Europe is the perfect place for camping. You can drive for an hour and be in the next country. Drive for eight hours and you’ll get from Amsterdam to Prague, the destination of your next big party perhaps? Not only are the countries are all within close proximity, the landscape invites you to linger and enjoy. Check out these 10 awesome places to camp in Europe and why we love them.
The countryside is often overlooked by the average city tourist, and so camping gives adventurous travellers a kinder, slower image of a country. Untouched, peaceful – a slice of foreign heaven, tucked neatly between the pines and firs of forests. So next time you’re travelling, why not look into something more rural and experience life the way the locals do. Remember, camping is also a great way to save money on accommodation (the more money for shopping and sight-seeing, the better).
Here is a list of the top ten best campsites in Europe.
10 awesome places to camp in Europe: Son Bou Menorca Camping, Spain
This place is more like “glamping” (which is basically luxurious camping). The grounds include a playground, pool, and tennis court. The grounds are situated between a pine tree forest and an island, and guests have the option of tent camping or hiring cabins. Other activities include hiking, bicycle hire, canoeing, surfing, water skiing and horseback riding, just to name a few.
Chateau de Monfreville, France
This is some serious old fashioned field camping on the west coast of France. They have no space for camper vans, caravans or pets – so be prepared to set up your tent! However, the property does come equipped with a natural hot tub and swimming pond and fire pits for those toasty campfires you’ve always dreamed of having. Get in quickly though, because space is limited to only 25 tents at a time. Intimate!
Make sure you check out The Roulotte is a beautiful old Irish gypsy caravan modified to allow for as much space as possible. With one double and two single beds, the roulotte sleeps up to four people plus a small berth perfect for a toddler. The double bed folds away as a lounge for a comfy dining area during the day. There’s also no need to live out of your bag as there is plenty of hanging space and cupboards included. The wash area is separate with hot showers and toilets provided in the cellar of the chateau on site.
Weichselbrunn campgrounds, Bodenwöhr, Germany
Ranked as one of the best camping grounds in Europe, the Weichselbrunn is located amongst a lakeside forest, with beautiful scenery at your doorstep. At the camp site you can hire bicycles, go hiking, fishing, swimming and canoeing. If you aren’t up for pitching a tent, they offer cabins and also have space for campervans and caravans on site.
Valle Santa Maria Camping, Tuscany (Elba), Italy
Imagine pitching your tent right beside the beautiful white beaches of Italy. If that is your dream then this is your place! You can play tennis, go swimming, soak up the sun, hire bicycles, go hiking or simply just spend an evening at the bar with friends at this campsite. Pitching a tent seems worth it when dazzling Italian beaches are calling your name!
Half Island River Camp, Buna, Bosnia
Tucked away in untouched parts of Europe this camp site, located on the edge of the Buna River is just a few kilometres from the town of Buna, one of the largest and most beautiful cities of Europe. You can pitch (and hire) tents, go swimming and fishing at this camp site. The grounds at this site are simple, but don’t be put off by that. Go and immerse yourself in the trees, the river and make sure to visit Buna, you won’t be disappointed.
Lake Shkodra Resort, Shkoder, Albania
A family orientated resort and camping ground for those of us who travel on a budget. Albania is a country almost untouched by tourists, with gleaming natural beauty unlike any other. This campsite is located on a lake and has an on-site bar and restaurant (who wants to cook on holiday?), fishing, canoeing and a private beach with sun beds and umbrellas are all available. For only €4.50 for an adult, what’s not to love?
Camping Zasavica, Serbia
A relatively new camping ground, the Zasavica is located in an area surrounding the Special Nature Reserve, which can be visited by boat or pedestrian tours organised at the campsite. The campsite has the with the capacity to hold motor homes, caravans and tents.
Camping Obstgarten, South Tyrol, Italy
A camping ground located within luscious orchards in the North of Italy. Picture rolling green hills and paddocks – that’s what you get here. The grass is really greener on the other side (of the world!). The grounds also have their own personal natural swimming pond and children’s playground.
Kattegat Strand Camping, Aalborg, Denmark
Located 2km from the small fishing village of Oster Hurup, this camping ground boasts charm and is surrounded by beautiful beaches and coastal grassland. The campsite is large, with approximately 600 pitches and has a large range of activities including fishing, swimming and ballgames. If that isn’t your cup of tea, take a visit into Oster Hurup for boutique shopping and alfresco dining.
Camping Lindlbauer, Bavaria (Konigssee), Germany
Recently opened, this campsite now hosts home to 80 spaces for motor homes, caravans and tents alike. It is located in the Bavarian landscape, on the outskirts of Inzell. Camping Lindlbauer, unlike many of its competitors, is equally as popular in winter, with snowfall making it look uniquely picturesque against the mountain backdrop. Visit at any time of year; especially winter to enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows beside a winter wonderland campfire.