The 2020 Tour de France has its Grand Départ this year of the 27th of June on the Côte d’Azur in Nice. The finish is on Sunday the 19th of July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Leaving Nice the Tour heads towards the Provence, the Cevennes and the Pyrenees before continuing along the Atlantic coast. After sweeping through the Massif Central the cyclists head to the Alps for the ultimate leg-test. In this blog we will give you an overview and recommend the best and prettiest campings along the route. Ready to hit the road and hire a mobile home or book a pitch? Find your top camping spot right here! For the city of Nice this will be their 2nd Grand Départ. Many will remember the race back in 1981 when Bernard Hinault won the prologue and 3 weeks later his 3rd Tour victory. However this year Nice will act twice as the finish and three times as the start during this Tour. The Grand Départ 2021 will be in Copenhagen and for 2022 Saint-Etienne is named.
Stage 1 | Saturday 27 June | Nice – Aspremont – Carros – Tourette Levens - Nice | 170km
The peloton races three loops through the landscape of the Côte d’Azur.
Stage 2 | Sunday 28 June | Nice – Nice | 190km
Riders will face four climbs in the pretty southern French Alpes before descending towards the Promenade des Anglais. This stage features the following cols: Col de Colmiane, Col de Turini, Col d’Èze and Col de Quatre Chemins. The Turini was the scene of the second-to-last stage in Paris-Nice in 2019.
For day 1 and 2 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping La Vieille Ferme in Villeneuve-Loubet just south of Nice.
Stage 3 | Monday 29 June | Nice – Grasse – Castellane – Barreme – Digne - Sisteron | 198km
Allianz Rivera, the home base of football team OGC Nice, is the starting scene for the 3rd stage. Through pretty purple lavender fields of the Provence the riders will follow the Route Napoléon towards the historic city (citadel) of Sisteron.
For day 3 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Domaine du Verdon – Sandaya is perfectly located in Castellane, half way this stage and also close to the Gorges du Verdon
Stage 4 | Tuesday 30 June | Sisteron - Veynes – Dévoluy - Orcières-Merlette | 157km
On day four, riders will already have their first uphill finish of the Tour de France 2020. First they’ll climb up through the hilly area of Dévoluy and after a number of non-categorized climbs they’ll end with a climb to the Orcières-Merlette ski resort (1,850m) with gradients between 7 and 9%.
For day 4 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Les Rives Du Lac (8.4 score / 571 Reviews) is located right on the Plan d’eau des Iscles in Veynes.
Stage 5 | Wednesday 1 July | Gap – Nyons – Montélimar - Privas | 183km
The 5th stage travels from Gap, via some false flat roads, Montélimar (the Nougat-city of the world) to finish in Privas, the capital of the Ardèche. A sprint-finish most probably! Gap is a famous start and finish place in the Tour. Last year it was Italian Matteo Trentin who won the stage ending in Gap.
For day 5 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Le Sagittaire – Capfun (8.9 score / 672 Reviews) in Vinsobres. Close to Nyons in an area famous for its black olives and superb olive oil.
Stage 6 | Thursday 2 July | Le Teil – Florac – Vebron – Meyrueis - Le Vigan - Mont Aigoual | 191km
This stage starts on the picturesque village of Le Teil (also known as the gateway to the Ardèche) and travels through the beautiful rugged scenery of the Cevennes towards the Weather Observatory on Mont Aigoual. Cols: Col de Mourèzes, Col de la Lusette.
For day 6 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Les Fumades – Capfun (8.4 score / 466 Reviews) in Allegre les Fumades.
Stage 7 | Friday 3 July | Millau – Saint-Affrique - Castres - Lavaur | 168km
The 7th stage from Millau to Lavaur leads the riders through the Garonne, Aveyron and Tarn towards the Pyrenees. The start is near the Viaduc de Millau, the highest viaduct in the world.
For day 7 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Millau – Huttopia (8.0 score / 188 Reviews) in Millau.
Stage 8 | Saturday 4 July | Cazères-sur-Garonne – Pont de l’Oule – Saint Aventin - Loudenvielle | 140km
This is the first time the Tour visits Cazères and also the start of the Pyrenees Weekend. Rolling out of Cazères the cyclers will have to conquer the Col de Menté, Port de Balès and Col de Peyresourde before a downhill finale into Loudenvielle. Some older Tour fans may remember 1971 when Luis Ocana and Eddy Merckx crashed on descent from the Col de Menté.
For day 8 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend Camping Le Moulin - Sites et Paysages (9.0 score / 168 Reviews) in Matres-Tolosane, o short 3km ride to Cazères.
Stage 9 | Sunday 5 July | Pau – Lasseube – Arette - Laruns | 154km
The Pyrenees town of Pau has been host to La Grande Boucle 72 times. The 9th stage will concludes with a downhill from the Col de Marie Blanque and a 6km false plat. Other cols in this stage: Col de la Hourcère (11.1km with an average gradient of 8.8%), Col de Soudet.
For day 9 and 10 (rest day) of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping des Gaves (8.4 score / 190 Reviews) in Laruns.
Stage 10 | Tuesday 7 July | Île D’Oléron - Rochefort - La Rochelle – Île de Ré | 170km
Back on track after the riders have had their 1st rest day on the Monday. Stage 10 is situated along the Atlantic coast, starting on Île d’Oléron and finishing in Saint-Martin-de-Ré on Île de Ré. Île d’Oléron is a large island just off the west coast at La Rochelle, probably best known best known for Fort Boyard and its laid back atmosphere.
For day 11 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Les Grosses Pierres - Vagues Oceanes (8.2 score / 1118 Reviews) in Saint-Georges-d’Oleron.
Stage 11 | Wednesday 8 July | Châtelaillon-Plage – Poitiers | 167 km
Today is a sprinters day and a farewell the coast. The sprint kings will show their cards. From Châtelaillon-Plage the road leads the riders inland through the marshlands of Poitou to the finish in the city of Poitiers, The Tour bids farewell to the ocean.
For day 12 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Du Lac De Saint-Cyr (8.4 score / 797 Reviews) in Saint-Cyr, a short ride from Poitiers.
Stage 12 | Thursday 9 July | Chauvigny -Limoges – Sarran | 218km
This is the only stage in this Tour that tops the 200km mark. It takes the riders from Chauvigny, a picturesque village on the Vienne river, to Sarran Corrèze. One serious climb in this stage: the Suc au May.
For day 13 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping De Fréaudour – Aquadis (8.0 score / 425 Reviews) in Saint-Pardoux, in the vicinity of the Suc au May.
Stage 13 | Friday 10 July | Châtel-Guyon – Clermont-Ferrand – Saignes – Trizac - Puy Mary | 191km
This stage takes the riders right through the heart of France, a further west to east travers crossing the Massif Central. Cols this stage: Col de Ceyssat, Côte de la Stèle, Col de Neronne, Pas de Peyrol culminating on the Puy Mary. Riders will have mastered 4400 altitude meters this stage.
For day 14 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Le Clos Auroy (8.5 score / 535 Reviews) in Orcet.
Stage 14 | Saturday 11 July | Clermont Ferrand – Lyon | 197km
A rather flat stage today with 2 small climbs en route: Monts du Forez and Col du Béal and 3 at the end: Côte de la Duchère, the Montée de l’Observance and the Côte de la Croix-Rousse . Experts expect a battle between the breakaway specialists, the climbers and the sprinters.
For day 15 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Les Portes Du Beaujolais (7.6 score / 751 Reviews) in Anse.
Stage 15 | Sunday 12 July | Lyon – Lochieu - Grand Colombier | 175km
This is a day no one will want to miss….arrival atop the Grand Colombier, but not before the riders will have mastered 3 of the 4 access roads to the top….yes 3 times they cycle up! The final climb -no way to hide- will start in Culoz. Cols/climbs this stage: Montée de la Selle de Fromentel, Col de la Biche
For day 16 and 17 (rest day) of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Le Vaugrais (8.9 score / 202 Reviews) in Artemare at the foot of the Colombier.
Stage 16 | Tuesday 14 July | La Tour-du-Pin – Meylan – Seyssins - Villard-de-Lans | 164 km
An Alpine stage on Quatorze Juillet, Bastille Day! Two serious climbs before the race culminates in Villard. This is a mountain with history, with the likes of Erik Breukink, Pedro Delgado and Laurent Fignon among the winners. Cols/climbs this route: Col de Porte, Côte de Rével, La Montée de Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte.
For day 18 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping L'Oursière – Capfun (8.0 score / 219 Reviews) in Villard-de-Lans.
Stage 17 | Wednesday 15 July | Grenoble – Montgellafrey – Saint-François-Longchamp - Méribel | 168km
A debut for the steep and unprecedented Col de la Loze which has some parts with a 20% gradient! This is a stage for true winners. Cols/climbs of today: Col de la Madeleine
For day 19 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend one of the great-value-for-money campings at the bottom of Col de La Madeleine in Aigueblanche: Camping des Neiges, Camping Marie-France, Camping Eliana
Stage 18 | Thursday 16 July | Méribel – Flumet – la Clusaz - La Roche-sur-Foron | 168 km
Riders will need to be prepared for over 4000m of climbing. This stage is in northern direction, traversing the Montée du Plateau des Glières and passing though some popular ski resorts including La Clusaz. Cols/climbs: Cormet de Roselend, Col des Saisies, Les Aravis, Plateau des Glières.
Stage 19 | Friday 17 July | Bourg-en-Bresse – Champagnole | 160km
A -mostly flat- day for the sprint canons to shine! A stage in northern direction just west of the Haut-Jura national park.
For day 21 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Lac De Chalain (8.2 score / 1308 Reviews) in Fontenu.
Stage 20 | Saturday 18 July | Lure – Fresse - La Planche des Belles Filles | (climb time trial) | 36km
The 20th stage is a 36km individual time trial in which the last part (6km) is the nastiest with a 8,5% average gradient and parts going all the way to 20%. Cols/climbs include: Col de la Chevestraye
For day 22 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping De La Broche (9.3 score / 100 Reviews) in Fresse.
Stage 21 | Sunday 19 July | Mantes-la-Jolie – Parijs | 122km
And yes, this Tour also finishes on the cobblestones of the Champs-Élysées.
For day 23 of the Tour de France 2020 we recommend: Camping Paris Maisons-Laffitte – Sandaya (7.6 score / 873 Reviews) in Maisons-Laffitte.