Best Routes for Exploring France with a Motorhome

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 

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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

1. Corse

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!

And if you’d like more information, check out Yescapa’s free eBook on ‘How to Conquer Europe in a Campervan

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  1. by Richard on March 6, 2017  1:14 pm Reply

    So my Father-in-Law has said we can use his motor home this year as we can't afford to fly anywhere. Reading through this post, I'm going to put France on the table! Thanks Vicky.

    • by Vicky on March 7, 2017  11:42 am Reply

      Yay, definitely! I loved seeing the sights of France when I cycled through and I think seeing it by motorhome would be even better. Have fun!

  2. by Taj mahal tour by train on March 7, 2017  11:39 am Reply

    Great post and article! So stunning pics you shared. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • by Vicky on March 7, 2017  11:41 am Reply

      No worries. Thanks for reading and commenting :).

    • by VickyFlipFlop on December 22, 2017  10:52 am Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it Robyn – fancy doing a trip round France in a motorhome then?

  3. by GoCampFrance on August 20, 2018  2:45 pm Reply

    Loire valley definitely our favourite. Hundreds of fabulous Chateau lining the river banks. One of our favourite has to be Chambord. Once the kings hunting residence the Chateau is beyond belief and well worth visiting.

    • by VickyFlipFlop on August 21, 2018  9:41 am Reply

      Oh nice! I definitely have a lot of France to discover, one day!

  4. by jina on September 6, 2018  4:34 pm Reply

    Your ideas are really helpful and you always inspire me with your great ideas and techniques... I'm also living in my campervan and almost visit minimum 5 times on your site in a month... to be updated with your thoughts... Thanks again for this post....

    • by VickyFlipFlop on September 17, 2018  10:29 am Reply

      Oh wow, that's cool! I hope I do that one day too :)

  5. by Leanne on July 10, 2019  2:12 pm Reply

    Great read! Recently returned from doing the North Coast 500 in a campervan which we hired from Already planning our next adventure, however this time I time we will go some place warmer! :)

    • by VickyFlipFlop on July 10, 2019  3:31 pm Reply

      Oh wow, sounds fab. My boyfriend and I are getting a campervan to travel the Pembrokeshire Coast in August – can't wait!

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