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Camping in France (legislation, how, why, duration)

Free camping is not allowed in France. Or at least it is allowed with very rare exceptions, you can be punished in some cases up to 1500 €. However, it is possible to travel in a van, tent or camper.

Here are the ways and means to camp and travel in France ?

By van, caravan, camping-car

  • Some villages have free places for van, caravan and camping-car. You will have to ask the mayor of the village for authorization.
    Nb : Sleep in the two places above only if you are sure to be safe and quiet in these places. Avoid busy parking lots, close to major roads or cities.
  • On private property with the consent of the owner. You can book easily thanks to waycamper.com

In a tent

  • Bivouacking is allowed in national parks (between 7pm and 9am). Take only what you need for your bivouac (a sleeping bag and a tarp in case of bad weather)
  • On private property with the consent of the owner. You can book easily with waycamper.com

How many nights can you camp in France ?

There is no time limit to sleep in wilderness camping or at the inhabitant’s house in France. However, wild camping is very complicated, bivouacking is tolerated but you will have to be extremely careful. If you want to go in contact with the nature in all security and legality, you can camp with the inhabitant with WayCamper.
However if you travel in tent it is strongly advised to do it during the good season (between the beginning of March and the middle of October depending on the regions).

Why travel to France ?

  • The cuisine: Breton pancakes, beef bourguignon, ratatouille, …
  • A country between sea and mountain
  • The wine and the wine road
  • The heritage of the kings of France

What to visit in France ?

The forest of Broceliande

The Gorges du Verdon

Versailles and its magnificent castles

Provence and its lavender fields

The Mont Saint-Michel

The Calanques of Marseille

The Ochre Trail

The Gardon Valley

The volcanoes of Auvergne

The circus of Gavarnie

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