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Best Eurocamp sites in France: fun camping spots in Normandy, Paris, the Dordogne and beyond

Find your ideal family camping spot in France with our guide to the best Eurocamp sites, as recommended by Mumsnet users for their mix of fun and affordability.

By Madeline Littlejohns | Last updated Feb 16, 2024

Best Eurocamps France

Eurocamp holidays are a hit with Mumsnetters, and it's easy to see why. Offering a blend of outdoor adventure and home comforts, these sites are perfect for families. With incredible pool complexes, fun kids’ clubs and entertainment, and loads of family-friendly activities on offer, you can’t go wrong with a Eurocamp holiday in France.

We love the fact that lots of the sites are easily reachable by public transport, making them a great option if you’re looking for a car-free family holiday. They're great to use as a base to explore different parts of France without spending a fortune. The accommodation is thoughtfully designed with families in mind, offering a range of options from spacious tents to luxurious lodges. And thanks to ATOL and ABTA protection, you can book with confidence, knowing that your holiday is secure.

With sites spread across the whole of France, choosing the perfect Eurocamp site might seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, thanks to the collective wisdom of seasoned family travellers and frequent posters on our holiday forum, we've put together a list of top recommendations. These are the sites that have won the hearts of families who love to spend their holidays exploring the great outdoors, with easy access to pools, activities, fun and food.

For more inspiration, check out our guides to the best Eurocamp sites for families and the best Eurocamp sites in Italy.

La Croix du Vieux Pont

Berny-Rivière, Paris

What we like
  • Only 90 minutes from the centre of Paris

  • Large parc with plenty to do

  • Huge range of accommodation options

What we don't like
  • Inland location so no beach nearby

What Mumsnet users say
APMom6 · Stayed + rated
"La Croix du Vieux Pont is a fab site around 90 mins from Paris and 2.5/3 hrs drive from Calais. It has a swimming lake with a beach plus lots of pools. Two of mine have asd and we’ve been there many times, my 25 year old is suggesting going back there next year."
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Our verdict

Just 90 minutes from the centre of Paris you’ll find the fantastic La Croix du Vieux Pont campsite, run by Eurocamp’s sister company Marvilla Parks. It’s a big, lively site with loads to do to keep the whole family happy, including fishing, crazy golf, football, and basketball.

There are four swimming pools to choose from, one of which has a retractable roof so you can swim in all weather conditions, and the outdoor pool has two twisty waterslides to keep thrill-seekers happy. Prefer a bit of a slower pace? You’ll love the lazy river, waterfalls, and Jacuzzi. And for young children there’s a great kids’ pool and a spray park.

The site also offers kids’ clubs for children up to 17 years, and there are family activity sessions you can all join in with too.

Nearest airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle (45 miles)

Nearest town: Vic-sur-Aisne (0.8 miles)

Nearest beach: Dieppe (127 miles)

La Vallée

Houlgate, Normandy

What we like
  • Close to the beach

  • Toddler-friendly

  • Indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a jungle-themed spray park

What we don't like
  • Only small dogs allowed on site

  • Only one bar and a small grocery shop on site

What Mumsnet users say
Xmasbaby11 · Stayed + rated
"We first did it when dd were 8 and 10 and it was perfect. La Vallee in Houlgate, Normandy is a short drive from Caen port. We didn’t go far or eat out much but really enjoyed the site, the pools and entertainment!”
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Our verdict

Perfectly placed for exploring Normandy’s beaches and seaside towns, La Vallée is a lively, toddler-friendly site in Houlgate. 

It features excellent facilities including indoor and outdoor pools and a fun jungle-themed Spray Park, making this site perfect for water babies. The kids’ club sessions will keep children busy and entertained on days you need a break from the pools, and there are Family Fun sessions available so you can all play together.

There’s a variety of accommodation options, and a small grocery shop, a bar (with a restaurant), and a takeaway spot to help keep the family fed. There are also lots of sports activities available on site, and things like crazy golf, horse riding, and boat trips are available nearby.

Nearest airport: Deauville (8 miles)

Nearest town: Houlgate (0.5 miles)

Nearest beach: Less than a mile away

Bel Campsite

La Tranche-sur-Mer, Vendée

What we like
  • Superb Scandinavian-style kids’ play area

  • Plenty to do in the local area

  • Relatively quiet, family-run site

What we don't like
  • Might be too quiet for some families

  • No dogs allowed on site

What Mumsnet users say
gerbo · Stayed + rated
"We have Eurocamped for 12 years now. For little ones, we've loved and returned a couple of times to both Camping Bel in the Vendee. We drove, but didn't need or use cars there at all. Prices drop drastically at the end of August so we used to go late. Very toddler/small child friendly. We stayed in tents at Bel. We found Eurocamp offers brilliant independence, in terms of self catering etc, but support from couriers, for example helping us rebook a cancelled ferry etc."
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Our verdict

Bel Campsite is a small, family-run parc and compared to a lot of other Eurocamp sites, it’s peaceful and quiet. There’s a lovely pool area that’s great for younger kids, and a fantastic Scandinavian-style playground for them to play in too.

For older kids there are plenty of activities like tennis, table tennis, basketball, and a gym, as well as everything that’s offered as part of the kids’ club.

The closest town to the site is La Tranche Sur Mer, where you’ll find a large supermarket to stock up on supplies and a great variety of cafes and restaurants.

Nearest airport: La Rochelle (37 miles)

Nearest town: La Tranche Sur Mer (0.5 miles)

Nearest beach: Less than half a mile away


Labenne-Ocean, Landes

What we like
  • Great aqua complex

  • Close enough to Spain for a day trip

  • Great range of on-site activities

What we don't like
  • Large site might be too busy for families who prefer a slower pace

What Mumsnet users say
foobio · Stayed + rated
"We've just arrived in Sylvamar in Labenne with our 7 & 5yo and it seems great for that age, we also enjoyed La Chapelle! There's a thunderstorm here today so the kids have been enjoying the indoor splash park."
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Our verdict

Sylvamar is a holiday haven with a superb aquatic complex home to waterslides, a volcano pool, lazy river, and a kid-friendly indoor pool. Unwind in the spa, Jacuzzi, or Turkish bath, or hire a car and head 30 miles to the Spanish border for a day trip. The site offers a bar, a supermarket, and two restaurants. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy tennis, football, basketball, and more, while kids will love the site-run clubs and fun entertainment like bingo and quizzes. Nearby, there's a golf course, a waterpark and horse riding opportunities. And don't forget to visit Labenne zoo to see an array of exotic animals.

Nearest airport - Biarritz (16 miles)

Nearest town - Labenne (2 miles)

Nearest beach - Labenne (0.5 miles)

La Plage Campsite

Trinité Sur Mer, Brittany

What we like
  • Easy beach access

  • Relaxed atmosphere

  • Great for little ones

What we don't like

Might be too quiet for some families

What Mumsnet users say
Usernameanonymous · Stayed + rated
“If you're looking for somewhere and have little ones, Camping de la plage in Trinity is awesome.”
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Our verdict

For families with young children looking to enjoy a quieter, more peaceful camping experience near the sea, then La Plage Campsite is perfect.

Set in the gardens of a Breton farmhouse, the site offers a small pool with waterslides and a fun kids’ club with plenty of activities to keep them entertained in high season.

The main pull of this site though is its direct access to a sheltered sandy beach, with a shop, a takeaway, a bar and a restaurant with lovely sea views just a short walk away.

Nearest airport: Lorient (28 miles)

Nearest town: La Trinité-sur-Mer (1 mile)

Nearest beach: Direct access from site

Holiday Marina resort

Port Grimaud, Riviera

What we like
  • Small English-run parc

  • Lovely local area

What we don't like

Only one main pool and one kids’ pool

What Mumsnet users say
AngelsWithSilverWings · Stayed + rated
"Lovely clean site with a great pool area and was a great base from which to explore the area. We visited Monaco, Nice and Saint Tropez from there. The downside of the site was the long walk to the beach which involved crossing a pretty scary busy road. We had a fab holiday though. If driving down to the South I recommend overnighting in Beaun as it's a beautiful town. We've always had a great time on our Eurocamp holidays. They are not exactly luxury but are great value, especially outside of the school holidays or if you get a late deal.”
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Our verdict

Holiday Marina is one of those Eurocamp Riviera parcs that you just can't help but love. It's run by a friendly English team and is incredibly pretty and  it's right next to a gorgeous sandy beach. The pool complex is small, with just two pools but this makes it perfect for young families and there is also a Jacuzzi that’s ideal for chilling out in. There's loads of fun stuff for everyone, like a lively kids’ club and all sorts of sports. Situated right by a beautiful marina, it's a great spot for exploring the Riviera. After a day of adventures, kick back with a cool drink on the bar’s terrace and soak in those stunning views. With evening entertainment like discos and karaoke, and a games room for extra fun, it's the kind of place where you can really relax and have a great time.

Nearest airport - Toulon (29 miles)

Nearest town - Port Grimaud (0.5 miles)

Nearest beach - Port Grimaud (0.5 miles)

Les Ecureuils

St Hilaire-de-Riez, Vendée

What we like
  • Friendly atmosphere

  • Great pool complex

  • Brilliant activities in the local area

What we don't like
  • Limited WiFi on site

What Mumsnet users say
PolarEspresso · Stayed + rated
“Lovely site, fairly small and quiet but next to a sandy beach and a supermarket. There was a shop, bar and restaurant on site and a playground, softplay and swimming pool. Kids club where you could leave over 4s for 2 hours in the morning and afternoon and one evening a week and activities for toddlers. We went in May half term and it did still get chilly at night and although warm, not warm enough to use the unheated pool (though lots of people did).”
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Our verdict

Les Ecureuils Eurocamp is a real gem and it's easy to see why everyone loves it. You’ve got miles of gorgeous sandy beaches on your doorstep and an incredible pool complex on site, so it’s perfect for water babies. 

There are loads of family-friendly activities arranged by the owners and a newly-extended bar offering a great selection of French wine, beers, and fruity cocktails so you can relax in the evenings while the kids enjoy the disco.

And for something a bit different, why not give the aqua gym a go? You can also pick up some yummy regional goodies from the parc shop. Plus, if you're up for an adventure, the Puy du Fou theme park is just a hop, skip, and a jump away for a fun day trip.

Nearest airport: Nantes (46 miles)

Nearest town: Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (4 miles)

Nearest beach: La Pege (0.2 miles)

Domaine des Ormes

Dol-de-Bretagne, Brittany

What we like
  • Set in 400 acres of wooded parkland

  • 18-hole golf course

  • Great range of activities

What we don't like
  • Large site might be too busy for families who prefer a slower pace

What Mumsnet users say
Holliewantstobehot · Stayed + rated
“I would recommend dol de Bretagne - lovely park with several swimming pools, a great park and activities like climbing wall and pony riding. Also the village is lovely and we did days out in Dinan and St Malo. Wish I could afford to go again, the kids still talk about their french holidays even though we went a few years ago.”
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Our verdict

Get ready for non-stop, action-packed fun at Domaine des Ormes! This 400-acre site is lively and packed with activities for all the family.

With five pools including outdoor and covered options, you can make the most of the wave machine, lazy river, and six waterslides before taking a break and relaxing in the sun.

Still have energy to burn? Then check out the 18-hole golf course, driving range, fishing lake, horse riding opportunities, and climbing wall that the site has to offer amongst other things.

There’s also lots to see in the local area, including historical Mont St. Michel and St Malo which has a castle, museums, and an aquarium to explore.

Back at the site you can unwind at the bar before heading to dinner at the Golf Club restaurant or the pizzeria.

Nearest airport: Dinard (27 miles)

Nearest town: Dol-de-Bretagne (6 miles)

Nearest beach: Cancale, St Coulomb (15 miles)

La Garangeoire

St Julien-des-Landes, Vendée

What we like
  • Diverse range of activities on site

  • Set in beautiful grounds

  • Dogs allowed on parc

What we don't like
  • Cash not accepted anywhere on site

What Mumsnet users say
Sometimespostingalwayslurking · Stayed + rated
“Can highly recommend La Garangeoire in Vendee, about 12 km from the coast. It is situated in a huge estate with woods and fields and a fishing lake. Loads of stuff to do, swimming pools, kids club, football, cycling, quite a bit of family evening entertainment, tennis, horse riding. It felt very safe, our 6 year old DS made friends instantly and cycled around the site with them. Barely left the site as there was so much to do.”
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Our verdict

La Garangeoire is a big hit with Mumsnetters thanks to its stunning location in the grounds of a chateau surrounded by woods, meadows, and lakes. You might want a car on this trip so you can easily make the 15-minute drive to the beach at Brétignolles sur Mer, but you could happily stay on site for the whole holiday and not get bored.

With a large pool complex, kids’ clubs, and outdoor activities like crazy golf, horse riding, karting, and trampolining there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages happy. And in the evenings you can enjoy shows, discos, and quizzes after indulging in dinner at the on-site pub-style bar or modern restaurant.

Nearest airport: Nantes (50 miles)

Nearest town: Saint Julien-des-Landes (1.2 miles)

Nearest beach: Les Dunes, Brétignolles sur Mer (7.5 miles)

Saint Avit Loisirs

Le Bugue, Dordogne

What we like
  • Toddler-friendly site

  • Amazing waterpark nearby

  • Three on-site restaurants

What we don't like
  • Charges apply for WiFi

What Mumsnet users say
WingingIt101 · Stayed + rated
“We have done Saint Avit Loisirs and highly recommend. Lots of pools but no beach as in the dordogne. Great site though!”
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madamy · Stayed + rated
“St Avit is lovely - we went 2 years ago with dc aged 4, 5 and 7 and are returning again this May/June. Their pools are great with a lovely toddler splash one and some fun but not scary rubber ring slides - full of parents with little ones on their knees! There's also a really warm tropical type indoor pool if the weather is a bit cool. It is a bit of a drive into Le Bugue, about 15-20 mins on country road, easy though. The local market is also really good, but as with all, get there early!”
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Our verdict

Located in the French countryside, Saint Avit Loisirs Village is a delightful mix of rustic charm and active fun. This leafy paradise offers an array of outdoor activities, including tennis, quad biking, and more. The site features charming Périgordin buildings, a cosy restaurant, and a bar with a terrace overlooking a stunning pool complex with four pools, including a tropical-style indoor pool and a lazy river.

There's a wide range of accommodation options, from tents to chalets, alongside kids' clubs with activities for all ages. Enjoy lively evenings with discos, bingo, and quizzes, and a games room packed with entertainment. Plus, there's a driving range, crazy golf, and various sports facilities, ensuring fun for the whole family.

Nearest airport - Bergerac (22 miles)

Nearest town - Journiac (2.5 miles)

Nearest beach - N/A

Le Bois de Valmarie

Argelès-sur-Mer, Roussillon

What we like
  • Impressive water park

  • Great beach within walking distance

  • Three on-site restaurants

What we don't like
  • No kids’ clubs

What Mumsnet users say
minxthemanx · Stayed + rated
“Le bois de valmarie, South of France (languedoc). Not far from Spanish border, Pyrenees behind you, beach in front. Stunning, unspoilt and a lovely site; great for younger kids. Fly ryan air to perpignan, no more expensive than driving all that way.”
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Our verdict

Le Bois de Valmarie in Argeles-sur-Mer is your go-to getaway for family fun in stunning surroundings. The parc's waterpark is a total showstopper with multi-level pools, waterfalls, waterslides and awesome views over the Bay of Argelès. Plus, there's a cosy restaurant and a bar for your evening hangouts. 

As far as activities go, there's golf, horse riding, and even white water rafting nearby. Don't forget the gorgeous beaches for some watersports, and if you're up for a day trip, the scenic train ride into the Pyrénées is a must-do. And for more water fun, Aqualand waterpark is just a short drive away. 

Nearest airport - Perpignan (22 miles)

Nearest town - Argelès Plage (2 miles)

Nearest beach - Plage Nord Argeles (0.1 miles)

Do Eurocamps in France have WiFi?

Eurocamps in France do have WiFi, but check the site you intend to visit for specifics. It may only be available in certain parts of the park and charges may apply.

Can you take dogs to Eurocamps in France?

Generally speaking yes, you can take dogs to Eurocamp sites in France. Check the individual site though. As an example, you can bring your dog along but it must be on a lead at all times at La Croix du Vieux Pont in Berny-Rivière. 

What’s included in the price of a Eurocamp stay?

Your Eurocamp stay includes your accommodation, use of the kids’ clubs, and use of the on-site facilities including swimming pools, activities, and entertainment. Meals aren’t included so you’ll need to make your own food or head to the on-site restaurant. Duvets and pillows are generally provided but you’ll need to bring your own linens, or reserve them in advance.

What’s the best Eurocamp in France?

We think that the best Eurocamp site in France for families is La Croix de Vieux Pont in Berny-Rivière. It manages to mix all the best bits of a Eurocamp site with a great location close to Paris and not too far from the Eurotunnel and the ferry port at Calais.

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know that there's nothing like a real recommendation from a fellow parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which Eurocamp sites were being recommended for families.

We then did some research looking at which Eurocamp destinations had won accolades and what customer reviews said about them. We looked at on-site amenities, accommodation options and location. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best Eurocamp sites for families.

Why you should trust us 

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About the author 

Madeline is a freelance writer and blogger who writes about family life, psychology, and photography on her blog This glorious life.

She is a mum of two who lives in Swansea and loves walking to the beach with her children, eating cinnamon rolls, and having fun with her camera. And her dream holiday is one where she can spend time outdoors and near the water with her family.