Camping is considered by most French people as a way to get closer to its neighbours. Initially intended for the working class, it is nowadays open to all strata of society. What kind of accommodation can be found in these establishments? And what are the regulations?
If more and more holidaymakers prefer camping during their stay, curiously enough, it is becoming more and more complicated to stay at a basic campsite. A real upheaval has taken place in the entire camping sector and over the past few years the range has visibly expanded, irrespective of the number of stars. Few campsites still attach much importance to tents. The pitches that were previously reserved for tents are now used for motorhomes and the tent area has been reduced to a small part. While this observation saddens nostalgic fans, it appears that the reorganisation of the accommodation has greatly contributed to the increase in the number of visitors to the 3-star estates. From now on, everyone has their own bathroom, kitchen and toilet in their accommodation.
In terms of relaxation and entertainment, real initiatives have been taken in this area as well. Whether for children or adults, supervision and the living environment have been considerably strengthened. So-called “basic” camping accommodation is no longer so basic.
Modern forms of camping
In order to meet an increasingly demanding demand, we nowadays find the luxury campsite. Although this combination of words seemed unimaginable just a few years ago, camping was mainly linked to the working classes, today; however, it is becoming more and more attractive and is even encroaching on the domain of the big hotels. Thalasso centre, Spa, state-of-the-art aquatic area, disco, entertainment team, top-level sports facilities and accommodation worthy of a luxury hotel are thus able to satisfy the most demanding clientele. There are also increasingly unusual campsites that offer unique accommodation while respecting nature. In this classification, we find “glamping”, which comes from the combination of two terms: glamour and camping. But there are also huts perched in the trees.
For the more advanced in terms of respect for nature, it is possible to stay in an ecological campsite. In this kind of establishment, great attention is paid to waste management and energy consumption.
The basic rules
Generally speaking, the rules for camping are modelled on those for shared accommodation. Of course, each camper must respect his neighbour. Noises that may disturb are not allowed. For example, doors or trunks must be closed with discretion. Campers must also keep their homes and surroundings clean. The directives given by the manager or his auxiliaries must be respected by all. Persons wishing to live there must present their identification in accordance with police requirements. They must also pay a fee upon arrival. If campers receive visitors, they must inform the managers and receive their authorization. A large majority of campsites accept pets, but only if they submit records proving that they are in good health. Of course, dangerous animals such as tigers or caimans are banned in these areas.