The first time we camped in France we were very happy with the campsite we chose. However we have now camped at a number of sites and also listened to other people's experiences and we have discovered that campsites can vary quite a bit in the amount of space offered on the pitches, or emplacements, for tents and mobile homes. There can also be large variations in the amount of open ground available for children to run around and generally have fun. Here in the photograph below, from Les Deux Fontaines campsite in Brittany, is an ideal pitch with lots of extra space:
Pitch size can vary from a minimum of between 80 m² to 100 m² to well over 100 m² right up to a maximum of about 200 m².
It can depend on location. If you are at a campsite in a prime tourist spot right next to the beach then you may find that pitches are smaller. Whereas, if you go to a site like La Garangeoire in the Vendee and are happy to drive 15 minutes inland from the coast then you will find spacious pitches set in a countryside campsite setting. We have seen mobile home pitches on some campsites in France which I wouldn't be happy with, where you literally have a grassy patch that is exactly the same size as the mobile home itself. Once you park a car on the pitch you only have room left for your table and chairs and little extra. For me that is less space than you might expect. And especially if you are taking young children with you then you might want more space. If you find yourself in this situation then often the campsites have parking outside the site so you could park there but it's not ideal. Another thing which you may wish to consider is whether the pitches have been separated by planted hedges etc to get some privacy. Many of the campsites in France have been established for a number of years and the hedges and trees have now grown to maturity and provide some wonderful privacy as well as shading from the hot sun. Eurocamp usually has a description of what size of pitch you might expect to find at a campsite.
Here is a diagram showing a two bedroom Superior mobile home from Eurocamp, which is sized 7.50m long x 4.00m wide. If we were to position it on a 10 m x 8 m emplacement (80 m²) then this is what it would look like:
Below are some examples of pitch sizes that we have found on some particular campsites that we have reviewed here on the Best French Campsites website:
- • Normandy
- • Château Lez Eaux, St Pair-Sur-Mer - Pitch size: 80-150m²
- • Château Le Brevedent, Pont L'Eveque - Pitch size: 80-100m².
- • Vendee
- • Bel at La Tranche Sur Mer - Pitch size: 80 - 100m².
- • La Garangeoire, has pitch sizes advertised with Eurocamp at greater than 100 but if you are taking your own tent and book with the site itself then you can book a pitch between 125 to 200 m²
- • Le Clarys-Plage - Pitch size: 80-150m².
- • Brittany
- • La Grande Metairie Campsite, Carnac - Pitch size: 80-100m². (You can request a Premium Pitch here with Eurocamp)
- • Château de Galineé, St Cast - Pitch size: Greater than 100m².
- • Les Deux Fontaines, Nevez - Pitch size: 100 -170m².
- • ointe St. Gilles, Bénodet, Western Brittany - Pitch size: 80-100m²
- • Raguénès-Plage, Raguenes Plage - Pitch Size : 80-100m²
- • Camping de La Baie, La Trinité sur Mer - Pitch size: 80-100m²