THE BEST CAMPING PLACES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
By Susanne Rieker
France, you stole my heart! My original plan was to drive to Portugal with my camper van, but after I arrived in the Provence that quickly went out of the window and I decided to stick around a while.
It was a perfect trip and I stayed at some truly magical places! I’m working on the road and need electricity, and I also like to have regular showers, so I stayed in camping places and didn’t park wild or (I also had to promise my parents who let me borrow their camper van to only stay on camping places overnight). Those were my five favorite camping places in the Provence, Camargue and Cote d’Azur.
Here are the best camping places in the south of France:
Camping Bagatelle in Avignon
While the camping place isn’t special in any way, it’s right across the river from the Palace du Pape and just a 10-minute walk to the center of Avignon over the bridge.
Avignon is beautiful, with a charming old town, the impressive Palace du Pape and a young student population. I had a delicious and healthy lunch at a cute little place called Hygge and even found a yoga studio and a coworking café.
25 Allée Antoine Pinay – Ile de la Barthelasse, 84000 Avignon
Camping Pegomas in Saint Rémy de Provence
This small camping place was one of my favorite spots and I actually returned for another 5 days after my initial stay. It’s located just a 10-minute walk to Saint Rémy which makes it easy to get around and it offered a strong WiFi connection (for an extra fee). It’s also on the smaller side, which I prefer, and has a cute swimming pool to relax.
3 Avenue Jean Moulin, 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Camping la Sousta near the Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard might be a famous monument and when you’re into Roman history probably a must-see. But while it’s definitely impressive, that’s not why I went to Camping la Sousta. It was a heatwave and I wanted to chill out next to a beautiful river and enjoy nature. And that’s what I did!
The camping place feels very relaxed, with lots of space and trees that give shadows. It has its own little beach at the river, and you can walk to the Pont du Gard in 10 minutes. I went for a run there in the morning and it was magical, just have a look at the pictures.
A bit of warning though, while the river looks beautiful and like the perfect place for a refreshing swim, it’s only knee-deep and stony, so you should bring some water shoes and be prepared to do some wading instead of swimming.
Camping La Sousta
28 Avenue du Pont du Gard, 30210 Remoulins
Camping La Brise in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
This camping place is located right next to the beach in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. While I found the camping place a little bit too big and the set-up not very charming, the location is great. It’s also just a short walk to the town center and there’s a small Intermarche supermarket close by.
Saintes Maries de la Mer is a typical touristy sea resort. It has a charming old town and some good restaurants. But the best part is the beach, it’s wide and you can walk it for hours.
Also the drive there through the Camargue was incredibly beautiful and if you’re into bird-watching or want to go horse-riding, this is the place for you.
Camping La Brise
Rue Marcel Carrière, 13460 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Camping Les Eucalyptus in Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez is of course a little bit over the top and mostly overpriced. But most people don’t know that there is a camping place (actually there are two) right next to the famous beach where all the well-known beach clubs are, like Nikki Beach and Club 55.
The thing is, even if you couldn’t care less about those beach clubs, it’s a really, really beautiful beach! And the beach is only a minute walk from the camping place, which is really rare to find.
I enjoyed the quiet beach at sunrise and the people-watching later in the day. It’s the perfect place if you just want to chill and relax. Unfortunately, there’s nearly no reception and you don’t even get 3G on your phone, otherwise I would have stayed longer.
When you go there make sure that you make a reservation in advance, it’s a small space and fills up quickly.
Camping Les Eucalyptus
Pampelonne, 741 Chemin des moulins, 83350 Ramatuelle