Camping Normandy

by Guest

Normandy is a province of France located in the north west of France. It's characterized by white chalky cliffs, the famous island town of Mont-Saint-Michel and its Gothic abbey, its dairy production and excellent cheeses, and the beautiful city of Rouen. There are plenty of hotels and guest houses both in the cities, towns, and surrounding countryside, but the best way to experience Normandy is by camping. There are hundreds of camping grounds available to choose through, but here is our rundown of the best of the best.

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Camping La Pointe

Camping La Pointe is an excellent camping ground located near the town of Chateaulin. It's nestled on the banks of the River Aulne and is popular during the high season with French and international campers. All of the spacious pitches are shaded by the pine trees, and the campsite is close to the Parc Naturel Regional d'Armorique. There are 60 in total, all of which are open to tents, campervans, and motorhomes, as well as a few extra pitches in the forests for true privacy. All of the pitches have electricity hook ups, and there is an individual canvas safari style tent for hire should you wish for a more comfortable glamping experience. The site is dog friendly and large groups are permitted, making it ideal for big families or groups of friends. The campsite boasts a well maintained washroom block with clean sinks, toilets, and hot showers. They also have laundry facilities with dryers. WiFi is available throughout the campsite, which is included in the cost. If bad weather hits during your stay, there is a book exchange and a common room with ping pong and board games. Guests have plenty to do in the surrounding area. Rent canoes to glide down the river, or hire mountain bikes to ride along the paths. Hiking is excellent in Normandy, particularly in the spring and summer months. Guests are allowed to have camp fires, but should ask first as it can be dangerous in the dry season. A great way to cook up camp dinners which can be enjoyed from the picnic tables. Each morning, freshly baked breads and pastries are delivered to the site, and there is a grocery store with fresh vegetables and provisions. The site is open between March and October. The cost starts from US $25 for a pitch with tent, space for a car, and 2 adults.

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Le Bois Coudrais

Le Bois Coudrais is small with just 25 pitches spanning a private 3 acre piece of land. Don't let that stop you visiting, each of the pitches have plenty of space and have facilities like electricity hook ups, and can be used for tents, campervans, and motorhomes. Most of the pitches have natural shade created from the large trees. Pets are permitted, so feel free to bring your dogs, but you will need to keep them on a lead inside the camping grounds. Large families and groups are welcome, but you will need to call in advance to book. Unfortunately, camp fires are not allowed at the site, but you are welcome to use the barbecues to cook up delicious camp dinners. The camping ground also boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool, a well maintained washroom block with hot showers, laundry facilities with dryers, a kids playground, a small animal petting zoo, and much more. If you don't feel like camping, you can book one of the 4 onsite gites which come with fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, living rooms, and bedrooms with double and twin beds. There is plenty to do nearby including walking, mountain biking along the trails, and kayaking nearby. The site is open between May and September every year and shuts down for the winter months. A pitch available for a tent, car and two adults cost just US $30 per night with extra for electricity and children.

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Camping Le Deffay

This absolutely stunning campsite is located on the grounds of the 19th century Chateau Breton, just a short distance from the town of Pontchateau. There are over 150 grassy pitches available for tents, campervans, and static caravans, some of which have electrical hook ups. Dogs are allowed on the site and don't have to be kept on the lead, though they are the owner's responsibility to make sure they behave! The campsite features a well maintained washroom with hot showers, basins and toilets, as well as laundry facilities with dryers. In the middle of the summer, guests can enjoy the large outdoor swimming pool to take refreshing dips. Barbecues are available to those who want to cook up camp dinners, and there is an onsite grocery store stocked with local produce, freshly baked bread, and croissants, and all the provisions you may need. There is plenty to do near to the site. In the Parc Regional de la Grande Briere, hikers can walk along the trails, and look at the myriad wetland bird species. It's also close by to the beaches of La Baule Escoublac just a few kilometres away. If you don't want to cook up your own meals at the campsite, there are some fine bistros and restaurants nearby which serve up French classics like confit duck. It's open between May and September and closes for the winter season. It costs US $25 for a pitch available for a tent along with 2 adults.

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Flower Camping Les Genets

The Flower Camping Les Genets is a large site with more than 176 spots available. This includes more than 80 pitches available for tents, 7 safari style glamping tents, and around 50 comfortable permanent static caravans, perfect for those who want a little more comfort or travelling with a family of a group of friends. You are permitted to bring your dogs, though they will need to be kept on the lead. The campsite has plenty of excellent facilities which include washrooms with hot showers and a baby changing facilities. These are heated in the fringe seasons. There are also laundry facilities with washing machines and dryers. There is lots to keep both adults and children occupied during their stay including tennis courts, ping pong tables, a volleyball court, a children's playground, and a shady boules court where you can meet your other fellow travellers. Kids will love the outdoor swimming pools which come complete with water slides and water activities. If you want to, you can hire a bicycle from the reception to ride along the trails. There are also plenty of excellent walks along the paths nearby to the campsite. Internet access if available throughout the site and is included in the cost of your stay. The campsite is open between April and September and closes during the winter months. The cost of a pitch available for tent, car, and 2 adults starts from US $25 for night.

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Huttopia Lac de Sille

The Huttopia Lac de Sille is another good size camping ground with grassy pitches available for 129 tents, campervans, and caravans. The nearby 3,500 hectare park makes the campsite feel even bigger than it is, and allows guests to really get off the beaten path. It's a great place to bring families or groups of friends. If you don't want to camp, or want something a little more comfortable, the site has almost 40 different glamping accommodation options which range from safari style canvas tents complete with double beds, and wooden cabanas with private terraces, fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms with hot showers, and bedrooms with double or twin beds. Pets are welcome at the site, so feel free to bring your dogs. There is plenty to do on site which boasts a heated outdoor swimming pool, a children's playground, ping pong tables, a volleyball court, tennis courts, a shady boules court, and bicycles available for rent. During the holidays, there is a range of activities create by the staff for kids. It's a busy campsite, so be sure to book it up early to avoid disappointment. Outside the camp, guests can go hiking in the national park, walk along to the beach to go swimming or sun bathing, go sea kayaking, cast your line in to hook a fish, and visit the pretty like villages and towns nearby. At reception, there is a small grocery shop with freshly baked breads and pastries, local produce, and provisions. The site is open between March and September, and closes during the winter months. Pitches start from US $25 and include a tent, car, and up to two adults per night.

Forest Escapes

For something a little bit different, how about staying on the beautiful manicured grounds of a French chateau. Not only that, but it's not available for campers, caravans, or motorhomes, only glamping opportunities. It's more expensive of course, but there are 4 luxury yurts, 2 luxury tree houses, and a wooden cabana. It's located just outside Avranches in the Normandy landscape. The yurts are spacious, comfortable, and include double beds. The two tree houses are individually created, and include double rooms, mezzanine levels, private toilets, and hot showers. No camp barbecues here, these glamping yurts and treehouses are all inclusive, so they come with home cooked meals and lots of activities. These include kayaking, guided hiking, raft building, wild swimming in the rivers and lakes nearby, mountain biking along the trails, wildlife tours, clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing, cookery classes, and even fencing classes! It's close enough by that guests can walk to the Mont Saint Michel and take a look at the beautiful Gothic cathedral. On site, there are plenty of facilities including hot showers, a dining room in the main chateau building, and a small holding where guests can help to look after the animals and make cider, a speciality of the area.  Though it is mainly geared towards adults, you can bring your children and the staff will create some kid friendly activities just for them. Other attractions nearby are one of the best zoos in France just down the street, and an adventure playground for children. The site is only available for 6 weeks during the summer school holidays, and the prices start from US $700 per person for a week of activities, food, and of course the accommodation. A wonderful alternative to traditional campsites, though you will need deep pockets to take the whole family.

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Camping Lez-Eaux

The Lez Eaux campsite is relatively big with more than 121 grassy pitches available for tents, campervans, and motorhomes. All of the pitches have electrical hook ups and plenty of space for privacy. If you don't want to stay in a tent or don't have a campervan or caravan, then you can stay in one of the comfortable 60 chalets which come complete with a fully equipped kitchen, private bathrooms with hot showers, a living space, and a private terrace with outdoor furniture. There are also two luxury treehouses with come with bedrooms with double beds, private bathrooms and living spaces. A wonderful way to spend time in the French countryside. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs, but they must keep them on a lead inside the park. Facilities include washrooms blocks which are heated, well maintained, and have hot showers. There are also laundry facilities with washing machines and dryers. On site, kids and adults can be kept occupied all day in the outdoor heated swimming pools, the children's playground complete with water slides, a bouncy castle, tennis courts, and sports grounds where football and volleyball can be played. In the summer months, a kids' club is arranged by staff with activities and classes. Anglers will be happy with the onsite fishing lake where they can cast in their line to hook in a fish. There is a restaurant and bar onsite which is fully stocked with cold beers and wine, and offers hot food in the evening. There is also a little shop which stocks freshly baked breads and pastries, vegetables, local produce, and all the provisions you need for your stay. It's available between April and September and closes in the winter months. A pitch for 2 guests along with space for your car is US $32 per night.

Camping du Letty

Camping du Letty is a staggeringly big campsite with over 600 pitches available for tents, campervans, caravans, and motorhomes. Nearly all the pitches have electrical hook ups. Being so big, large groups of family or friends are more than welcome on the site. It's also possible to bring your dogs, though they must be kept on a lead. On site, there is a range of facilities including washroom blocks with hot showers and toilets, a fitness centre, a grocery store selling everything from local produce to snacks and drinks, and a library. There is plenty to keep you busy including a squash court, a tennis court, a volley ball court, a spa complete with sauna and massages, and an outdoor swimming pool. The onsite restaurant serves up excellent hot food including pizza and French classics throughout the day. Guests are not permitted to use the campfires, but it is possible to rent barbecues where they can cook up a camp dinner. The site is open between June and September and closes during the winter months. A pitch here starts at US $30 and includes 2 adults.

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