Camping in the French Alps
Snow-capped peaks, flower-filled mountains and crystal-clear lakes are the essence of camping in the French Alps - one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor playgrounds and a top location for European walking holidays. It’s the ideal place for indulging in exhilarating activities like hiking and skiing or simply soaking up the views on a more relaxed getaway.
Popular places in the French Alps
Stretching for hundreds of kilometres, the French Alps are found in the eastern most corner of the country. It’s a truly breath-taking area characterised by dramatic mountain peaks and glossy lakes to the north and National Parks rich in flora and fauna in the south.
Near the innovative city of Grenoble, you’ll discover a handful of idyllic lakes that are fed by the pure waters of the surrounding mountains. Each has been blessed with its own charming town, from chic Aix les Bains with its thermal baths and Roman ruins to Annecy with its picturesque canals and brilliant beaches.
Further afield on the French-Italian border is the highest mountain in the Alps — the iconic Mont Blanc —, while the French-Swiss border proffers up Lake Geneva, a destination in its own right.
Top campsites in the French Alps
France’s share of the Alpine region is pretty immense, meaning there’s lots of choice when it comes to camping. No matter where you pick, all our campsites in the French Alps are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.
Spend your days kayaking and paragliding on the waters of glorious Lake Geneva with a stay at the Saint Disdille campsite, which is renowned for its child-friendly amenities. If you’d prefer to wake up with unspoilt views of Mont Blanc, Les Iles campsite is just 30km away from its peak.
Further south, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, are a handful of great campsites including Grand’Terre. It sits on the banks of the serene Ardèche river, meaning ample opportunities for swimming, boating and fresh water fishing.
Things to do when camping in the French Alps
It’s not all about the snow sports. There’s a whole host of other attractions and activities on offer when you choose a camping holiday in the French Alps, from exploring charming rural towns to relaxing in thermal springs.
Grenoble - Surrounded on all sides by the Alps, this is a city with a reputation for technology and science. In the centre, modern structures stand side by side with medieval buildings, while a historic cable car system takes you up to the 18th century Fort of the Bastille.
Annecy - Known as the ‘little Venice of the Alps’, Annecy is a charming town set on the shores of Lac d’Annecy. In the old quarter, flower-lined canals flow between quaint old buildings like the much-photographed Palais d'Isle, a prison dating back to the 12th century.
Aix les Bains - Famed for its thermal baths, this fashionable spa town retains a few remnants of its Roman past and a legacy of splendid buildings from the Belle-Époque.
Parc National des Ecrins - The largest French National Park is a remarkable area with beautifully wild and rugged landscapes.
Chamomix - The site of the first Winter Olympics that’s situated in a valley at the junction of France, Italy and Switzerland. The world’s highest cable car gives you a hair-raising trip to the Aiguille du Midi and jaw-dropping views.
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