Travelling provides many of us with a sense of freedom that we are unable to find anywhere else, it can help boost our happiness levels, reduce stress, and allows us to experience different ways of living. One major thing many of us notice when we travel, is how rewarding it feels and how it expands the mind – quite literally. Even if you’re one to enjoy the sun, or you’re one for adventures, good long hikes in nature, travelling has something to offer everyone, no matter your preference.
At first glance, when we think of camping it’s woodlands, darkness, a can of baked beans, and maybe marshmallows burning over an open fire. This might not sound too thrilling for those of us who need a bit of sun, and panoramic views of mountains in the middle of Spain for example, but camping does offer much more than you think. If you’re ready to listen, we’re ready to tell you how!
Camping lets you dive deeper into the outside world, and with lots of fresh air you’ll be able to experience wondrous scents, incredible views and well, plenty of exercise. We know how stressful and time consuming booking a holiday overseas can be, especially when there’s planes and transfers involved, whereas camping and camp sites leaves all of that stress at home. Unless you’re one for organisation and strict daily plans, there is no place to be at any certain time. You don’t need to have lunch at the open buffet at noon, no time frame on when you participate in certain activities – you can choose!
In addition to the few points above, camping also gives you the opportunity to unplug and disconnect, build relationships and confidence within yourself and those around you. Whether you’re contemplating the road trip you discussed with a group of friends last year but never got round to doing anything with it, or you want to make the most out of the new or used caravan you bought a few years back! It provides a truly refreshing break you’ll remember for years to come.
Now that we’ve briefly touched upon the major benefits of camping, we’ve compiled a magnificent list of our top favourite campsites in Europe and don’t worry, we have a selection to suit all!
#1 Camp In The Netherlands
Location: D’Olde Kamp, Ansen, Netherlands
If one of your favourite places seems to be the Netherlands, and you’re looking for a change from the bustling streets of Amsterdam, this woodland camp site offers a range of benefits. It possesses a beautiful countryside location, with field camping available, or if you’re looking for something a bit more private, they cater to that too. You can make new friends with the animals on site, from chickens, rabbits, donkeys, goats and more!
If you’re not feeling a tent, they also have huts and treehouses to accommodate, which is definitely something we recommend you experience at least once. The camp is situated in the lovely village of Ansen, between the green villages of Ruinen and Dwingleoo in Southwest Drenthe.
#2 Explore Belgium From a Different Angle
Location: Camping de la Cascade, Coo, Belgium
Are you a lover of running, cycling, canoeing or any other outdoor activity that can get your pulse racing? The riverside camp site in Belgium sites on the Ambleve river in the Ardennes. This is a region best known for it’s magical forests, rolling hills, and hiking trails. If you stay here, it’s your very own little landscape for you to explore and do as you please – whether it’s a nice lengthy walk at sunset, fishing, biking, or swimming. If the outstandingly beautiful landscapes and views were not enough, you can also enjoy the on site bar and choose from 15 Belgium beers!
#3 The Coastal Campsite of Croatia
Location: Camp Vala, Mokalo, Croatia
Camp Vala is a small but charming coastal campsite that boasts wonderful mountain views, nature and of course, beaches and the sea. It is the perfect escape for those who like a bit of everything, and are looking for a well rounded holiday trip. Located on site is a beach bar for you to quench your thirst after swimming, walking, hiking, or bike riding, as well as an onsite restaurant so you can savour local cuisine.
Croatia is a beautiful country that offers something for everyone, no matter the preference. And to top that, the flights can be cheap unless you’re planning a road trip!
Cornish Tipi Camping
Cornwall is a UK hotspot for British holidaymakers, and Cornish Tipi Camping is a spectacular place to start if you’re visiting Cornwall for the first time. It boasts a stunning fishing and swimming lake, gorgeous tipi’s and tent pitches which are spacious, and of course, beaches nearby which are considered some of the best in the UK. You can pick whatever pitch you want, whether it’s a private, secluded space away from crowds, or a spot best for catching some rays. This campsite is suitable for tents, and campervans.
#5 Three Cliffs Bay in South Wales
Location: Three Cliffs Bay, South Wales
Among the best British beaches, Three Cliffs Bay is one to set your sights on. A holiday park is nearby for you to put up your tent, or get your caravan all geared up ready to take on the brisk Welsh breeze. If you’re looking for something a bit more comfortable, especially when it’s not summer season, there are also cottages available to rent which provide a lovely homely feel, fully equipped. Three Cliffs Bay beach is a must have experience, with a beautiful shoreline, salt marsh and limestone cliffs, you can spend an evening watching the sunset or taking a stroll along the coast.