Countryside holidays in the Loire and Normandy
France is more than twice as big as the UK but has the same amount of people, so there’s a lot of space to relax in. It’s filled with some of the most stunning countryside in the world, from mountains to coasts and everything else in-between. Great rivers criss-cross the interior and forests of all types cover nearly 30 per cent of the landscape, creating a smorgasbord of glorious destinations for holidaymakers.
And because France is so big, each region has kept its own identity, whether that’s small villages and rolling hills or grand castles and awe-inspiring river gorges. It’s like holidaying in a different France every time you go! No wonder people come back time and again for camping and caravan holidays to drink it all in.
Loire Valley – Domaine de Dugny campsite in a picture-book setting
One of the most popular destinations for UK visitors is the Loire Valley, a World Heritage site known as the Garden of France because of its fertile soil. Its fairytale castles sit on emerald-green hills, lined with vineyards, fruit orchards (such as cherries), and artichoke and asparagus fields. And our Le Domaine de Dugny campsite is smack bang in the middle of it all, on the northern banks of the Loire river.
The holiday park is just minutes away from the Loire river itself and is surrounded by small villages and greenery that give it a charming picture-book setting. You’re superbly situated for discovering the magnificent chateaux that decorate the region, including the famous grand buildings and garden at Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire and Chenonceau. Don’t miss the chance for a bird’s eye view of the dramatic landscape on a hot-air balloon trip!
Horseriding at Domaine de Litteau in Normandy
Closer to the UK but no less picturesque is Normandy, a land of orchards, coastal marshes and home to our Le Domaine de Litteau holiday park. The campsite sits on the edge of Cerisy Forest – over 5,000 acres of beech woodland – and is the perfect base for exploring the lush region of Normandy. One of the best ways to get down with nature and explore is with a guided tour on horseback.
A genuine paradise for nature lovers and walking enthusiasts, Normandy has it all: rivers, mountains, cliffs and those famous D-Day beaches. Fly fishing fans will love the river Orne, while family members into outdoor sports can find amazing places to hike, climb or kayak just outside the campsite. Or if people are feeling a bit lazier, there are two on-site fishing ponds, and pools and bars to relax in while the kids hit the Pirates Club!