Family holidays in France
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Carisma’s beach holidays provide great flexibility and enjoyment for the whole family. Listed below are a few hints and tips to get the most from your holiday. If you need any more information or have a question that isn’t covered here, please drop us a quick email at or alternatively give us a call on 01923 287339

Before leaving

Passports and Visas

British Nationals require a full 10-year passport. All children under 16, including infants, also require their own passport. For more information and details on current fees, please visit //

Holders of non-EU passports require a visa, which may take up to six weeks from the French Consulate (French Consulate General, Visa section, 6A Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EW). Please note visas cannot be obtained in advance from your local consular offices, nor at the border on arrival in France.

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The EHIC can be used to cover any necessary medical treatment due to either an accident or illness, within the European Economic Area (EEA). The card entitles the holder to state-provided medical treatment within the country they are visiting and the service provided will be the same as received by a person covered by the country’s ‘insured’ medical scheme. You are advised to obtain a EHIC card for all eligible party members. Many insurance companies will waive the excess charge on a medical expense claim which has been reduced by using reciprocal health arrangements.

For more information and to obtain your card click here.

Please note the card is free from the official website;, unofficial websites may charge you for using their services.

To pack before you leave

To set you up on arrival, it may be useful to bring tea, coffee, sugar, powdered milk, matches, lavatory paper, salt and pepper. If you think you may arrive on site after 21.00, it may prove difficult to get an evening meal or any supplies. We recommend shopping in one of the many hypermarkets or supermarkets en route. Other useful items to bring: tea towels, first aid kit, pegs, washing line, torch, coat-hangers, sun shade for beach (patio parasol not suitable), safety pins, alarm clock, radio, “Waspeze” or equivalent, insect repellent, Calpol or Junior Disprin or equivalent (if travelling with younger children). Don’t forget bed linen and towels. These are available for hire, however they must be booked at least 3 weeks before departure. We provide blankets and pillows in all the mobile homes.


Advice for the Journey

Ferries and Channel Tunnel

The same company must be used for the outward and return journeys, but the routes may be mixed. On Brittany Ferries routes, accommodation on overnight crossings is compulsory.

Overnight Stopovers

We would recommend visiting who have a wide range of options to suit all budgets.


Fly/Drive is becoming an easy option to get to the west coast of France, with flights now available to Bordeaux, Biarritz, La Rochelle and Nantes.

Your Vehicle and Insurance

You should take your insurance certificate, vehicle registration document or log book, MOT certificate and driving licence. If you are taking a company vehicle to France, you should take with you a letter of authorisation to do so from the company.

In France, displaying a GB sticker is mandatory, as is carrying a warning triangle and fitting headlamp deflectors.  New regulations introduced require that a fluorescent jacket/bib is carried for each person in the vehicle, and this must be carried in the vehicle, not in the boot. Carrying spare headlamp bulbs is strongly advised.

If you change your car after receiving your ferry tickets, please do not notify us as these tickets are valid for any car, and will be accepted at the port.  If you are intending putting a roof box or cycles on your vehicle, or you have a high vehicle, then it is important that you inform us at the time of booking, as space for high vehicles is limited on many routes.

Petrol stations at supermarkets are generally cheaper.

Minimum Third Party risks are automatically covered under EEC regulations, but if your policy gives comprehensive or fire and theft cover, you may need to obtain a Green Card through your insurers to extend this cover to driving abroad.

Mandatory requirements for driving in France:

Breathalyser Kits
France now has VERY strict drink-driving regulations, and the legal amounts are much lower than in the UK: our advice is NOT to drink if you are driving. From July 1st 2012 it is mandatory that you carry a breathalyser kit in your vehicle. Although a single-use breathalyzer kit is compulsory, drivers are advised to carry two kits so that if the driver uses one another can be produced on request by the Police.

Seat belts for all passengers
Children under 10 are not permitted to travel in the front of the vehicle.

Dipped headlights must be used in poor visibility
Headlights must be taped to avoid dazzling on-coming traffic; either buy a kit, use the blackout tape on your headlights’ black-out area or adjust your headlight beam as per manufacturer’s guidelines. If driving a 4X4, it is highly recommended by the French Government that you drive with dipped headlights all the time.

Nationality sticker (GB sticker)
Compulsory unless your car has number plates with Euro plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background).

Warning triangle

Reflective jacket
This must be carried in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, rather than the boot, or you may still be fined.

Advisable requirements for driving in France

First aid kit, fire extinguisher, replacement bulb set.


On Arrival

Arrival Times

Please plan to arrive at the campsite no later than 10.30pm, when the gates are locked. If you arrive later, do not worry, but you may have to leave your car outside and walk into the campsite. Accommodation is available from 4pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure.

Clocks and Money

Europe is one hour ahead of British Summer Time during the period from 30 March to 26 October.

Telephoning the UK from Abroad – Dial Direct: The code is 00 44 followed by the STD code without the leading zero. Cheap rates: weekdays 22.30 to 08.00; weekends from 14.00 Saturday.

The Euro (€) is the only accepted currency in France. For exchange rates please see your bank. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants. In France, Visa is the most commonly used credit card. Debit cards displaying Cirrus, EC or Visa symbol and credit cards may be used to withdraw cash from cashpoint machines if you know your PIN. Travellers’ cheques are not now easily exchanged in France.

Cot & Hire Chair Hire

Do you have an infant and wonder if you have enough space in the car for all the bulky things that baby needs? You shouldn’t worry. We can provide High Chairs and Cots (suitable for the under 2’s) for £2 per day.

Barbecues – The Grate Outdoors!

Barbecues are ideal for making the most of those warm summer evenings, and are available for hire free of charge on all our sites.


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