Overnight stays in France

Andy and Michelle replied on 04/04/2021 11:23

Posted on 04/04/2021 11:23

We're "hoping" to be able to travel to the south of France later this year in our motorhome.  Of course our hopes raise & fade like the tide at the moment!  We haven't taken the MH before and would be very grateful for members' advice about overnight stays on the way down.  For the first trip we just want the convenience of an overnight stop.  We've read that some motorway service stations might be good enough for an overnight but wondered what members thought?  Probably want to stop somewhere near Reims or Troyes.  Many thanks in advance for any advice.

WayTwoGo replied on 05/04/2021 11:09

Posted on 05/04/2021 08:57 by Philnffc

Hi

Can i just add to WTG post earlier suggesting the three websites which basically is all you need to tour the whole of Europe and that is the excellent POI on the Camping car info site which are free to download and cover every country in the EU and is updated every six months, if this is your first time in France i would recommend WTG other suggestion of Camping Car Parks they have some of the best aires in France and all come with electricity and wifi.

Enjoy Phil

Posted on 05/04/2021 11:09

In fact Phil, we have yet to use Camping Car Parks. We haven’t travelled a lot in France in the last 3 years (we were doing more long haul travel, then the axe fell). I made mention because I have heard nothing but good about the chain. The last time in France (a month in 2019) we didn’t happen across any on our route. I look forward to being able to make use of them … one day.

We much prefer the convenience of Aires for overnight stops on a long trip to a destination: arrive late, no worries about getting somewhere before reception shuts; depart in the morning early, without having to hang around for reception to open to pay for the night before if you arrived and pitched after hours.

Andy and Michelle replied on 05/04/2021 13:39

Posted on 04/04/2021 15:08 by JimE

Hi A & M

The south of France stretches for nearly 500 miles from Bayonne in the west to Menton in the east.  If you could be more specific about where you're heading and how long you are going for, plus which crossing you are using, you will get more specific advice.

For my part I would endorse the three websites suggested by WayTwoGo - you are very rarely more than 20 miles from an Aire de Camping Car in France.

As far as autoroute services are concerned, they are okay as a last resort and I have used a few in my time, mainly in the winter when daylight is short, sites are closed and icy local roads may be untreated.  If I do use them, my golden rules are  1. Don't stay on aires with services - they are noisy  2.  Don't stay on an aire near a large town or city - too many people coming and going  3. Do stay on an Aire de Pique-nique or Aire de Repos - they tend to be quieter. 

One final word, if you do not feel comfortable once you have stopped, move on - there's bound to be another stopping place not far down the road.

Hope you have a great time when you (eventually) get there.

Jim

 

Posted on 05/04/2021 13:39

Thanks Jim, there is some really great advice here in all the posts which has been very helpful.  We will be traveling down to Flayosc which is in between Marseille and Nice.

MichaelT replied on 06/04/2021 11:17

Posted on 04/04/2021 12:38 by WayTwoGo

You can stay at Aires - not the motorway stops, but places specifically for motorhomes. Perfect for overnighting, there are plenty available. Some are free; some charge; some can be booked, but you have no need to do so.

Have a look at:

https://www.campercontact.com/en

http://www.campingcar-infos.com/

https://www.campingcarpark.com/en_GB/

Posted on 06/04/2021 11:17

We find search for sites the best one, good app too, website is free and app is £6 a year.

 

https://www.searchforsites.co.uk/

 

 

WayTwoGo replied on 06/04/2021 11:32

Posted on 06/04/2021 11:17 by MichaelT

We find search for sites the best one, good app too, website is free and app is £6 a year.

 

https://www.searchforsites.co.uk/

 

 

Posted on 06/04/2021 11:32

Yes, we use that too. I meant to add that to my list of three but didn't for some reason. And by the time I'd noticed it was too late to edit. But peedee added it later, so all was well, and it would have been superfluous for me to have posted the same info.

chasncath replied on 08/04/2021 17:26

Posted on 08/04/2021 17:26

We've just cancelled our pitch reservations for our early-summer 6 -week push to the Côte d'Azur. Three weeks in the Cotswolds instead, and a couple of days at Cleethorpes to see the sea! However, we have three overnight stops for your trip which we can recommend. We use the autoroute with a tag for the tolls, and we have supermarket stops for fuel and provisions.

Our stops are as follows:

1. Municipal Camping at Val de Vesle just south of Reims.LINK

2. Next stop is at Beaune and Camping Les Bouleaux. Link
3. Third stop is at Tain L'Hermitage and Camping Les Lucs by the river Link
 

eurortraveller replied on 08/04/2021 17:56

Posted on 08/04/2021 17:56

I was challenged earlier in this thread when I said I didn't fancy pitching "cheek by jowl" on tarmac, but here's a photo of the Aire at Reims . I think I will stick with ChasnCath's selection of campsites

WayTwoGo replied on 08/04/2021 23:04

Posted on 08/04/2021 17:56 by eurortraveller

I was challenged earlier in this thread when I said I didn't fancy pitching "cheek by jowl" on tarmac, but here's a photo of the Aire at Reims . I think I will stick with ChasnCath's selection of campsites

Posted on 08/04/2021 23:04

Yes, to be sure. I would also prefer the sites pictured to tarmac Aires from Hell (I cannot see the photograph you posted) but you, as a caravanner, are unable to experience the lovely Aires many of us use (and which you seem unable to portray).

SteveL replied on 08/04/2021 23:20

Posted on 08/04/2021 17:56 by eurortraveller

I was challenged earlier in this thread when I said I didn't fancy pitching "cheek by jowl" on tarmac, but here's a photo of the Aire at Reims . I think I will stick with ChasnCath's selection of campsites

Posted on 08/04/2021 23:20

I can see it, and it would not interest us either as anything other than a parking spot. I don’t think anyone is denying that such Aires exist. Just that there are a lot of very nice ones as well.