1. On the doorstep of the Basque coast: Larrouleta 3* campsite
Larrouleta campsite, located in Urrugne, just 3 kilometres from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the Basque coastal path is the perfect start-off point for discovering the Basque Country. Set in a lush, green landscape, at the foot of the mountains, I definitely recommend this eco-labelled campsite. Here, there are no mobile homes, so come with your tent, your caravan or your campervan! Swimming pool open all year round, private lake to enjoy a bit of fishing and water-based pleasures, sports fields and a playground for children. Ever-so friendly atmosphere.
2. On the beach: A La Corniche 3* campsite
Direction Angoulins-sur-Mer, just 13 kilometres from La Rochelle, near Rochefort and Île de Ré. A La Corniche Campsite proposes fully-equipped chalets and mobile homes for rental just 100 metres from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises a wellness centre with jacuzzi, hammam and sauna and a water park open from 1st May to 30th September. Why do I recommend it? For its closeness to the seafront, its central location and the warmhearted welcome of the teams on site.
3. Deep in the heart of the Basque Country: La Ferme des 4 Chênes campsite
Discover the unique charm of a campsite located between the sea and mountains in Urt, 23 kilometres east of Bayonne. The Ferme des 4 Chênes campsite, northern of the Basque Country and a stone’s throw from Landes-Armagnac, is an amazing start-off point for discovering the south of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. On site: a swimming pool (heated in the summer), and a fitness area with cardio-training equipment. Why do I recommend it ? For its perfect location between fine-sandy beaches, authentic Basque villages, typical landscapes and breathtaking panoramas. The little extra? An on-site mini farm to delight younger visitors.
4. Deep in the heart of the Landes Forest : Blue Océan 4* campsite
The Blue Océan campsite in Ondres, between Bayonne and Anglet, is a must-not-miss address for nature holidays. This eco-labelled family campsite has been committed to sustainable tourism for years now. You’ll find over 200 wooden chalets, cottages, mobile homes and Kenya tents dotted around the pinewoods. The beach is less than a kilometre away. The site has a circus school, a surf school and areas dedicated to horse-riding, yoga, Pilates and dance. Sports fields, a skatepark, kids’ club and two chlorine-free swimming pools complete the offer.
Why do I recommend this campsite to you? For its family atmosphere and its deep commitment to the environment: the site has its own beehives, uses renewable energy, encourages non-motorized transport and eco-friendly initiatives. A FAVOURITE!
5. At the gateway to the Gironde Estuary: L’Estuaire 4* campsite
L’Estuaire Campsite is located in Saint-Thomas-De-Conac, an hour from Bordeaux and from Cognac, on the banks of the Gironde Estuary. Here you will discover a peaceful setting at the heart of preserved nature, surrounded by enchanting landscapes. A 500m2 water park, sports centre and games room complete this offer on-site. Not-to-be-missed sites around the area include the UNESCO-listed Blaye Citadel, visits to the Blayais – Côtes de Bordeaux vineyards and the spas in Jonzac. Fishing, horse-riding and bikeways close by.
6. Deep in the heart of Périgord: L’Agrion Bleu 3* campsite
L’Agrion Bleu campsite, close to Nontron (famous for its knives), deep in the heart of the Dordogne countryside, is the place-to-be for nature lovers, season-in, season-out. I recommend it for its family atmosphere and for its location close to a host of sites for leisure and to visit: Balneo-aquatic centre at 50 metres, Nontron Experimental Pole of Arts & Crafts, Brantôme, Périgueux, etc.
7. Camping de la Gartempe 3* campsite
Camping de la Gartempe nestles in a charming village set some 30 minutes north of Limoges, a UNESCO Creative City. I recommend this peaceful interlude, located at the heart of a protected natural site known as “the pearl of the Gartempe”. Discover the surrounding magnificent scenescapes of eastern Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Lake Saint-Pardoux, perfect for enjoying 100% nature activities. Check out the nearby host of hiking trails directly accessible from the campsite.
The extra-little-tip: Continue your excursions to the Guéret Mountains where a myriad of sports activities are available.