Many travellers who drive over to France with the ferry aren’t looking for your average city break, with hotel and meals included. A really fun and popular holiday choice among people who drive to mainland Europe is to take the family camping. A lot of people either love camping or hate it. But there are many people floating in the middle who have never been. Camping may seem like something you do for the kids. But adults can enjoy sleeping under the stars just as much.

One of the great things about camping is how cheap it is. You’ve already saved money by going across the waters by ferry, so why not keep the holiday budget as low as possible? Setting up a tent on a campsite is far cheaper than spending night after night in a hotel, especially if you’re travelling with a large group of people, or if you have a big family, and it’s probably more fun.

If you’re a lover of nature, there’s nothing better than a camping trip. Make sure you leave vanity at home, and embrace the wilder side of life, with the unpredictable changes in weather. But if you go to France, you’re much more likely to end up with the weather on your side. And France has beautiful rolling countryside which you’ll love exploring.

If you’ve got the time, a drive to the south of France will be well worth the wait. The weather is finer the further south you go, and there’s some gorgeous scenery. There is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere in the south, and plenty of little villages and towns to explore. You can also drive from your campsite to Cannes, St Tropez, or Monaco if you feel the need for civilisation.

Another popular area among campers is the Loire region. There are miles of lush landscapes overflowing with vineyards, and you can sample the produce in a number of local bars. It’s also famed for its great many chateaux, particularly Chateau de Chenonceau, as well as winding lanes which are great for exploring by bike.

Brittany also has a number of campsites, and if you drive to this area of France you’ll find an incredible coastline, with an abundance of coves to explore. So if it’s a bit of beach time you’re after, this is the place for you.

For a real treat, a great place to go camping is the Alps. Surrounding by stunning meadows, pine forests, and breathtaking mountains this picturesque setting is the perfect place to camp. You can really immerse yourself in the great outdoors here, by going on hikes, doing some winter sports, or just taking in the scenery on a long drive.

Whether it’s the gorgeous mountains you’re looking to explore, the beaches, or even the cities, you’ll find a campsite nearby. Camping in France is so easy to do. Just choose your destination, book yourself a nice cheap campsite, load up the car, drive onto the ferry, and you’re away.