Originally Posted by esperelda
We are off to the South of France 2 weeks tomorrow. We have the first week down there booked (La Vielle Ferme), we leave there on 13 August with nothing booked after that. I'm suddently getting twitchy and thinking that maybe we should have booked up some more sites because all the aires may be full and the sites may be full. After La Vielle Ferme we plan to go to Aix en Provence for a few days, Avignon for a few days and then down to Aigues Morte for 4/5 days before moving on.
Has anyone got any experience of this area in the middle of August? We both work in a school so we have no choice about our dates. We have tried 2 sites, one said they were full and one said he didn't take bookings.
We would be happy to be on aires but I imagine they will all be full at this time. If I thought we could just turn up to sites and find pitches I would feel happier but I have this nightmare that we are going to get turned away and I won't get to see Aix or Avignon........
If time was not a problem I wouldn't mind so much but when you're on a limited timescale you want to make the most of every day.
Please, please give me the benefit of your wisdom!
Sites will be busy at the places you have chosen but, if you turn up at the site or aire soon after lunch you should not have a problem. That will give you all afternoon to sight-see and, if you want to stay next day, your van on site already.
The site at Avignon is huge and there is a smaller, but we think nicer, site a little further away - a municipal site ( can't think of the name- lez Avignon comes into it somewhere). Both are in my entries in the MHF campsite database.
There is a vast aire at Aigues-Mortes, over the canal from the town and giving wonderful views of the town. Again, turn up early and have change to pay on entry.
We stayed at a site on the outskirts of Aix - see MHF under my name again- and there was a very good bus service from outside the gate and it was such a lovely friendly site. It was family run and not big so might be worth trying to book. If you want to go to Marseilles there's an excellent, very frequent and fast coach service from Aix whcih could not be easier.
French campsites are a little more relaxed about packing people in- none of your 6m rules! so, if you are prepared to be a little squashed then you must not worry about not finding somewhere. even if the worst come to the worst then you can still find roadsides or car parks and no-one will bother you if you are discreet.
Enjoy...it's a gorgeous part of the world.