Aires and cheaper sites France

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  1. Billy23

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    I am travelling back from the UK to Spain in August and want to wander through France, we have never "Done" a wander through France before. Could one of you (or more) suggest the best book, or other place to get information on Aires and cheaper sites, so that we can try and plan some sort of route and a rough idea of costs. :Smile:
     
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    'All the Aires France Edition 4' from Vicarious Books is probably all you'll need – around £22 delivered.


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    I guess the next question is, is it hard to find a place on Aires in August? If so what is the best way to find the "cheaper" sites?
     
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    This site is great for motorhome campsites, its in French but covers all of Europe.

    http://www.campingcar-infos.com/index1.htm

    Enter the site then look on the top left chercher une aire
    then select country / region.


    Terry
     
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    i have found that the local authority [municiple] campsites usually work out the cheapest . another advantage of them is that they are run and priced to a fixed standard, so even a 1or2star rated one will be decent . if i remember rightly a lot of them are listed on "camping car info" but to be honest when approaching a village i usually just look out for the "camping municiple" sign post . i would not like to rely 100% on finding space on aires in august ,certainly not in any touristy areas anyway. i tried it late july once and it was a nightmare, [a full scale fight broke out with a german and french van over a space one day] regards garry .
     
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    This Dutch site is very informative and whilst you will see sites which are duplicated in 'All the Aires 2014', you will find some which aren't :thumb:

    http://www.campercontact.com
     
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    Coastal sites are usually packed out...
    Inland is often not as bad, My main route is down the N10 and past 2 years have travelled down and back in August. No issues but obviously busier than other times.
    If you are considering aires and campsites then plan to arrive early afternoon and have a back up stop planned as well just in case..
     
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    Don't forget France Passion

    Hi

    Just back from 3 weeks in France. France passion offers free one night stays at thousands of places like vineyards and farmers for free. Tried several and all were great.
     
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    Now that seems to be my cup of tea, or should I say, my glass of wine.
    Very interesting, I will give that a try. :thumb:
     
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    Large to medium-sized aires usually have available spaces around mid-morning, but turning up late afternoon in August isn't recommended. I wouldn't plan anything around small aires in summer.

    You can virtually guarantee space at huge aires like Puy du Fou (Les Eppesses) and Futuroscope (Jaunay-Clan, nr Poitiers), and there's no obligation to go in either theme park if you use the aires, although both are well worth a visit.

    Honfleur's aire usually has somewhere to park even if it's down the middle with the late arrivals.

    Having had to take our holidays in July and August for many years, I can only think of a couple of occasions where we've struggled to find space on an aire, but you have to use your common sense when planning your trip.
     
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    We used plenty of aires last August and generally had no problem finding space, however we were not on the coast. My main advice would be to leave relatively early, and arrive early at your next aire, dont get there after 3 pm, in fact we normally try to travel no more than 100 ks a day and get to the aire for lunch. :Cool:
    Also try this site for the municipal sites they can work out very reasonable on price and facilities.:thumb:
    http://www.camping-municipal.org/index.htm
     
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    Hi, I personally use this site http://www.motorhomingfrance.co.uk/
    very informative of aires and some campsites they also do a memory stick with all of there info for £20 or £15 to members
    this is sort of info


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    PIRIAC, Scroll down for more images & other aire
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    Aires: LE CELLIER - PIRIAC - ST PHILBERT

    Aire: LE CELLIER

    ADDRESS: AIRE DE LA MOTHE, NEXT TO CHURCH
    TEL: [​IMG]02 40 25 40 18 FAX: 02 40 25 31 35
    EMAIL: lecellier.mairie@orange.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN
    LOCATION: URBAN NO. OF SPACES: 5

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N47.31985 W01.34805
    DIRECTIONS: From NANTES take D723 EAST, turn RIGHT at LA ROBINIERE. Follow minor road to LE CELLIER, AIRE is behind CHURCH in town centre.
    SITE DESCRIPTION The aire is in a small park area next to the church in the centre of this small village with parking on gravel/ grass with shade from mature trees. The basic artisanal service point with drainage grid is in the road outside the park. Small village next to the Loire river, close to Nantes, shops in village; boulangerie, Proxi, butcher, Tabac/ news, wine shop, Poste & market on Wednesday mornings & there are 3 restaurants in town.
    REVIEW:
    2007 A pleasant enough location, close to shops & quite quiet. Nothing much in the village, difficult to get near to the Loire due to railway line that runs alongside it to Nantes. Service point is not very well maintained & was not working when we visited.
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    LE CELLIER
    [​IMG] Aire: PIRIAC-SUR-MER

    ADDRESS: RUE DE KERVIN, LE LERAT
    TEL: [​IMG]02 40 23 50 19 FAX: 02 40 23 60 26
    EMAIL: otsi@piriac.net
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN
    LOCATION: URBAN NO. OF SPACES: 15

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: 5€ /NIGHT SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N47.36778 W02.53209
    DIRECTIONS: From GUERANDE take D99 WEST towards PIRIAC. As you enter the small village of LERAT (2km before PIRIAC), turn RIGHT into RUE DE KERVIN & 1st LEFT into AIRE.
    SITE DESCRIPTION The aire is in a medium sized tarmac car park (slightly sloping) bordered by trees giving good shade & being only 100m from the beach, although it is about 2km from the centre of town & there are no facilities near to the aire. The aire is in a small village 2km west of Piriac, next to some tennis courts & has recycling bins adjacent (possible noise). Mini Flot Bleu service point with a small drainage grid. Piriac is an interesting little port (pop. 2000) with shops / restaurants & some nice walks around the town & outside it.
    REVIEW: NO REVIEW YET -- CAN YOU ADD ONE?
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    PIRIAC
    [​IMG] Aire: ST-PHILBERT-DE-GRAND-LIEU

    ADDRESS: BEHIND SUPER U, CHEMIN DE LA PLAGE
    TEL:[​IMG]02 48 78 88 22 FAX: 02 48 78 95 56
    EMAIL: contact@stphilbert.fr
    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL

    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ TOILETS
    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 12

    PRICES/ RATES:
    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE
    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR
    GPS COORDS: N47.04583 W01.64444
    DIRECTIONS: From NANTES take D117 28km SOUTH towards ST-PHILBERT. Keep on D117 until you pass SUPER U & take next LEFT (before bridge) -- AIRE is 200m on RIGHT next to river.
    SITE DESCRIPTION: The aire here is pleasantly situated in a tarmac/ gravel parking area, next to the large lake on the river (& its beach), north of the town where there are trees providing shade & grassy areas with picnic tables. The aire is about 1km north of the centre of town & its shops but there is a Super U supermarket within 200m of the parking. There is an artisanal service point with drainage grid, easy to use but only 1 tap - toilets nearby.
    REVIEW:
    CAMPING CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED 02/07: "A quiet & pleasant aire de service on the banks of a lake & in a verdant location -- recommended".
    2007 A very nice aire, quiet, shady & the services are free. Aire is on the side of a lake -- picnic area & swimming is possible. Close to Super U but a longer walk into St Philbert. Not a lot in the town apart from an abbey to visit.
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    We tried France Passion 1st one full next 2 couldnt find them next one owner out son thoufgh it might be ok not sure then stuck to aires....great. Also wonder how friendly they really would be if you didnt buy anything.

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