France has a long and proud horse riding tradition (just think of all the equestrian terms you may know and the chances are they’re French – ‘dressage’ for example). The 17th and 18th centuries in France are known as the Golden Age of Equitation, with horse riding developing as part of aristocratic culture.France still bears the legacy of this, with a multitude of trail rides and bridleways (known as randonnées) criss-crossing the country. The trails in France tend not to be on modern roads and take you from cobbled village to mighty châteaux, via beautiful, unspoilt countryside. You’ll feel like a knight of old!

Many of our Siblu parks are near riding schools, but La Pignade in Charente-Maritime takes it one step further as it has its own riding school on-site! 

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On-site Riding School at La Pignade

  

La Pignade is situated in Charente-Maritime, within a pine forest beside the beautiful Marennes Estuary. It has its own on-site horse riding centre, l’Etrier Ronçois (Le Palomino), where you can ride both horses and ponies. The forests don’t just offer wonderful horse riding routes – the ponies at La Pignade live in an area set aside for the park. Visitors can explore the forest on foot and say hello! The centre offers lessons for beginners and advanced riders, and for very young children there are pony walks. 

 
Charente-Maritime

Located within a pine forest on the edge of the Marennes Estuary, La Pignade is the perfect place for switching off from everyday life and basking in the beauty of nature. The park boasts a heated pool with retractable roof, slides, free kids’ clubs and evening entertainment for the whole family. It even has an on-site horse riding school, which is always popular with kids.

heated, covered pool
Covered pool with retractable roof
horse riding on-site
Horse riding on-site
Beach picto
Beach 1.5km away

Horse Riding Near Other Siblu Parks

  

The beautiful scenery of Charente-Maritime is perfectly suited to travelling on horseback.  While La Pignade is currently the only Siblu park with an on-site riding centre, our other parks in Charente-Maritime, Les Charmettes & Bonne Anse Plage, are only a short drive from local riding schools. Similarly, La Réserve in Aquitaine is only 5km from an a riding centre. We recommend asking at the park reception when you arrive for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about any current partnerships between your Siblu park and local riding schools. 

Another great choice for riding fans is Domaine de Dugny, our holiday park in the heart of the Loire Valley World Heritage site. The River Loire snakes its way through the valley, its banks dotted with magnificent châteaux such as Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire and Chenonceau. What could be better than slowly riding along with this kind of scenery on offer? In the past, our holidaymakers at Domaine de Dugny have enjoyed using the facilities at Les Ecuries Florent Viet, a renowned local equestrian centre. Set just beside the ancient town of Blois, the centre hires horses and offers lessons for riders of all abilities, from absolute beginners through to budding show jumpers. Ask at reception for more up to date information about riding in the Loire Valley and any current partnerships.  

 

More About West Coast Regions & the Loire Valley

The romantic Loire Valley lies in France’s heart. It is just south of Paris, yet still wonderfully accessible for the beaches of the Vendée and Loire Atlantique on the Loire coast. The Loire River, France’s longest, meanders through its verdant, vine-covered hills dotted with fairy-tale castles. To boot, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Get ready to discover a dazzling corner of France that lies between Bordeaux to the south and the Loire Valley to the north.

Infinite golden beaches, Europe’s largest sand dune,  arguably the world’s finest wines... And 4 amazing Siblu campsites: La Réserve, Domaine de Soulac, Les Viviers,  and Les Dunes de Contis. What’s not to love about Aquitaine in France’s southwest corner?

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The kids have packed buckets and spades and you want to sunbathe on golden sands… It has to be a beach holiday in France. France has miles of sandy coast to choose from, much of it just a short drive – or walk – from one of our holiday parks. The only decision you have to make is whether to go wild on the Atlantic side or a bit ritzier on the Med!

Our campsites are located close to some of the most beautiful and well known cities in France: Montpellier, Nice, Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Nantes. Choose a holiday destination that gives you the best of both worlds – relaxation on the campsite and sightseeing in the city.

The Atlantic Coast may be famous for its waves, but there are plenty of more protected bays and large lakes near our parks where you can hone your sailing skills in safety. La Réserve holiday park in Aquitaine even has a private marina for mooring boats.

France has some of the best theme parks in the world so, wherever you are, you’re never more than a short drive from an 'out-of-this-world' experience. Whether you’re looking for dazzling multimedia displays, rides for adrenaline junkies or thrilling interpretations of science, there’ll be a park to whet your appetite – and keep the kids entertained for hours.

Discover France's beautiful countryside and coastline on two wheels. Well-signed cycle paths mean it is a pleasure to bike around the country and, most importantly, it allows you to work up a great appetite for tucking into some delicious pastries. 

If there’s one thing that France is famous for, it’s wine. In fact, two French wine-making regions have even achieved Unesco World Heritage status – meaning they’re “of outstanding value to humanity”!

France offers a wealth of cultural activities, from its beautiful Chateaux in the Loire Valley, to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, medieval towns in the south and so much more. Our holiday parks make the perfect base for exploring this fascinating country and learning more about its rich history. 

Lush green scenery, breathtaking views, water sports for kids and adults… If this sounds like your perfect break, why not try a lakeside holiday? France is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, from small natural mountain lakes to large artificial leisure lakes.

The highlight of any Siblu holiday in France is without doubt our pool complexes with an incredible selection of slides, including some fantastic multi-lane racer slides. View a selection of our best water parks below and choose the one which suits you best. Who will be the undisputed champion of the pool in your party? 

We know it’s a big ask, but if you can peel yourself off the sun-drenched beach, you’ll find a treasure trove of activities and adventure to enjoy.

Let’s face it – we go on holiday to relax. And where better to feel the tension leaving our shoulders than at a campsite in beautiful France? Whether you’re planning to hike, cycle and splash about with the kids or just lie back and enjoy the sun and the view, our holiday parks give you the perfect escape from the daily grind.