Camping holidays in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
From Arles to Nice, and not forgetting Marseille, the Gorges du Verdon, Cannes and St Tropez, you've probably already heard about the Côte d’Azur, Provence, the Camargue and the Alpes-Maritimes. This set of amazing locations makes Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur a really special place for a stay with your family or friends in the South of France. Set sail on a voyage to experience its major regional parks, its turquoise sea and its delightful villages, steeped in history.
Come and breathe in the re-energising and stimulating air during your campsite holiday in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur.
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Mobile home rental in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region
Thanks to its climate, which is warm in the summer and pleasant for the rest of the year, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is the perfect place for outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, watersports and just lazing about! Enjoy a stay that's right up close to nature and the sea, and rent a mobile home or camping pitch in Provence and on the French Riviera.
From the Luberon mountains to the Alpes-Maritimes, and including the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the Esterel Massif, this huge area needs to be experienced from top to bottom. Choose from our 4 and 5 star campsites in the Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments. The comfort levels of our accommodation options will really enable you to get away from the daily grind and properly relax! And then there are the various catering facilities available to you on site. You can eat in or buy regional produce at the bars & restaurants and grocery stores at our campsites. You'll have the opportunity to try the delicious specialities of Provence: bouillabaisse (fish stew), caillette provençale (meat dumplings) and salade niçoise, all washed down with a nice bottle of Côtes-du-Rhône. What more could you ask for? And if you're just feeling a little peckish, how about a lovely Italian ice cream or some calissons d’Aix (cakes) for your trip?
As well as the Mediterranean, the aquatic areas with waterslides in our campsites add to the pleasures of bathing and sunbathing. Come and lie back in our wellness centres and balneotherapy areas, which are available in some of our campsites.
Cool, relaxing holidays await you in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region!
Did you know that Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a land of artists?
Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur has captivated and inspired a fair few great artists. And there's a good reason for this! The unique colours and light that typify the region's landscapes, when conveyed through paintings or by ink, via the typewriter, are further enhanced. Come and acquaint yourself with these illustrious creators when you visit the region.
- Vincent Van Gogh: this renowned Dutch painter spent the final 3 years of his life in Arles, capital of the Camargue, then in the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Over a period of just 3 years, he was able to ensure the region went down in history by producing various masterpieces, including the Starry Night and the Sunflowers.
- Pablo Picasso: this Spanish artist discovered Provence via Avignon, in 1914, and his life came to an end in Mougins, near Cannes. Meanwhile he returned to the region over and over again as a means of exploiting all the potential of this amazing location.
- Marcel Pagnol: a major French filmmaker and writer, the author of Manon des Sources and Le Château de Ma Mère draws wonderfully on his childhood memories of Provence, between Marseille, Aubagne and La Treille, shining a light on the Provençal way of life.
- Artists Klein, Chagall, Matisse and Auguste Renoir fell in love with the Alpes-Maritimes, and especially the emblematic locations of Nice, Cagnes-sur-Mer and Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
- Paul Cézanne also did his birthplace of Aix-en-Provence proud, and paid homage to it in various canvases featuring the mountain of Sainte-Victoire.
On top of this the Var, and specifically the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, has become a favourite among the biggest names from music and cinema, including Brigitte Bardot and Johnny Hallyday.
What to do on a camping holiday in the French Riviera ?
Are you someone who prefers the sea, the countryside or the mountains? Why should you have to choose! Lying between the Mediterranean basin and the Alps, south-eastern France has a plethora of activities and new discoveries for your camping holidays. Here is a little look at the ones you just can't miss doing or seeing in each department:
Let's start our road trip in the Camargue, at the western edge of the region. This major nature park, which it shares with the Gard, in Occitania, and which is a unique location in France, is characterised by the pink flamingos, white horses and bulls you find here. From Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, wander along beside the open stretches of water and take photos of the birdlife on the edges of the lakes.
To the north-east, visit the rolling hills of the Alpilles nature park: just the place for a spot of hiking due to its biodiversity and extraordinary landscapes, featuring the traditional agriculture of the area, with vineyards and fields of olive trees. Make the most of it all with a visit to the delightful town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
But the Bouches-du-Rhône department, in the heart of Provence, is as famous for its dazzling sunshine and clicking cicadas as it is for its major towns and cities, from Salon-de-Provence to Cassis, and including the emblematic cities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille. The old harbour and calanques of Marseille alone make for some of the unmissable features of the region!
To the north of the Bouches-du-Rhône, come and see the papal city of Avignon, the administrative centre of the Vaucluse. This city, famous all over the world due to the bridge of Saint-Bénézet and the accompanying nursery rhyme, plus its international theatre festival, is well worth the trip if you're staying in a campsite in Provence.
Not far away, Orange also draws numbers of history fans and classical music buffs with its Chorégies opera festival and its Roman theatre.
But above all the Vaucluse is a natural destination featuring some truly exotic scenery. If you like a bit of adventure, then allow yourself to be guided by the clear, translucent waters of the Sorgue while you enjoy a wonderful canoe trip, then head for Roussillon. This place, known as the "village of blood and gold", positioned right beside the Lubéron Regional Park, reflects the colours of the Sentier des Ocres, a highly unusual hiking trail that's more accessible than the famous Provençal Colorado, yet which is every bit as good.
To round off this rich palette of colours, follow the Lavander route to the Valensole plateau, which enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. While the best time to enjoy the fields of lavender flowers is from mid-June to mid-July, you can see the shades change as the seasons go by, and stock up on essential oils, herbes de Provence and soap at any time of year.
If you are setting off on a camping holiday in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, you just have to see the area's unusual little towns that include Forcalquier, Simiane-La-Rotonde, Sisteron and Quinson. But the most impressive of them all is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Positioned on the mountainside, this truly charming town is famous for its earthenware and its star, which hangs down from a height of 25 metres.
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie also forms the entry point for some of the loveliest gorges in Europe, the Gorges du Verdon, and is also home to France's 4th largest artificial lake: Sainte-Croix. The blue water here is what shapes the structure of its huge cliffs, and is perfect for canyoning, hiking, windsurfing and all sorts of other watersports. And during those warm summer days, there is a variety of beaches in the nature park that appear just at the right moment for some bathing!
Speaking of bathing, let's get back to the Côte d’Azur beside the Mediterranean. The Var is a glamorous and luxury destination much like our 5 star campsites, and despite its popularity, retains an undeniable charm. From Agay to Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, and including the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and Saint-Raphael, the fine sand of the coves and the stunning seaside villages await you.
So bathing, sunbathing and racket sports will all be on the menu for your holiday in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, when you're not hiking, that is! Fans of kitesurfing and jet skiing won't be left out either. From Hyères, come and see the splendid Îles d’Or: Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Le Levant. If you don't feel like coming by boat, head for Cape Taillat from Ramatuelle and you'll discover an area of nature surrounded by water that also has protected status.
But the Var isn't just all about the Mediterranean coast, as the inland area also has just as many surprises in store for you! Besides the Gorges du Verdon, the Sainte-Beaume Massif and Esterel Massif, on both sides of the department, are ideal for walking too. With scenery made up of white limestone on one side and red-hued rocks on the other, it's a proper feast for the eyes!
Let's continue our journey taking us to the far south-east of France and the gateway to Italy. Travel via Grasse, the world's leading perfume manufacturer and listed as a Town of Art and History, with its colourful facades, before heading off again to the coast.
Need we tell you more about Cannes, Antibes and Nice? These are the top destinations on the French Riviera. Wandering along the Croisette and the Promenade des Anglais and taking part in Menton's lemon festival are some of the department's unmissable experiences. Did you know that Angel Bay, which stretches from Nice to Antibes, is so-named due to the angel sharks that used to inhabit these waters?
And it's probably in the Alpes-Maritimes that you'll find one of France's finest protected parks: the Mercantour National Park. Far from the tourist-filled coast, wander along some amazing routes and pass through hilltop villages. Once again, canyoning, rafting and rock climbing are among the options. With a bit of luck and if you keep quiet, you may have the honour of seeing some ibex or marmots.
As its name suggests, the Hautes-Alpes is a department that's high in the mountains, as illustrated by Briançon and Saint-Véran, France's highest town and village respectively! Between Serre-Ponçon, the Gorges de Méouge and the Queyras mountains, this region draws holidaymakers looking for nature and walks.
However, it is sometimes easy to forget that the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region doesn't just mean activities related to the seaside and to hiking. The Hautes-Alpes, just like the resort of Saint-Jean-de-Montclar in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, is the perfect place for winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
What are the sightseeing attractions in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region?
Regional parks and unique settings featuring mountains, rivers and the sea. Here is an incomplete list of the must-sees during your campsite stay in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
- The Iles d’Or
- Cape Dramont
- The Gorges du Verdon
- The Camargue
- The Calanques of Marseille
- Provençal Colorado
- The Vallée de la Blanche
- Mercantour National Park
- The Promenade des Anglais
- The Matisse Museum in Nice
- The Luberon
What activities are there to enjoy in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region?
Whether you're here in winter or in summer, you won't have a chance to get bored in this lovely region in the South of France!
- Via Ferrata
- Mountain biking
- Bathing and aquatic parks
- Adventure tree-climbing
Which are the most beautiful beaches of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region?
The Mediterranean has a special aura on the Côte d’Azur. It is bluer, clearer and lovelier than anywhere else in France. Calm and restful, you'll be able to see it and make the most of it all from one of these emblematic beaches:
- Larvotto beach
- La Mala beach
- The Calanque d’En-Vau
- Plage d'Argent (silver beach)
- La Salis beach
- The Calanque de Sormiou
- La Croisette beach
- Paloma beach
- The Baie des Singes
- Le Bain des Dames beach
- La Pointe Rouge beach
- Anse de Maldormé
- Anse des Phocéens
- La Verrerie beach
- Le Levant island
- Lumière beach
- Cabasson beach
Which are the loveliest lakes and rivers in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur?
If you prefer the tranquillity of freshwater, you've also got a choice!
- Serre-Ponçon lake
- Sainte-Croix lake
- The River Rhône
- The River Verdon
- The River Sorgue
- The River Durance
- Allos lake
What events take place in the vicinity?
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a summer destination that's well-known for its wide array of festivals and events! With cinema, music, watersports, theatre and lemons all featuring, just come and treat yourself!
- Menton's lemon festival, since 1929
- Cannes festival
- Nice carnival
- Avignon festival
- The Chorégies d’Orange, France's oldest festival
- Voiles de Saint-Tropez (sailing race)
- Arles Feria
Which are the Provençal specialities you simply must try?
The Mediterranean means olive trees, lavender fields and summer vegetables. The range of flavours and colours will make your heart sing while on holiday here!
- Caillette provençale (meat dumplings)
- Côtes du Rhône wines
- Tian provençal (vegetable bake)
- Salade niçoise
- Soupe au pistou
- Socca (pancakes)
- Lavender honey
- Calissons (cakes)
- Bouillabaisse with rouille (fish stew with sauce)
- La pissaladière