If you want to take in one of Europe’s major cities and you have a van, it makes absolute sense.
At just under 4 hours from Calais we hoped that visiting in our Advance 76-4 motorhome would be both an economical and exciting Autumn adventure, and we weren’t disappointed.
As with all major cities, Paris is not terribly motorhome-friendly in the centre. A wrong turn on the banks of the Seine took us into the heart of the capital at rush hour, putting our arrival at the site back another 45 minutes.
But by sticking to the correct route on your satnav there are several campsite options within striking distance of the heart of the French capital, allowing you to avoid the most congested areas of town.
We chose Camping de Paris, set right on the banks of the Seine in natural parkland. As with all Caravan and Motorhome Club sites the facilities are top quality and an on-site shop, restaurant and seasonal food trucks make for a very comfortable stay.
Once hooked up we didn’t move our motorhome for the 3 nights until we left. A shuttle bus outside the campsite takes you directly to Porte Maillot metro station. Just a short bus journey through the pretty Bois de Boulogne park and the whole of Paris is at your feet.
And our feet were certainly aching after 3 days seeing the sights of this iconic city, (if you are after a more child centred break the world-famous Disneyland Paris resort is just 45 minutes-drive away).
We had done a trip there in our pre-motorhome days, when Lois was an excitable 8 year old. The 14 year-old Lois is far too cool for Mickey Mouse and princess parades now!