But getting back to the touring sites; the amount of facilities
available on lots of caravan and camping sites in France
(not including the basics), means that you may find you just wish to stay put and enjoy
what is on offer, such as swimming, tennis, fishing, the bar and restaurants, clubs with entertainment,
children's playgrounds and much, much more, which are normally free to use bar certain
activities that you may have to pay a fee for, such as a fishing permit, playing pool,
hiring cycles or using the gym.
And overall, these types of caravan and camping sites are of excellent quality and make an
ideal family holiday where the children are very well catered for but these can range in
price quite dramatically, for example, if you want to be situated near the Cote D'Azur and the French Riviera, the cost for a pitch
can be anything up to four times that of a touring site in Normandy!
Also, they do vary in cost according to the time of year and the amount of different
facilities on offer plus some charge extra if you just turn up rather than pre-booking, so
it is always a good idea to check out a few sites in different areas before you go on your
holiday and we always ensure we have the different sites and their details on hand whilst
we are touring, just to make sure there will still be enough spending money for the
family excursions and souvenirs as well!!
However, if you would rather have peace and tranquillity whilst on holiday in your caravan
or motor home, then there are also numerous sites which offer the more mature family just
that, and you can find some beautiful settings that range from lakeside views to being
situated in a forest where you can watch the wildlife roaming, or why not meet up with
some other like-minded people whilst staying in the grounds of a French Chateau. The choice is immense and on
some of the sites that are not, shall we say, as crowded with the young families, you
could even get to experience activities such as horse riding, artery and clay pigeon
Mind you, if you are towing a large caravan or have a large motorhome like a Winnebago,
then it is also a very wise idea to check the terrain of your desired destination, as some
of the campsites may not be accessible. One particular place we went had such a
narrow track running up to the site that it would have been impossible to get a 36 plus
foot motorhome round the bend and into the gate at the entrance and as for reversing, we
wouldn't have liked to try that with a caravan! But this is where the research and
planning comes in, even if you just take a touring guide book with you, at least you will
not find yourself in a jam and it can make your travelling a far more pleasant experience
without any stress and headaches.
Yet even if you do not own your own caravan or motor home, although it will add to the
cost of your holiday, you can still enjoy a touring holiday
in France with freedom by hiring one for a week or two, which is also a good idea to
see if you will end up enjoying the whole experience, before investing your hard earned
money on the purchase of a caravan or motorhome.