Taking a family camping holiday to Europe is a great way to get some quality time in a foreign country with the kids, and without the expense and hassle of a package holiday booking. Choosing a campsite from hundreds of miles away is a tough task though, so we’ve picked five of the best European family campsites for you to make your job easier.
1. Domaine des Alicourts, Loire, France
Nestled in the sleepy eastern end of the gorgeous Loire region, this is a campsite where you and your family will find plenty to keep you busy. With its own lake for swimming, fishing and canoeing as well as an onsite aqua park, you’d better pack your togs if you’re heading here. There is also a huge playground, crazy golf, an onsite spa and even a ‘baby paradise’ for the little ones.
2.Tartaruga, Zante, Greece
With a beauteous cliff-side location above the Ionian Sea, this campsite has to have one of the best views in the world to wake up to. The capital of Zakynthos is only a short distance away, with all the expected amenities and various tours. Of course, you can just stay at the campsite and enjoy the beach, where you’ll often find turtles visiting from nearby Turtle Island.
3.Camping Le Frene, Les Gets, France
If your idea of camping is more about getting in touch with nature than getting the kids out of your hair, this campsite offers are real back-to-basics experience.
Set 1,300m up the Alps in an amazing location (with views of Mont Blanc on clear days), this is a haven for nature lovers and mountain bikers. Due to being around 2km up a steep road, the site is only suitable for tents and smaller motorhomes.
4.Camping Son Bou, Menorca, Spain
With a choice of conventional camping or plastic bungalow tents already erected for you, this is a popular choice for families wanting to see the best of the Balearics.
The nearby Son Bou beach is one of Menorca’s finest, and the surrounding areas offer endless opportunities for cycling, canoeing, surfing and water skiing, and onsite there are facilities to play football, volleyball and explore the green space. There is a big kiddies play area, as well as a swimming pool and a miniature village.
5.Bella Italia, Lake Garda, Italy
Perched on the edge of Lake Garda, Bella Italia is a popular family hangout, perfect for kids of all ages. The campsite is within easy reach of the cities of Verona, Milan and Manuta, and on site there are tennis courts, kids’ clubs, a paradisical sandy beach and one of the biggest waterparks in the area.
Wherever you choose to take your family camping this season, make sure you book through a certified travel agent or tour operator to avoid disaster later on. If you decide to book with the holiday park directly, make sure they are a well-established and reputable company, and check for other visitor reviews before making your decision.