So, the surface area of the campsite pitches is one of the factors for the number of stars. The average is 70 m² for 1 or 2 stars (or fewer than 100 pitches per hectare) and 80 m² for the 3, 4 or 5 stars (or fewer than 90 pitches per hectare for a 3-star, fewer than 80 for a 4-star and fewer than 70 for a 5-star campsite). Regulations also impose a definite percentage of the surface area to be covered. In other words, rental accommodation must not take up more than 30 % of the campsite pitch surface area.
There are also other criteria. For example, when compared with a 1-star campsite, a 2 star must have a reception with staff present during the day, and sanitary facilities equipped with individual cabins. A 3 star must have a 24-hour reception with staff speaking two languages, including English, a play area for children and the range of services is wider (internet access in public areas, sale of drinks, etc.). A 4 star must have, as well as reception services in two foreign languages, a website and information materials in two languages, including English, an onsite or nearby grocery store, etc. Lastly, at the top of the range, the 5-star campsite must have reception staff speaking three foreign languages, including English, 24-hour-a-day online reservation, a swimming area (lake or swimming pool) and heated sanitary facilities. Added to this are optional services, such as a wellness area with massage, staff in the gym, etc.