One of the toughest challenges you will face while on a motorhome (campervan) vacation is knowing where you can and cannot park. In France, the authorities are more flexible during the grand tour, there are however, some regulations you should keep in mind.
Where you cannot park or camp in France:
- On the side of a public road – this however, is not the case for mountain stages. Camping is permitted on the side of the road roughly two days prior and proceeding the stage. Note that your vehicle or tent cannot impinge on the road boundaries or inhibit any road access points.
- On the shores of the sea
- In sites listed or registered (signs should be displayed)
- In protection zones: including historical monuments, architectural and urban heritage sites and natural monuments and sites.
- In nature reserves
- In perimeter protection points for the collection of drinking water
- Areas established as ‘no parking’ zones made by the Mayors or on behalf of the municipality or the state. These areas must display affixed regulatory signs at access points to the restricted areas.