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Richard's Favourite French and Spanish Campsites & Locations

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Richard and Sandra Ferris are both in their 80's but still have a healthy appetite for motorhoming where they enjoy long stays on the continent. In his very own words, Richard shares this favourite campsite picks throughout France and Spain! Here are some extracts, of what we consider an excellent read. (The picture above is of Peniscola in Spain, just one of Richard and Sandra's top locations)

"Yes, we’re both in our 80’s now but still thoroughly enjoy our current motorhome. It’s a 175 Majestic which we love and just at the start of its third season with us. We don’t carry bikes because you don’t bounce so good as you get older, but we do take our Hound with us. As a result we prefer Stena’s Rosslare – Cherbourg ferry because they allow you to leave your dog in the van but give you access to it during the trip. (Even in their kennels dogs travel free!) We usually choose campsites that are within walking distance of cafes, shopping and other things to enjoy.

We use the ACSI card whenever possible but are not tied to it – finding the right spot comes first!" 

Above: Sandra, Richard and Hound

Mont St Michel

"About a 3 hour drive from the Cherbourg ferry, Camping St Michel is our regular first stop. Map No. 1 (2020 ACSI No 1362) (N 48° 37’ 41” W 1° 24’ 57’) About 5 kms from the motorway and just outside the tiny village of Courtils, which still had one cafe/bar in 2018. The site has a v. pleasant atmosphere and good facilities, including water fill by hose. Reception has a small bar and shop where you can sit overlooking the pool with one of their coffees!"

Above: Le Mont St Michel in Normandy, France


"Our regular return choice to the ferry is at Vaast-La-Hougue, east of Cherbourg on the coast with great shops and cafes located around the harbour and just one block back from the seafront.
Camping La Gallouette Map No. 2 (2020 ACSI No 1387) (N49° 35’ 04” W1° 16’ 8”) is a 5 minute stroll from the town, but also has easy driving access to 2 large new supermarkets en route to the adjoining towns of Quettehou and Barfleur.
There is also an easily found Veterinary practice in Quettehou handy for getting the dog cleared before going to the ferry check-in."


"Heading down the west coast Vannes is a regular stop with a very appealing old world feel to the town centre that leads out onto the Quayside. Great atmosphere on a market day and you can get the bus from outside the Flower Camping Le Conleau for a Euro or two! Map No. 3 (2020 ASCI No 1515) (N47° 38’ 0” W2° 46’ 48”) A well equipped campsite and adjoining Aire is about a 5 minute dog walk to the end of the Bus route where there are a couple of very French cafes, plus lots of boats and an artificial swimming lagoon. The site also has its own bar and small restaurant, but there’s no supermarket within easy walking distance so come equipped if you want to do your own cooking."

Above: Vannes in Brittany, France

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