If camping on the coast along one of France’s lovely beaches is what you’re looking for then I would suggest checking out one of the following sites:
- Camping Le Pin Sec, Naujac-sur-Mer, near Bordeaux – Pine forests, dunes, and surfing.
- Camping Les Baleines, Île de Ré, near La Rochelle – Experience nature in a remote setting. Quality birdwatching available.
- L'Anse du Brick, Maupertus-sur-Mer, Normandy – Panoramic views, woodland and waterfalls, but far from roughing it.
- Domaine Les Moulins, Ile de Noirmoutier, Vendée – A more posh and private experience.
- Bot Conan Lodge, Beg Meil, Brittany – Glamping (glamorous camping) is possible here with safari lodges and tents in a private cove of white sand.
With that said, I have a list of potential options for you to consider on your next trip from the UK to the beautiful nature of France:
- Forét de Fontainebleau – For nature lovers, south of Paris
- Parc naturel régional de I’Avesnois – Beautiful backcountry area with plenty of hiking and camping options
- Parc naturel régional Scarpe-Escaut – Next to I’Avesnois, along the border of Belgium
- Anywhere near the Alps, along the France/Switzerland/Italian border – This is where I would go first!
When I want to get a real feel for a place, simply put: I camp. I look for the least settled areas, where wildlife is strong, and human intervention is inexistent, if at all possible. Some may think woods are woods, but each forest is a unique experience, which can tell you a lot about the place that few outsiders ever get to know. From the flora and fauna to the fungi, seeing the natural areas can give you a new perspective and a rich trip experience that the popular spots elsewhere can not offer.
(Photo #1 by willj + Photo #2 + #3 by aigle_dore via Flickr)