Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by Morrigan, Apr 20, 2014.
I keep seeing on threads about aires - what are they please?
the French provide some very basic motorhome only camping spots, often in the village square or a flat carpark. these are there for everyone to use and are very often free or if not minimal charge. most include a disposal point and a tap for water (some take tokens) and a few have some electric hook up points
france is so much more motorhome friendly than the uk its great
Short for 'Aire de Service - Camping Car' in France. In Germany they are called Stellplatz; in Italy Aree di Sosta (or just Sosta). Generically called 'Camperstops', they are available throughout much of Europe. Often free in France and sometimes in Italy; there is usually a charge in Germany and Holland, but some are free in most countries I think. When we are abroad, we use them almost exclusively, only occasionally using full service campsites.
Here is a short description http://www.motorcaravanning.com/travel/aires.htm
Here is a link to a French website that contains one of the best general listings: http://www.campingcar-infos.com/index1.htm
Thank you both for the swift replies.
Vicarious Books publish "All the Aires in France" (and other books for different countries).
These show pictures of each of the Aires they have vetted, There are many hundreds of Aires all over Europe. They vary between the sublime to the basic. After using them for several years, a holiday with our van would not be complete without using them.
Hello and welcome. I wrote a bit about aires in reply to a thread on a different subject
You may find some of it answers your query.
If you have particular points to raise please ask. Always happy to share our experiences.
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We usually only use Aires when we are in France. We used a campsite once last year because all the local aires were full. They range from very small, just for a van or two, to very large, 100+ vans.
heres a few we used over the last 12 months.
Aire at Quend. Somme
Somewhere near Dijon
Next to River Lot
A lot of them are quite basic, none of these were.......