Camping is an increasingly popular holiday choice, particularly for families. Organised campsites tend to be the preferred choice with their excellent range of facilities from wash blocks to on-site shops not to mention the range of activities on offer from swimming pools to kids clubs. However with so much to choose from where should you go?
France remains a very popular choice for camping. It is easily accessible from the UK with a variety of ferry crossings for those taking their own camping equipment or their own car. Alternatively you can fly and hire a car and tent with all the equipment you need. France has a huge range of very well equipped campsites. It also has a hugely varied terrain and you can have practically any type of holiday you like there - beaches, mountains, outdoors or cultural - France offers it all and has a range of campsites to choose from for each. For many then, France is first choice for a European camping holiday.
However camping is also popular in a number of other European countries. Italy is a great choice for camping. The climate in the summer is ideal for camping with warm days and nights and not much significant rainfall. It has a long and varied coastline ideal for exploring from a canvas base. Italian food with an emphasis on pasta is ideally suited to cooking on limited camping equipment.
Slovenia is an increasingly popular choice for those with young children in particular. It is very family friendly and has wonderful and varied scenery. It is known for campsites set in the woods amongst the stunning backdrop of the Julian mountains. Visitors can often try their hand at various outdoor sports such as kayaking, rock climbing or simply trekking from the tranquillity of the campsites.
Germany has a more varied climate than France and Italy and is not so reliable for sun, particularly in the North. However the South, particularly Bavaria generally has warm summers, ideal for camping. The Alps start in Bavaria and there is a great deal of beautiful countryside to choose from with a wide range of outdoor pursuits including hiking and cycling. Camping offers a great chance to sample this.
Spain is generally more renowned for sun and sea packages and staying in hotels than camping. Resorts such as Benidorm have become very popular, particularly with the British. With 4 miles of beaches and a wide range of Benidorm hotels
to choose from who can blame them? However Spain also offers good campsites, particularly in the popular costa regions. You can enjoy the excellent beaches and climate but enjoy the freedom and fun of a campsite.