Explore France in a campervan or motorhome this summer

A glass of rosé at the end of a day’s driving and a chance to relax under the awning. The first VW Combi vans hit the streets 70 years ago next year. This California Ocean is ideal for a couple to head off for a fortnight

Quality roads in beautiful France make motorhome holidays quick, easy and enjoyable. But what to drive, and where to stay?

Anyone driving along France’s roads this summer will not miss the flow of camper-vans and motorhomes from all over Europe, as countries emerge from their respective coronavirus lockdowns.

Hundreds of thousands of couples and families grab a chance for a get-away-from-it-all holiday in the world’s No 1 destination - with fabulous beaches, river and mountain scenery allied to history and gastronomy.

France also has an autoroute network that makes fast travel easy without stress.

As a bonus, parking is available anywhere a car can park, with 'overnighting' possible anywhere - unless specifically banned or on a public road.

Campervan costs in France

Campervans are one of the fastest-rising holiday phenomena, with the number of vanistes doubling from 10 years ago to 504,881 vans on the road today.

But that liberty can come at a price. Buy new and you are looking at tens of thousands of euros – although resale values are good – with significant running costs as these are heavy vehicles with a thirst. Some larger motorhomes are also charged péage tolls the same as much larger lorries.

Read more: Motor home rental in France a hit for this summer

For years, larger motorhomes have been the No 1 market – Europe’s motorway network made it easy – and Citroën’s camping-car manager Pascal Bélot said the typical buyer was “55 years old, spending €55,000”.

Suitcases fitted easily in the boot, with room for more, and the raised door hides two fold-out picnic chairs

Today, however, smaller vans ...

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