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What does the number of stars for a campsite mean?

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For most campers, the number of stars given to a campsite is a guarantee of a level of quality and facilities. This is true, but it’s not quite as simple as that, particularly since the new ratings system was drawn up in 2012.


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.

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