Camping along the Seine: our tips

October, 12 2018

Paris is a fascinating destination all year round. An autumn trip to this metropolis is an excellent idea. The city is a lot less busy, but just as charming. Another advantage: campsites near Paris are often extra affordable in the low season. We can recommend several campsites with comfortable (and warm!) accommodation and reveal some of the best activities …

Camping in autumn

Is there anything cosier than gathering around a stove or heater while the temperature drops outside? It’s the time of year to enjoy a truly comfortable camping holiday in a bungalow, chalet or glamping tent. Although there might be fewer activities on the campsite, there is plenty of entertainment to be enjoyed in Paris. Plus, the city of love is easily accessible from all campsites mentioned in this blog.

At night in a bungalow

– Camping Sandaya Paris Maisons Laffitte

This four-star campsite is located in a unique spot: on a little island in the Seine, situated in a chic suburb of Paris. The large park Forêt Domaniale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is within walking distance. The campsite features several cottages (mobile homes). You can also book one of the various treehouses for an extra special experience.

Of course there is a campsite restaurant, but with Paris only 15 kilometres away, it’s tempting to go out for dinner. How do you reach Paris? A ten-minute walk from the campsite will take you to a metro station. Twenty minutes later you’re in the centre of Paris. Plus, Versailles is only a 30-minute drive. Tickets for this enormous castle can be bought at the campsite.

– Camping de Paris (CCA)

modern campsite located on the banks of the Seine and on the edge of the famous Bois de Boulogne. The green surroundings don’t betray the fact that you are close to Paris, yet you can reach the city for example by walking  through Bois de Boulogne for less than an hour. An advantage of the wooded area is being able to camp in the shade for a large part of the year.

This campsite also has its own restaurant, but if you’re looking for more choice you can find plenty of bistros or restaurants in Paris itself. As mentioned before, the city can even be reached on foot (or by bike). The faster option is the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus departs from the campsite to a nearby metro station (Porte Maillot) every 30 minutes.

– Camping Huttopia Versailles (CCA)

This campsite might not be located directly on the river Seine, but still is an interesting base for a visit to Paris. As the name reveals, this terraced campsite surrounded by trees is nearby Versailles. That makes a visit to the former castle of many famous French kings a must. Paris is easily accessible from Huttopia Versailles. It’s a ten-minute walk to metro station Gare de Porchefontaine, from where you can continue your journey into the city.

The campsite itself has several facilities, for example a pizza restaurant (with pizzas baked on a wood fire), a recreation room (with TV, games and books) and excellent toilet facilities. Just like at Campsite Sandaya Paris Maisons Lafitte, you can purchase your tickets for Versailles at Huttopia Versailles in order to skip the line.

Autumn activities in Paris

The trees in Paris’ parks are at their best during autumn. A walk through the famous forested cemetery Père-Lachaise is definitely worth it this time of year. If the weather is good enough there are various food markets to visit. Here you will find tasty seasonal products such as chestnuts, walnuts, mushrooms and figs. Do you love chocolate? From 31 October until 4 November, Paris is the backdrop for the Salon du Chocolat.

Real shopaholics can’t skip a visit to Galeries Lafayettes. Even if your bank account doesn’t permit any purchases, just looking around is a fantastic experience. FNAC, the large department store where you can browse to your heart’s content, also offers a large selection of products. Don’t forget the many museums that Paris offers, although it’s a good idea to come early in order to avoid queuing. Finally: those who are not easily scared can enjoy an underground tour in the so-called Catacombes de Paris. Particularly exciting around Halloween!

Camping with a discount

The latter two campsites are also featured on the website of CampingCard ACSI. Here you can find more than 3500 campsites where card holders can camp at a discount during the low season. There are more options for staying at a campsite near Paris than the ones mentioned in this blog, though they are slightly further from the city. Discover all of them!

Have you ever stayed at a good campsite near Paris? Please let us know below. Also make sure to check the full Eurocampings range of campsites around Paris.

Jeroen Timmermans
  • Author: Jeroen Timmermans
  • From Calais to Cannes, and from Nantes to Nancy: Jeroen has definitely done his fair share of exploring in France. With his parents and his brother, he spent weeks at the most beautiful campsites in a trailer tent. Then, the family travelled around the rest of Europe in a motorhome. Now he loves his cultural city breaks. He particularly loves funiculars and cable cars.


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