3 nice campsites in Provence: on a stream, by a lake, and with a view
Provence is teeming with campsites, but choosing one is not always easy. We went to look around on the spot and picked out three nice places.
By a stream: Camping La Coutelière
Our first suggestion is Camping La Coutelière to the beek de Sorgue. La Coutelière is located in the western part of Provence where the flat land turns into the hills, about twenty kilometers from Avignon.
Tave to walk around once, maybe have lunch in the nice town of Ménerbes. This place is distinctly green, with mature trees that give many places during the day the shade that you can use here. You are provided with the things that yes can expect from a four-star campsite, including a beautifully landscaped swimming pool and you will be extremely friendly. The trump card of this site is its location on the river in which you can see the fish swimming (there is a map on a tree that tells you which species you are actually looking at). From the site, you'll have access to the shore in two spots, which is as green and shady as the rest of this place. You can try to reserve one of the camping spots along the river, but I think you should be there early in the season.
Also handy: a little further on, at the bridge over the Sorgue, canoes (and horses) are rented out. And a little higher on the bank, on the other side of the road, is a climbing forest. Don't forget to walk around, maybe have lunch in the beautiful town of Ménerbes.
Near a lake: Camping Le Soleil
At Esparron De Verdon on a beautiful inlet of the Lac de Esparron you will find Camping Le Soleil. The places are not terribly large, but it is more about the location directly on the water. From the campsite you can reach a spot on the rocks below via a few small paths. For the little ones, all that height difference might be a bit much of a good thing, but if your children are a little bigger then they can have a nice time here with their inflatable boat.
Many places have shrubs and trees, but it's not a huge foliage under which you sit. It's a good idea to bring some of your own shadow. If you want to book this campsite, see if you can reserve one of the lower pitches, which are about the most beautiful and they seem a bit more spacious than the higher pitches. They are often beautiful flat terraces, you have a view and you are a short distance from the shore of the lake. (You can't get to it by car that's something to pay attention to.)
With a view: Camping L'Aigle
If you are looking for something in the vicinity of the Lac de Sainte Croix but do not necessarily have to be directly on the lake, take a look at Camping L'Aigle near Aiguines. That is a beautifully landscaped campsite with a beautiful view of the lake.
The site covers a large area and consists largely of terraces. The higher part is a bit more under the trees, below it is a bit more open. The spots are criss-crossed spread - no rows here. Everything is well maintained. There are several beautiful caravans and charming huts for rent, several with a view. There is a full-fledged restaurant with terrace where you can look out over the lake and the hills from behind your food in the evening. The location is also good, with of course the Lac de Sainte Croix but also the Gorges du Verdon within easy reach. Oh, and the reception is decidedly friendly, also not unimportant. Just pay attention: there is no swimming pool, but does that still matter much in this area?