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Camping for Hikers and Nature Lovers on Corsica

Corsica has plenty to offer both sporty and laid-back campers. Most of the campsites on the mountainous island are open from the beginning of May to the beginning of October. They’re typically located on impressive rocky coasts, meaning campers who love the water will feel right at home. Hikers will also love the chestnut and pine forests here. You’ll find over 100 great campsites on Corsica here.

Camping for Sightseers und Culture Lovers in Paris

Paris is one of the world’s most famous cities, and it enchants its visitors with countless sightseeing attractions, magnificent historical buildings as well as an exciting art scene. Campsites are spread out across the city, and many are right on the beautiful shore of the Seine. Others are close to famous excursion destinations like the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, perfect for strolls through the city. The French capital has something for everyone, and great campsites in and around Paris await you.

Camping in Alsace for Rest and Relaxation

Campers will find peace and tranquillity in Alsace. Nature lovers will be at peace in the Rhine Valley: There are excellent hiking paths that are part of the Alsace Wine Route, and these run from north to south on the eastern side of the Vosges Mountains. Discover picturesque vineyards, rustic half-timbered houses and endless forests that are full of secrets. There are over 100 campsites in Alsace on camping.info for you to discover.

Tranquil, Mediterranean Camping in Nice

Not only will campers enjoy the sun and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea while in Nice, but they’ll also get the chance to expand their cultural horizons. No other city on the French Riviera has as many museums, churches and parks. There are several sites in the surrounding communities that are open all year round. You’ll find a selection of campsites in and around Nice on camping.info.

What Campers Should Know About Camping in France

Wild camping? Just ask nicely!

Generally speaking, wild camping isn’t allowed in France — unless you ask for permission. This isn’t always possible, especially along France’s coasts, since an old French law technically gives all citizens ownership of the land. That’s why randomly pitching a tent is usually forbidden. It’s different with private plots of land, though: In this case, you can just ask the owner politely. Since people here are mostly friendly and open to hikers and cyclists, it’s usually not a problem. You’re also allowed to spend one night at a parking lot or rest area.

Shared sanitary facilities

In France, the water temperature in the sanitary facilities cannot usually be regulated, and it’s more than likely going to be too cold rather than too warm. You should also be aware that your campsite will probably offer shared sanitary facilities rather than separate facilities for women and men.

Don’t overtake on the left

If you’re the proud owner of a 3.5 t motorhome or car-and-caravan team, you should note that in France, vehicles in this weight class are not permitted to overtake other vehicles via the left-hand lane when driving on three-lane roads. So, keep to the middle!

“Turkish” toilets

It might be unthinkable in other places, but in France, you’ll occasionally come across the “Toilette à la turque”. It’s essentially a loo, but with a simple hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl. It’s also known in English as a “squat toilet”. For some, it may be a bit unusual at first, but using a squat toilet is seen as more hygienic and healthier (since the muscles are less strained in the squatting position). By the way, in France, you’ll always need to bring toilet paper and soap along with you.

Bring a breathalyser

Another thing that might be a bit unusual for visitors is the regulation regarding blood alcohol content checks. In France, in the event that you’re asked to undergo a breath test, all road users are required to have two disposable breathalysers on hand. You can get them at airports, petrol stations and pharmacies.

Pack adapters

It’s becoming ever rarer, but it can still happen: You might check in at your campsite only to find that there are no Euro/CEE outlets to be found. So to be safe, it’s recommended that you bring an adapter along; that way, you don’t have to spend your holidays — or at least the first night — without electricity.

Rules for parking

To keep many of France’s cities and regions orderly, there’s a somewhat unusual parking system in place: Depending on whether it’s an ‘even’ or ‘odd’ day, parking is allowed on the left side of the street on one day and on the right side of the street on the other — this is dependent on the house numbers on the respective side, and whether they’re even or odd. Drivers are informed via signs that say either “Jours pairs” (for “even days”) or “Jours impars” (for “uneven days”).