Pet Passport Scheme Changes

Camping in France made easier for dog lovers

The rules for travelling with your pets changed today, 1 January 2012, as the UK came into line with the rest of Europe. Pets can now travel just 21 days after having their rabies vaccination, rather than wait for six months or spend the same period in quarantine, making it much easier for dog lovers to take their pets abroad. For more information about the changes please visit the Defra Website

I Spy Camping compares holidays on more than 650 campsites across France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Italy, many of which are dog friendly. We have worked hard to make it easy for you to find which campsites offer dog friendly holidays, just click on the link to start your search. NB. Please check the camping operator's own policy on taking pets before booking.

5 dog-friendly campsites in France that you may find interesting...

La Palombiere, Saint-Nathalene, Aquitaine
Families will adore the five-star comfort of this campsite in the south west of France, while dogs will wag their tails like crazy at the thought of roaming through the beautiful woodland and rolling hills found between the Dordogne and Vézère Valleys. There is a riverside beach at Sarlat, which is an enchanting small town. La Palombiere

Domaine de Chalain, Doucier, Jura
The Jura region of eastern France is renowned for its fossil-filled mountains , lakes, rivers, caves and gorges. There are tiny lanes and signposted paths to explore plus Geneva, Dijon and Beaune the wine capital of Burgundy are all within easy reach. The five-star campsite is set beside a shimmering lake against a backdrop of steep hilll bliss for people and pets. Domaine de Chalain

Domaine de Chateau de Drancourt, St Valery sur Somme, Picardy
Domaine de Drancourt is surrounded by wooded countryside and fields and within a short drive of the unspoilt Picardy coast, where your dog can run along the sands. Also head for days out at Wissant, a traditional seaside village; Amiens, with its network of canals, UNESCO listed cathedral and great walking routes; the 10km beach at Hardelot and Somme Bay, which is interspersed with fairways, sandbanks and dunes. Domaine de Chateau de Drancourt

Chateau de Boisson, Allegre les Fumades, Languedoc
This small but high quality campsite has pools and sports facilities and is perfectly located for exploring the Ardèche region of southern France. The meadows and pastures of the Gorges de l’Ardèche are perfect for long walks and you’ll discover spectacular ravines and waterfalls. Head for the jaw-dropping Pont du Gard, a three-tiered aqueduct from the 1st century BC. Chateau de Boisson

Parc des Alicourts, Pierrefitte, Loire Valley
This five-star campsite in the Loire Valley is also a Michelin ‘4 red tent’ site, which reflects the huge range of facilities available. The region boasts vast plains, forests and valleys and there are signposted paths you and your dog can follow to soak up the scenery. Many of the Loire's chateaux are stunning: highlights include the Amboise, where you can take scenic walks along the river; Chaumont, which is built on a cliff above the Loire and Chenonceau, which spans the river Cher. Les Alicourts

Our list was featured in the Sunday Mirror in January 2012