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.

Here, I’ve put together a list of my favourite campsite reviews from Blogland;  a compilation of honest accounts of stays in some of Europe’s most popular family resorts, all written by bloggers you know and trust.

ITALY

Norcenni Girasole Club, Central Italy

Andrea Mara, Office Mum, is no stranger to traveling with kids. Find out what she thought of this large park nestled in the Tuscan hills. Her review of Norcenni Girasole Club includes tips for eating in the campsite restaurants, details of the kids’ club and nightly entertainment, as well as the low-down on pools and on-site amenities.
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Image of the lower pool at Norcini Girosole by night via officemum.ie

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.

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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?

UK blogger Louise Fairweather of A Strong Coffee loved the proximity of the site to Venice and said in her review that the pool complex was better than that of any hotel she’d ever stayed in.
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Photo: Eurocamp via astrongcoffee.co.uk

Camping Village Fabulous, Rome

Catheryn Scott from Cardiff Mummy Says stayed in this bustling campsite situated just 30 minutes from Rome. She and her husband had honeymooned in Rome 10 years earlier and had always wanted to return to the area with their three kids  (7, 5 and 3). Read about their ‘fabulous’ experience here. 
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Photos via cardiffmummysays.com

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.

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Image: www.camping-bellaitalia.it

SPAIN 

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.

Ruth Chambers of It’s Just a Phase was generally very impressed with the resort. In her review she talks about the facilities enjoyed by her young kids, Aidan and Sarah. Read her thoughts on the accommodation, the pools, the entertainment and the food on site here. Andrea Mara from Office Mum shared Ruth’s disappointment with the food but otherwise this popular resort gets a big thumbs up.
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Photo via Office Mum

Playa Montroig, Costa Dorada

Mum of three, Michelle blogs at Mummy from the Heart. She has detailed her stay in popular Playa Montroig, situated near Tarragona in North Eastern Spain. The site has 4 large pools, 6 slides and an array of activities for families. Read Michelle’s review here.  We were torn between this site and the nearby Playa Bara in 2016 but chose the later. I’d love to visit this one some year.
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Photo: www.playamontroig.com

Sanguli, Salou

Lorraine Foster and her family enjoyed a short stay in Sanguli last year. On her blog It’s a Family Adventure, she’s detailed her accommodation with Al Fresco, the park’s facilities, entertainment and dining options as well as offering some useful info on the surrounding area. She’s determined to return, but for longer next tine!
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Photo: http://www.itsafamilyadventure.co.uk

FRANCE

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.

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Photo: http://thetwodarlings.com

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.

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Photo: https://youbabymemummy.com

Esterel Caravaning, Côte d’Azur

Warning: Read this review at your peril. You’ll find it hard to shake the allure of this one! If the colour of the Mediterranean in the image below doesn’t make you want to put this destination on your wish list, Megan Morgan’s review certainly will.  On her blog, Truly Madly Kids, she details her family stay with Canvas. The facilities at Esterel were ‘second to none’ and ‘the sea was as warm as a bath’. What are you doing to me, Megan!
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Photo: http://www.trulymadlykids.co.uk

Les Tournels, Côte d’Azur

Debbie Woodward and her family visited Les Tournels in 2016. Situated 1.5 kms from Pampelonne beach and boasting stunning views of the Gulf of Saint Tropez, they felt it was the perfect location to explore this popular area. Find out what they thought of the site on her blog, Saucepan Kids. 
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Photo: http://saucepankids.com

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. 

Sam McCue details her family’s stay with Canvas on her blog Travelling With Our Kids and her post offers some helpful insider tips and advice.
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Image: http://www.la-croix-du-vieux-pont.com

Holiday Green, Fréjus

In 2015, Laura Molloy travelled from Cork to Roscoff by ferry to enjoy a family stay in Holiday Green a large site near Fréjus in southeastern France. It was their second time in the area but their first time on this site. They loved the large California-style pool complex and loved the slow pace and relaxation. Read Laura’s review on her blog, Mum I Am. 
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Photo: http://mumiam.me/

Le Clarys Plage, Vendee

With a tropical-themed pool complex and a nearby beach, Le Clarys Plage is a popular choice for families. Louise Fairweather visted in 2014 and was a fan of the heated pools and the lazy river. Read her review on her blog, A Strong Coffee. 
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Photo: http://www.astrongcoffee.co.uk

HOLLAND

Duinrell Parc 

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. 

Sam McCue from Travelling With Our Kids says ‘if you are looking for a fun filled family holiday that wont break the bank then Duinrell is the place for you.’ She visited with her family in 2016 and her review details the food and facilities on site and their experience of the water park and theme park.
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Photo: https://www.duinrell.com

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!

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27 Comments

  1. Wow, I never realised camp sites had so much to offer. What a wonderful selection of lovely campsites. I’ve visited a few of these places but never stayed on a campsite. They all look and sound a lot better than I expected campsites to sound.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Yes. It’s a very misleading term really. What we do (i.e. stay in a mobile home with appliances and comfy beds) couldn’t really be calling ‘camping’ at all! Ha ha.

  2. I’ve never thought of camping while travelling, but then I always imagine a soggy, muddy campsite in Wales when I think of camping. These places look like such fun! I want to explore more of Italy, so this could be a great way to explore without spending too much money on hotels.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Serious bang for your buck, Emma! Hope you’re enjoying your travels!

  3. For some unknown reason, I’m not longing to book a family holiday!!! Each place looks fabulous. I’ve heard such great things about Lake Garda. And Disney is definitely on my list! Thanks for the great reference. x

    • Sinéad Reply

      You’re very welcome! I’m loving the look of the one near Disney!

  4. I adore Italy and loved Rome. I really want to go back with my girls and it was great to read about an option that is good for the children. Disney is definitely on our lis to visit one day x

    • Sinéad Reply

      When the kids are older I’d love to take them to Rome. Camping Fabulous looks super!

  5. Currently looking out at Storm Emma and it’s making me want to go to all of the above, right now! Will definitely be coming back to this post when booking a camp.

    • Sinéad Reply

      The thoughts of a holiday are actually making me feel warmer!

  6. Off to share this now, with all the snow about it’s a good time to be planning for the summer! We’ve only been to two campsites, both in France. I wouldn’t bother again with one of them but the other in Brittany called Camping Les 2 Fontaines was absolutely brilliant, the six of us loved it. I have some pics and can do a mini write up if you’d like to add it to the review.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Oh perfect! 17 is better than 16! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea – this is a fantastic resource. I’d be hard pressed to choose! Cote D’Azur looks amazing! x

    • Sinéad Reply

      DOESN’T it, Rosie? And the areas nearby to explore sound just fab!

  8. I love all these holiday ideas I’ve not been camping before but it looks like a great place to travel as a family xx

    • Sinéad Reply

      It’s so kid-focused, which we love. And the people on campsites always seem sound!

  9. These all look amazing! We have talked about staying at a campsite in Europe in the relatively near future, so I’ll be bookmarking this list for ideas

  10. This is a great post. Me and my husband always wonder about booking a campsite abroad however we always feel a little wary about doing it – I am seriously going to look into one of these.

  11. What a great list and lots of inspiration too! I am planning on going back to Italy. We went to Rome on our honeymoon and it would be lovely to go back with the children. The Camping Village there looks amazing!

    • Sinéad Reply

      It has made it on to our wish list too after reading that review!

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