“Nantes Camping La Nature Enthusiastie!” my friends murmur in unison. I look at them and remind myself that this is no ordinary camping trip. We’re here to have the time of our lives, to commune with nature, to get back to a simpler time. I’ve decided to take on this challenge and go camping in Nantes, in the region of Savoy.
Nantes is one of those little-known rural towns in southern France that, although relatively well-developed, still manages to maintain a relaxed vibe. Unlike many other French out-of-the-way villages, where there is a feeling of ‘being crowded’, Nantes is a town that feels like a small village. The streets are narrow, and each corner of the quaint little street is full of charming shops, cafes, and restaurants, and if you head a bit deeper, you will find the beautiful little Cabotage Museum to be your next stop. Here, you’ll find relics from the bygone era (dating from the 17th century), and an authentic Roman bath house (I highly recommend this, even if it does get a bit steamy at times). The cabins are beautifully built, and you will not be disappointed with the accommodation options that are available to you.
As far as camping trips go, we’ve found that Nantes offers a number of unique and interesting experiences. First of all, there is the incredible amount of choice available to you. Depending on what you want to do, and for how long you are planning to stay, there are plenty of different camping grounds, or ‘campsites’ around Nantes. If you are looking for peace and quiet, you will be able to find some secluded, private camping spots that will give you all the space and privacy that you need. If you are more interested in enjoying the bonfire, then there are plenty of exciting activities to choose from – everything from paintballing to hiking and camping.
However, if you prefer a more laid back camping trip, you can still choose from some of the more popular camping grounds here. Here, you will find some great tent camping options, as well as pitches and cabins. You can also get your own campsite here, and there are plenty of luxurious campsites available to stay at. If you have pets allowed on your holiday, then you will be able to enjoy some of the more family friendly campsites here too, including ones that allow your four legged loved ones to relax in their own private area.
If you prefer a more relaxed camping experience, then you will want to check out some of the more laid back camping grounds that Nantes has to offer. These include pitches that are a bit more secluded, as well as smaller campsites that you can stay at with your family. You will still be able to enjoy all the great things about Nantes – such as the beautiful shops, excellent food, and great local attractions – but you might find that the quieter camping areas are a better option for you.
There are plenty of other things to see and do when you come to Nantes. For example, there is even an area called La Plage des Baux-de-Provence where you can go hiking and try some of the fantastic outdoor activities. In fact, camping Loire Valley is one of the most popular types of holidaying in France, so it comes as no surprise that you will find a number of great attractions here. You can visit some of the most famous tourist spots here like the Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, which is known for its picturesque landscape and its rich history. You can also go on a walking tour of the many ancient villages here, such as Mont Sainte-Victoire. Other places you might want to stop by while you are in Nantes are the Musee des Beaux-arts, the Pic d’ Argylliers, and even the Theatre National.