Central France

Breathtaking landscapes in the garden of France

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Campsites in Central France

Central France stretches across two of the country’s most beautiful regions and is the area par excellence to get to know France and all things French. Towards the west is the Loire Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s renowned for its lush, verdant scenery and glorious châteaux. Towards the east lies the equally mesmerising Rhône-Alpes region, stretching as it does from Lake Geneva in the north to Provence in the south. Siblu holiday parks in France, Le Domaine de Dugny (Loire Valley), and Les Rives de Condrieu (Rhône-Alpes), are perfectly placed for discovering all the delights this area has to offer. So let’s find out more!

The Great Outdoors

The River Loire in the Loire Valley cuts majestically through Central France, resulting in plenty of fun fresh-water activities on delightful river and lakeside beaches (a spot of canoeing maybe; or try your hand at fishing). And all this just a stone’s throw from campsite Le Domaine de Dugny. In Rhône-Alpes, it’s the River Rhône that provides the interest. And with natural parks Vercors and Pilat on the doorstep of campsite Les Rives de Condrieu, you can easily indulge in a different outdoor pursuit each day: hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and water-skiing – to name but a few! Combined with the Loire Valley’s gentle climate and an Alpine/Mediterranean weather mix in the Rhône-Alpes, there’s no better spot than Central France for a breath of fresh air!

Things To Do & Special Events

Things to do in Central France? In the Loire Valley, one word sums it up: châteaux! Chambord (grandiose). Chamont-sur-Loire (exquisite gardens). Chenonceau (the most visited). Cheverny (‘home’ of Tintin’s Captain Haddock). The list is inexhaustible. Then there’s Futuroscope, France’s very unique ‘forward to the future’ leisure park experience near Poitiers. In the Rhône-Alpes, if the great outdoors and natural parks leave you hankering for still more thrills, try Cimes Aventures, an adventure park in Septème packed with rope bridges and death slides! Or for a change in tempo, a musical interlude at Vienne’s atmospheric summer jazz festival might just do the trick.

Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems

In Central France, the Loire Valley is dubbed ‘the garden of France’, whereas Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes is France’s culinary capital, dripping in Michelin star restaurants and sublime food markets. It will come as no surprise, then, that wining and dining in the area is a real treat. Think unctuous upside-down apple pie, Tarte Tatin, French classics like Coq Au Vin or Boeuf Bourguignon, or a riskier andouillette dish (tripe sausage, an acquired taste for some…). Wash it all down with exquisite, local wines: crisp whites (Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Condrieu) and sumptuous reds (Côtes du Rhône, Bourgeuil and Chinon). Then sit back and relax on a typical pavement cafe, and watch the world go by at your leisure. Bliss.

Places To Go

Lyon (Rhône-Alpes) is a must-visit, at least once. As well as eating like royalty, the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Musée des Beaux Arts hosts works from Monet and Picasso. Or enjoy the lively laid-back atmosphere of Tours (Loire Valley) with its botanical gardens, open-air markets, and marvellously flamboyant-Gothic St-Gatien cathedral. 
Camping in Central France: magical and marvellous, it’s a holiday steeped in the French way of life...
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