Picardy and Paris
Arriving via the famous ferry ports at Calais and Boulogne many UK travellers’ first experience of France will be the north-west region of Picardy.
Its superb coastline with long sandy beaches and white cliffs (yes, they have them on the French side of the channel too!) and an array of picturesque seaside resorts make Picardy an ideal holiday destination.
Venture inland and you’ll find busy farming communities working in harmony with the natural landscape and unspoiled towns.
Picardy really is a ‘must’ for history buffs with modern and ancient history at every turn. In particular, there are many memorials, battle sites, cemeteries and museums commemorating the tragic events of the Great War 1914-1918 and we especially recommend a visit to the region’s capital Amiens with its impressive gothic cathedral.
In addition to its many walking and cycling routes, Picardy is also crisscrossed by canals and rivers making it a haven for fishing and water sports.
We have selected six sites in the region.
La Bien Assise is close to the coast (and ferry and channel tunnel links) yet offers rural style facilities nestling amongst pretty countryside. The range of excellent on site facilities includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, cycle hire, a bar/restaurant and a shop with takeaway options.
The pristine, Le Vivier aux Carpes site is close to the River Somme and has its own fishing lake making it a fantastic spot for anglers. It is also ideally placed for those who want to explore the many nearby war memorials. A bar & restaurant, a shop and takeaway are just some of the site’s many high quality facilities.
Le Clos Cacheleux is a recently developed site with huge pitches and ideally situated for exploring the Somme Valley with its historic monuments and the Marquentere bird sanctuary. Great for short breaks or longer stays, peace and quiet is the order of the day.
The modern Parc des Cygnes campsite is convenient for the A16 motorway and visiting the cathedral city of Amiens. Further afield, the First World War museums in Péronne and Albert and the moving Somme memorials are highly recommended, while Paris is only one hour away by train.
Paris and the surrounding area
One of the most famous, recognisable and romantic capital cities in the world, Paris is just three to four hours drive from the northern coast.
Les 4 Vents campsite offers a relaxing location that’s just south of the capital but also near to a superb safari park, Disneyland Paris and France’s finest châteaux at Fontainebleau and Versailles. It has a large outdoor pool and a range of other quality facilities.
To the north of Paris the lush, green Campix site at St. Leu d’Esserent is ideal for those who want to get back to nature (whilst enjoying the site’s picturesque swimming pool and attractive sunbathing terrace of course!). The Parc Astérix adventure park and Château de Chantilly are both just a short distance away, as is of course, the alluring capital.
Booking your camping holiday to France
Booking your holiday to France is easy. You can choose to book a campsite, ferry, Eurotunnel, rally and/ or insurance.
Either book online or call Carefree on
0845 130 7701 or 02476 422 024.