The Best Camping in Europe

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Part 4 Of The Series: The Best Camping Around The World

The Best Camping in Europe is a collection of short essays from some experts in the field.

After all, it would be impossible to survey all of the possible campsites ourselves. So, as we have done in this series, we have petitioned the help of some fellow travel writers.

Note below their suggestions for great camping ideas in Europe. From the shores of Croatia to the islands of Iceland and the UK, these are some great places to explore on your next camping trip, on or off of continental Europe.

Camping Lanterna, Istria

Jürgen & Martina – PlacesofJuma

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Camping Lanterna is located in Istria and is certainly one of the best camping spots in Croatia. It is located near the coastal town of Porec and is especially popular with families, but also with campers looking for something special. 

With a length of almost 3 km of coastline and surrounded by unspoilt nature with wonderfully fragrant pine forests, this campsite is extremely attractive scenically. The pitches are spacious, and on top of that, there are various themed villages with modern furnished mobile homes. 

Brand new are the glamping tents, which especially delight couples. Dog owners also love Camping Lanterna, where pets are allowed to swim on their own dogs-beach sections.  

Another plus is the wide range of leisure activities. Children love the colorful family water park Aquamar Lanterna, where a pirate ship and water slides provide lots of fun. 

While the little ones play, parents can relax by the sea and drink cocktails at the cool beach bar! 

Another highlight of the resort is the beautiful white sandy beach, which gives this region a touch of the Caribbean.

If you would like to explore the area, there are plenty of excursion destinations in the region around the Lanterna campsite: It is definitely worth visiting the harbour town of Pula with its Roman Colosseum. 

Other highlights in the area are the colourful coastal town of Rovinj, and the old town of Porec is also an invitation to enjoy. 

Jürgen & Martina

Amsterdam

by Cynthia and Alexander from Travel Your Memories

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If you are looking for the best campsites around the world, Amsterdam is probably not the first destination that comes to mind. However, you can certainly enjoy great camping here. 

Amsterdam is surrounded by nature and the sea, therefore, you can enjoy a perfect place to camp. You can enjoy nature and also do an amazing city trip to Amsterdam.

Besides the fact that you can enjoy the outdoors and withdraw yourself from all the hectic pace of Amsterdam. 

It is also a lot cheaper than staying in the center of the city. To camp in Amsterdam costs an average of €20 per night with a tent for 2 people. A hotel can easily cost €140 per night.

There are several campsites in Amsterdam, two sites are the best to stay: Camping Vliegenbos and Camping Zeeburg. 

Camping Vliegenbos is located middle of the forest which is beautiful. The biggest advantage is that you are in the center of Amsterdam in 15 minutes by bike. 

The most unique place to stay is Camping Zeeburg because you stay on an island in the Ijmeer. In the evening you relax in the bathhouse water and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

The best thing about this place is that you are in a unique location, you can easily discover one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam is a metropolis where you need a few days to visit the most important attractions. The historic center, the beautiful museums, the famous Dutch painters, the canal belt, the cycling culture, and much more can be enjoyed in Amsterdam. 

In this article: 3 days in Amsterdam itinerary, you can read everything you need to know to have an awesome trip to Amsterdam.

Cynthia and Alexander

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Wing Hall, England

by Susan Petracco

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Wing Hall is a beautiful home with grounds that rival any nature preserve. This traditional English manor home dates to the late 1800s. 

In addition to several types of camping, Wing Hall offers lakes for fishing, a small but well-stocked shop, and a beautiful cafe overlooking a small grassy area with picnic tables. The shop and cafe are only open during warmer months, but the campsite itself is available year-round.

Wing Hall offers several kinds of camping. There are pitches for tents, both with and without electricity. For those that prefer to travel by motorhome or campervan, that can be accommodated as well. 

One of the cutest and comfortable options is to rent one of their Shepherd’s Huts for a weekend of glamping! The campgrounds overlook quaint pastures and gently rolling hills.

The bath house, which is easily reached from the camping areas, is kept clean and functional. There are also coin-operated showers near the main estate.

The site caters to those seeking a peaceful retreat. Families are welcome, and there’s a great old tree with low branches for climbing and a tire swing. 

Noise levels are strictly enforced. As such, you’ll find a clean and quiet camping location surrounded by the lovely English countryside. 

Wing Hall is also a popular location for attendees of the nearby Birdfair, held in Rutland Water, about a mile away. Birdfair is England’s largest birding festival, and is held each August (but was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID)

Susan

Skaftafell National Park Camping

by Suzanne Meandering Wild

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Located on the south coast of Iceland is the massive Vatnajökull National Park.  As you drive the ring road from Reykjavík towards the east the glacier looms ahead for miles and is the dominant feature on the landscape. 

On the southwestern edge of the national park is Skaftafell National Park.  This has a large visitors centre and campsite which is the start of adventures into the surrounding landscape.  From here you can hike to the nearby Svartifoss waterfall or take a guided hike out onto the glacier Skaftafellsjökull.  

There aren’t many campsites that provide this much adventure from the entrance of your tent with stunning mountain views at the same time.

This campsite is one of a number in Iceland that is open year-round and has good facilities including showers and a laundry room.  The site is divided into smaller fields all sheltered from the Icelandic winds by hedges. 

This means that however busy the site is, you will always feel that you are in your own little campsite.  The staff is always on hand to help and make sure that your visit to the campsite is as easy as possible.

 –Suzanne 

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Snowdonia National Park, Wales

by Kerry Hanson from VeggTravel

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Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is a truly breath-taking region in the UK. Not only do you have Mount Snowdon, the largest mountain in Wales, but you have sweeping views of the rural countryside in every direction.

The Snowdonia National Park is vast, stretching over 823 square miles and complete with more than 100 lakes. There are just as many different hikes and trails you can take at varying levels of difficulty. For the adrenaline lover, you will also find the world’s fastest zipline, Velocity 2, and the Zip World Quarry Karts at Penrhyn Slate Quarry deep within the mountains.

Whilst you are technically not permitted to wild camp in Snowdonia national park, there are several camping options in the area. Gwynedd is a popular choice with a variety of camping experiences available. You can choose an authentic experience in a farmer’s field or pick a spot between the beach and the mountains of the Llyn Peninsula. The rugged coastline, rock pools, and mountain coves make this an enviable spot.

Another great choice is in Betws y Coed. The camping options are tucked away from the main centre but close enough to make for an enjoyable evening. This quaint village is beautiful, with a number of lovely traditional Celtic Welsh pubs that really give you a feel for the Welsh heritage.

Wherever you choose to camp, you can be sure that you will have days of spectacular adventures exploring the Snowdonia National Park.

Kerry

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Durdle Door Holiday Park, Dorset, England

by Helen from Helen on her Holidays

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The Jurassic Coast in Dorset, in the south of England, is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. There are lots of fantastic things to do on the Dorset coast, but the top sight is the magnificent natural stone arch at Durdle Door – and you can enjoy fantastic access to it by camping just a short walk away at Durdle Door Holiday Park.

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch, linked to the mainland by a narrow peninsula. There’s a lovely beach below, and lots of fantastic walks in the area, including along the iconic South West Coast Path to nearby Lulworth Cove.

Durdle Door Holiday Park is a family-owned holiday park, right next to the South West Coast Path and only a few minutes’ walk from Durdle Door – in fact, the easiest access to Durdle Door by road is through the site. A stay here means you can enjoy evening walks and sunset overlooking the arch, and the chance to visit in the early morning or evening when there are fewer crowds. 

If you’re planning to bring a tent, you can camp in the Rookery, underneath a canopy of trees with easy access to a woodland walk to the cliffs and Durdle Door. If you have a small camper van, you can enjoy one of the best spots anywhere on the Dorset coast – a sea view pitch right next to the South West Coast Path. 

Helen

Camping in Devon, England

 by Steph and Lewis from Book It Let’s Go!

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Devon is considered to be one of the best places for camping in the UK and indeed the world. Camping in Devon is a budget-friendly holiday for people of all ages. 

There are so many camping options in Devon ranging from minimalist budget campsites on small farmlands that only allow tents to huge family-friendly resorts with static caravans, campervan hook-ups and on-site activities, swimming pools and restaurants to keep the whole family entertained.

Being in England the weather can be unpredictable but the best time to visit is during the summer months between June and September as it tends to be warmer. 

This is also the busiest time of the year so make sure to plan ahead when booking a campsite. For stays longer than a week it’s always worth asking if the campsite offers a reduced rate for a longer stay as many do.

Devon is a beautifully diverse area on the southwest coast of England and is full of amazing things to do from white sandy beaches of the English Riviera to breath-taking views over the rocky Jurassic coastal paths and extensive hikes around the moorlands of Dartmoor national park. 

Devon also has some unique attractions such as the largest model village in Britain at Babbacombe and the highest totally water-powered railway in the world connecting Lynton and Lynmouth which is a must-see for any railway enthusiast.

Wherever you stay in Devon you can’t miss the amazing award-winning seafood platters featuring crab, mussels, and shrimp freshly caught daily by the local fishermen. 

-Steph and Lewis

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Bieszczady Mountains, Poland

by Jakub Juszyński from Tymrazem

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Piotrowa Polana (Peters meadow) is a place with a soul located in the Polish Bieszczady Mountains. It is a campsite, but you will also find camping houses here.

It is located in Wetlina and tourists from all over Poland come there every year. It is not modern, but thanks to that it has something to do with it!

Wetlina is an excellent base for trips to the Bieszczady Mountains. From there you can go straight to Połonina Wysoka (mountain), or go deeper into the mountains and visit the highest peak of the Bieszczady Mountains – Tarnica.

The camping itself is located in the forest, but the meadows just behind the fence offer a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Tourists who choose Piotrowa Polana are kind and friendly.

You can often meet new people while sitting by the fire with a guitar in the evening and singing songs.

If you do not like cooking on your own, in Piotrowa Polana you can eat something in the hostel there. There is also a lot of parking spaces so you can leave your car without problems.

Piotrowa Polana is not a modern place, but sleeping in a tent, evenings by the fire and beautiful views in the morning make up for it all! In Wetlina, very close to the camping site you have to visit Chata Wędrowca (Wanderers Hut) – you can try their perfect local food!

Jakub

Wrap Up

So, what do you think? These are certainly some great places to try.

Whether you live in Europe or are just there for a visit, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the best camping in Europe.

We want to sincerely thank the incredible work from these travel writers. Their experience and perspective gives us a true international taste from natives and tourists alike.

Please take the time to visit each of their websites by following their links. We hope this is an introduction to some new, or at least new to you, experts in travel writing.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of the series.

Part 1 was Bucket List Camping – truly too good to fit into any other category.

Part 2 started us off regionally by exploring the Best Camping in Canada.

Part 3 drove south to find the Best Camping in the United States.

And stay tuned for part 5 coming later this week.

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