With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to go camping. Whether deep in the woods among the trees, on the beach by the waves or in a field with a view of the stars, camping is a great way to have an adventure at an affordable price. Camping is also an exciting activity for families, backpackers, couples, solo travelers and groups. From hiking to swimming to roasting marshmallows, camping provides fun activities for everyone. If you’re planning to camp in Europe, these campsites are bound to provide an adventurous experience and create lasting memories.
1. Comrie Croft Eco Hostel and Camping – Crieff, Scotland
Located between Crieff and Comrie in Scotland’s highlands, Comrie Croft is great for those looking to be environmentally friendly. This hostel and campsite has five sleeping options, including a large building for groups, a farmhouse hostel and homemade kata tents with furniture and a wood-burning stove. There are facilities and showers close by for those who choose to camp in tents or the katas. When it comes to things to do, there’s no shortage, with hiking and biking, local events and festivals, and a farm shop and tea garden. Comrie Croft also serves as a venue for group events and weddings.
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2. Camping le Cormoran – Normandy, France
Camping le Cormoran is a great campsite in France for history buffs, located less than 100 feet from the D-day landing beaches and near Sainte-Mère-Église. This campsite is also perfect for those who love the water, with unique activities such as horse-riding on the beach, sea-hiking, and aqua-biking. If you’re looking to relax after a long day of visiting museums or the beach, Le Cormoran has numerous heated pools. The accommodations range from mobile home rentals, camping pitches with or without electricity and sanitary blocks, and a premium pitch with a private shower and bathroom, providing various options for every kind of camper.
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3. Camping San Michele – Levanto, Liguria, Italy
In between the Italian towns of Monterosso al Mare and Levanto is an ideal campsite for those looking to rest among the trees. Camping San Michele is close to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of five coastal villages surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and orchards. The campsite can host caravans and tents, and each plot has access to electricity. There are plenty of hiking trails including one just over a mile to Levanto’s center, providing access to bars, restaurants, and of course, the beach. Also nearby is the Sanctuary of Soviore, a historic church from 1300.
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4. Makis Camping – Kamares, Sifnos, Greece
If you’re looking to explore the islands of Greece, Makis Camping is a must-visit. Visitors can choose between camping outdoors in a tent or staying in quaint apartments. For those who choose the apartments, there is access to Wi-Fi, laundry, satellite TV, and a cleaning service, and for the campers there is also Wi-Fi, as well as electricity points, hot water services, and a communal cooker. Nearby is the beach, a port, and plenty of historic hiking trails with monasteries and mines, which you can hike on your own or with a guided tour.
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5. Clifden EcoBeach Camping and Caravanning Park – Clifden, Ireland
For another beachy camping experience, make sure to visit Clifden EcoBeach Camping and Caravanning Park. Noted for being Ireland’s first Climate Neutral accommodation, this campsite is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and is close to the Twelve Bens mountain range. Clifden EcoBeach is also well-known for its Machair ecosystem, which is part of the EU Habitats Directive. Campers can engage themselves with a variety of ocean activities, from swimming to scuba diving to boating. Visitors can set up their motorhome, caravan or tent in plots with private campfires, and the campsite guarantees dry plots, even in wet weather.
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