Friday, 05 June 2015

Continental Camping

Pitch your tent at great sites across the Continent

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Holidaying under canvas no longer means pitching a tent in a muddy field. Camping and glamping are now hugely popular, with campsites going all out to attract customers with superb locations and great on-site facilities. Newly published Cool Camping Europe includes a range of wonderful options.

Park Grubhof, near St Martin
The camping section of this big site surrounded by mountain scenery is in a large meadow on the banks of the Saalach in Salzburgerland, with unmarked pitches with electricity or marked hard standings with all hook-ups. Facilities include shower blocks, sauna, spa and gym, restaurant and mini-market. There’s even Wi-Fi access.

From €23.60 per night for two adults, car and tent.

Camping les Ormes, St Etienne de Villeréal
Bring your own tent and choose from 100 pitches on 25 acres of landscaped terrain, or treat yourself to one of the site’s luxurious safari tents. The site has all you need: two large shower blocks, laundry, tennis court, swimming pool and pool bar, Mediterranean-style restaurant and bar. You can even book a massage or a yoga class.

From €12 for pitch and car; adults €8 per night; electricity €5. Safari tents at extra cost.

Camping Antiparos, Antiparos, Cyclades Islands
The facilities here may not be top-notch, but this site enjoys beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Pitch your tent amidst the cedar trees or in the fields. The site has a launderette, mini-mart, bar, plus restaurant serving home-cooked Greek food.

From €6 adults; tent rental €2; car €2 per night.

Il Collaccio, near Preci, Perugia
Hidden away in the Umbrian hills, this site offers stunning mountain views and is perfect for those who love the great outdoors. All pitches have electrical hook-ups, and there are showers, washing machines, two swimming pools, restaurant and shop.

From €6 adults, tent €6 per night.

Travel-Jun05-02-590Camping les Ormes


Lima Escape, Parque de Campismo de Entre Ambosos- Rios, near Lindoso
A gorgeous site on the edge of a national park with the capacity for 400 campers. Accommodation includes two tipis and two bell tents overlooking the River Lima. There are showers, washing machine, snack bar, free Wi-Fi zone, barbecues, shop and regional-cuisine restaurant.

Tents from €3.35; tipi €50; bell tent €60; cars €4 per night.

Forest Days Glamping, Navès, Catalonia
Experience proper glamping in a luxury bell tent in five hectares of woodland and fields. Each sleeps two in a super-king-sized bed, and most have a private ecobathroom with solar-powered shower and composting toilet. The site has an honesty bar, Wi-Fi, central barbecue and a home-cooked dinner can be made for you if required.

From €150 per minimum two-night stay for two, including breakfast.

All of the camping sites mentioned here, and many more, along with the new edition of Cool Camping Europe, £18.95 (also available in book stores), can be found at

Contact Wendy at
Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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