Best Campsites in South West France
Selected because of its direct access to the beautiful lac de Léon and its lovely sandy beach. A large family-run site in the Landes forest which stretches along the banks of the lake with pretty shrubs and flowering plants that give it a very rural feel.
ARES, La Cigale
Selected because this is a delightful little site in a wooded setting, walking distance of the centre of Arès. There is easy access to a small lagoon on the Bassin d’Arcachon and it is only a 15-minute drive from magnificent Atlantic surfing beaches.
BIDART, Le Pavillon Royal
Selected because of its fabulous location overlooking a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. This beach is perfect for surfing and swimming. This site is named after the Royal Pavilion built in 1890 and perched on the hill next door.
ST MARTIN-DE-SEIGNANX, Camping Lou P’tit Poun
Selected because staying on this site is like camping in a large garden in the heart of the Landais countryside. It has a wonderful variety of trees, shrubs and plants. There is a beautiful flowerbed in front of the spacious reception, 200m from the main site.
URRUGNE, Camping Sunêlia du Col d’Ibardin
Selected because this is an attractive family-run site in the heart of the Basque countryside, literally on the border with Spain. You are welcomed by a lovely flowery entrance and the pitches are laid out in a beautiful wooded area of mature oaks.
ST EMILION, Yelloh St Emilion
Selected because this site is a 5-minute drive from the delightful medieval town of St Emilion and because it is the perfect site for keen anglers, wine connoisseurs and nature lovers.
ASCARAT Camping Narbaitz
Selected because of its lovely location 2km north west of St Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Basque mountains. It is an ideal sport for a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings where pretty shrubs and flowers are an important feature.
LABENNE Village le Sylvamar
Selected because this very well appointed campsite is just 900m from the Atlantic surfing beaches and 3km from Labenne in the heart of the Landes forest. There is a superb aqua complex, indoor children's pool and magnificent spa centre.
PYLA-SUR-MER Panorama du Pyla
Selected primarily because of its unique position next to the famous 107m high Dune du Pyla, and its direct access to a lovely stretch of safe, sandy beach.
LACANAU Les Grands Pins
Selected because of its location in a pine forest just 350m from a lovely stretch of sandy beach suitable for surfing. The pretty flowery entrance welcomes you to a site where all the buildings are wooden clad and have attractive terracotta tiled roofs.
HOURTIN La Côte d'Argent
Selected because of is position 300m from a superb stretch of sandy beach, ideal for surfing, body boarding and kite surfing. A very large site set in a majestic pine forest, there are many cycle tracks directly from the campsite, stretching for more than 100km as well as marked paths for hiking.
PAUILLAC Les Gabarreys
Selected as this is a delightful municipal site just a 15- minute walk from the centre of Pauillac which has been run to a high standard by the same manager for 20 years.
HOURTIN Le Village Western
Selected as this Castels site lives and breathes the American Wild West theme. Set out in pine trees surrounded by fields full of horses, this is the perfect site for fans of cowboy films and horse lovers.
BORDEAUX Le Village du Lac
Selected as this is a great site for an overnight stop as well as a longer stay because of its easy access to the centre of Bordeaux. It was first opened in 2009 and is attractively laid out on a series of small fishing lakes and ponds.