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Tips for free and low cost camping in the French countryside

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October 25, 2023

Tips for free and low cost camping in the French countryside

Take your motor home on the French trip of a lifetime this year!

Welcome to the world of free campsite stopovers in France, where the open road leads to unforgettable experiences. If you're a passionate traveler seeking the perfect balance of affordability, flexibility, and authentic outdoor experiences, then look no further. 

Here at Rambling Rover, we are passionate about the great outdoors, and being able to explore the beauty of Ireland, as well as European countries alike. We know how important that feeling of safety and security is, and there’s no reason to blow the budget to be able to do so! 

When it comes to sourcing free campsites, low-cost campsites, and overnight parking options for your camper van adventure in France, a bit of planning and research can go a long way. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect spots:

  1. Utilise online resources: Websites and apps dedicated to camping and motorhome travel, such as Park4night, France Passion, and Campercontact, provide extensive databases of free and low-cost campsites, as well as overnight parking areas across France. These platforms often include user reviews, GPS coordinates, and detailed information about the facilities available.

  2. Seek local knowledge: Tap into the wisdom of fellow travelers, local communities, and motorhome forums. Engage with experienced campers, join online groups, and participate in discussions to gather valuable insights and recommendations on hidden gems and lesser-known camping spots.

  3. Explore municipal and Aires de Services: Many towns and municipalities in France offer low-cost campsites and Aires de Services, which are designated areas for motorhomes to park overnight. These locations often provide basic amenities such as water, electricity, and waste disposal facilities at a reasonable fee. Consult local tourism offices, guidebooks, or dedicated websites like Camping-Car Park for information on these options. Thankfully, Rambling Rover motor homes are all fitted with leisure batteries and solar panels that don’t require an electrical hookup.

  4. Embrace wild camping responsibly: France has regulations regarding wild camping, so it's important to familiarize yourself with the specific rules in each region. In some rural areas, you may find opportunities for free camping in secluded spots. Ensure you respect the environment, follow Leave No Trace principles, and obtain permission if required.
  5. Plan for off-peak seasons: During popular vacation periods, finding free campsites can be more challenging. Consider traveling during off-peak seasons, such as spring or autumn, to increase your chances of securing desirable and cost-effective camping locations. Keep an eye out on for amazing off peak deals this October and November. 

Remember to be mindful of local regulations, respect the environment, and be considerate of fellow campers when utilizing free campsites, low-cost campsites, or overnight parking areas. By combining research, local knowledge, and a spirit of adventure, you'll uncover an array of fantastic options that cater to your budget and enrich your camper van journey throughout France.

Did you know you can bring your Rambling Rover luxury Campervan across to France year round? Get in touch now to secure your booking for an unforgettable family holiday or romantic getaway in 2023. Book at or call Paul on 0860453932

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