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35 campsites in France, Picardy

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Le Champ Neuf is located in Saint Quentin-en-Tourmont on the Bay of the Somme. It is a quiet site, 900 m. from the ornithological reserve...

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This peaceful family-run site is only 300 m. from kilometres of sandy beach and dunes on the edge of the Baie de Somme. There are...

This is a popular, busy and lively site within easy distance of the Channel ports. There are 249 pitches in total, of which 159 are...

The Château des Tilleuls is a charming campsite located in the heart of the Baie de Somme, two hours from Paris, near Abbeville and the...

This peaceful, family run site is on the edge of the Parc Ornithologique du Marquenterre and is just 1 km. from a beach on the...

Situated on the Picardy coast, four kilometres from the beach, this three-hectare site provides 60 touring pitches out of a total of 150, all with...

Le Clos Cacheleux is a well-situated campsite of eight hectares bordering woodland in the park of the Château Bouillancourt, which dates from the 18th century...

Between Dieppe and the Baie de Somme, the beautiful Bresle Valley is a landscape of steep wooded hills, a patchwork of lakes, and the clean...

Aestiva Camping de Sorel is located north of Compiègne, close to the A1 motorway and is ideal as an overnight stop. The site has 12...

Vivier aux Carpes is a small quiet site close to the A26, two hours from Calais, so is an ideal overnight stop but is also...

Parc des Cygnes is just a few minutes from the N1, the A16 Paris-Calais motorway and the A29/A26 route to Rouen and the south, so...

A beautifully laid out and well maintained, family run site, la Safrière is a 500 m. walk from the coast and its cycle paths and...

Les Puits Tournants is a rural site, situated in lovely countryside in the battlefield area of the Somme, a short stroll from the River Somme...

Its enthusiastic young owners took over this former municipal site in 2011 and have transformed it into a delightful location for an overnight stop or...

Le Ridin is a popular family site set in the countryside just 2 km. from Le Crotoy with its beaches and marina, and 6 km...

Camping le Vélodrome is a former municipal site that is now in private ownership. The area is well laid out with mature trees. There are...

Le Val de Trie is a natural countryside site in woodland, near a small village. The 80 numbered, grassy touring pitches are of a good...

This peaceful site has been developed on the meadows of a small, 17th-century farm on the edge of Fresne and is lovingly cared for by...

Camping les Etangs du Moulin is a unique, small and friendly site to the south of Saint Quentin, which is essentially a Wild West-themed holiday...

Le Rompval is a former municipal site located in the pleasant seaside resort of Mers-les-Bain, around 25 km. West of Abbéville, at the mouth of...

Picardy

The birthplace of Gothic architecture in France with no less than six cathedrals, Picardy is still predominately rural with deep river valleys, forests of mature beech and oak, peaceful lakes and sandy beaches providing plenty of contrast.

France itself was born in this northern province located between the Marne and the Somme rivers, for it was here that the Franks – ancestors of the French – first settled. Picardy tends to be a region that most people travel through, and this was the invaders' route. Evidence is visible in the 17th-century defensive citadels designed by Vauban at the end of a long period of conquests by English kings and Burgundian dukes.

From a more recent age, acres of immaculately tended war graves are a sobering reminder of two Great Wars. At Vimy Ridge near Arras, World War One trenches have been preserved, a poignant sight. Elsewhere, almost every village between Arras and Amiens has its memorial. Picardy’s coastline is the least urbanised in all of France, with miles upon miles of beautiful sandy beaches and dunes – great for windsurfing, land yachting, sailing, swimming and building castles. Do not miss the magnificent ‘Baie de Somme’ or the largest bird park in Europe, the Marquenterre.

A combination of flat and gently rolling terrain and possessing a quintessentially French atmosphere, Picardy is said to be the crossroads of France due to its proximity to Belgium in the east and Paris in the southwest. A picturesque region, it has a feeling of immense space and boasts some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.

The best-known part of Picardy is the Somme, an area synonymous with one of the most devastating battles of the First World War. Many trenches and cemeteries remain as both a reminder and a warning of the desolation that conflict brings. Also in the Somme is Amiens, a lively city that lays claim to the largest, and arguably the most impressive, Gothic cathedral in France, as well as Le Crotoy with its fine, sandy beach – the only south-facing one in northern France. St Quentin in Aisne features some wonderful art deco buildings, as well as a beautifully maintained garden and park named ‘Champs Elysées’.

History enthusiasts will love Picardy, exploring the Great War sites and admiring the architecture in between walking or cycling through lush green countryside.