Nouvelle Aquitaine caravan and motorhome sites

La Nouvelle-Aquitaine is now the largest region in France situated in the south west. It enjoys a uniquely diverse range of different landscapes stretching from the Oyster bays of the Marennes-Oleron Bay down to the glitzy resorts of Biarritz and St Jean de Luz and snow-capped mountains in the Pyrenees mountains.

The Nouvelle-Aquaitaine region of south-western France covers a land area of 84,036km², making it similar in size to Austria. It is made up of twelve departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Corrèze, Creuse, Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne and Haute-Vienne.

The different departments offer up a huge variety of treasures. The Charente Maritime is well known for being one of the sunniest parts of western France due to its great climate. Discover the famous and unique Marais Poitevin with its canals and boat trips. Take a stroll around the stunning historic port of La Rochelle and lunch in one of the many fine restaurants.

The much loved valleys of the Dordogne and the Lot with their outstanding heritage are famous worldwide for the beautiful countryside and history with many prehistoric sites to visit, along with caves, castles and boat trips on the rivers.

Other departments inland such as the Corrèze and the Creuse have managed to retain a traditional and authentic feel of 'Old World' France. The landscapes here are stunning, ranging from waterfalls to lush pastures and forests. You're likely to come across ancient villages which stage many festivals and village fairs. Here you'll see traditional crafts such as weaving and tapestry and be able to sample the local cuisine.

The climate of Nouvelle-Aquitaine is essentially temperate, which rather reflects its famous easy-going lifestyle. Sunshine levels are high at around 2000 to 2200 hours per year, which is similar to some Mediterranean regions, making it a wonderful place to stay during any season whether relaxing on the beach or exploring the mountains and wooded valleys.

Major towns and cities

  • Cognac - famous for its French spirit of the same name
  • La Rochelle - a lively city with maritime connections
  • Poitiers - picturesque streets full of historical and religious architecture
  • Rochefort - home to a unique style of bridge and known for its beer breweries
  • Saintes - a small town with Celtic origins found on the banks of the Charente River
  • Château de Commarque - a medieval castle and its ghost overlooking the Beune valley in Perigord
  • Bordeaux - the capital city of Aquitaine and the hub of the wine region
  • Bayonne - ideal access to the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic coast
  • Mont de Marsan - located in the centre of the largest forest in Europe
  • Biarritz - glitzy resort with superb surfing beaches, great shopping and restaurants
  • St Emilion - fascinating churches and ruins stretch along the steep and narrow streets of this world famous wine growing town
  • St Jean De Luz - beautiful fishing port but also a famous coastal resort known for its cuisine

Regional attractions

  • Towers of La Rochelle - fortified landmarks looking out to the Atlantic
  • Subterranean Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean - Aubeterre sur Dronne in the Charente has a church carved into the rock of a cave
  • Cordouan Lighthouse - a visually impressive lighthouse with a spectacular view
  • Château de La Roche-Courbon - a historical castle built in the 15th century
  • Dune du Pilat - the highest dune in Europe, incredible panoramic views
  • Château de Commarque - a medieval fortified encampment
  • Lascaux - a UNESCO site of prehistoric caves
  • Oradour-sur-Glane old town - a very moving place to visit, reminding us of WWll

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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