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Campervan Rental France

France, located in Western Europe, is the largest country in the European Union and consists of both Metropolitan France and overseas territories. Metropolitan France shares land borders with Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy, whilst the overseas territories are located in America as well as in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. More specifically, these include French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Mayotte, Réunion, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Saint Barthélemy and New Caledonia.

A campervan rental in France means you are free to enjoy its magnificent natural landscape and rich cultural heritage. France has it all, from mountains to beaches, agricultural plains to woodland, and even castles and historic monuments, meaning that it is the most-visited tourist destination in the world.

Survival guide

Hello! → Bonjour !

Goodbye → Au revoir

Please → S’il vous plaît

Thank you → Merci

You’re welcome → De rien

Sorry → Excusez-moi

Price of a meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant = €50

Price of a local beer (0.5 L) = €6

Price of a cappuccino (standard size) = €2.80

Price of a bottle of water (0.33 L) = €1.60

It is the country where the sun never sets: France crosses 13 different time zones. In fact, the time zones of the overseas territories range from UTC -3 (French Guiana) to UTC +12 (Wallis and Futuna).

There is only one "stop" sign in Paris

There is an infinite number of cheese varieties: according to the magazine "Profession Fromager" in its "Guide to raw milk cheeses", published in 2002, there are 1,600 different product varieties. This figure only concerns one category of cheese.

Camping in France

Before you rent a RV in France, make sure to know the camping regulations. Camping in France is regulated, meaning you are allowed to camp on any land as long as you have permission from the owner, for private land, and permission from the town or municipality for public land. However, there are some areas where you will not be allowed to camp, when unsure ask the local town council for guidance. It is important to respect the rules on camping and the parking of recreational vehicles in France. The best places for camping are national and regional parks and nature reserves (Cévennes, Pyrenees, Mercantour, Ecrins, Armorique, Vercors, Landes, Auvergne, and Loire-Anjou-Touraine). As far as wild camping is concerned, each park has its own specific regulations.

Driving in France

Motorways: France has one of the best motorway networks in Europe. If you choose to rent a campervan in France, please be aware that these roads have tolls, but this also means that they are very high in quality and extend across the entire country, except for Corsica and central Brittany.

A general rule at toll booths: Each motorway has different pricing. The exact price to pay will depend on the route taken and the distance traveled. Category 1: the vehicle is less than 2m in height and its gross authorized weight is less than 3,500 kg (generally the case with smaller camper vans). Category 2: the vehicle is between 2m and 3m in height and its gross authorized weight is less than 3,500 kg (generally the case with larger camper vans). Category 3: the vehicle is more than 3m in height and its gross authorized weight is less than 3,500 kg (generally the case with overcab-type vans)

Traffic in France drives on the right side of the road (steering wheel on the left).

Annual events in France

Here are some events that might interest you if you are thinking of renting a campervan in France:

  • Tour de France: a road cycling competition crossing the whole country and one of the most-watched events in the world. It takes place over 3 weeks in July.
  • Bastille Day in Paris on 14th July: featuring a parade on the Champs-Élysées, a concert (often at the foot of the Eiffel Tower), and a majestic fireworks display.
  • The Cannes Film Festival: an internationally renowned film festival taking place in Cannes across 12 days in May each year.
  • The French Open is held at Roland-Garros in Paris from late May-June and is one of the 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
  • The Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix in July. This is the largest festival in France, welcoming nearly 200,000 people each year.
  • Hellfest, one of the biggest hard rock and metal festivals in the world. It takes place in Clisson in June.

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Average temperatures in France per month

Located in Western Europe, France is made up of 26 regions, each with its own weather conditions, which can greatly vary depending on whereabouts in the country you are.

The west coast benefits from a mild maritime climate due to its proximity to the ocean as well as the geography of the region. In this part of the country, the temperature does not fluctuate significantly over the course of the year. It rains all year round, with hot summers and mild winters. The warm temperatures make this coastline popular with tourists and a go-to destination for a RV rental in France. You can relax on its beautiful beaches, participate in a variety of water activities (kitesurfing, canoeing, swimming, jet-skiing, etc.) or even hike the trails on offer.

The Atlantic coast to the south has similar characteristics to the west coast of France, except that it is warmer there and the weather is less predictable. Its seaside resorts are very popular places to visit during the summer.

The ocean has less influence over the more inland regions of the country. In Île-de-France, for example, winters are colder and summers hotter than on the coast, and rain falls all year round, making for a gloomy climate. The hottest summer months are July and August. In Paris, heat records were broken recently, with temperatures exceeding 40 °C. The drop in precipitation during this period means it’s a great time to visit the famed Eiffel Tower or the must-see sites of the Louvre and Versailles. In the region of Aquitaine, located further south, winters are milder than in Paris and its surrounding area, and rainfall is more moderate.

The Mediterranean coast enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Mornings and evenings are cooler in Provence and the Rhône Valley, while days are very hot in the summer. Temperatures stay above 0°C during the winter, fluctuating between 3 °C and 12 °C in Nice, for example. This region draws in tourists thanks to its picturesque landscape, offering both sea and mountains. Don’t hesitate to tour around here if you plan to rent a motorhome in France.

Central-eastern France is characterized by pronounced variations in weather. Climates to the north are oceanic and semi-continental, whilst a Mediterranean climate reigns to the south. Winter is a relatively harsh, humid season, while summers are hot. Temperatures are milder in the spring, with moderate rainfall, making it the ideal season to visit the region if you want to rent a campervan in France.

The central-western part of France experiences very varied and more extreme temperatures depending on the season and location. This can be explained by the difference in altitude between the north and south.

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