Top 9 Resorts of The French Riviera

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There is nowhere quite so beautiful, alluring and totally chic as the fabulous Côte d’Azur. This French Mediterranean coast is just stunning, so here’s our Top 9 resorts of the French Riviera.

The Incredible Coastal Path at Hyeres

Wild Camping is a thing of the past

Where wild camping spots were once found, there are now miles of cycle paths, new promenades and car parks with height barriers.

These are fab improvements to leisure facilities, but a sad change for us campervan enthusiasts, having experienced those amazing wild camping spots of the past.

Can you imagine parking on those golden sands, with the clear blue sea for company? I guess all good things must come to an end!

Where to Stay

Hold on though, it’s not all doom and gloom. If we hadn’t adapted to the changes as they occurred, we’d have had to give up on our van travels years ago!

So, let’s embrace the changes and enjoy this impressive part of France and all it has to offer. We still have the choice of some lovely campsites and Aires so let’s get started on our Top 9 resorts of the French Riviera.

Top 9 Resorts of The French Riviera

1 – Pampelonne Beach, Ramatuelle, St.Tropez

It’s not all about the jet set lifestyle of the St.Tropez super yachts! St.Tropez itself is a lovely harbour town, with cycle paths stretching around the coast to explore by bike and some really nice walking routes over coastal paths and through vineyards.

Slightly inland, you’ll find sleepy hilltop villages, such as Ramatuelle, Cogolin and Grimaud.

We like to stay at the large Aire at Pampelonne beach, just a few minutes from the long white sands, where coastal walks lead along the craggy coastal path, passing beautiful bays towards a lighthouse and fine views across the vineyards.

There’s also a good beach campsite near Port Grimaud, conveniently situated adjacent to a cycle path to the centre of St.Tropez, it also has fine views across the bay.

The Vineyards around Pampelonne Beach

2 – Hyeres, Giens Peninsula

A lovely harbour on Giens Peninsula

This area is just beautiful being relatively low-key, with great coastal paths, stunning beaches, sleepy coves and pretty harbours.

It’s the place to be for relaxation, there’s not much else going on here, except for the local markets, beach life and leisurely stalls, possibly just perfect!

We like Camping Olbia at La Madrague, this fairly basic campsite is convenient for walks and the beaches on offer. A newly re-furbished toilet block and nightly rates of around 20 Euro mid-season, make it a really reasonable option.

Swimming in the bays of Giens Peninsula

3 – Six Fours Les Plages

A lovely area of cycle paths, coastal walks, quaint harbours and beautiful beaches.

Out of peak season, from October, there’s a really good Aire at Port de La Coudouliere. For 12.60 Euro a night, we were able to park and use the hot showers and toilets, there’s also electric.

Six Four Les Plages

4 – Cassis

The narrow shopping streets leading to the lovely harbour at Cassis are a great place for a stroll before relaxing in one of the harbour-side restaurants.

There’s a free Aire here in Cassis, located above the town next to the park and ride, at Gorguettes. There’s no need to get into a pickle on those tiny roads to the centre!

It’s all about the walking here though, with access into the fabulous gorges of Calanques National Park, it’s a walkers paradise of trails.

5 – Carro

Another pretty harbour town with lovely beaches and a good Aire next to the port.

It’s all about sunshine, balmy beach days and sensational sunsets.

6 – Aigues Mortes

A walled town with deep cultural roots in this traditional Camargue region.

Fabulous cycle paths, link towns along the coast, whilst the interior of the walls boasts an intriguing network of shops and restaurants, bustling with life.

Just outside the walls, the salt plains, wildlife ponds and wild ponies roam. A large motorhome Aire makes parking easy, although it is a little pricey.

Aigues Mortes
The walled town of Aigues Mortes

7 – Saintes Maries de la Mer

If you’re visiting out of season, this probably isn’t the most spectacular location. However, in the heat of the Summer, this area is superb. Not only is it true Camargue country, full of culture and strong traditions, but it also has real charm and some great stretches of beach.

The town itself is full of pavement restaurants and small shops leading to a long prom and the Flamingo ponds of the surrounding lands. Incredibly, there are 3 motorhome Aires here, so you shouldn’t be short of a place to stop and explore.

8 – Gruissan Port

This is one of those really deceptive French towns, initially appearing as to be just a bit of an ordinary looking Marina village, it’s actually an intriguing area.

The old town is just super, narrow streets and an old castle tower sits on a hill above the lazy vibe below.

The Etangs or ponds of this fascinating coastal region, provide ample cycling and walking routes.

The motorhome Aire is pretty good too. Located at the port and overlooking the coastal strip beyond, it’s all rather pleasant. There’s also a convenient facility of a couple of hot showers and toilets.

The lovely port at Gruissan

9 – Pavalos-Les-Flots

There’s a good Aire here for taking to the cycle paths around the wildlife ponds of Camargue. Stretching as far as Montpellier, the cycle routes really are excellent and take in some lovely scenery, passing Flamingoes and some lovely countryside.

If cycling isn’t your thing, there’s the beaches and seaside town of Pavalos-Les-Flots, a pretty, traditional French resort.

The Aire at the marina benefits from the facilities of heated shower block and toilets. It’s a handy stop to plug into the electric and re-charge the batteries, quite literally!

Pavalos Les Flots
Cycling along the trails around Pavalos Les Flots

Not sure what Aires are or how to use them? Read our blog:

https://campervancastaways.com/2019/08/25/motorhome-aires-in-france-and-europe/

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