Motorhoming in France: Your Ultimate Guide (Updated 2024)

Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links. If you buy something through them, we earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It's one of the ways we keep bringing you free content. Learn more in our Disclosure Policy.

Exploring France in a motorhome unveils a diverse array of destinations. The country’s extensive network of dedicated aires makes motorhoming in France a breeze, with many more options for finding overnight spots.

Our year-long journey across Europe in a motorhome showed us that France is exceptionally well-equipped for life on the road. It caters well to motorhomes, campervans, and RVs, making it perfect for road trips and campervanning with its scenic routes and flexible travel options.

During our nine months living in France, we immersed ourselves in the quaint village life of the picturesque Dordogne region.

Perhaps the greatest challenge of motorhoming in France is deciding which regions to explore, which cheeses to sample, and just how many crepes you can enjoy in a single day!

Motorhoming in France ©Lifejourney4two

If you’re new to campervanning, consider exploring our post on Motorhoming Tips for Beginners. It offers valuable advice to simplify and enhance your travel experience.

Additionally, we share insights into campervan gadgets we find indispensable, which you might find useful to review before you embark on touring France in a motorhome.

-Quiberon_free camping
Free camping in Quiberon ©Lifejourney4two

Motorhoming in France: The Essentials in a Nutshell 🥜

Embark on your French motorhome adventure with this guide, tailored for both newcomers and seasoned road trippers.

Here’s what you’ll find:

Interactive Map

Learn to navigate our interactive map to perfectly plan your journey through France’s must-visit destinations and hidden gems.

Essential Tips

  • Driving Tips: Get essential driving tips and understand regional regulations in our Information for Driving a Motorhome in France section.
  • Local Tips: Enhance your journey with local knowledge, from handy French words to supermarket tips and convenient launderette locations.

Accommodation Options

Explore various motorhome camping options across France, from luxurious campsites to off-the-grid spots, catering to every taste and budget. We’ve included all of our motorhome stops throughout France on our interactive map.

Key Destinations

Delve into each region’s unique attractions with practical motorhoming tips:

🇫🇷 Brittany

Explore rugged coastlines and ancient megaliths, including iconic Mont Saint-Michel. Enjoy ample coastal aires, perfect for quaint villages and sandy beaches. Explore more about Brittany.

🇫🇷 Normandy

Experience rich history from WWII sites to the majestic Cliffs of Etretat, along with a vibrant culinary tradition. Find diverse aire sites near significant landmarks, ideal for history enthusiasts. Dive deeper into Normandy.

🇫🇷 Loire Valley

Marvel at the famed chateaux and lush vineyards that define this picturesque route. Plenty of campsites near key chateaux make leisurely explorations and wine tasting easy. Discover the Loire Valley.

🇫🇷 The Dordogne

Discover stunning medieval towns, prehistoric caves, and serene rivers. Riverside aires offer scenic spots that are great for outdoor activities like kayaking. Learn about The Dordogne.

🇫🇷 The Alsace Region

Uncover a unique blend of French and German cultures, celebrated for its Wine Route and colourful towns. Well-equipped aires facilitate town hopping and wine tasting. Uncover the Alsace region.

🇫🇷 Paris and Surroundings

Don’t miss iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Notre Dame (set to reopen in December 2024). It’s best to park outside the city and use public transport to explore; consider a day trip to nearby Versailles. Experience Paris.

🇫🇷 South West France

Known for its Basque culture, beautiful beaches, and Pyrenean landscapes. Flexible routes allow for coastal and mountain explorations, perfect for surfers and hikers. Venture into South West France.

Are you ready to start your motorhome adventure in France?

Use our insights to plan your travel experience tailored just for you. Explore each topic in detail by following the links provided, and prepare for an unforgettable motorhome or campervan journey across the captivating landscapes of France.

Motorhoming in France Map

How to Use This Motorhome France Route Map

  1. To use this interactive map effectively, click the square icon in the upper right corner to expand.
  2. A key will appear on the left, guiding you through various locations.
  3. Clicking on any site reveals detailed information about that spot.
  4. Each campervan stopover on the map links to the Camper Contact website. Here, you can explore available amenities, pricing, and operational hours and read reviews from other travellers.
  5. Look for motorhome overnight stops marked by an orange circle (🟠) with a motorhome icon.
  6. The places we’ve personally visited are also highlighted with distinct location icons.

Planning a Trip to France?

Explore France by Motorhome: A Visual Journey

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and diversity of France with our two-minute video.

From Brittany’s rugged coastlines to Alsace’s charming streets, this visual journey offers a taste of what makes motorhoming through France a truly unforgettable adventure.

Get inspired for your next trip and see what awaits on the open road.

France's Magic in 2 minutes

Motorhome Camping in France

-Walscheid free camping
Motorhome stopover at Walsheid, France – no facilities but great a stop ©Lifejourney4two

Motorhome Camping in France: A Guide to Beautiful Spots and Budget Tips

Exploring France on Wheels

Embarking on a motorhome tour across France offers an economical and flexible way to explore the country’s stunning landscapes. Whether you opt for luxury campsites or seek out budget-friendly options, there’s something for every type of traveller.

Visa and Entry Requirements for Motorhoming in France

If you’re planning a motorhome adventure in France, it’s important to know the visa requirements, especially if you do not hold a European passport.

Under the Schengen Agreement, non-European travellers can only stay for 90 days within any 180-day period across the Schengen Area, which includes France and many other European countries.

Understanding the 90/180 Rule: The 90/180 rule allows you to travel within the Schengen zone for up to 90 days within a six-month period. To help plan your stay and ensure compliance with these regulations, use tools like the Schengen Visa Calculator. This tool can help you track the length of your stay and avoid overstaying your visa.

More Information: For more detailed information on visa requirements and exceptions, visit Schengen Visa Info. Here, you can find guidelines specific to your nationality, including any additional paperwork you might need before embarking on your journey.

Diverse Camping Options

  • Luxury Campsites: France boasts several high-end campsites with extensive facilities for those looking to indulge.
  • Budget-Friendly Stops: If you are like us and prefer cost-effective travel, there are plenty of charming, free, or budget-friendly spots to park.
Typical campsite parking in France ©Lifejourney4two

French Motorhome Aires

These designated areas for motorhomes are scattered throughout France. Some provide essential services such as electricity, water, and waste disposal, whereas others are just places to park overnight.

A paid camperstop with an electronic check-in system, France ©Lifejourney4two

For the best experience:

  • Arrival Time: Arriving early, around 10 am, increases your chances of securing a spot, especially during peak season.
  • Aire Regulations: Always check the local signage for parking instructions and service fees.
Motorhome Camperstop in Dordogne ©Lifejourney4two

Wild Camping in France

Wild camping with your motorhome in France is possible as long as you park your motorhome, campervan or RV somewhere that isn’t going to bother anyone, you should be ok.

Obviously, it is better not to set up camp and to stay for one night only. Don’t hang out your washing or ‘set up’ camp. You will want to be as unobtrusive as possible when finding a wild camping spot.

Familiarize yourself with the specific rules regarding wild camping in France here.

France Passion Motorhome Stopovers

France Passion is a scheme whereby local businesses, farms, wineries and the like welcome you to stay on their property for free. Many entice you off the beaten path and offer their delicious gastronomic wares for sale.

What better way to campervan France than hopping from one winery to another? 

You can download a guide to over 2000 stops and get a France Passion Sticker here. For more information, visit the France Passion Website. 

Motorhome Hire in France

Renting a motorhome for your French adventure?

We highly recommend Motorhome Republic. They compare offers from a wide range of campervan rental companies across France, ensuring you get the best possible deals.

Our personal experience with them was extremely positive; not only were they incredibly helpful, but we also saved significantly compared to booking directly with rental companies.

For an in-depth look at how and why we hired a motorhome for our travels across Europe, be sure to check out our detailed guide: Campervanning in Europe.

Loading search form…

Information for Driving a Motorhome in France

Embark on your motorhome adventure in France with confidence by understanding the essential driving regulations and tips:

-single-lane-road in France
Some of the roads you encounter while campervanning in France may be rather narrow  — breathe in a bit, and you’ll be fine 😉 ©Lifejourney4two
  • Driving on the Right: In France, you drive on the right. If you drive a right-hand drive, adjust the beam pattern so that the dipped beam doesn’t dazzle oncoming drivers. You can cheaply purchase beam deflectors to adjust the beam.
  • Essential Documents: You will need to have the following documents:
    • Drivers licence (An international driver’s licence isn’t required)
    • Vehicle insurance
    • Vehicle registration document
    • Passport
  • Mandatory Safety Gear: You are also required to have the following in your vehicle:
  • Navigating Toll Roads: Many of the motorways have tolls. To avoid them, you can program your navigator to avoid tolls, and you can also use to plan your trip and find out the costs of tolls, etc.
  • Speed Limits are as follows unless otherwise signposted and on dry roads
    • 130 km/h (80 mph) on toll motorways
    • 110 km/h (68 mph) on dual carriageways and motorways without tolls
    • 80 km/h (50 mph) on other roads
    • 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns. The town name starts with the limit, a bar through the town name is the de-restriction sign
  • Environmental Compliance: Many cities in France enforce a clean air area called a Low Emission Mobility Zone (ZFE-m). To enter your vehicle must have a Crit’Air Vignette. There are currently quite a few on the list but from 2025, all cities and agglomerations with more than 150,000 inhabitants will be introducing a Low Emission Mobility Zone. Check the current ones at the Urban Access Regulations site.
  • Mountain Winter Travel: If travelling in any mountainous area during winter, ensure your motorhome is equipped with winter tyres or snow chains from November to March, as required by law.
  • Parking Tickets for Motorhomes: Always adhere to the parking signage requirements. Here’s how we were caught out.
    We parked our motorhome and paid for a parking ticket, as indicated by the parking information sign (see below image). The front of our motorhome overhung the car space in front by a small distance.
    Upon returning to our campervan, we saw we had been fined because we had taken up two parking spaces even though there was room for a car to park. We understood the reasoning and put that one down to a lesson learned.
Parking sign ©Lifejourney4two
The parking fine was luckily, not substantial ©Lifejourney4two

Planning Your Motorhome Route Through France

Use the below information to help plan your France road trip, and you will also find it helpful to:

speed-sign in town
Watch for the speed signs ©Lifejourney4two

Finding Motorhome Overnight Stops

We’ve listed every motorhome stop we used in France, complete with links to the Camper Contact site for reviews and service details. This was our go-to app throughout our journey.

You might also find Park4night useful, a popular choice among motorhomers.

-road-directions in france
Clear road directions always help to make the drive easier ©Lifejourney4two

The Flexibility of Motorhoming in France

Motorhoming in France offers complete flexibility; you can stick to a fixed itinerary or choose your destinations on a whim.

When we travel, we strike a balance. We have a general direction but keep our schedule open to linger in places that capture our interest.

We usually avoided motorways while motorhoming in France, skipping tolls and enjoying the scenic back roads—often more rewarding than the faster routes.

If you are time-poor, however, and need to get to your next destination pronto, then the motorways would be the way to go, as the back-road routes are likely to be much slower.

-Kerhinet-houses France
Kerhinet open-air museum near Brittany ©Lifejourney4two

Motorhoming in France and Destination Choice

France offers a variety of attractions, whether you’re into landscapes, historical sites, beaches, or urban adventures. The country’s culinary delights will tantalize your taste buds, with simple pleasures like fresh bread and cheese and a vast selection of wines to delight any enthusiast.

Choosing where to visit, what cheeses to buy, and how many crepes you can indulge in may pose the biggest challenges when motorhoming in France.

We’ll guide you on the best places to motorhome in France, but when it comes to choosing cheeses and crepes, remember, one can never try too many cheeses or eat too many crepes!

“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” 

Charles de Gaulle

Where to Motorhome in France

If you’re arriving from the UK, your adventure might begin in Brittany or Normandy. Both areas are perfect starting points for exploring France by motorhome, with their rich histories and stunning coastlines. For detailed insights into these captivating regions, read more about Brittany and Normandy.

Further afield, you have the lure of the Loire Valley with its fairytale chateaux and the delightful Dordogne villages set amongst rolling hills and meandering rivers.

For lovers of picturesque landscapes and medieval villages, a road trip through the Alsace region is a must.

The renowned wine route in eastern France boasts some of the country’s most beautiful villages, where German influences are evident in the charming half-timbered houses adorned with overflowing flower boxes. Explore similar styles and more in our motorhome journey through Germany.

Riquewihr, in the Alsace Region ©Lifejourney4two

Cities aren’t normally our thing, much preferring small towns and villages, but when in France a visit to its renowned romantic capital city of Paris is a must.

However, we would advise finding a campsite outside of Paris and not driving your motorhome into the capital. It is much easier to park at a campsite in the outer suburbs and catch a bus or train into the city. That’s exactly what we did, and the bus stopped right by the campsite which made life so much easier

Places to Visit While Motorhoming in France

1. Brittany

White Point Arch at Quiberon, Brittany ©Lifejourney4two

Embark on a journey through Brittany and immerse yourself in its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

  • Perros-Guirec: Known for its stunning pink granite coast, this town offers picturesque views that are simply captivating.
  • Quiberon Peninsula: Famous for its White Point Arch, the peninsula boasts an array of scenic walking trails along its dramatic coastline. Why not take a cruise on a catamaran in the bay?
  • Plougrescant: Discover the unique ‘House between the Rocks,’ an extraordinary home nestled between massive boulders, set in a rugged, untouched landscape.
  • Dinan: Step back in time with a visit to this medieval town renowned for its ancient cobblestone streets, charming timbered houses, and the oldest ramparts in Brittany. Maybe take a private guided walking tour.

For a comprehensive guide and additional insights, explore our full Brittany Road Trip with more destinations and details.

Dinan ©Lifejourney4two
Plougrescent ©Lifejourney4two

2. Normandy

Explore our top picks in Normandy, each steeped in history and natural beauty:

  • Mont St. Michel: This majestic island boasts a medieval abbey dating back to the 8th century, perched atop its highest point. Note that it’s a popular spot that can be crowded during peak tourist seasons.
  • Etretat: Renowned for its breathtaking limestone arches, its iconic ‘Needle,’ and the Etretat Gardens, it offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Normandy.
Etretat ©Lifejourney4two

We had hoped to visit Monet’s Garden in Giverny and the Bayeux Tapestry, but the timing wasn’t on our side, leading us to miss these gems. This just gives us another reason to return and delve deeper into Normandy’s rich heritage.

Discover more: Embark on our Comprehensive 4-Day Normandy Road Trip for more insights and hidden gems.

Mont St Michel ©Lifejourney4two

3. Loire Valley

Chateaux Chenonceau, Loire Valley ©Lifejourney4two

Discover the Loire Valley’s Châteaux:

The Loire Valley is celebrated for its spectacular châteaux, each telling a story of France’s regal past. Deciding which châteaux to visit can be as challenging as it is exciting, but here are our top five recommendations for your journey:

  1. Château d’Usse: Often associated with the tale of Sleeping Beauty, this château is a masterpiece of Renaissance and Gothic architecture.
  2. Château d’Azay-le-Rideau: Set on an island in the middle of the Indre River, this château is a fine example of French Renaissance architecture.
  3. Château de Villandry: Known for its stunning gardens, ranging from water gardens to ornamental flower gardens.
  4. Château de Chenonceau: Spanning the River Cher, this château is notable for its beautiful arches and its role in French history.
  5. Château de Chambord: The largest château in the Loire Valley, famous for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture blended with traditional medieval forms.

For a deeper exploration of these historic treasures and practical tips on visiting them, consider checking out our detailed Loire Valley Itinerary for Motorhomers.

Chateaux d’Usse, Loire Valley ©Lifejourney4two

4. The Dordogne

Explore the Charm of the Dordogne:

The Dordogne region is renowned for its enchanting villages and breathtaking landscapes. While it’s challenging to pick favourites, these villages are must-visits for their unique charm and historical significance:

The beautiful village of Brantome in the Dordogne ©Lifejourney4two
  • Rocamadour: This stunning town is carved right into a cliff and is known for its historical and religious significance. Don’t miss the Rocamadour Free-Roaming Monkey Sanctuary for a delightful encounter with nature.
  • Brântome: Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the Dordogne,’ this idyllic town is nestled on the banks of the River Dronne and is famous for its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere.
  • La Roque-Gageac: Set against a dramatic cliff face, this village offers picturesque views and a step back into medieval times.
  • Bourdeilles: This quaint village is known for its impressive château and the stunning vistas from its ancient bridge over the Dronne River.
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda: A vibrant town known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and lively market days, Sarlat is a hub for gastronomy and culture in the Dordogne.

For a more detailed exploration of these villages, delve into our comprehensive guide, 8 Delightful Dordogne Villages.

Sarlat la Caneda ©Lifejourney4two

Oradour-Sur-Glane: A Solemn Historical Site:

In the northern Dordogne lies Oradour-Sur-Glane, a village preserved as a stark memorial to a horrific wartime massacre.

On June 10, 1944, 642 residents were brutally killed by Nazi soldiers. Today, the village stands untouched since that day, serving as a powerful reminder of the atrocities of war.

Oradour Sur Glane ©Lifejourney4two

The remains of the village, with its desolate ruins and the haunting remnants of everyday life, such as twisted sewing machines and a crushed pram in the church, evoke the chilling reality of the massacre.

--Oradour-sur-Glane people killed
642 villagers were massacred ©Lifejourney4two

Visiting Oradour-Sur-Glane was a moving experience and a poignant reflection on humanity’s fragility and resilience.

--Oradour-sur-Glane town centre
Oradour-sur-Glane town centre ©Lifejourney4two

5. The Alsace Region

Explore the Enchanting Alsace Region:

Alsace is a region that captivates with its fairy-tale villages and vibrant wine culture. Our detailed post covers the iconic Alsace Wine Route and offers insights on ideal motorhome stopovers.

The pretty Alsace region ©Lifejourney4two

Here are a few villages that you absolutely must visit:

  • Riquewihr: This village looks as if it’s been lifted straight from a storybook, with its colourful half-timbered houses and cobbled streets.
  • Hirtzbach: Known for its picturesque church and tranquil greenery, it is a perfect peaceful retreat.
  • Eguisheim: This village, surrounded by vineyards, is famous for its charming streets that spiral out from the central square.
  • Ribeauville: Set against a backdrop of vine-covered hills, Ribeauville is alive with medieval history and holds vibrant wine festivals.
  • Colmar: Often called the capital of Alsatian wine, Colmar boasts an enchanting old town with canals and traditional Alsace architecture.

For those interested in delving deeper into each location, consider exploring our comprehensive guide to a road trip through Alsace, which provides further details and travel tips.

Hirtzbach, Alsace Region of France ©Lifejourney4two

6. Paris

Exploring Paris from a Motorhome Base:

Paris offers an unforgettable urban adventure, but navigating a motorhome through the city can be challenging.

We therefore recommend parking at a suburban campsite and using public transport to explore. This strategy not only eases navigation but also helps maintain harmony between drivers and navigators in such a bustling environment.

For a light-hearted look at how we handle travel stress and cope with travelling together 24/7 as a couple. You’ll find out how we channel Lady Penelope and Parker’s driving personas to keep our cool while on the road!

Exploring Paris means experiencing the blend of historical grandeur and vibrant city life ©Lifejourney4two
Shelley at the -Arc-de-triomphe-
Shelley at the famous Arc de Triomphe ©Lifejourney4two

During our two-day stay, we soaked in the beauty and history of Paris. Here’s a snapshot of the iconic sites included in our itinerary:

  • Eiffel Tower: The quintessential symbol of Parisian elegance and a must-visit landmark.
  • Louvre Palace: Home to thousands of works of art, including the Mona Lisa. You can skip-the-line here.
  • Notre Dame: This majestic cathedral is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture (Reopening December 2024).
  • Montmartre Cemetery: A peaceful resting place of many famous artists and writers.
  • Basilica du Sacre Coeur: Offers sweeping views of the city from its hilltop location.
  • Arc de Triomphe / Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Iconic symbols of French national pride and history.
  • Tuileries Gardens: Perfect for a leisurely stroll between museum visits.
  • Place de la Concorde: Famous for its monumental fountains and obelisk.
  • Parc Floral de Paris: A floral haven that offers an escape from the city.
Tuilerie Gardens near the Louvre, Paris ©Lifejourney4two

A Visit to Versailles:

Just 40 minutes from Paris lies the magnificent Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal extravagance and architectural grandeur. Originally a hunting lodge, King Louis XVI transformed it into a stunning residence.

Versailles Palace and gardens ©Lifejourney4two

Today, it stands as a testament to royal opulence, complete with vast gardens, stunning artwork, and the famous Hall of Mirrors.

-versailles-palace plush  interior
The stunning interior of the Versailles Palace ©Lifejourney4two

We recommend arriving early to avoid the long queues, especially if you plan to explore the extensive gardens and enjoy the musical fountains.

For those interested in the arts, the Palace of Versailles offers numerous virtual exhibitions that can be viewed online before your visit.

These exhibitions provide insights into the palace’s history and the pivotal events that took place here, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. For a glimpse of the musical fountains that await you, take a look at our video here.

Versailles palace gardens ©Lifejourney4two

For a detailed exploration of what else you can see and do in Paris and Versailles over a weekend, don’t miss our comprehensive 2-day Paris itinerary, which includes tips on visiting these iconic locations efficiently.

7. South West France

While our visit to South West France was brief, it was remarkably memorable. We enjoyed the hospitality of friends, and even the rainy days couldn’t dampen the spirit of places like Biarritz, Espelette, and St. Jean de Luz.

Biarritz, south-west France ©Lifejourney4two

Here’s what stood out:

  • Biarritz: This elegant seaside town is known for its beaches, therapeutic seawater, and vibrant surfing scene. 🍄‍🟫 Enjoy a guided and gourmet tour.
  • Espelette: Famous for its red peppers, the village is a must-visit for anyone keen on Basque culinary traditions.
  • St. Jean de Luz: A charming fishing town with beautiful architecture and a rich history linked to the sea.
Espelette, drying chillies on the building ©Lifejourney4two
Of course, the mandatory photo with the chilli in Espelette ©Lifejourney4two

This region is steeped in Basque culture, which is evident in its unique language and heritage. As you explore, you’ll notice distinct cultural markers that define the Basque identity, straddling both France and Spain.

If motorhome touring south-west France – you must try the traditional Gateaux Basque

Motorhoming in France: Handy Information

Here’s some practical information that will help you navigate your motorhoming experience more smoothly in France:

Handy French Words

Knowing a few essential French words can significantly ease your journey:

  • Gazole: Diesel
  • Autogas: LPG
  • Camping cars (pronounced comping carr): Motorhome
  • Péage (pronounced payaage): Toll
  • Laverie: Launderette
  • Jeton (pronounced jshuton): Token (sometimes needed for washing machines at campsites)

Supermarkets in France

You’ll find various supermarkets convenient for stocking up during your travels:

  • Intermarché
  • Auchan
  • Carrefour
  • E.Leclerc
  • Lidl

Remember, in rural areas, supermarkets may close during lunchtime and all day on Sundays, with some also closing on Saturday afternoons.

Intermarche supermarket, France ©Lifejourney4two

French Launderettes

In France, 24-hour self-service launderettes are frequently located in supermarket car parks. These facilities make it easy to manage laundry while on the road, particularly useful for those without washing facilities in their motorhomes.

For times when a bigger laundry load was necessary, we found it convenient to use Google Maps to locate the nearest ‘Laverie.’

Laverie (laundromat), France ©Lifejourney4two

Motorhoming in France … That’s a Wrap

So many interesting sights to explore as you campervan in France (St. Jean de Cole) ©Lifejourney4two

We loved our time motorhoming in France, where we soaked in the beauty of its towns, villages, and diverse landscapes. We hope you also find freedom and adventure on your motorhome journey through France. If it’s your first time, we wish you all the best in discovering the joys of motorhome travel.

While we have transitioned from a motorhome to a 4×4 bush camper for our overlanding adventures in Africa and now also explore Western Australia with a 4×4 and rooftop tent, each mode of travel brings its own unique set of experiences and joys.

Explore our adventures in Africa and Western Australia to see how versatile and thrilling exploring with different setups can be.

We’ve packed this guide with as much advice on motorhoming in France as possible. However, if there’s anything you feel we’ve missed or if you have any questions, please reach out.

We’re here to help you navigate your travels as smoothly as possible and to inspire further exploration.

Pin and Save for Later

Motorhoming France Pinterest Pin

Before You Go – Are You Planning Your Travels?

These are the travel resources we recommend and use when planning our trips.

For a more thorough list, visit our Travel Resources page here.

Photo of author


Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

4 thoughts on “Motorhoming in France: Your Ultimate Guide (Updated 2024)”

  1. Sounds like a dream! My husband and I have been searching for a way to explore Europe in style and comfort, and a motorhome adventure in France sounds like the perfect combination. Can’t wait to read more about your tips and experiences. Thanks for sharing! 😍

  2. Hi Shelley
    Cut long story short but cancelled last 2 trips to France because of Covid. (2 adults, 15 year old child and dog)

    Been to France in MH 3 years previous , this not novice but tend to go to same area being the French Alps and verdon Gorge down south.

    As a family we are mad keen to go over Xmas and New Year but worried about the weather and if aires / campsites are open; I have 2015 Rollerteam, not fully winterised but fine in UK winter.

    Thinking of maybe North coast down past La Rochelle and maybe as far south as Toulose, but avoiding Toll roads to experience but of France, usually travel the Toll Motorways just to get down to the Alps.

    Appreciate any help or blogs you have writtenm thinking 15th Dec to 4th Jan 2022

    Speak soon hopefully

    • Hi Paul –

      Thanks for our email and reading our post on Motorhoming in France.

      We’d recommend having a look at the Camper Contact app for aires that you might be interested in and that will show you whether they are open over the Christmas period.

      The weather around Toulouse is mildish in winter, but there is always the possibility of colder weather and France can have plenty of rain and temperatures can go below freezing.

      Not taking the motorways sounds like a great idea – you are then able to see the picturesque towns and fabulous scenery along the way.

      This post/article that you have read about our motorhome trip through France links to most of our blogs on France so far. you can also check out our France Category:

      Enjoy your planning and we hope you are able to get away from your Xmas holiday.


Leave a comment

Pin It on Pinterest