Things to do when camping in Aisne
There’s plenty of activities and attractions to discover while enjoying a camping holiday in Aisne, and several open spaces to reconnect with nature. Unwind in lovely landscapes as the world and time floats by slowly.
Boasting around 560km of walking routes, the woodland of Retz is a fantastic place to enjoy both hiking and cycling trips, with the opportunity to see shy wildlife including deer, hares, boars and foxes. The forest wraps around the royal town of Villers-Cotterêts, the birthplace of Alexander Dumas, and features a castle built by Francis I.
Saint-Gobain Forest, located near the town of Laon, is a mysterious and captivating woodland that sets the scene for lovely walking, hiking and cycling trips under a canopy of greenery. Along with the natural beauty of the forest, Saint-Gobain features architectural treasures such as the Prémontré Abbey and the Priory of Le Tortoir.
The Green Axis of Thiérache, a former railway now converted to a walking trail, takes visitors along a verdant route covering around 40km. The pathway gives holidaymakers the chance to enjoy peaceful surroundings and the chance to walk alongside the river Oise.
Lying close to the Oise River, Blangy Pond offers a serene and scenic place to stop for a while during a walking trip. Alternatively, the leisure centre arranges outdoor activities including archery, orienteering and kayaking on the pond. Holidaymakers looking to discover a horticultural haven should head to the Viels-Maisons Gardens, a series of three lovely gardens featuring blossoming flowers, well-tended hedgerows and vegetable patches.
Away from the verdant countryside of Aisne, the department features a wealth of historical and cultural attractions, especially in the town of Laon. The town is a shining example of history and art, and boasts over eighty listed monuments and seven kilometres of medieval ramparts. The best attractions to visit while enjoying a day in Laon include the gothic style Notre-Dame cathedral, the old bishop's palace, the 12th-century Hôtel-Dieu and Laon Museum.
There are several other towns and villages worth visiting for a day such as Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique with its feudal castle, Saint-Quentin with its Gothic Basilica, Soissons with its Cathedral of St. Gervais and La Ferté-Milon with its Jean Racine Museum.
If you are enjoying a family holiday in Aisne with the kids, why not consider a trip to Axo'Plage Leisure Centre. Featuring an artificial lake and sandy beach, Axo'Plage offers several child-friendly activities such as beach volleyball, mini-golf, pedalo boating and much more.