Camping in France: Not the same without the Brits

The Maillard family on holiday at the Domaine de La Paille Basse campsite

Domaine de La Paille Basse is a five-star campsite in the heart of the Lot countryside with 144 pitches for tents and caravans and 144 mobile homes and chalets. Connexion paid a visit to see what it is like to go camping this year

Campsites are hoping for a good season this year as open-air holidays are likely to attract holidaymakers during a summer overshadowed by Covid-19.

Campsite director Gabriel Joly

Domaine de La Paille Basse, near Souillac, is one of them. Usually, 60% of its clients come from the UK. This year is, so far, quiet. It is only half full and though mobile homes and chalets are fully booked for August, only 30 out of the 144 pitches are filled.

“Usually the site is covered in tents in July and August, but this year it looks empty. People are worried about sharing toilets and showers in communal blocks.
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