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Caravaning in Europe and stopping at Aires

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Can anyone tell me if caravans can stop overnight in aires. Going to Europe (Italy) through France, Belgium etc and wondered if we'll be able to stop off overnight on route?

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Never seen one. It'd be difficult between now and September on most of them. We don't even bother trying when the tow car is attached.
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No I am afraid it is only motorhomes that are allowed. I have heard it is illegal for a towed vehicle to use an Aire.
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A very definite NO - camping in any form is not allowed by law - you are not allowed to use caravans, tents or similar, no tables, chairs, trailers etc to be parked in spaces and no steady legs to be used.

All of those are backed by potential fines - I do not know the exact figures but suspect that they are not inconsequential.....

So sadly, you cannot use aires in France, I do not know about Belgium, or Italy, but France (which is most of your journey) is definitely NO.

There many municipal campsites which are not very expensive and generally have very good facilities.

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Actually I think Caravans are allowed on Aires or Sostas as they are known in Italy. Never seen one though although strangely I have seen the odd one on remote quiet aires out of season in France.

As Penquin says though. Municiples are your best bet and out of season the discounted ACSI camping card will get you a pitch for two with EHU on thousands of participating campsites for 12, 14 or 16 euros a night (sometimes plus tourist tax).

You dont see many caravans over there though


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Before we bought a motorhome we had at various time a caravan and a couple of trailer tents on the way south we always overnighted on the aires de repose on the motorways only the peage ones though the toll booths mean anyone is controlled on those sections,
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I do know of one French aire that specifically allows Caravans but in the main they are not allowed.

I have seen them parked up occasionally though, ie at Calais seafront aire and no one seemed to mind but you might be the unlucky one to get moved on.

The only country I know of that specifically allows caravans to park overnight on a significant proportion is Germany and their stellplätze.

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Hi,

The rules say "no".

However, we did share an Aire (Les Menuires in the French Alps) with a caravan that looked as though it had been there for some time in August a couple of years ago. It departed after the third night of our stay.

At that location at that time, it wasn't a problem to anyone - plenty of other spaces available (less than 10% occupancy on the Aire).


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I think it should be pointed out that there are at least 3 different types of Aire in France.

Aire de Services. Free parking for any one.


Aire de Repose. Free parking for anyone.


Aire de Camping-car. Parking for "Motorhomes" only.


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Originally Posted by apxc15
I think it should be pointed out that there are at least 3 different types of Aire in France.

Aire de Services. Free parking for any one.


Aire de Repose. Free parking for anyone.


Aire de Camping-car. Parking for "Motorhomes" only.


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There are also different types of Aire de Camping-car.

At many of these the use of awnings, chairs etc is the norm. A town centre aire may be different but you cannot tar all aires with the same brush. In addition there is no general rule against parking a car and getting a table and chairs out to have a lunchtime repose.
Below is a photo of the Aire de Camping Car at Neris le Bain.

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