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emj
15-03-2010, 10:40
Hi all, we are going to brittany for 2 weeks in july - three small kids and a vw t4. I am trying to deiced whetehrto book a load of campsites, or just see what we come across. I have been warned that everything is pretty busy in July. Any advice/ we sometimes need to put up the tent as well - is this allowed in aires?
thanks

E

bevdrew
15-03-2010, 10:44
Hello, and welcome.

Not been to France ourselves yet, but mum lives in Brittany and says it gets really busy in August, as that's when the French hit the roads for their camping car holidays.

Hope this helps

bevdrew

Jo001
15-03-2010, 11:52
We were in Normandy, Brittany and the Loire last July and never had any problems (apart from Le Havre where we could see the aire but we couldn't find a road to it because of roadworks and Etretat where we couldn't find the aire described in our aires book, and the roads were really narrow and congested!)

We tried to set off about 10.00 am and arrive at our new place around 2.00 pm and we always managed to get a spot.

I suggest you get an aires book; we found ours invaluable. You can also see from the book where the big aires are; you might find it easier to get on to them rather than the little ones, although we managed to get on to the small ones too.

Have a great time!

emj
15-03-2010, 12:32
thanks both of you - what is the aires book? can you suggest one. its very exciting

bevdrew
15-03-2010, 13:30
I think this is the book most MH'rs use:

All The Aires France Spain Portugal The Netherlands Belgium Luxembourg Norway Sweden and Finland aires guides (http://www.all-the-aires.com/index.htm)

bevdrew

hogan
15-03-2010, 13:59
Hi all, we are going to brittany for 2 weeks in july - three small kids and a vw t4. I am trying to deiced whetehrto book a load of campsites, or just see what we come across. I have been warned that everything is pretty busy in July. Any advice/ we sometimes need to put up the tent as well - is this allowed in aires?
thanks

E

tents not allowed

Belgian
15-03-2010, 14:23
Hi Emj
For aires and wilding in Britanny see:
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/3845-brittany-ile-et-vilaine-dep-35-a.html
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/3852-cotes-d-armor-22-part-2-a.html
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/3885-finisterre-departement-29-part-2-a.html
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/3922-morbihan-department-56-part-1-a.html
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/3851-bretagne-cotes-d-armor-22-a.html
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/france/7040-wilding-spots-cotes-d-armor-bretagne.html
This will keep you busy fir a while :rolleyes:

Nolly
15-03-2010, 15:06
I would'nt recommend on the aires, But i've often seen small tents along side motorhomes on wild spots, beside lakes ect. We've talked taking one for our granddaughter this year. Recon i'll be the one in the tent.

guerdeval
15-03-2010, 17:51
Sorry,tent out of the question, cann't even put up an awning.

Belgian
15-03-2010, 18:16
Sorry,tent out of the question, cann't even put up an awning.
For the French it is an asocial attitude to put up awnings or tents or even caravans on aires designed for motorhomes only.:eek: And they have a point on that. You may not turn an aire into a camping. In some areas campingowners did everything to put a spoke in the wheels to prevent aires coming. Don't play in their favour. :eek:
Overnight parking is allowed, camping not (only in some remote and alpine regions and only for small tents); so avoid all camping activities on aires. Please, don't mess up with the goodwill most of France shows towards motorhomers ! :cool:
Vive le camping-car :confused:
Leo

John H
15-03-2010, 19:53
Brittany has probably the highest density of Aires in France so there should not be a problem. We have been several times in July - and even August - and have never found it difficult to find a good aire with spaces. Tenting is definitely not allowed, however. The law is that you can park but not camp - ie you must not leave out anything that makes it look as if you are camping, from tents to picnic tables. Parking - and sleeping - is not a problem. Some aires have a 24 or 48 hour limit but most do not. The site: www.campingcar-infos.com is a good one, as is the book on Aire de Camping Cars that you can pick up at garages and supermarkets in France. If all else fails, go to the local police station and ask where you can stay the night - you'll probably get a police escort to a good site - if only England was like France!!!!

emj
16-03-2010, 07:47
that answers that question then - camping sites it is. thanks for all the relies. maybe we will take to the aires when all the kids are grown up :)


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