“La Provence de charme”
We have been travelling in France with our INNOVAN Fuchur for almost 3 weeks now. For my wife it was her first trip to the country of the baguette and for me? I've been there before, umpteen years ago. Namely as a 7 year old in Disneyland Paris :)
How camper-friendly is France and what did we do
here all day long?
Very camper-friendly, we would say!
We'll even go one step further and say that France is the perfect destination for vanlife newbies!
There are countless beautiful pitches, even right by the sea, and at very reasonable prices. Many municipalities also offer great and inexpensive pitches. We prefer to use the park4night app to find a pitch. Did you know that this app even originated in France? No? Well, now you do.
The French also love to be on the road with their campers. Yes, that's right, even in their own country! Maybe that's why France is so camper-friendly?
France really has a lot to offer, be it scenic, culinary or for sports enthusiasts.
We were mainly in Provence, in the south-east of France on the Mediterranean.
We were enchanted by the diverse landscape, which ranges from the
southern Alps and the flat Camargue to hilly vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields.
But we also deliberately wanted to take it easy, so we skipped the French Riviera with its tourist hotspots like elegant Nice and world-famous Saint-Tropez or Cannes.
We ended up in Verdon by chance, which was unfortunately not less touristy. The Verdon Gorge is world famous and THE most Instagrammable spot in Provence.
Along with the Tara Gorge in Montenegro, the Gorges du Verdon is one of the largest Canyons in Europe and the main component of the Verdon Regional Nature Park named after it.
The Verdon River has carved a furrow in the limestone massifs of Haute-Provence, thus forming the Verdon Gorge, colloquially known as the Grand Canyon du Verdon. The turquoise water is also fantastically beautiful, but we would definitely advise against visiting this sight in the high season (Juli & August).
The magic of this place is simply lost when boat after boat line up in the gorge and the queues in front of the boat hire shops stretch all the way back to the car park. But it was still nice!
We quickly moved to a quiet village (Puimoisson) just a few kilometres further on, to a great campsite of the municipality. From there, we made excursions, for example to the beautiful picturesque Moustiers Sainte-Marie and climbed up to the Chapelle Notre Dame de Beauvoir, bought lavender honey at a traditional weekly market or went swimming at Lac de Sainte-Croix in an idyllic place.
Because of the temperatures, we quickly moved on to the sea to get a cool sea breeze blowing around our noses.
For the first time, we set off without a plan, which is very unusual for us, as everyone who knows us knows. But it was worth it, we ended up in a wonderful place: CARRO
A small fishing town right on
the Mediterranean coast and
on top of that we got a pitch with
sea view for little money
(€ 11,50 per night in high season and
sorry for spamming you with videos
and pictures on Instagram but the view
was definitely a highlight).
On top of that, there was a small fish market with all kinds of goodies every morning, just around the corner.
All in all, super nice, we would say.
But how do we go on now?
Good question, next question. The plan is to just drift slowly along the French coast towards Spain, because as you all know, the journey is the destination, or something like that!
Stay tuned for SPAIN
Fabian & Alexandra
*In cooperation with LMC Caravan - my opinion remains unaffected by that.