We've just had a long weekend away with our camper not travelling too far from home. Herself tripped recently and broke a bone in one foot (5th metatarsal apparently) so we couldn't go any where which necessitated long walks. First night at Labastide d'Armagnac, just an hour down the road. Simple, spacious aire with a vidange and water right on the edge of the village. Eight vans in for the night, room for many more. Couple of hundred metres to the "place", very pretty with a pizzeria, creperie and more high class restauarant. Nice village to wander around. Good food and well recommended stop for a night or so. Close to a "voie verte" on an old railway line which makes for easy cycling (another time definitely). Second night, Sunday, in Barbotan les thermes, only 14kms if you drive directly but nice to wander around the countryside a bit. In the town camper vans are welcome at one end of the main carpark. It is apparently "payant" at night but as the tourist office wasn't open...., how upsetting!
Again very handy for short walks in the town or local parks with plenty of cafes, etc. Also a casino which seemed to be popular with many of the camper vanists. Third night, again after a little wander around was at Fources. Only 28kms by direct road from Barbotan. Very pretty little bastide with a good "aire" for about a dozen vans just on the edge of the village. Two minutes walk to the centre. Again a couple of good eating places and nice scenery, many antique and craft shops.
This was a great weekend, apart from the weather, to stay local and enjoy short walks and easy access to villages and towns for those who can't manage distances. Total cost of overnights, zero. Food and drink, reasonably priced. Happy travelling this summer! Any more ideas, please post.