Of all the European countries, exploring France with a motorhome is the obvious choice for us Brits. Just a hop over the channel and we’re there. Some of us have fond memories of travelling France as a child, and even as an adult – usually to the big cities. The French countryside is stunning though, and one of the most interesting, efficient and different ways to experience it is by hiring a motorhome and following a tried and tested route, your way.
Bed, transport and kitchen all in one? Sounds like a cost effective way to travel to me.
Post in collaboration with Yescapa
Yescapa are a new kind of company, out in the travel world to help wannabe awesome holidaymakers hire a motorhome, campervan or converted van and travel across the whole of Europe with everything they need. Not just in France, you can also hire in Spain, the UK and Germany, and take your new home wherever you please.
Yescapa is peer to peer, so kind of like Airbnb. Anyone with a motorhome to rent can sign up, and anyone in need of one can look up anything available in their area.
Let’s have a look at some of the most popular routes in France, and what you could expect to see there with a motorhome…
Top 3 routes in France
Corsica is right up there on my places I want to visit list. Really need to make this happen. It also happens to be one of the most popular places to rent a Yescapa vehicle. The little island looks incredible – surrounded by azure waters, beautiful churches, so many restaurants to try and some mind bending views easily visible from the seat of your new motorhome.
Travelling by motorhome is so popular in Corsica there are many campsites where you can pull up for the night. Diverse landscapes with moon shaped bays Corsica is the perfect place for anyone with a motorhome who wants a relaxing trip. The island is only around 100 by 50 miles, meaning that you won’t be racking up a high daily mileage, but you can take it slow and steady, enjoying what you do see.
2. The Wine Region (Bordeaux)
Now’s the time to make friends with someone who doesn’t drink, if you’re planning on taking your motor home through the wine region. Failing that, or actually, even better, this is your big opportunity to make the most of the fact that your home and your wheels are now all one.
Park up at one of the wineries and you can sample their offerings to their full potential knowing that your bed is just a few steps away for an early night.
It’s not just drinking the wine that’s the main attraction here, seeing how it’s grown is also fascinating. You’ll pass alongside beautiful vineyards, see the wine production in action and traverse the hills and flats offering stunning views of one of the most famous wine regions in the world.
3. The Castles of the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley, in Central France, is one of the most popular places to go on a road trip. It’s here that you’ll find stunning chateaux to stay at and / or explore, underground villages, and of course, the Loire River – available for all water based activities.
Starting in Saint Nazarre you’ll drive across France with the likes of Nantes, Angers, Tours, Orleans and Briare to tempt you from your road trip. There’s a simple route to follow, but you can always divert if you see something or somewhere you fancy. There are ample restaurants and vineyards along this route to try too, I mean, this is France.
Driving France by motorhome
These are just a few of the options for driving through France with a motorhome. Once you’re clutching the keys, you can go anywhere you like. They can also sort your insurance for you, from well-known companies Maif, AXA, Allianz and Atlantis Seguros. You can request whichever level insurance you like, from basic to all out fully comp, and they’ll sort it out for you. Meaning you can drive and ride totally stress free. Just make sure you state your use and whether you’d like to go excess free and they can sort it in minutes.
Yescapa operates all over Europe, including in the UK. You can get vehicles for London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff, among other options. Let me know if you decided to get involved!