For a memorable holiday with Mother Nature that won’t break the bank, pack your trusty tent and get ready to go wild in Europe. The continent’s diverse mix of landscapes, offering everything from glacial Swedish lakes to rugged French mountains, means happy campers are spoiled for choice when it comes to pitches. The decision simply depends on how you like to spend your time.
Whether you’re looking to cuddle up to cute farm animals in a rustic countryside setting, kayak your way along dramatic coastline or hike through lush forests, here’s where to go camping across Europe in 2018!
Catalonia, Spain - Best for riverside relaxation
Just 200km west of bustling Barcelona, the Matarraña and Ebro rivers converge beneath towering sandy cliffs to form a charming wildlife haven with its own resident campsite. Campsite Port Massaluca earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence with its 10 shady pitches and plentiful opportunities for fishing, kayaking and watching the diverse birdlife that flutter in the rocks overhead. Look out for peregrine falcons, alpine swifts and griffon vultures to name but a few, before indulging in seasonal Catalan cooking at the on-site restaurant.
Ansen, Netherlands - Best for a woodland escape
If you go down to the woods near the Dutch village of Ansen, you can be sure of a peaceful rural experience, far removed from big city life. Just under two hour’s drive from Amsterdam, you can get away from it all at campsites such as D’Olde Kamp, set amongst the trees with a choice of open field camping or more private pitches. While you soak up the serenity and simplicity of country life, you won’t have to compromise on comforts. Touches like the free WiFi, outside pizza oven and delicious fresh bread to order, give this campsite that ‘glamorous camping’ edge.
Auvergne, France - Best for family fun on the farm
Historical Auvergne offers mighty mountain ranges, sun-dappled forest trails and rolling countryside for as far as the eye can see. Renowned for its abundance of natural hot springs, the region also plays host to numerous spa towns, such as Vichy, as well as volcanic lakes and freshwater ponds – all of which make for fantastic day trips with the family. Base yourself at the charming Le Chant-hibou, a small farm with 20 pitches and plenty of activities to keep any little ones in your party occupied.
Uppsala, Sweden - Best for a lakeside retreat
There’s nothing like the crisp, sweet air of Sweden and beautiful Uppsala offers a rural retreat that will have all campers breathing easy. With grassy meadows, mirror-like lakes and little coves where you can swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content, you’ll be well placed to enjoy the very best of Sweden’s Great Outdoors. Just an hour and a half’s drive from Stockholm, Fyrvapplingen Fiskecamp offers 30 lakeside pitches, surrounded by picturesque woodland. The campsite can organise fishing trips, complete with guides and food if required, while an assortment of cycling trails nearby mean you can disappear off into the wilderness for as long as suits.
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