Camping de Nevers
All great countries have a great river or two and France’s pièce de résistance has to be the Loire. Its fancy urban cousin, the Seine, may slink its way through the boulevards of Paris, but it’s the Loire, winding its way past shady banks and leafy vineyards, that’s the country’s golden artery. And while the broader reaches around Blois and Tours are swarming with tourists in high season, you can be smart and head a little up-river to Nevers. This is a great little former Roman town with a medieval heart and a fantastic cathedral that you can sit and admire from your tent.
The campsite is divided into two, with shady spots up top, where most of the caravans and campervans park up, and a lower level running down to the river bank, which tends to be where the tents pitch. Sadly there’s not much access to the river, but you can still enjoy watching it idle by and in the morning see the mist slowly rising from the waters. And the best bit is that the town’s just a ten-minute stroll across the river, allowing you to sit back and take in the views before summoning the will to go and explore.
The reception, café, and facilities are all well maintained. There’s a heated shower room with hot showers and unisex WCs, and an outside area for dishwashing. There’s also a washing machine (€4) and dryer (€3). Up in reception there’s a computer for Internet access at €1 for 15 minutes.
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes.
The town across the river is worth exploring, from the old streets around the ducal palace to the marvellous cathedral of St-Cyr-et-Ste-Juliette.
Food & Drink
Apart from the small café on site, it’s best to head over the bridge into the town. At Au Bureau on place St-Sebastien you can sit out on the pavement terrace, enjoy a coffee or beer, and watch the world go by.
Mid April–mid October.
Camping de Nevers, rue de la Jonction, 58000 Nevers, Nièvre, France
Through Nevers follow signs for Moulins and Bourges. The site is on the opposite bank, on your left.
Nevers is easily accessible by train and bus from Paris, Lyon, and Dijon and the campsite is only a 10-minute ride from the bus and railway stations.
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Rated ★★★★☆ over 4 reviews
Incredible campsite. The location is spot on, right on the river side, very flat pitches. A bit rough and ready, obviously gets run down as the hot season goes on, so don't expect nice lush grass – it wears out by late July! But for location alone it deserves top marks. Nevers is beautiful. Canoeing on Loire is a must. Such a nice river.
Nice site for a one nighter.
We stopped for a single night whilst travelling down to southern France. The campsite was easy to find, the staff helpful and friendly, and spoke good english. Facilities seemed good - nice hot showers, and laundry facilities were available. We used our small tent so were just on the field by the river bank, but the motorhome pitches up the slope looked good while we were passing.
Stop-over site only
This was a handy stop over site with moden facilities however that is as far as it goes. The site itself was advertised in numerous camping books and certainly was not comparable with others in the cool camping book. Useful as a one night break from a long drive but certainly not cool.
Good for short stop overs.
Stopped off for a few days on the way to the Dordogne. There were absolutely no problems with the site. Toilets and showers were clean, but not a great deal of facilities. There is a small cafe on site, which we didn't use apart from buying a couple of ice-creams.
Site seemed popular with canoeists and cyclists. I guess there is a good cycling route along the banks of the Loire.
While we were there Nevers Plage was running. This is a temporary pool with sun loungers, life guards and security built on the bank of the Loire on the same side of the river as the campsite, just the other side of the bridge. The pool was freezing 16 deg centigrade I think, but it was great to mix with the french locals. There are lots of signs saying that swimming in the river itself is prohibited, but there were plenty of people doing it anyway and it was much warmer. However, the current was strong so don't go out of your depth.
Would recommend a visit to the Castle at Guédelon. This is a castle that they are building from scratch. They started in 97 and expect to continue until about 2038. So they are a good way into the construction and there is plenty to see and some fun activities for the kids. It is about an hours drive north, but was well worth the trip.
Nevers itself is nice, but to be honest we weren't there long enough to explore too well.
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