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Camping Holiday France 2018

Tuesday 5th June – Tuesday 11th July. 
Liz + Chris


Ferry Portsmouth to Caen (Ouistraham).

Total: 1,852 miles; about 3,000km

 

 



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Anthony Camping Guide to France (online) [New 2017]

                                  Our 2018 Itinery

For printout (pdf) of all itineraries up to 2018 Click Here
For details of all campsites  go to our Camping Guide
For pictures of all sites visited in 2018 Click Here

Ouistraham, Domfront, Laval, Chateau-Gontier, Montjean sur Loire*; Melay, Bressure, Secondigny, St. Maixent l’Ecole, Sauze-Vaussais, Puy d’Anche*; Rouillac, Chateauneuf -s-Charente, Blanzac, La Roche Chalais, St Aulaye*; Pellegrue, Langon, St Symphorien*; Mont de Marsan, Orthez, Sauveterre de Bearn, Navarrenx, Oloron ste Marie, Aramits*; Col de Pierre St Martin, Arette, Arudy, Louvie-Juzon *; Lourdes, Mauvezin, Heches*; past Lannamezan, around St. Gaudens, St. Girons, Le Mas d’Azil*; Foix, Quillan, St. Paul de Fenouillet, Maury*; Estagel, Thuir, Argeles Plages; bad route to Estagel [many diversions] Estagel, Tuchan; Durban, Lezignan-Corbieres, St. Pons-Thomieres, Olargues, Moulin, Vieussan*; Baderieux, Lodeve, St. Maurice Navacelles, Le Vigan; Ganges, Anduze, Ales, Florac, Mendes, Chateauneuf de Randon, Col de Croix de Bor;
St Alban sur Limagnole, St Chely dApcher, Riom, St. Gervais d’Auvergne*; St. Eloy des Mines, Bourbon l’Archembault, Sancoins, (past La Charite-s-Loire}, Herry, Pouilly sur Loire; Vinon, Aubigny, Lamotte-Beuvron, Meung sur Loire, Patay, Bonneval;Brou, Mort agne au Perche, Livarot, Troarn, Ranville, Merville-Franceville; Ouistraham.

*New campsite.

Ouistraham, Thury Harcourt, Domfront, Laval, Chateau-Gontier, Erdre en Anjou, Le Lion d’Angers, St. Augustin des Bois, Montjean sur Loire [185 miles]
6th June. Wednesday. 3 nights. Montjean-sur-Loire [Maine et Loire 49]. West of Angers.
La Promenade (Flower camping)*.
On bank of Loire. Very good restaurant by the bridge in village (10 minutes walk). Nice walks by river. Small pool.

Chalonnes sur Loire, Melay, Vihiers, Bressure, Secondigny, St. Maixent l’Ecole, Lezay, Sauze-Vaussais, Puy d’Anche [124 miles].
9th June. Saturday. 1 night. Puy d’Anche near Sauze-Vaussais. . [Deux Sevres 79]. South East of Niort, North of Ruffec. France Passion site*. Black pig farm. Restaurant (closed for special occasion). Nice walks.

Villefagnan, Aigre, Rouillac, Chateauneuf -s-Charente, Blanzac, St EutropeChalais, La Roche Chalais, Montpon-Monesterol, St Antoine de Breuilh , St Aulaye [118 miles; Very nice drive].
June 10th. Sunday. 3 nights. St Aulaye [Dordogne 24]. Between Libourne and Bergerac. Camping La Fleurie*. Next to Dordogne. Good restaurant and pool, nice walks and bike rides.  

Pellegrue, Sauveterre de Guyenne, Langon, Vellendraut, St Symphorien [60 miles] Nice drive through famous vineyards.
13th June. Wednesday. 2 nights. St. Symphorien. [Gironde 33]. North part of Les Landes, South of Sauternes and Bordeaux.
Campsite Vert Bord’eau*. Good restaurant small pool. Very near supermarket. Amongst pines.       Nice walks.

Sore, Labrit, Mont de Marsan, Hagetmau, Orthez, Salies de Bearn, Sauveterre de Bearn, Navarrenx, Oloron ste Marie, Aramits [130 miles].  We had intended to camp at Sauveterre de Bearn but the river had flooded and wrecked one of our favourite campsites. 15th June. Friday. 3 nights. Aramits  [Pyrenees Atlantiques 64]. South west of Oloron Ste Marie.
Baretous-Pyrenees. Small pool. Good restaurant/snack bar. Good pitches. Restaurants in town (close). Very good walks and bike rides. Good Wifi. Saw buzzards, kites, Egyptian vulture, dipper.

Went for trip up to Col de Pierre St Martin by way of Aramits and Arette. Misty at top. Took very good pictures of Alpine Choughs. Down to Arette, Arudy, Louvie-Juzon [57 miles].
18th June. Monday. . 1 night. Louvie-Juzon [Pyrenees Atlantiques 64]. South of Pau, South East of Oloron Ste Marie
Camping Le Rey*. Neat small site. Small pool (closed). Free wifi. Very good small camp restuaurant. Run down town has nothing in it. Nowhere to walk or ride.

Lourdes, Bagneres de Bigorre, Mauvezin, Capvern, Heches [63 miles].
19th June Tuesday. 1 night. Heches [Hautes Pyrenees 65]. East of Lannamezan, South East of Tarbes. Up the Vallee d’Aurie towards Aragnuet tunnel.
Camping La Beurie*. Nice site well back from road beside fast overfull river. In foothills. Nice walks. Pool and snack bar (both closed). Village 15 minute walk.I remember it for the big brick chimney stack.

North towards Lannamezan, Montrajeau (beautiful small town), around St. Gaudens, St. Martory, St. Girons, Grotte du Mas d’Azil, Le Mas d’Azil  [76 miles]
20th July. 2 nights. Le Maz d’Azil. [Pyrenees Orientales 66]. North East of St. Girons North West of Foix.
Le Petit Pyreneen*. Excellent site. Shady pitches. Very good snack bar/restaurant. Small pool (closed). 2km to village. Walks.

Pailhas, Foix, Laavalanet, Puivert, Quillan, past Axat, St. Paul de Fenouillet, Maury. [87 miles].
22nd June Friday. 1 night. Maury [Pyrenees Orientales 66]. Halfway between Axat and Estagel.
France Passion site. Domaine des Vignes d’Elodie*. Very good wine (expensive). Nice walks. Interesting village (not visited).

Estagel, Thuir, Elnes, Bages, Taxo, Argeles Plages. [47 miles including diversions].
23rd June, Saturday. 5 nights. Argeles Plages [Pyrenees Orientales 66]. Near Argeles sur Mer, South of Perpignan.  
Camping Le Soleil. Huge site with direct access to beach and nature reserve. A favourite site. Shops, large pool, excellent restaurant.

Tried country route but many routes barred [51 miles]. Recommend: Canet Plage, Le Bacares, Rivesaltes, Estagel, Tuchan.
28th June, Thursday. 3 nights. Tuchan.  [Pyrenees Orientales 66]. North West of Rivesaltes and Perpgnan.
Camping La Peiriere. Short walk to the village (home of Fitou wines). Favourite site. Shady pitches with great views. Excellent restaurant. Good small pool. Good walks and bike rides.

Durban, Thezan, Lezignan-Corbieres, St. Pons-Thomieres, Olargues, Moulin, Vieussan [86 miles].
1st July, Sunday. 1 night. Vieussan [Aude 11]. Halfway between St Pons de Thomieres and Baderieux.
France Passion site. Domaine Carriere-Audier. Excellent inexpensive wine (St Chinian region). Friendly shady site. Nice walks. Next to river with kayaking.
Mooulin, Baderieux, Lunas, Lodeve, St. Pierre de la Fage, St. Maurice Navacelles, Montardier, Le Vigan [Wonderful drive, 67 miles].
 2nd July, Monday 2 nights. Le Vigan [Gard 30]. South West of Ales, North of Montpellier.
 Camping Val de l’Arre. Friendly site by good river. Nice walks. Good restaurant and pool.

Ganges, St Hippolyte du Fort, Anduze, Ales, Les Salles, Le Collet de Daze, Florac, Mendes, Badaroux, Chateauneuf de Randon, Barraque de la Motte, Col de Trois Soeurs, Col de Croix de Bor [142 miles 5.5 hours].

4th July Wednesday. 1 night. Col de Croix de Bor. [Lozere 48]. North of Mende, South West of Le Puy en Velay.
Col de Croix de Bor. Our favourite wild site (camping sauvage) in Les Margerides. Sadly we were told in the morning by a ranger that we cannot camp there as it is in a Foret Domeniale.

St Denis, St Alban sur Limagnole, St Chely d’Apcher, on A75 to Riom, Manzat, St. Gervais d’Auvergne [142 miles].
5th July Thursday. 1 night. St Gervais d’Auvergne [Puy de Dome 63]. North West of Riom and Clermont-Ferrand.
Camping Municipal, L’Etaing de Philippe*. By big lake. Near village with 5 restaurants all closed. Snack bar (closed).

St. Eloy des Mines, Montmerault, Bourbon l’Archembault, Lurcy-Levis, Sancoins, La Guerche sur Aubois, (past La Charite-s-Loire, Herry, Pouilly sur Loire [??]
6th July Friday. 1 night. Pouilly sur Loire [Nievre 58]. South of Sancerre.
Camping municipal La Malaga. Nice wide open site on banks of La Loire. Bar but no snacks (changed from last time). Nice walk on river bank but not much else.

St Bouize, Vinon, Monetreol, Vailly sur Saudre, Aubigny (very difficult, best avoided), Lamotte-Beuvron, La Ferte St, Aubin, Jouy le Potier, Meung sur Loire (nice for lunch), Patay, Gaubert, Bonneval [127 miles].
7th July Saturday. 1 night. Bonneval [Eure et Loir 28]. North of Chateaudun, South of Chartres.
Camping Bois de Chievres. Nice wooded site run by Michel and Pascal with their cats and parrots. Nice walks and rides. Excellent restaurant (special pizza with aubergine, magret de canard and wild ceps.

Brou, Belleme, Mortagne au Perche, Gace, Livarot, St Pierres sur Dives, Troarn, Ranville, Merville-Franceville [150 miles]
8th July Sunday, 2 nights. Merville-Franceville Plage [Calvados 14]. East of Ouistraham, West of Cabourg.
Camping La Mer. Excellent relaxed site with widely spaced pitches. Direct access to the huge beach. Excellent restaurants 20 minute walk along beach.  


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