Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes caravan and motorhome sites

This vast region stretches from the dramatic rugged landscape of the Auvergne to the world renowned vineyards of the Rhone Valley and the vast Ardeche gorge to the south, and beyond to the Alps, and some of Europe's highest peaks.

In Auvergne, time seems to move at a slower pace in this region of hills, mountains and valleys. One of France's most ancient provinces, it is also home to the largest volcanic area in Europe. A stunning sight with more than 80 volcanoes, lying dormant but not extinct, it provides hot springs for the many spas that can be visited and provides remarkable geological features.

Although best known as a winter destination, the Alps have much to offer throughout the rest of the year.

The rolling lavender fields, Alpine meadows and flora and fauna of spring and summer will take your breath away. The Alps and Rhône area are home to some of France's largest lakes and there are numerous walking and hiking routes of varying difficulty just waiting to be discovered.

The region has some of the most historic and fascinating villages, towns and cities in France. Lyon, the region's capital, is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the best places to view traditional French architecture. Other towns to visit in the area include Chamonix, Chambery and Grenoble.

The region's numerous vineyards produce the famous Côtes-du-Rhône and Beaujolais wines, so you can be sure to find a few places to sample these delights.

Alternatively, some areas of this region remain relatively unknown and are perfectly suited to those looking for a quieter and more relaxing holiday.

Major towns and cities

  • Clermont Ferrand - famous for the chain of extinct volcanoes that ring the city
  • Vichy - known for being a spa and resort town
  • Le Puy - stunning volcanic city and starting point for the classic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
  • Aix-les-Bains - an Alpine spa resort with Roman connections
  • Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - famous resort, lying at the foot of Europe's highest mountain
  • Grenoble - the city is a cultural, research and industrial centre with many art museums
  • Lyon - a diverse regional capital with a Roman influenced history
  • Annecy - beautiful city on the banks of a shimmering lake

Regional attractions

Mont Blanc - ride up by cable car or tramway to see the amazing views

Archaeological Museum (Grenoble) - found on a historical site and full of ancient burials

Ardeche Gorge - great for activities like hiking and kayaking

Parc de la Tete d'Or - explore the rose garden, zoo and lake

Top questions

How do I book an overseas site?

Overseas campsite bookings can easily be made on the Club website and "combined deals" are common when you book a campsite at the same time as your ferry crossing. Booking online means you save the £10 Contact Centre booking fee.

Does the Club take deposits for overseas bookings?

Yes, deposits for overseas bookings are calculated at 20% for a site and 25% for a ferry (unless it is a non-refundable ferry/Eurotunnel in which case full payment is due at time of booking). The final balance is due 10 weeks prior to travel.

Is the standard of overseas sites similar to that of the UK?

European campsites are star-rated by their own local authorities and can have different standards and regulations to the UK. However, the Club's travel team handpick and inspect our campsites so that members can be sure of a high standard.

This is my first visit abroad with my caravan/motorhome. How can the Club help?

The Club's first time abroad section explains everything you need to know about going on your first overseas touring holiday.

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