourist destination. As well as boasting beautiful beaches that are to a Caribbean standard, it’s got picturesque vineyards to admire and mountains to climb. It’s all about family life here, and there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained. With its shallow waters and pedalo hire, Palmombaggia beach is ideal for a family day out, while the tourist office in Porto Vecchio offers a treasure hunt for children. It’s also got a mini train that goes into the old town and you can take a boat trip from the marina, where you’ll get the chance to spot various types of sea life. If you want a break from the sun, you can visit the Aquarium de la Poudriere or A Cupulatta Tortoise Sanctuary.‍

The second most searched for camping destination in France is Arcachon. However, it lags way behind Corsica, with 11,000 fewer searches than the Mediterranean’s fourth-largest island. 49,500 people google Arcachon each month, tempted by its selection of markets and shops, cafes and shallow, calm bay that’s ideal for younger children to paddle in. For more active campers, there’s canoeing on the Biscarrosse or Sanguinet lakes – which aren’t too far away from here – or you could cycle along the coast to Pereire beach, where you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Cap Ferret peninsula, with its red and white lighthouse.

Ardeche is just as popular as Arcachon for French camping holidays, offering a wide range of watersports, as well as land-based activities that all the family can enjoy. With so much incredible scenery to explore, this camping destination is better suited to those who prefer to be active than relax on the beach all day. For a real family adventure, you can take an open canoe trip down the River Gorges and see for yourself why Ardeche is dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’.

Most of the places on this list are in southern France, but that should come as no surprise, considering the weather in the south is usually much better than it is in the rest of the country. Temperatures here can soar to more than 30 degrees Celsius in the height of summer, sometimes even nearing the forties. However, if you like camping, chances are you’re likely to be pretty hardy, which may explain why Brittany comes fourth in the list for people searching for French campsites. Located in the northwest of France, about 250 miles from the British coast, Brittany has been attracting visitors for years. It’s mainly famous for its historic stone structures, however, there’s plenty for families to enjoy here too, most notably golden sandy beaches and quaint little villages.

You can’t talk about French camping holidays without mentioning the Cote d’Azur. Proof that it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations in France, 49,500 people looked it up in a single month according to Find A Cheap Flight’s research. Because the area is so used to tourists, there’s a wide variety of family entertainment here, from water parks and banana boat rides to hiking trails and walking tours. As you’d expect, there are plenty of beaches, and as an added bonus, almost every campsite has its own swimming pool too.

The sixth best camping destination in France is Annecy, however it’s considerably less popular than the Cote d’Azur, as it’s searched for 9,000 times less than the French Riviera. Located near the Swiss border, it’s one of the most beautiful spots in France, thanks to its lush greenery, awe-inspiring mountain scenery and large lake – which is the cleanest in Europe. Families come here for outdoor adventures, as there’s plenty of opportunity for hiking, cycling, horse riding, paragliding, windsurfing, paddle boating, sailing, swimming and fishing. History buffs will love the cultural cities of Chambery, Grenoble and Aix les Bains and the villages around Lake Annecy, such as Talloires, Lathuile and Doussard, are worth a visit too.

Argeles Sur Mer is equally as popular, also receiving 40,500 searches in an average month. This is down to its mild climate, cultural attractions and nearby mountain regions. A short trip to the Mas Larrieu nature reserve gives children the chance to learn about the local wildlife, while Aqualand Saint Cyprien and theme park Fantassia are close by too. Because of its location right near the border, families can also take a day trip to Spain.

Biscarrosse is another popular tourist destination, although there’s so much to do here, you might need to recover with another holiday straight after this one. As well as all the usual outdoor attractions – such as water sports, hiking trails and aqua parks – there’s a treetop adventure course (Bisc’Aventure) complete with a climbing wall and giant catapult. Swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking aren’t just reserved for the beaches of Boscarrosse, as the area has three lakes you can visit too. It’s also worth noting that the aqua park here is one of the biggest inflatable water parks in the world, featuring a five-metre high climbing wall, cyclone hamster wheel and giant water jump.

Equally popular with outdoors-y types, Gorge du Verdon makes the most of its remarkable terrain with activities including canyoning, aqua trekking, bungee jumping, rafting, rock climbing and horse riding. For younger children – and those of a more nervous disposition – the picture-postcard village of Moustiers-Saint-Marie is arguably one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of France. Located in the Verdon Natural Regional Park, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a spot of lunch, but be warned that it gets extremely busy in the summer. Less strenuous activities also include strolling around the breathtaking lavender fields and relaxing on the shores of the large man-made lake, Lac du Sainte Croix.

When searching for French campsites, the tenth most popular place people google is the Ile de Re – although it’s still searched for 20,000 fewer times than fellow island Corsica. Situated off the west coast of France, Ile de Re isn’t as well known for its pleasant climate as Corsica, however temperatures here can reach the mid-twenties in the height of summer. Measuring just 18 miles long and three miles wide, this small island attracts families who want to enjoy all the pleasures of a traditional seaside holiday. There are plenty of simple things to keep children entertained, like picnicking on the island’s many beaches, fishing in rock pools and paddling in the sea. The flat landscape allows for leisurely bicycle rides, where you can take in charming French villages, fishing harbours, poppy fields and pine forests. It may have been connected to the mainland by a road bridge for more than 20 years, but strict building regulations ensure Ile de Re remains as rustic and quaint as it’s always been.

What are the ten most popular camping destinations in France?

According to the research, the ten most searched for places for a French camping holiday are as follows:

Rank Keyword Monthly searches
1 Corsica 60,500
2 Arcachon 49,500
3 Ardeche 49,500
4 Bretagne 49,500
5 Cote d’Azur 49,500
6 Annecy 40,500
7 Argeles Sur Mer 40,500
8 Biscarrosse 40,500
9 Gorge du Verdon 40,500
10 Ile de re 40,500

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