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Europe France Midi-pyrénées Aveyron Camping Fans

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
Extremely spacious and tranquil grass camping pitch, includes 2 people

The Owner Says

Camping Fans is a wonderfully unspoilt riverside campsite in the heart of the Aveyron countryside, arguably one of the most beautiful regions of France.
This is a true haven of peace and tranquility, surrounded by meadows, woods, brooks, valleys and the beautiful Aveyron river which flows past the campsite.
The river is perfect for swimming, as the current is slow, and some parts are just ankle deep, allowing for little ones to have a splash about too. A small jetty allows for easy access in and out of the water.
Camping Fans is a tranquil place, with amazing hiking routes on your doorsteps, as well as beautiful charming French villages to explore such as Belcastel and its medieval chateau, complete with cobbled streets and traditional village centre. The humpback bridge provides the perfect spot for a spot of Poohsticks.

There's a pleasingly lazy pace to life round here. There's no "animations" for children ("we think children are much more capable of amusing themselves than we as adults may possibly come up with") and Pieter and Marcelline pride themselves on their daily break between 12.30 and 15.00. Fresh bread and croissants are delivered from the village boulangerie every morning in the high season – the perfect accompaniment to the excellent morning coffee to be had in the communal barn.

Camping Fans by name; camping fans by nature – Pieter and Marcelline know exactly what campers want out of an Aveyron holiday under canvas. And no doubt this gorgeous, unspoilt riverside site will be winning a few more fans, season after season.

About Camping Fans

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, well-behaved groups, dogs (outside of high season) – yes. Caravans/motorhomes, campervans, dogs (in high season) – no.


Aveyron is a dream for the outdoor enthusiast. There's canoeing just an hour from Camping Fans and plenty of great hiking routes with the Grande Randonnée 62B directly accessible from the site. Gorgeous Belcastel (officially among "the most beautiful villages in France") is just a short drive away. It's quaint cobbled streets, distinctive 15th-century stone houses and medieval castle sit on the tranquil banks of the Aveyron river. Every Friday night its marché nocturne brims with plenty of stalls for eating, drinking and good company. Villefranche de Rouergue boasts many historic buildings and its famous Thursday morning market. Enchanting old Rodez also boasts a market on Saturday morning. The atmospheric medieval village and ruined twin towers of the château inférieur at Peyrusse le Roc are an essential visit. An hour's drive away, the Tarn-side city of Albi hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site around its cathedral and the renowned Musée Toulouse Lautrec (0033 563 494 870) in honour of its most famous son. Toulouse is just a couple of hours' drive away.

Food & Drink

Fresh bread and croissants are delivered from the village boulangerie every morning in the high season. Home-cooked hot meals are offered twice a week. There's a great little market in Rignac every Tuesday morning – perfect for basic and artisan produce. You can also order take-away pizas from the village. L'hôtel restaurant du Vieux Pont (0033 565 645 229) in Belcastel offers stunning views and an impressively refined French cuisine. For something a little less grand, Chez Anna (0033 565 639 561) serves fast food from its delightful terrace. The famous wine region of Marcillac is just 20km to the north-west of Rignac. Be sure to visit for the Sunday morning market and pick up a nice bottle of red to accompany the local specialty, tripoux (stuffed sheep's tripe).

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


A blissful experience to which you will want to return.

*Disclaimer: what you are about to read is wrought with childhood sentiment and hyperbolic excesses* Camping Fans is a true pearl among campsites, snugly situated in a picturesque valley on the river Aveyron. The valley alone is a sight to behold, let alone the magnificent countryside and wealth of medieval sites and villages all within an hour's drive. Including the abbey church of Sainte Foy in Conque, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture and the most beautiful church I have seen. The campsite itself is a magical, intensely relaxed place. The spacious plots and the lack thereof, the cosy café where Pieter and Marcelline (the proprietors) serve fresh baguettes and croissants from the local bakery and delicious espresso's, the beautifully decorated sanitary facilities (basic, but complete), and the bathing area on the river (including a stream which can be tracked all the way up to "The Secret Valley"...) all add to the atmosphere. But I forget the twice weekly dinners held in the "small barn" which time and again are a showcase of Marcelline's delicious cooking. On pain of rambling on: every aspect of the campsite is the result of the love and attention of Pieter and Marcelline, who work tirelessly year-round to make Fans the wonderful place that it is, for over twenty years now. My personal relationship with the campsite began in 2001, when I was five years old. Many years and many visits later I still haven't had enough of the place. And another funny thing: during my last visit, after a ten-year hiatus, I was surprised to see many familiar faces, who like me have made a habit of Fans.
Jun 21, 2019 by Léon van der Sande


Camping Fans is located at Lieudit Fans 12390 Rignac, Aveyron, France

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Getting There

Coming from Paris on the A75 follow the signs for Clermont-Ferrand. Continue in the direction of Montpellier and leave the motorway at Sévérac le Chateau. Follow the signs to Rodez on the N88. In Rodez follow the signs for Montauban at all the roundabouts (clearly indicated on the green signposts, you are driving on the D994). After almost half an hour of driving you will arrive at a roundabout named 'Giratoire de Rignac-Centre' which is actually the first roundabout after leaving Rodez. Turn left on the D997 in the direction of Colombiès and Belcastel (do not go into Rignac). After about 5 kilometres you will arrive at Le Pont Neuf, just before the bridge you will see a small and narrow road turning sharply to the right with signposts indicating Fans and Camping de Fans. Take a wide turn to the other side of the road to enable you to make this turn. Follow this small road with the river on your left hand side for about a kilometre to the first buildings. You have arrived at the farmhouse. If you find that you have crossed the river you’ve gone too far!

The nearest train stations are in Rodez and Villefranche-de-Rouergue. But as public transport is very bad in the  region and taxis quite costly, you really need a car to get around – if only because  the closest shops are 6 km from the site.