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These days, leaving urban towns and civilisation for the wilderness is not your typical camping holiday. With finances tight for many right now, the idea of staying in a luxury hotel in a hot climate is not an option. Camping in Europe allows you freedom to roam, be active and discover the local culture. From Scottish camping to camping holidays in Sweden, the whole family can have fun together, with as much fresh, clean air as you can handle. With several types of accommodation and hundreds of activities to choose from, this can all be done on a budget.
If you plan on holidaying with children, camping is ideal. People who have been camping before appreciate its upsides, from the fresh air to the freedom of hotel meal schedules. Travelling by car, you can bring all of your personal belongings rather than limiting this by travelling by plane. You won’t make friends faster than on a campsite whilst barbecuing, having a glass of wine or simply just talking whilst walking around.
Almost all over Europe, there is a well supported network of campsites and camping holiday providers offering comfort and convenience. There are vaguely three types of camping; the traditional ‘bring your own tent’, upscale and luxury - often referred to as glamping holidays (glamorous camping!). The type of camping you select depends mainly on your budget and personal style.
Most sites are located near points of interest such as beaches, lakes or major tourist attractions and usually include a convenience store, swimming pool and reception; many larger sites also include children’s entertainment. The amenities of a campsite however often depend of the campsite size. Before you go, most campsites will provide camping advice and a camping checklist to make sure your holiday is as successful as possible. It is always a good idea to take the relevant camping gadgets with you just incase they're not supplied by your campsite; these can be found on Campr.co.uk.
For camping in a tent, most campsites do not provide the tents and customers are advised to bring their own. Most will however provide sanitary facilities as well as power outlets and even TV receptacles, and pitches are kept to a certain size and distance from the neighbours. It is essential to camp in a proper listed campsite; you cannot pull into a field and hope for the best, it is usually illegal and strongly discouraged.
If you are travelling with a mobile home and want to stay mobile, you'll find a lot of holiday parks abroad ranging in price offering similar comforts to luxury hotels. Basic standards include toilets, shower enclosures and power outlets. Many offer courier services to rid of your waste and replenish your water and gas supplies if applicable. Sites that offer mobile home holidays are nowadays very common in Europe and within tourist a region, it will be hard not to find one.
So far the standard type of European campsites have been mention however, if you’re looking for something a little different, keep reading...
For those looking for a smaller, quieter campsite why not visit Italy. Camping Il Falcone is a small-scale campsite with a swimming-pool situated close to Corbara Lake between Orvieto and Todi; a fifteen miute walk from Civitella del Lago. Il Falcone offers peace and quiet located in the middle of an olive orchard, with stunning view over Corbara Lake. The site is surrounded by woods and all facilities are modern and clean.
For a more green and active camping holiday in Italy try Camping Michelangelo in Tuscany. This campsite is appreciated for its natural environment and its tranquillity, where it is possible to rest and enjoy the countryside, taking walks and bike rides.
Parc St Vincent offers a relaxing retreat for those who want to escape the bustle of their normal routines. Found in the picturesque countryside of Lot et Garonne in the middle of the wine region between the Périgord and Bordelais.
Camping Le Fournet is a 10 acre site with 6 pitches, each having a 10amp electricity supply for caravans, motor-homes and tents, giving plenty of space for each emplacement for the peace and tranquillity this site has to offer. With the grounds bordered by the famous River La Charente, and having it's own private stretch of the river bank, it is ideal for course fishing.
If you are looking for a tranquil holiday on an adult only campsite we recommend you check out AdultCampsites.com a directory of campsite in the UK and Europe catering for adults only.
For camping in a hotter climate, try Greece. Areti Camping & Bungalows is well known for its quiet, peaceful and relaxing environment. It is family operated and equipped with all modern comforts. Located along two beautiful beaches, amidst olive trees, eucalyptus and pine groves that extend to the sea, this campsite is ideal for sun and sea worshippers. Driving may not be an option however the campsite is situated only 80 miles from the airport.
Camping Planik is located in an oasis of untouched nature and the peace of century old pines. This campsite is situated in Razanac, Croatia and therefore enjoys summer-long sunshine of high temperatures. The main beach is situated only 300m from the campsite where children can play and adults can relax.
If you're looking to visit Venice but can't afford city hotel prices, camping is the answer! Camping Cavallino is a great campsite located directly on the beach, is only 30miles north or Venice and enjoys the long summer Italian sun. For families, there is plenty to do in the site itself, with lots of swimming pools, restaurants, bars and bike hire.
Away from the norm of tents and mobile homes, companies are now offering alternative camping accommodation. Camp Spirit offer holidays on uninhabited islands in the middle of untouched nature with magnificent views of the Netherlands. With accommodation ranging from tipis to yurts, you can experience something new with every comfort included.
From bunkhouse to roundhouse, Marthrown of Mabie offer unique and unusual styles of accommodation, catering for groups of any type or size in the south of Scotland.
As its name suggests, Nomadic Camping is a campsite directory offering holidays with a difference. Covering the United Kingdom to the north of Africa, visit this website and enter the world of majestic tipi retreats and beautiful airstreams.
Have as many homely comforts with you as you travel with a Spaceship Campervan. Campervan Hire UK and Europe offer the newest campervans to arive in Britain. With everything you need custom-designed to fit in a compact space, including great features such as a DVD player, cookers, fridge, double bed etc, you'll be able to explore Europe in style.
Looking for camping near to a pub, no need to drive with these site listed on the website pubcampsites.com. Each campsite is just a short stroll to the pub, check out Pub Campsites for a great selection of pubs in the UK with campsites.
For a totally different experience, enjoy the freedom of a Naturist Holiday!
Personal reviews and advice on all things camping:
My Favourite Campsite provides an on-line facility for campers and caravanners to share their interest in the active forums, as well as being a useful resource for information camping related. Their free maps and downloadable satnav system provides over 7,000 UK and European campsites for you to choose from.
www.365campingcaravanning.com allows you to chat to others as well as view personal reviews and opinions on all things camping.
The World is one big adventure playground for Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil. Check out The Planet D for all of their travel experiences including camping in Europe.
www.thecampingforum.co.uk allows campers in UK and Europe to chat and get advice about all aspects of camping, tents, campsites and all that camping has to offer.
Suncamp holidays campings are specialists in camping tours and camp sites with over 40 years experience. They have selected the best campsites in16 different countries and guarantee that every site is child friendly.
Scottish Camping.com is a great directory of all the touring campsites and caravan parks in Scotland. With over 500 campsites listed including a map and an online store, this is the leading online guide for those who wish to camp in Scotland.
Ecofriendlytourist.com - The user-friendly guide to green holidays. Packed with ideas and information on where to go, how to get there and things to do while you’re away.
Visit AvailablePitch.com for innovative and easy-to-use online directory of camp sites and caravanning sites with vacant touring pitches, late availability and last minute pitches at hundreds of camping sites and caravan parks in England, Scotland and Wales.
Best camping resources
Myfamilyholidays.com have collated independent campsite reviews and information to help you choose the holiday park or campsite that suits your family. With campsites and parks listed across Europe, this is a fantastic resource to help make your holiday one to remember.
Campingtips.org – You’re Source for camping tips.
Perfect Pitch Magazine is an online camping magazine, a great resource for camping including a directory and inspirational articles on all things camping. With all the festivals coming up over the next few months, make sure you take a look at their festivals page packed with fun pictures, information and advice.
Camping Europe is also an excellent resource. This book will help you easily make your decision about where and when to go camping in Europe.
www.luvcamping.com - from articles and tips to all your camping supplies, this site is here to help you with all your camping needs.
Camperlands is one of the UK's leading retailers of camping equipment and outdoor accessories. Their website includes a comprehensive and secure online shopping facility, which offers many of the camping, caravan and motorhome accessories you'll need for your holiday!