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How the campsite was before?

In the begginning was the campsite…

campingAlthough it must adapt to change, your campsite in Vendee The Ragis strives to keep in mind camping. Camping Spirit? What is the spirit campsite? For the curious, here are a little trip in time… the story of the capsite!

Mom, what’s the campsite?

Définition Camping: Camping is a generic term that refers to both a type of very restrictive vacation where one carries the types of accommodation (tent or caravan) to establish a camp and installed land as a place of temporary accommodation for camping fans. 

Did you know? To fight against a galloping anglicism, the puristes have tried to popularize the term « campisme » at the expense of CAMPING but this attempt actually a flop!

Having experienced a major boom in the 50s, the campsite, the land formerly made available by lucky owners of land on the seafront, the term camping is becoming more professional to become « Outdoor hotel », which covers all activites related to temporary accommodation holiday or second homes.

The Teepee tent Quechua 2 seconds…

The tente is one  of the oldest forms of human habitat. Before being a way for a cheap holiday, the tent is hosting kind of nomads: the teepee and wigwam of Indian and Amerindian,  skin yurt or felt Mongol Central Asia, the Moors khaima Sahara and daboyta Afar African people from the east.

histoire camping vendéeThe tent provides exceptional geographical mobility. The settling of the peoples linked to the development of agriculture will make disappear the tent as permanent house. However, it remains relevant in desert areas and poor where a fixed installation is impossible. By cons, the military tent is the strategic element for fast deployment, it will be widely sought by all armed forces for its exceptional  maneuverability and small footprint, especially as his spartan suits the military rigor.

The explorers of the late nineteenth century, convey the image « of the camp in the bush, » braving the dangers in the wilderness, in an ideal conquest. The tent gives an image of freedom and adventure that is still rooted in people’s minds. Today, advertising wear without moderation of this fantasy of freedom and adventure by associating the convenience and ease of access for all. With the appearance of the tent Quechua 2 seconds, in 1997, the tent becomes an object of disposable consumption! Less than 40 €, it is within the reach of all, no need to know how to ride a tent! It now represents a negligible cost to go on holidays. The camping spirit that be lost?

The ancestor of the caravan

Camping  comes from the Latin « campus » meaning field. « Make campos » in the nineteenth century means the judgement of the school to the crops.

In the review of the « Touring Club of France », Lucien Baudry de Saunier in 1898 refers to a type of accommodation « walls off »: mobile homes, drawn by horses, English aristocrats went around their huge land making stops to sleep: the ancestor of the caravan.

In 1903, the editor of the sports magazine Auto speak of « camping » to refer to sports camps of the « Association of Cycle Campers ».

The concepts of freedom, mobility, functionality are the key concepts of this vacation mode.


Before the First World War, the campsite is reserved for well-off people who play sports in nature: canoeing, hiking or mountain biking. The tourist accommodation are weak, the tent is the most convenient way to step. In the 1900s, the essort hygienist movement gives rise to a myriad of associations: the « Cooperative Tour », the « French Club camping », the « Touring Club of France », « Campers de France ». The first camp sites are often managed by former Colonial. The campsite is experiencing a boom after the First World War, social classes are less compartmentalized. The campsite structure with large organizations that popularized the concept through publications and guides. It is not yet speaks of « camping » but recreational rest areas develop nearby tourist spots. Also, the scout movement, which wants to train youth, popularized the camp under canvas and a lifestyle closer to nature.

The campsite is becoming popular

In 1936, the first paid holidays democratize the holidays for the working classes. The first destination is the French Riviera, Charles Trenet reflects this passion in his song: « National 7 ». West of France and Vendée in Particular, as a holiday destination arrive later. Holidays in Vendée attract audiences leaking saturation of tourist attendance in the South of France. Despite the break of the Second World War, the practice of camping will slow down more. There are families on holiday.

Vendée, the first department of the campsite.

You heard right! The Vendée is the first department to the many of campsites’s rental. The explanation of the Vendée as the first department to campsites is also explained by the significant growth in the 60-70s holiday centers for children and adolescents belonging to cities or committees of companies. The mild climate of the Vendee associated with its proximity to Paris are explained development. Its central location and its climate has definitely won the british tourists, inventors of the mobile home. Many have chosen to spend their holiday enchoisissant second home, a mobile home in Vendée.

camping vendée bord de merAt that time, no code is erected and camping called « wild » is allowed, it wasn’t until 1950 that the first licenses appear. A decree limiting in wild campsite will be enacted in 1959 to channel the growing influx of campers. The craze is such that in the 1960s, the « campsites » fail to absorb the bulk of vacationers who flock to the beaches.  The concessions of the campsite’s area  multiply and the purchase of private land close to the sea. The first campsite in the Vendée appear.

Back on the history of the camp: the practice of camping-carvanning

in the 1950s, in Britanique appear the firt « mobil-home » to replace the caravans. Originally used to overcome the lack of accommodation of the destruction of buildings by bombs on the 2nd World War, the mobil homes have gradually emerged as the ideal holiday. In the 1970s the fashion caravan crossed « la Manche » to storm traditional campsite which now host the followers of the canvas on one side and on the other of the mobil-home. Campsite’s managers see it as a way to develop a new offer for new audiences who rented hard.

Nostalgia: the folding caravan in Trigano 1972!

 The caravan TRIGANO in 1971 : advertising !  The caravan ADRIA in 1984

Camping at resort

The result, in 30 years we’ve gone from traditional camping in the vacation’s village: Mobil home, bungalow, cottage, chalet are now the new names of these recreational temporary residences for holidays. The financial windfall provided by the consumer marketing of mobile home campsites allowed to invest in leisure facilities and quality of service.

The Ragis, campsite offers you today’s mobile home in vendee with swimming pool.

location mobil home vendée avec piscine Different manufacturers of mobile home make a fierce competition to provide maximum comfort and choice ingenuity. To attract their clientele, we saw progressively campsite equipped with swimming pools and water parks with slides, indoor pools, snack / bar, restaurant, mini-golf … not forgetting the entertainment services, rank of vacation’s village with services worthy of  Mediterranean Clubs: this is the new era of hospitality outdoors. These residential  parks become devoted structures  to leisure and holidays and develop a full range of services: catering, entertainment, water feature with indoor pool, leisure and security.

Des nouvelles tendances s’installent:  l’hébergement insolite avec l’apparition de cabanes dans les arbres, de roulottes, tipis et autres yourtes de camping. Tout est fait pour que le vacancier soit dépaysé et vive une expérience nouvelle ou un concept de séjour authentique. Au Ragis, le côté retour aux sources est présent dans l’aspect camping à la ferme avec la mini-ferme et la balade en charrette avec l’ânesse Chocolatine.

New trends are installed: the unusual accommodation with the appearance of tree houses, the caravan, the teepee and the other yurts. Everything is done so that the holiday give a change of scenery and and live a new experience or concept of authentic trip. In Ragis, the return side sources is present in appearance camping at the farm with the mini-farm and a walk on cart with donkey Chocolatine.

Back to basics

After years of modernization both in the choice of design than that of materials, there is a tendency in recent years to the traditional camping with a return to the traditional tent and caravan on our campsites in Vendée particular. We hope this article you learned a little about the history of the camping. Book quickly to make campisme to Ragis and rent a location close to the sea or one of our mobile home!

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