Picardy Ile de France

Île-de-France is a wealthy region surrounding the capital city of France and to its north, Picardy with its long sandy beaches, cliffs and coves of the Somme estuary.

Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ and the ‘City of Lights’. Well known for its diverse culture and many sights, its gourmet delights are something not to be missed. From small patisseries to some of the most expensive restaurants in the world, all palettes will be catered for. It is full of famous landmarks, museums, artworks and historical figures.

The region includes suburbs of Paris, together with several large surrounding towns; however, there are also natural highlights to see in the form of parks, forests and rivers.

Picardy’s east side too has forested landscapes, and to its west it has vast pastures and agriculture. It has strong historical links to military operations and famously the location of the Battle of the Somme. Museums and memorials help educate visitors and provide a place to remember those who fought for their countries.

Major towns and cities

  • Paris – the iconic capital city with many world famous landmarks and museums
  • Fontainebleau – renowned for its large and scenic forest and historical château
  • Versailles – home of the magnificent Palace of Versailles and other historical sites
  • Amiens – famous for its cathedral and floating gardens
  • Abbéville – an important fort city located on the Somme River
  • Beauvais – known as the City of Tapestry Making
  • Creil – steeped in history, the area includes a Neolithic site

Regional attractions

  • Eiffel Tower– one of the most famous and iconic landmarks in the world
  • Disneyland Paris - the most visited theme park in all of Europe
  • Château Fontainebleau – a grand palace that was once a favourite of Napoléon
  • Chateau de Chantilly – a historical site, surrounded by forests and lakes
  • Musée d’Art et d’Archeologie – historical Roman artefact still in the original site
  • Château du Coucy – one of the largest defensive structures in France

Sites key: Overseas Site

Top questions

How do I book an overseas site?

Overseas site bookings can be made online or by phoning 01342 316 101. Discounts are common when you combine a site booking with your ferry.

Does the Club take deposits for overseas bookings?

You can choose to pay a £75 deposit on campsite bookings, if your departure date is over eight weeks away. The outstanding balance must be cleared eight weeks before travel.

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

European sites are star-rated by local authorities and will have different standards and regulations to the UK. The Club's site inspectors ensure they are of a high standard for our members.

How do I purchase Camping Cheques?

A minimum of five Camping Cheques must be bought along with a ferry crossing as a package. You can purchase your cheques and ferry via the Club by calling the Travel Team on 01342 316 101.

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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