Euros 2016 Guide to Camping in France
You’ve got those prized Euro 2016 tickets and you’re en route to France but there’s just one needling question left to answer: where to stay? The easiest, cheapest and most downright fun option is the British favourite, camping. France is known for its abundance of campsites so we’ve sifted through and found sites perfect for the football fan abroad. In the North of France, Euro 2016 host cities Lille and Lens are both flanked by rich rural landscape making them ideal camping destinations. In the South of France, we’ve picked campsites that hug the Mediterranean coast, within easy reach of host cities Toulouse and Marseille. Read to the end to reveal Sixt’s tip for last-minute booking in France.
Camping in the North of France
Parc d’Olhain is a campsite built for champions. The scenic woodland setting of Parc d’Olhain is blanketed in green and the toboggan run, treetop nets and swimming pool are all top quality and nestled evenly across the park. From July onwards they are holding a playful sporting competition dubbed the ‘Olhainpic Games’ where young people can live like professional athletes in a stadium spread over 200 hectares, overcome obstacles and go for gold. Accommodation goes above and beyond at Parc d’Olhain with 20 cabins, 70 pitches and 24 spaces for campervans. Mountain biking, orienteering and Nordic walking courses and all organised by the friendly staff who are already eager to welcome fans of Euro Cup 2016. Just an hour’s drive from Lille and even closer to Lens, Parc d’Olhain is your base for the Euros in Northern France.
Campsite La Paille Haute is a speedy half an hour drive from Lens and boasts all the amenities that any happy camper could wish for. Start your morning with warm fresh bread and pastries delivered by the baker then cool off by diving into the stunning swimming pool. Get sporty on their mini golf course, enjoy a delicious meal at the authentic bar and restaurant, or even fish at the campsite’s very own scenic lake.
Tip for Campervans: If you’re glamping with your campervan in tow, there is a handy service station situated right outside the Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens, just behind McDonald’s. Here you can drain and refill water and dispose of waste.
Camping in the South of France
3 star campsite La Pergola, a beloved member of the Camp Atlantique family, offers premium facilities at modest prices and is a huge cut above your average campsite. The chic restaurant houses a gourmet ice cream station and a rotating menu of Catalan classics. Think aromatic paella and ocean-fresh mussels. Especially for Euro 2016, their wood-panelled karaoke corner will become a match screening room! To unwind from the football frenzy, take a dip in their new 150m² heated swimming pool or stroll over to the untouched sandy beaches of Sainte-Marie, Perpignan, a hidden gem bursting with flavour and local colour. Campsite La Pergola marries secluded beach bathing with football fun and is only couple of hours drive from host city Toulouse.
This no-frills campsite Camping les Cigales is only 30 minutes’ drive from Marseille and great value compared to its pricey peers on the French Riviera. The majority of the 250 pitches are shaded by leafy bushes lending the site a rustic charm. For a more social spot, head to the centre next to the facilities or alternatively choose one of the more spacious and secluded pitches around the edge. Grab a coffee or a beer at the bar and catch up with friends via the free wifi. The site is sat atop a hill in Cassis, a quaint fishing port fringed with shingle beaches. Be sure to pass by one its bustling restaurants and sip on the fabled Cassis white wine.
Cheap Camping in France
Last but by no means least, the Municipal Campsites in France are cheap and cheerful and you can often roll in without booking. Equipped with hot showers and varying facilities, these sites cluster around towns and larger villages. Just remember to bring your own toilet paper!
Driving over to France? Check out our road trip guide from London to Paris for some tips on the best route.