Set in the stunning French countryside, just outside of the hamlet of Touquin, Camping les Etangs Fleuris is an excellent choice for holidaying families.
With the bright lights of Paris only 40 miles to the west, there are plenty of things to keep tourists happy – and here we look at just a few of them.
Drive just 25 minutes from the campsite and you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of magic and fantasy.
Claimed to be Europe’s top tourist destination due to the sheer amount of visitor numbers since it’s opening in 1992, Disneyland® Paris attracts more visitors than the Eiffel Tower and lets you and the kids rub shoulders with princes, princesses and fairytale characters.
Fun fact: Disneyland® Paris has been visited more than 275 million times with 14.9 million visitors in 2013 alone.
Relax to the intoxicating sounds of jazz at the sensational Capucins Park, which is only a 20 minute drive south from the campsite. Regular concerts are held here during July (on Sundays only) as part of the free ‘Jazz with the Capuchins’ festival, offering a grown-up attraction for those with a love of music.
The park is also home to historic ruins of the Duchess of Loungeville’s castle and has plenty of stunning flowers and wildlife for visitors to explore too.
Fun fact: the park was created by royal gardener Claude Mollet between 1950 and 1960.
Royal Château of Fontainebleau
The largest French royal castle, Château de Fontainebleau, is the ideal spot for history lovers and culture vultures. The castle was used by French kings from the 12th century onwards and offers a wealth of attractive features.
Surrounded by an expansive park, the palace merges Renaissance and French artistic traditions to offer a real treat for the senses and is around 26.9 miles from Touquin.
Fun fact: originally a medieval palace, the royal castle was enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by Francois I who wanted to make it into a “new Rome”.
Mer de Sable
Ending as we began, our last highlight for visitors to Camping les Etangs Fleuris is another theme park. Although Mer de Sable may not attract quite the same visitor numbers as Disneyland® Paris, it does take the accolade of France’s oldest theme park.
Primarily targeted at children under 13, the park is found in the Picardy region near the stunning Ermenonville village.
Fun fact: French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent some time in Ermenonville before his death in 1778 and the village is full of references to him.