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Caravanning in France?  Here are some useful phrases

Hello. Where is the caravan site?  That is quite possibly the most important question you could end up asking if you’re heading off to France with your caravan.

As we are all too familiar with in Blighty, the weather isn’t always the greatest, persuading many caravanners to venture further afield. France has a long established reputation amongst the caravan fraternity and is visited by many each year.

But, like with any other country, there are plenty of things to consider when taking the caravan to France.   And knowing your s’il vous plaît and merci and a few other bits can get you a long way. The team at LOOK Insurance have researched some of the key information and phrases which all caravanners should know before taking their caravan to France.

Things you might need and need to know

We have given this sub section the above title as it seems like there is equal weight in knowing things and having the right things.

Travelling through France requires you to adhere to a number of regulations. You will need to know your caravan’s weight (MGPLW) and make a note of it. There are restrictions based on your caravan’s weight. Rather than go into all these, so long as its base weight (without all extras inside) isn’t more than 3.5 tonnes a UK driving licence is fine. Anything more and you might need documentation (see Permis E96 and EB).

As for speed, you are restricted to 90 kmph (56mph) on French A roads with a caravan. However, just be mindful that if you’re on a road with a lower max speed limit than that, you won’t be able to reach this maximum speed with a caravan.

As for bits of equipment, you know the essentials for a caravan holiday but when travelling to France you have to have a high visibility vest and warning triangle. It is also recommended you have daytime lights. Plus, whilst the threat of a fine has been indefinitely rescinded, you have to carry a NF approved breathalyzer.

Some helpful phrases

Yes, the French are very good at speaking English and we can all point and gesture but by trying to ask them a few questions in their own language, it might score approval amongst some. So we have dug out what we think will be common and useful phrases to help you on your way:

How much does this cost? C’est combien s’il vous plaît?

What time do you open/close? A quelle heure ouvrez-vous / fermez-vous?

Where is the post office? – Où est la poste?

Where is tourist information? – Où est le point d’information touristique?

Where is the railway station? – Où est la gare?

I have a reservation – J’ai fait une reservation

Where are the toilets? – Où sont les toilettes?

How far to town? – Jusqu’à quel point de la ville

Where can I buy gas? – Où puis-je acheter du gaz?

How much does it cost to stay here? – Combien ça coûte de rester ici?

How much is it for electricity? – Combien coûte l’électricité?

So, now you’re equipped for a caravan adventure in France, with a few essentials taken care of.



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Caravan Holidays in France

Prior to having children I wouldn’t have set foot in a caravan park and to be honest, I couldn’t think of anything worse; spending my holiday with loads of screaming kids and their egg and chip eating parents, I’m such a snob!  One day I will have to tell you more about my new best friend ‘Bev’ from Barnsley who liked to nick Stella glasses, she was a right laugh and lovely woman.

When our daughter was first born we did attempt to carry on travelling as we always had, we even took her to a B and B in a pub when she was 10 days old, with cord still attached, to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, not  one of my better ideas.  What we find, when trying to carry on as we did pre-kids, she really doesn’t enjoy herself and as you know if the kids aren’t having fun neither are the parents.

So this year, when we were offered an opportunity to stay in a Caravan Park in Brittany, France, we decided to give it a go and for the most part it worked out.

We used the caravan park as a base and spent the days exploring the nearby historic villages and stunning beaches.  Brittany is beautiful; we were staying just outside of Pont-Aven.   Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t brilliant, a mix of sun and rain, but we made the most of it.

Our top 5 places to Visit near Pont-Aven (with kids)

Anse de Rospico a lovely sheltered beach, with a picturesque stream flowing into sea. It’s  less than 5 miles away from the campsite, turn right when leaving the site.  It’s a bit difficult to find but worth the effort.


Concarneau Medieval Walled Town, it may not look impressive from the outside but once you’re inside you can explore the narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.  There are also some great views of the harbour.


Bénodet is about a 30km drive away.  One of Brittany’s most fashionable Seaside resorts with stunning beaches.  The highlight for us was having Fruit de Mere on the Seafront at a place called Le Transat.  Winkles were a hit!


Pont-Aven is an attractive village, full of galleries and shops with some lovely riverside walks.  It’s a great place to spend a rainy day as you can dart in and out of all the shops, including the Chocolate Shop!


Trevignon Start with crepes on the promenade followed by a stroll along the sea wall, perfect.  If you carry on past the historic house there are some fabulous rocks to climb on and a chance for some rock pooling.


Kid’s Highlight!

However, our daughters favourite bit of the day was coming back to the caravan site. The caravan in itself was a real novelty for her.  Plus, there were several play areas, indoor swimming pool with waterslide and kids clubs.  Most evenings they have children’s entertainment in the form of the Pirate Club, an experience not to be missed, which all the children love and the parents can sit on the Veranda enjoying a drink or two from the Ocean Bar.

If I’m honest, I’m still not convinced Caravan holidays are for us, but this may have to do with the weather and the fact we went outside of school holidays so it was really quiet.  However, our daughter would disagree as she loved it and as you know it’s not about us anymore!

Disclosure:  Our holiday stay and ferry crossing were compliments of Siblu Holidays and Brittany Ferries.