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12 riverside campsites in France making a splash this Easter

If you’re camping in France this Easter there’s no better way to cool off than a wild swim in a local river or splashing about in a hidden stream. We pick the best riverside campsites in France for your next wonderful watery holiday.

Are you thinking of going camping in France this Easter? Heading south to catch some rays and enjoy some warmer weather on your camping holiday? Well, we all know there’s no better way to cool off in the sunny southern climes than swimming in a local river or building a dam in a stream. Splashing about, immersing yourself in the natural setting and enjoying nature in all it’s watery glory. We love it! To help you find the perfect watering hole this year, we’ve picked out just a handful of sites from our full French riverside collection. So, dive right in and take a look, it’s riveting riverside stuff…


Huttopia Beaulieu sur Dordogne, Limousin – River Dordogne

Enjoy family-friendly facilities, including a swimming pool, on this spacious river island, with the medieval city of Beaulieu just a short stroll away.

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Camping Merry-sur-Yonne, Burgundy – River Yonne

Marvel at the renowned limestone cliffs, Les Roches du Saussois, which make this campsite a popular spot with rock climbers, or rent bikes and cycle the towpath.

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Camping de la Pointe, Brittany – River Alune

Kick back around your campfire at this small, homespun campsite on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique. An ideal stop-off on longer journeys south.

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Les Rives de L’Ardèche, Rhône Alpes – River Ardèche

Enjoy paddling and bathing in the plunge pools of the upper Ardèche, with waterfalls just a stroll away from this tiered, valley-side campsite.

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Camping La Champagne, Limousin – River Dordogne

A brand new discovery for 2019, this cute 30-pitch campsite sits beside a river meander, with a separate shallow channel that’s great for kids.

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Camp Laurent, Charente – River Charente

As featured in multiple Cool Camping guidebooks, this tiny campsite has just ten grass pitches, with canoes and boats to borrow and fishing allowed.

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Moulin de Liort, Midi-Pyrénées – River Liort

Bigger than a stream but smaller than a river, the bubbling Liort is ideal for building dams and splashing around with young ones, with a private, wooded setting.

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Camping La Clarée, The Alps – River Clarée

In the midst of the mountains, this alpine campsite is great for hikers, bikers and anyone who loves the outdoors. If the river’s too cold, there’s a swimming pool too.

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Moulin de Chaules, Auvergne – River Ressègue

This former watermill makes an enchanting setting to pitch your tent, with an old mill pool in the river that’s great for bathing and fruit trees providing ample shade.

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Huttopia Millau, Aveyron – River Tarn & River Dourbie

At the confluence of two rivers, this family campsite is always dotted with kayaks, inflatables dinghies and canoes. The historic city of Millau is just across the bridge.

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Camping La Chatonnière, Aquitaine – River Dordogne

Set in the protected Perigord-Limousin Natural Park, La Chatonnière has ashallow beach for kids, a deeper spot for adults and a big rock you can jump off.

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Mille Etoiles, Ardèche – River Ardèche

Right beside the Gorges de Ardèche and the renowned natural archway of Pont d’Arc, this hidden woodland campsite offers incredible views and ultimate privacy.

For more riverside recommendations and watery fun, view our full collection of riverside campsites in France.

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