20 things about France that you probably didn’t know (or need to) – but do now!

Eiffel-TowerMany of us love France (and the French!) and we often spend year after year holidaying in some of its most beautiful towns and cities.

Here are a few fun facts that you probably didn’t know about this most wonderful of countries and well,  probably didn’t need to either! Disclaimer: We can’t guarantee that these are all entirely true! Feel free to comment with you’re own bits of French trivia!

  • There is a Victor Hugo street in every town in France (and probably a ‘Place or Boulevard de la République!)
  • France produces over 400 types of cheese!
  • The word “salut” means both “hello” and “goodbye”
  • French is the only language (along with English) that’s taught in every country in the world.
  • The number of times the French kiss each other as a form of greeting varies depending on region. In Corsica, the number of kisses can be as many as 5! (Can be quite embarassing if you don’t get it right and go in for more!)
  • Coco Chanel’s real name was Gabrielle Bonheur.
  •  The French had an early version of the internet called Minitel, where since as far back as 1984, they could pay bills and shop at home using the Minitel service.
  • The world’s first true department store was founded in Paris in 1838 – Le Bon Marche.
  • France has wont he most Nobel Prizes for Literature than any other country in the world, and the second most in mathematics.
  •  Famous French inventions include: the hot air balloon, the submarine, and the parachute.
  • French toast and french fries aren’t French inventions.
  • The croissant was actually invented in Austria.
  • The ministry of health once tried to promote milk as the national drink of France (Good to see that it worked out well!)
  • France is about the same size as Texas, with twice the population of California.
  • Grasse, France is known as the Perfume Capital of the World. (And definitly worth a visit if you’re in the area!
  • Wearing a white wedding dress is a French tradition which began in 1499.
  •  The Eiffel Tower was built in the year 1889 by Gustave Eiffel for a fair. The French government actually wanted to tear down the tower after the fair had ended, but its popularity made them not to do so.
  • It is believed that April fool’s Day originated in France. In the year 1564, France switched to Gregorian calendar and those who were not aware of this change were teased as fools on this day as they believed April 1st to be French New Year. This tradition is now followed in almost every country.
  • In Châteauneuf-du-Pape – the famous wine village in Provence, a municipal law of 1954 prohibits flying saucers from landing in the town.
  • In France it is possible to marry a deceased person but only with the authorization of the President of the Republic.
  • When Dom Perignon and his Benedictine monk colleagues first stumbled upon champagne, they regarded the bubbles as a serious defect, and were trying to work out ways to eliminate them until they actually had a sip. (We’re so glad they did though!)

And Finally…

  • Under laws that no-one has ever got round to removing from the statute book, it is illegal to call a pig Napoleon

We’ve Slashed the Price of Easter! Late Deals from £157/Family Available Now!

Chase the Winter Blues Away & Get Away for Less this Easter!Late Easter Holiday Deals! 

It’s cold and snowing at home with little sign of it disappearing anytime soon, so why not grab a last minute Easter holiday for all the family from as little as £157!

While not all sites are open early April, there is still a great selection of parks to choose from – not only in France but also in Spain and Italy.

Here’ s a selection of sites (and prices!) that might just tempt you to ditch the snow boots and grab your flip flops instead!

All prices given below are per accommodation not per person! 2 bedroom mobile homes sleep up to 7 (max 4 adults) and 3 bedroom mobile homes sleep up to 8 (max 4 adults.)

Camping Le Paradis (Dordogne) – £157/Family. Arrive 1st April 2013

2 bedroom Mobile Home with Decking

Le Paradis – Dordogne

Popular year after year with guests, Le Paradis enjoys a wonderfully scenic location amidst tropical gardens and beautiful countryside.

The site is very well maintained by its owners and excellent facilities include 2 family pools (heated) as well as a smaller children’s pool.

Nearest Ferry Port: Caen – 596km, Nearest Airport: Bergerac – 75km

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Camping Les Sablons (Languedoc) – £186/Family. Arrive 1st April 2013

2 Bedroom Mobile Home with Air Con & Decking

Les Sablons – Languedoc

Les Sablons is located in the coastal resort of Portiragnes Plage and benefits from direct access to a wonderful sandy beach.

Onsite, guests can enjoy the pool complex which has 2 family pools and a smaller children’s pool. There’s a twisty waterchute and 4 slides. Other activities at include tennis, football, beach volleyball as well as 3 children’s playgrounds.

Nearest Ferry Port: Bilbao – 643km, Nearest Airport: Beziers – 10km (Montpellier 76km)

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Camping La Baume (Cote d’Azur) –  £214/Family. Arrive 1st April 2013

La Baume – Cote d’Azur

La Baume is one of the most popular campsites on the Cote d’Azur with it’s combination of palm-fringed pools, activities to suit all the family and its location just 5km from the beach.

If you’re looking for an excellent pool complex then this park is most definitely for you.

If the 4-lane waterslide doesn’t impress you then the separate ‘lagoon-style’ pool with its own slides, covered pool with slides, jacuzzi and steam room most certainly will!

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Camping International de la Calonge (Catalonia, Spain) –  £214/Family. Arrive 1st April 2013

International de la Calonge – Catalonia, Spain

Internacional De Calonge is a large park which enjoys direct beach access, a fantastic pool complex and is close to the lovely resort of Playa d’Aro.

A popular choice for families with older children and teenagers.

In addtion to the 2 swimming pools, there are plenty of sports to try including tennis, football and basketball as well as 4 children’s playgrounds.

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We have more details available on our website http://www.justcampingfrance.co.uk/special-offers/easter-holidays.htm plus a fantastic range of discounted ferry and Eurotunnel prices when packaged with your accommodation. Leave the snow behind and head off for a fantastic Spring break!

Campsites in France close to Ferry Ports

Campsites in France close to Ferry PortsWhilst many are happy to drive on their holiday to France some don’t fancy spending several hours on a motorway and are keen to get to their holiday destination as quickly as possible.

Often families with younger children prefer to stay at a campsite that is within an hour or so’s drive of the nearest ferry port. The other great draw for these campsites is that they make ideal destinations for a 3 or 4 night short break – a great value for money alternative to a hotel or self-catering apartment.

With this in mind, in this week’s blog we take a look at several sites in France all located within 2 hours of driving off the ferry.

Picardy

Domaine de Drancourt, St Valéry sur Somme. 

Camping Domaine de DrancourtCLOSEST FERRY PORT: DIEPPE 63km (Approx 1hr 7 minutes via D925 & D940)

Domaine de Drancourt is a popular campsite located in St Valéry sur Somme in the Picardy region of France. This park is well suited to young families and has many open spaces for children to play and have fun.

There are three swimming pools, one of which is covered and one with waterslide. Other onsite activities include tennis, football, volleyball, mini golf, horse riding and pony trekking as well as 2 children’s playgrounds.

Price: £139 per family  for a 2 Bedroom Mobile Home with Decking (based on 10th May arrival / 7 Nights)

La Bien Assise, Guînes

Camping La Bien AssiseCLOSEST FERRY PORT: CALAIS 14km (Approx 23 minutes via D127)

La Bien Assise, has much to offer for anyone wanting a holiday in Northern France.

Spacious mobile home pitches sit amongst attractive wooded grounds and the excellent facilities at the campsite include a covered pool, a small children’s pool with mushroom fountain and a third pool with waterchute.

The Cité de l’Europe shopping centre is close by as is the Nausicca aquarium in Boulogne sur Mer just 27km away.

Price: £144 per family  for Tent Accommodation (based on 10th May arrival / 7 Nights)

Normandy

La Vallée, Houlgate

Camping La ValléeCLOSEST FERRY PORT: CAEN-OUISTREHAM 24KM or 45km via A13) (Approx 40 minutes via D514 or 44 minutes  via A13)

Located in the popular coastal town of Houlgate, La Vallée has  lost of activities to keep the kids entertained including the pool complex, one of which has a retractable roof – great for when the weather’s a little unpredictable plus several waterslides and waterchutes. There is also lively evening entertainment throughout the season

Price: £171 per family for 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with Decking (based on 4th May arrival / 7 nights)

Château Le Brevedent, Pont l’Eveque

Chateau Le BrevedentCLOSEST FERRY PORT: LE HAVRE 55km (Approx 50 minutes via A29)

Château Le Brevedent is a beautiful, well-maintained campsite and is a lovely place from which to enjoy the Normandy region of France.

This is a small, friendly site which benefits from a heated outdoor pool which is suitable for all the family as well as a second, smaller pool which is suitable for toddlers & younger children. There are plenty of activities on offer, from excursions to Paris, to a lake fishing, table tennis or badminton.

Price: £122 per family for Tent Accommodation (based on 4th May arrival / 7 nights)

Brittany

Château de Galinée, St Cast

Chateau de GalinéeCLOSEST FERRY PORT: ST MALO 30KM (Approx 40 minutes via D168)

Château de Galinée enjoys a relaxed atmosphere. The campsite is family-run and there is a modern pool complex with waterslides, including an indoor pool and a children’s pool where they can splash and play safely.

In addition to the children’s play area, there’s plenty of space onsite for the kids to run around & use up their energy! Onsite activities include tennis, table tennis, football and fresh water fishing. Horse-riding is available 1km away and the nearest golf course is 3km away.

Price: £242 per family for 3 Bedroom Mobile Home (based on 11th May arrival / 7 nights)

Château des Ormes

Camping Chateau des OrmesCLOSEST FERRY PORT: ST MALO 35km (Approx 40 minutes via N176&D137 OR via D4)

Château des Ormes is set in 250 acres of parkland and woods. It’s a really popular holiday destination (especially with teenagers) and can become quite lively during high season! However families with younger children will certainly appreciate this campsite during the quieter months of May, June & September.

Probaby most popular at Chateau des Ormes is it’s pool complex complete with four-lane waterslide, newly built indoor pool and outdoor wave pool. The site also boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course together with driving range & mini golf. Horse riding lessons and pony trekking are available and are a great way to explore the surrounding woodland.

Price: £220 per family for 3 Bedroom Mobile Home with Decking (based on 4th May arrival / 7 nights)

Please note that all prices quoted are live and will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

 

2013 Camping Holidays in France – Where to Find the Best Deals!

So you’ve taken down the Christmas tree, packed away the fairy lights and managed to find space for the kid’s presents, but what next?

There’s nothing like getting a holiday booked at the start of the year to give you something to look forward to. Whether it’s just a short getaway for 2 across the channel or a longer stay for all the family it’s important to get the best value for money for your camping holiday. And that’s where we come in!

In our first blog of 2013, we take a look at some of our favourite campsites as well as some of the best deals that are currently available.

Short Breaks near Disneyland Paris for less than £100 per party!

La Croix du Vieux PontIf you don’t want to pay the onsite Disney Hotel prices but still want to enjoy a day or two at this fantastic theme park then La Croix du Vieux Pont is for you! An excellent, family-friendly site located just a 90 minute drive away for the Disney Parks. Not only that it also boasts several pools, waterslides and a whole range of activities for you to enjoy!

Top Campsite Deals:

£80 (per party): Based on a 4 night stay arriving 15th April in a 2 bedroom mobile home.

£137 (per party): Based on a 4 night stay arriving 8th September in a 2 bedroom mobile home.

£163 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 13th April in a 2 bedroom mobile home.

Spring in Tuscany

Park AlbatrosWhat better place to spend a week away than on a superb site just 800m from the beach and close to Rome and Florence for a day trip. Park Albatros boasts a large, lagoon-style pool and several others including a smaller pool suitable for younger children. In addition to that you’ll fine plenty of things to do onsite as well as a restaurant, snack bar, takeaway and Creperie.

Top Campsite Deals:

£128 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 8th May in a 2 bedroom mobile home with air con.

£253 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 8th June in a 2 bedroom mobile home with air con.

£263 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 2nd September in a 2 bedroom mobile home with air con.

Summer in the French Alps

Camping Holidays in the French AlpsChoose from a selection of site located close to the superb Lake Annecy and a short drive from some of the best mountain resorts you’ll find. Ideal for lovers of the outdoors, walkers and cyclists.

Top Campsite Deals:

£134 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 15th May in Tent Accommodation. Camping Les Fontaines.

£241 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 4th June in Tent Accommodation. Camping La Ravoire.

The Beach in Brittany! 

The Beaches in BrittanyBrittany boasts some of the best beaches in France and is a hugely popular holiday destination year after year. With easy access from the UK & Ireland, many sites are just a short drive from the ferry ports.

Top Campsite Deals:

£113 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 4th May in Tent Accommodation. Camping L’Atlantique.

£163 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 4th May in a 3 bedroom mobile home. Camping Ty Nadan.

£290 (per party): Based on a 7 night stay arriving 8th June in Tent Accommodation. Camping Château de Galineé.

Short Breaks in Northern France from £75!

Short Breaks in Northern FranceWith such close proximity to the ferry ports, our sites in Northern France are ideal for a short break or as a stopover en route to a campsite further South. The 2 campsites in Picardy (Domaine du Château de Drancourt & La Bien Assise) are popular with young families and those headed to France for the first time.

Top Campsite Deals:

£75 (per party): Based on a 3 night stay arriving 10th May in a 2 bedroom mobile home with decking at Domaine du Château de Drancourt.

£87 (per party): Based on a 3 night stay arriving 10th May in a 3 bedroom mobile home with decking at La Bien Assise.

£110 (per party): Based on a 3 night stay arriving 15th April in a 2 bedroom mobile home with decking at Domaine du Château de Drancourt & La Bien Assise.

These are just a fraction of the fantastic prices we have available on our website. Note that all prices are subject to availability at the time of booking depending on stock levels at each campsite. If you see a price you like – book it before it goes!

Campsite of the Week – La Palombière in Sarlat, Dordogne from £163

Not only is the Dordogne one of France’s best known regions, it’s also home to what is probably the most famous village in France – Sarlat.

If you’re visiting this beautiful and historic region of France then you must stop to explore Sarlat’s ancient cobbled streets.

Just 6km away is La Palombière, a popular and high quality site set in several acres of wooded parkland. The park is well liked by guests and welcomes many back year after year.

Open from late April – early September, La Palombière benefits from 3 heated outdoor pools which includes a children’s pool as well as waterchute and waterslide. It is worth noting however that (as with many sites in France) only conventional swimwear such as swimming trunks are allowed in the pools.

The onsite restaurant is housed in a pretty converted barn. Guests can choose to dine in the restaurant itself, in the bar area or on the terrace. And what better place to try some of the region’s famous local cuisine such as foie gras, duck or even sample the excellent regional wine.

During the high season (July and August) the site becomes much more lively as park staff put on a range of entertainment. Enjoy family discos and live music or casino nights and BBQs!

If you want to get offsite then there are a million things to do in and around the region! You will definitely be spoilt for choice.

We recommend that you visit the Lascaux Caves which are one of the most renowned archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.

The Chateau de Castelnaud is also worth a visit and is widely thought of as the most popular ‘Chateau’ attraction in the south of France.  Visitors here can explore the art of war throughout the middle ages through a collection of arms.

Le Gouffre de Padirac is a natural limestone cave which is 103 metres down to the river accessed by lift or stairs to the start of the tour. The visit lasts for 1.5 hours and is 2km long.

7 Nights at La Palombière currently start from only £163 per party staying in a 3 Bedroom Mobile Home. Our early booking offer ends 30th November so if you want it – book it before it goes!

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