Finding a good accommodation is a top priority for every traveller and many choose staying the night in nature, under the stars. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons, although the nice weather and higher temperatures are always welcome. To experience certain places to the fullest, there is no better thing than camping, so if this is your kind of an outdoor activity, we present you with 10 great campsites in Europe.
1) Camping La Pointe, Brittany, France
This campsite is situated in the woodlands as a central campsite of the Brittany region and a great base for exploring the surroundings. Find a perfect spot in nature, in the wooded area or by the stream, and if you’re lucky, you might spot wild animals such as deer or squirrel. The campsite is fully equipped when it comes to sanitary facilities and it also offers basic kitchen facilities and contains a communal room where you can relax sitting, reading or playing table tennis. The owners also have their garden and sell their homegrown products, as well as fresh bread and pastry from the local patisserie. The outdoor activities you can try in this area are fishing, cycling or hiking.
2) D’Olde, Ansen, Netherlands
Families and friends who really want to relax can find peace in D’Olde campsite situated in the countryside, between the villages Ruinen and Dwingeloo. The National park Dwingelderveld is like a garden where you can enjoy walking or cycling. This site offers a truly pure nature with plenty of domestic animals to keep you company, but it doesn’t lack many benefits of modern life such as great restaurants, fresh coffee and bread and free Wi-Fi. Dogs are allowed, as well as horses! The area of Drenthe is heaven for horse riders with 57 kilometers of marked riding tracks.
3) Lake Garda, Italy
The largest lake in Italy is one of the favorite places for camping and there are various options on offer, from campervans and mobile homes to free spaces. The lake is so big that it is not the same whether you’re staying in the northern or southern part of it. Southern shore is more quiet and peaceful with flat scenery while northern one gets closer to the Alps with splendid mountains surrounding it. The lake is a heaven for adrenaline seekers and everyone else who wants an active holiday. Choose between simple hiking and cycling to windsurfing, parasailing and rock climbing. Among the top suggestions are Desenzano Camping Village and Lago di Garda Camping, both very well equipped with many well-maintained facilities and additional activities such as excursions, sport courts, food and wine itineraries and more.
4) Le Clos du Lac, Provence, France
At an altitude of almost 1500 meters, nature lovers can find a true paradise situated by one of the most beautiful natural parks in France. Being close to the lake Saint-Apollinaire, the area around offers fishing and swimming as top activities along with hiking. Also, the campsite provides additional activities such as mini-golf, table tennis and volleyball. The diverse surrounding nature is unspoilt with crystal clear waters and unpolluted air. Visit a botanical garden, a home to various types of butterflies and simply enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding nature.
5) Tartaruga, Zakynthos, Greece
This campsite is situated in the very South of the famous Bay of Laganas, few meters above the white pebble beach. The campsite is in form of the terraces and it contains more than 700 planted trees, mostly olive trees, which bring shade throughout the year. The hosts Anna and Veit will delight you with their hospitality and super-delicious Greek specialties. Obviously, this location is a true paradise for summer holidays since the beach is calling for swimming and sunbathing. If, by any chance, you get tired of such peace and tranquility, remember that Laganas is also the main party spot on Zakynthos, so finding a place for a good night out is very easy.
6) Camino de Santiago, Burgos, Spain
More and more people are deciding to try the unique experience of walking the Camino de Santiago. Although many believe this is a challenging venture, the truth is you don’t have to be an expert in hiking to do this. As the journey lasts for days, it requires a proper rest at night, and even though there are different types of accommodation on offer, most people decide for sleeping in a tent. In this case, there are no facilities and activities on offer, but if you decided to go on such an adventure, than this is simply a part of the full package for a truly unique experience.
7) Mala Milna, Hvar, Croatia
Hvar island is definitely on the list of top islands to visit in Europe, but not the whole island is a party hub. If looking for a perfect summer escape in nature, by the gorgeous beach while not being surrounded by hundreds of people, than Mala – Milna is a great option. Located near the small settlement Milna, it provides a true peace while the famous tourist center, Hvar Town, is only 4 kilometers away. The campsite is well equipped and contains various facilities including different renting services, outdoor grill, laundry service and much more. You can find a bakery and several restaurants nearby.
8) Oldevatn, Olden, Norway
Visiting a fjord is on the bucket list of every lover of the northern landscapes, therefore Oldevatn, a campsite set by the lake of the same name, is truly idyllic. It is situated in a small village Olden, approximately halfway between Bergen and Trondheim. The area is surrounded by impressive mountains and glaciers. Besides the options in the pure nature, the campsite offers a variety of activities, focusing on all ages. You will find water activities and playgrounds, the hosts will also introduce you with hiking options and there is a possibility to rent a bike. The campsite has many modern features such as free Wi-Fi, and in the morning, you get a fresh breakfast.
9) Terme Čatež, Slovenia
For the ultimate relaxation, Slovenia offers well-known Summer and Winter Thermal Riviera where you can enjoy plenty of activities, as well as the benefits of the thermal water. The campsite is very well-equipped and it doesn’t matter whether you arrive in the summer or winter. In a wide selection of water sports and activities anyone can find something for themselves, including small children. Besides being active, the focus is on relaxation so there are many wellness options. Also, hosts of the campsite have monthly animation program that definitely won’t leave you bored.
10) Douro Valley, Porto, Portugal
Enchanting Douro Valley is a ‘must-see’ if arriving in Portugal. The breathtaking scenery of one of the most ancient wine regions in the world is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you see the idyllic terraces, the desire to stay overnight gets stronger. You can decide between several campsites such as Lamego or Quinta das Corujeiras, both set in the heart of the stunning nature. The campsites are well-equipped and contain various facilities but the site is definitely suitable for those who simply want to relax in this unique destination.