So, I’ve gone a bit travel mad on the blog this month and it seems I’ve unintentionally written a little European campsite miniseries. By now you’ll know that we love this kind of holiday. We’re fans of the relaxed nature of the campsites, we love the facilities on offer and we mostly love the value we get for our hard-earned moolah. In fact, I find it hard to imagine booking any other type of holiday for the foreseeable future.
Norcenni Girasole Club, Central Italy
Park Albatros, Tuscany
Two of my favourite Irish travel bloggers, Sinéad Fox from Bumbles of Rice and Debbie Woodward from Saucepan Kids have both reviewed a campsite that’s on our wishlist, Park Albatros, on the Tuscan coast.
The site offers plenty of activities to keep children of all ages amused. Sinéad was so impressed when she visited in 2012 that she returned again in 2015. On Bumbles of Rice she talks about early-booking discounts, on-site food and activities for young children. Debbie’s kids are older and her Saucepan Kids review highlights what the site and surrounds have to offer for tweens and teens.
Marina Di Venezia, Adriatic Coast
We love the look of Marina Di Venezia on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. Andrea Mara, Office Mum, visited with her young family in 2016 and declared it her favourite campsite holiday (of five) to date. She loved the shaded setting, the sweeping beach and the local wine. Sold, right?
Bella Italia, Lake Garda
We visited Bella Italia for the second time last summer. The big draw for us was the stunning lakeside location and the walkable distance from nearby Peschiera. We loved how lively this large site is and how much it has to offer kids of all ages. We stayed in mobile homes on both occasions. Read our review here.
Sharon Myers blogs at Our Wheely Big Journey and also visited last year. She stayed in one of the resort’s bungalows with her husband and two children, one of whom is a wheelchair user. Sharon’s review is a must, especially if accessibility is something you need to consider. These guys managed to pack lots into their stay and her review includes details of their trip to Gardaland, a nearby theme park.
Cambrils Park, Costa Dorada
OK, so it’s not technically a campsite but Irish people have a real grá for this place so I’ve included it.
Playa Montroig, Costa Dorada
La Point St Gilles, Brittany
Eimear Hutchinson of The Two Darlings took the ferry to Roscoff in 2016 with her husband and two young daughters and stayed a two-hour dive away at La Point St Gilles in Benodet, Southern Brittany. In her review she talks about their accommodation with Eurocamp and gives a run down of the park’s pool and playground facilities. She also offers details of day trips to Quimper, Le Guilvinec and Benodet.
Domaine Des Ormes, Brittany
Aby Moore of You Baby Me Mummy holidayed in Domaines des Ormes, a 200-hectare country estate situated 1.5 hours from the ferry port in Cannes. The perfect place for their toddler, the lakeside site has a number of outdoor pool areas, playgrounds and horse-riding on offer. Aby’s campsite review details her accommodation in a Eurocamp Avant mobile home, along with some handy tips.
Esterel Caravaning, Côte d’Azur
Les Tournels, Côte d’Azur
La Croix Du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière
Belfast-based Lynne Harper travelled by ferry from Northern Ireland to the UK and then from Dover to Calais and chose La Croix Du Vieux because of its close proximity to the French port. Berny Riviere is the ideal location for those wishing to incorporate a trip to Paris or Disneyland. Read about her experience with Eurocamp on her blog, A Day in the Life of a Mum of Six.
Holiday Green, Fréjus
Le Clarys Plage, Vendee
Situated 30 minutes from Amsterdam, this is a holiday park, theme park and water park in one. Alana from Baby Holiday chose Duinrell because it was listed as one of Eurocamp’s top toddler-friendly parks and she and her young boys weren’t disappointed. They loved the Tiki pool and Alana was impressed at how many rides were suitable for young children. Read her detailed review here.
If you’re considering booking booking a campsite holiday but you’re not sure where to start, I’ve posted some guidelines on what to look out for, along with a list of tour operators and tips on what to bring. All that’s left is the business of picking your favourite! Good luck and happy camping!
I’d love to hear about any campsites you enjoyed in the comments below. We’re off to Ca’Savio on the Adriatic this year with Eurocamp. Has anyone been? If you found this helpful, feel free to share it!