The French Alps: a few of our favorite campsites

The French Alps are so vast and diverse that it is impossible to briefly summarize the campings on offer. Instead, I try to pick out some of my favorites. I crisscrossed the Alps, from La Baume in the north to roughly Barcelonette in the south. Along the way I have visited dozens of campsites and below you will find a handful of places that stood out for me.


The campsites below are - from north to south - near the towns of Les Gets Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval Hauteluce La Côte-d'Aime (at Bourg-Saint-Maurice) Embrun and Rousset (both places at the Lac-de-Serre-Poncon).

Camping Le Bioley *
pitches: 35

Not far from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, high on the slopes above the village of Aime, is this charming little campsite. It is fairly simple there: there is a small playground, a modest swimming pool, and you can eat (hearty) pizzas and fries. But simple as it is: everything is in excellent order, clean and well maintained. There is plenty of greenery, the pitches are spacious and most have a beautiful panorama. The location is the strongest side of Le Bioley; not so often do you have such a beautiful view from your camping spot, directly on the valley and the opposite mountains. Add to that the friendly owners and the ideal location as a base for the many mountain hikes in the area, and you are highly recommended.

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Camping Le Pelly **
pitches: 104

Camping du Pelly is located in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve. You don't have to take a step here to enjoy the surroundings: from your camping spot you can see the Cirque du Fer à Cheval high above you, a view you will never forget. Camping du Pelly is surrounded by overwhelming natural beauty whether it is the most natural thing in the world. Du Pelly is not for everyone: if you are looking for a swimming pool with aerobics instructor, or a bouncy castle and animation team, then you are wrong here. Here you come to enjoy nature and tranquility and to make beautiful mountain walks. You can eat there: in a beautiful chalet on the edge of the site is the restaurant of the campsite (with freshly baked bread every morning). The owners are very cordial people who take their job seriously and with a lot of energy make this campsite a wonderful place where you immediately feel welcome.

Camping La Grange Au Fréne ***
pitches: 19

High on the mountainside above Les Gets is the small, beautifully laid out terraced camp site La Grange Au Fréne. The pitches are marked out, are laid out around a beautiful chalet that is also the main building, and often have a magnificent view of the valley. Everything is well cared for, and despite the fact that this is a pretty small site (less than twenty places), you have access to a nice swimming pool.

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Camping D'Alpage Les Jorets
pitches: 6

Camping Alpage Les Jorets, near Hauteluce, is a gem that I want to mention, but it's not for everyone. It is a tiny, very simple site with six pitches, high above Les Saisies. You get there via a steep road that the owners say is suitable for all vehicles, but I wonder if everyone feels comfortable with a slope of fourteen percent. Anyway, once you reach the top you are in the middle of an oasis of peace and you have a fantastic view. The entire campsite exudes the character of a chalet on a mountain meadow. You won't find luxury there, but those who appreciate a place like this will not really care. (And if you want to sit on a cozy terrace, you will find the tourist town of Les Saisies in the valley with all the trimmings.)

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Camping Les Airelles ****
pitches: 130

In the southern part of the French Alps, just east of the Lac de Serre-Poncon, you will find Les Airelles campsite. This is not the type of Alpine campsite where hikers and climbers put up their tents exhausted in the evenings. This is more for people who like a bit of luxury, and perhaps prefer to drive the beautiful car routes through the mountains than to follow narrow paths with a backpack. The campsite is beautifully laid out, well maintained and gives you the opportunity to rent a caravan, chalet or safari tent in addition to pitches. The spots in the lower part are protected by large trees, at the top of the campsite it is more open. The owner is extremely friendly, and the camping dog is a large woolly softy who tries to look at your croissant out of your hand with an imploring look. As a base this is a great place, with the Lac de Serre-Poncon in the west, the mountains in the east and Parc National des Ecrins in the north.

Camping La Viste ****
pitches: 120

On the west side of the Lac des Ecrins, just east of Espinasses, lies La Viste. The campsite is beautifully laid out, on a slope above the lake, so that you have a magnificent view of the lake and the surrounding mountains on some of the pitches. If you like that, try to reserve one of the places on the east side of the campsite. It is good to know that those places are also the less sheltered ones: you will have to take care of most of the shade yourself. Or you can opt for a place in the northwestern part of the terrain that gives little view but is beautifully sheltered under the trees. Honestly, staying here is good everywhere - it depends on what you prefer. The campsite offers more than enough facilities: a good restaurant and terrace with that wonderful view, a beautiful swimming pool and well-kept playground.

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Camping Le Pelly, Sixt Fer A ChevalCamping du Pelly welcomes you in Haute Savoie, in the Rhône-Alpes region, at the foot of the beautiful Cirque du Fer à Cheval. At 7km from the village of Sixt Fer à Cheval. 104 spacious pitches for te... >>
  • playground
  • rental of tents
  • shop, breadservice
  • restaurant, bar
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Camping Les Airelles, BaratierIn a calm and welcoming place, near La Mazelière forest, our large, tree-shaded campsites and wooden bungalows are waiting for you on a large ground with a pool, playing fields, a restaurant & a laund... >>
  • pool, playground
  • rental of caravans, chalets, tents
  • restaurant, snacks
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Camping D'Alpage Les Jorets, HauteluceAt the alpine campsite Les Jorets you will find the space, the great nature, the calm and the silence... Here there is no mini golf, swimming pool, nor organized activities, but an authentic setting o... >>
    Camping La Grange Au Fréne, Les GetsCamping Le Frêne offers stabilized spots for caravans or camping cars and tents in a prestigious environment in the heart of the Alps. A splendid setting facing Mt Blanc, giving you access to all acti... >>
    Camping La Viste, RoussetIn the Hautes-Alpes, on the bank of lake Serre Ponçon, La Viste offers you 3 star comfort in the heart of an intact nature. To please our guests we entirely renewed the campsite in 2010. Come and visi... >>
    • pool, playground
    • rental of caravans, chalets
    • restaurant, bar
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    Camping Le Bioley, La Cote-d'AimeIn the heart of the Tarentaise in Savoie, halfway between Moutiers and Bourg-Saint-Maurice on the Versant du Soleil, overlooking La Plagne just above the village of Aime, lies the village of La Cote A... >>
    • pool, playground
    • rental of caravans, chalets
    • snacks
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