How Busy is France at the moment (1 Viewer)

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Heading off to France and Spain tomorrow any funsters out there at the moment, I was wondering how busy Aires and Sites are.




nothing booked just going to wing it.😳
 
Jun 14, 2014
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It’s ok not busy with britts but this is the busiest aire we have been on.
We are at the municipal aire in Blaye next door to château marquis de vaubun free aire that is rammed full
Hence they are going on the expensive €6 a night with electric site. About 60 vans parked so far

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Feb 16, 2013
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We have only been here two days so can't really help but we were on gravelines last night, half empty, and this one we are on now is just us and another van and to be honest it looks as if it could be their own.
 
Jun 12, 2020
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It’s ok not busy with britts but this is the busiest aire we have been on.
We are at the municipal aire in Blaye next door to château marquis de vaubun free aire that is rammed full
Hence they are going on the expensive €6 a night with electric site. About 60 vans parked so far
The chateau aire was rammed 1 week and a half ago too. The municipal aire had about 15 vans on it. Worth the 6 euro for a bit of space and to avoid the sales pitch. Just my opinion but the Chateau sales leaflet (delivered to the aire by a bloke on an electric scooter) looks a bit tacky, a bit like one of those restaurants with photos of the food and where a waiter accosts you in the street to entice you to come in and eat.
I didn't visit so it's just my opinion of the sales leaflet.

We hadn't seen many UK vans up until 3 arrived to go to the Chateau.
We are now the only van on this CCP campsite. It's really nice and very peaceful. Nice village too.

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Jul 27, 2011
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Been in France a week. The free aires are being taken over by camping car with varying prices. I am sure there are still plenty of free locations though. We are using the 2017 edition of All the Aires France North second edition which details Charleville Mezieres as free. Not any longer. Still cheaper than UK though. Have a good trip. Must say though the camping car sites are immaculate. Tomorrow Sedan.
 
May 31, 2020
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Been here 2 weeks now.... not had any problems on sites or free Aires.... top price we've paid so far is 14 euros on the acsi . :giggle:
 
Feb 9, 2008
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As above, even in August we were only turned away frm one site as it was full. We never book apart from Paris.

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Oct 14, 2007
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I'm on the Le Lude municipal site, only about 8 vans and it has 88 pitches. So a tight squeeze 🙂
 
Jan 26, 2017
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We've just spent two nights on Camping-car site at Merlimont-Plage on the west coast, by early evening it was full (29 spaces).

From there we moved down to Le Treport, with it's Funicular, after reading about it on here.

There are two aires pretty much side by side, enough room for perhaps 50-75 vehicles, both absolutely packed, people waiting outside for spaces.

We made our way to a Camping-Car site at Flocques, a comfortable cycle ride to Le Treport, plenty of space and a very tidy aire.
 
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Generally quiet unless your in a very popular tourist located. Ypres was rammed last few days but before hand and today no issues. No need to book really.
Not seen any other brits except at Ypres where it was like being at home 😳😳

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Mar 11, 2013
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Working down the East Alsace, Lorraine and the swinging back via Dijon and West of Paris. No problem with some lovely aires. So far €4 for water and €2 for electric.
 
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My top tip would be if you see lpg/gpl buy it, there seems to be a lack of it.

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Feb 25, 2018
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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
It’s ok not busy with britts but this is the busiest aire we have been on.
We are at the municipal aire in Blaye next door to château marquis de vaubun free aire that is rammed full
Hence they are going on the expensive €6 a night with electric site. About 60 vans parked so far
Damn, we had plans to go there on the 10th and 11th this month ....

Drove from Abbeyville to Challans (Vendée) today and we both joked that we've never seen so many motorhomes on the move ....... Looks like we might struggle to do what we wanted to do, but will try to book the Chateau Marquis de Vauban in the morning.
 
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Oct 22, 2020
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Came over on Saturday travelling down through Pas de Calais and Picardy stayed on three camp sites which we pre booked and were all full but not seen a single Brit either onsite or on the road only F B D NL 🥴
 
Jun 14, 2014
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Damn, we had plans to go there on the 10th and 11th this month ....

Drove from Abbeyville to Challans (Vendée) today and we both joked that we've never seen so many motorhomes on the move ....... Looks like we might struggle to do what we wanted to do, but will try to book the Chateau Marquis de Vauban in the morning.
Had a walk around last night and there were 40 vans crammed inside.
The aire that we are on over the road was also full.
English van pulled up at 8pm and was not allowed though there was some space but computer said no.
That said by 8.30 this morning 10 vans have left already. Just don’t leave it till late afternoon.

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Feb 25, 2018
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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
Had a walk around last night and there were 40 vans crammed inside.
The aire that we are on over the road was also full.
English van pulled up at 8pm and was not allowed though there was some space but computer said no.
That said by 8.30 this morning 10 vans have left already. Just don’t leave it till late afternoon.
Thanks, I've just rang them to try to book for sat and sun night, but was told there was no need to book. Thanks for the suggestion to arrive early !! Can you recommend any other stopovers/sites - we are traveling with 'relatives' in their van who don't usually do Aires.
 
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It’s ok not busy with britts but this is the busiest aire we have been on.
We are at the municipal aire in Blaye next door to château marquis de vaubun free aire that is rammed full
Hence they are going on the expensive €6 a night with electric site. About 60 vans parked so far
Hi its 6. 6 euro great value
 
Jun 24, 2020
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On aire at Blaye today its 6.6 euro still good value

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Feb 25, 2018
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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
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I've been reading reviews about the municipal and they arent complimentary about the toilet facilities. Are they really that bad ( I know we will be in motorhomes, but our fellow travellers prefer to use on site facilities for some reason ..?) I don't think they've ever stayed in an Aire so I want to be sure they're not put off Aires by their first 'experience'
 
Jun 14, 2014
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On aire at Blaye today its 6.6 euro still good value
€6 is excellent value with electric and easy walking distance to citadel.

Mortagne sur Gironde aire at €9.90 not far from here is still by far the best aire around here again need to get in early although we were there about 6 weeks ago and it was half empty for over a week
 
Jun 14, 2014
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I've been reading reviews about the municipal and they arent complimentary about the toilet facilities. Are they really that bad ( I know we will be in motorhomes, but our fellow travellers prefer to use on site facilities for some reason ..?)
We have used CAMPING-CAR ex municipal Aires and to be honest they have been fine in fact the one at Grenade sur L’Adour was better than some sites at 3x the €12 they charge.
Just did 1 night at Saint Medard De Guizieres with toilet and shower clean and tidy next to river.
Do you have ACSI card?

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Feb 25, 2018
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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
They're both good value BUT what are the 'on site' toilets like ....

Yes we have an ACSI card ... (Kindly given to us by rebbyvid )
 
Oct 12, 2009
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They're both good value BUT what are the 'on site' toilets like ....

Yes we have an ACSI card ... (Kindly given to us by rebbyvid )

Do all ACSI sites start their low season discount on the same date?

If so, what date? If not, what are the usual span of dates? Please.

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Jun 10, 2010
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Been in France a week. The free aires are being taken over by camping car with varying prices. I am sure there are still plenty of free locations though. We are using the 2017 edition of All the Aires France North second edition which details Charleville Mezieres as free. Not any longer. Still cheaper than UK though. Have a good trip. Must say though the camping car sites are immaculate. Tomorrow Sedan.
2017 all the aires is probably at best the equivalent of 2014 info. that's why nearly everyone uses web/apps these days. There are still lots of free aires but they tend to be in the less visited areas.
 

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