What makes a great campsite? Location? Facilities? Activities? Child-friendliness? All of the above? Europe has some amazing campsites which have so much more to offer than just ticking the boxes. Whether you prefer a riverside, lakeside, beach, woodland, countryside or mountain setting, there’s something for everyone with activities ranging from hiking and foraging to rafting and snorkelling. One site even has a petting zoo and offers tractor rides for children. With all this choice, here is a list of ten of the best campsites in Europe.
D’Olde Kamp, Ansen, Netherlands
This woodland site has all the comforts you could ask for while still retaining the rustic charm campers look for. It has farmyard animals that children can feed and pet as well as luxuries like coffee on tap, warm bread to order, an outdoor pizza oven, fire pits and free wifi. Open field camping and more private pitches available.
Le Chant-hibou, Auvergne, France
More animal magic is available at this site with its very own petting zoo. It’s in a flat picturesque countryside setting with some great activities for the kids including face painting, tractor riding, story-telling round the campfire as well as egg collecting and cookie making.
Camping de la Cascade, Coo, Belgium
This campsite is very aptly name as you will indeed ‘coo’ at the cascading water at the nearby village. With a riverside location, this site is great for fishing, swimming, walking and biking and has an on-site bar selling 15 varieties of Belgium beer, all in a beautiful location.
Zur Mühle, Black Forest, Germany
Sometimes the beauty of a place isn’t in the wide variety of activities on offer but in the almost total lack of them. This woodland campsite is peace and tranquillity itself. There’s no clubhouse or play area but there is fresh bread and groceries available to order so it’s a great place to relax. If you do want to get active, there are guided walking tours and cycling routes.
Camping Lindenhof, Bern, Switzerland
For some really breath-taking views, you can’t beat this camping site near Lake Biel with views of the Jura hills. As an ecologically friendly site, it has solar power which also powers the nearby farm and the whole site has its own forest and orchard with apple and cherry trees.
Camping Val d’Or, Enscherange, Luxembourg
Who ever thought to go on a camping holiday in Luxembourg? Well, we’ve all been missing out because this super child-friendly campsite next to the Clerve river has three playgrounds, mountain bikes for hire and its own bar. Not being an obvious choice for camping holidays, it’s not teeming with tourists either.
Camping Carso, Trieste, Italy
Another eco-friendly site, this one is located on a working organic fruit and veg farm where campers can pick their own produce or purchase supplies, local wines and honey from the on-site shop. Its half field, half woodland setting is also very picturesque.
Camping Camino de Santiago, Burgos, Spain
No one expects to find a great relaxing spot on a pilgrim trail but that’s what this site is with an on-site restaurant and delivered fresh-baked goods. It offers guided bird watching, cycling and pilgrim spotting.
Campsite Nature Ferie, Hals, Denmark
Denmark isn’t the obvious choice for a beach holiday but this campsite boasts its own private beach at the northern tip of the country. They hire out bikes for free so people can take full advantage of the amazing scenery. Canoeing and swimming are also available (yeah, we imagine the water’s very cold too).
Fyrvapplingen Fiskecamp, Uppsala, Sweden
Why buy food when you can forage for it? At this campsite, you can forage in the forest and fish in the lake for your dinner that you can then cook on the communal barbeque. Get close to nature in the beautiful location that’s only an hour and half’s drive away from Stockholm.
Whether you want to try one of these campsites or all of them, we’ve got an insurance policy to cover you. For single short trips, our Leisure policies have everything you need and for longer touring trips, we have Backpacker policies to cover those too.