From the uninterrupted beaches and sheltered coves of the Côte d’Azur to hill top villages surrounded by fields of fragrant blooms, Provence is a destination that appeals to all of the senses. It’s one of the most popular regions for camping in France thanks to its hours of daily sunshine, relaxed pace of life and cultural coastal attractions.
Popular regions in Provence
Southerly Provence borders both Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, making it one of the warmest regions in France. It’s also one of the most diverse holiday destinations in Europe – especially for those wanting a camping adventure.
While the Côte d’Azur (also known as the French Riviera) varies from cosmopolitan resorts like St Tropez to traditional fishing villages like Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, you’ll find the rolling hills further inland are littered with charming towns such as Grasse, which is famed for its perfume.
To the west of the region is also the unique landscape of the Camargue, a natural park and wetland abundant with animal life and local flora and fauna.
Top Provence campsites by the beach
If you’ve always dreamed of pitching a tent up near a glorious beach, you’re in luck as there are plenty of campsites near the coast in Provence. Canvas Holidays have a fantastic range of campsites in the Côte d’Azur that allow you to enjoy the beautiful region at your own pace, whether you’re a novice or a seasoned camper.
Stay in woodland on the fringes of the port town of Frejus, which has plenty to keep families busy thanks to its waterpark and zoo. Alternatively, campsites in Provence’s Saint-Aygulf, like La Plage D’Argens and Saint-Aygulf Plage, benefit from relaxing pools, spectacular views and being within walking distance of the area’s golden sandy beaches.
In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, you’ll also find camping spots like La Pinède Provence that’s located within an idyllic pine forest and simply bursting with great outdoor facilities.
Things to do when camping in Provence
If you decide that camping in Provence is for you, we’re certain you won’t be disappointed by the wide range of activities on offer. There’s something to amuse everyone, whether that’s leisurely people-watching or tackling a challenging cycle route.
Nice – Whizz along the Promenade des Anglais on rollerblades or hire a bike to see sights like the Russian Cathedral and the Museum of Asian Arts.
St Tropez – This glamorous resort is best known for celebrities, shopping and magnificent yachts. When you’ve finished people-watching, climb the steps to the citadel for wonderful views or admire avant-garde paintings in the Musée de l’Annonciade.
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin – A picturesque medieval village dominated by its 10th century castle and maze of narrow lanes and alleyways. Enjoy the ocean views from the coastal path or visit the lovely frescoed church of Sainte-Marguerite.
Antibes – Antibes, which includes the resort of Juan-les-Pins, has museums dedicated to Picasso, Napoleon, archaeology and even schools and postcards. Visit Exflora Park with its roses, fountains and Islamic garden or walk up to the old lighthouse for panoramic views.
Monaco – Best known for the Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo casino, Monaco also boasts a beautiful palace where you can watch the changing of the guard and stroll through Japanese gardens dedicated to Princess Grace.
Cannes – A city associated with movie stars where you can walk along the palm-lined Boulevard de la Croissette and look out for the ‘hands of fame’ set in concrete outside the Cannes Film Festival Hall. Alternatively, take a boat trip to Les Îles de Lérins for a swim, a picnic and wine-tasting.
Grasse – This town has a reputation for perfume production and is home to the International Perfumery Museum as well as several perfumeries where you can create your very own fragrance.