Tuesday, 31 March 2015 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
Owning a caravan gives you so much freedom… and so much choice. After all, Europe’s a pretty big place so how on earth do you decide on where to go for your holidays? We understand that your breaks need to be the best they can possibly be, so we’ve scoured the web to create a list of the best places to stay. From newspaper travel tips to the best online reviews, we’ve discovered some of the finest caravan sites on the continent. So whether you like snowboarding or cycling, wine or winter walks, we think there’s somewhere here for you.
Just remember to send us a post card…!
Lysingbadet, Vastervik, Sweden
The Guardian reached out to its readers for some Scandinavian tips last year, and along with some other gems they suggested was the glorious Lysingbadet. Located just outside the city of Vastervik, this campsite is surrounded by beautiful forests and islands for you to explore. The landscape really is amazing, and when you’ve finished your day’s adventures, there are some excellent restaurants, swimming pools, and hot-water springs.
There’s also a big activities programme at the campsite including workshops, discos, and movie nights. You’ll need another break to get over this one.
Badrallach, Ross-shire, Scotland
Scotland has some of the most incredible expanses of natural beauty in the world. Breath-taking mountains, beautiful rivers and lochs, majestic countryside… what a place to wake up to. So after searching around Cool Camping, we found the amazing Badrallach site. It received some great reviews in 2014 and it really does look somewhere worth exploring.
So if you’re after a remote Highland getaway, if you like a good hike and a relaxing trip away from it all, then Badrallach has to be on your list. And along with all those picturesque walks and climbs, there are some great day trips to take, including visiting the lovely beaches at Mungasdale and a boat trip to Cape Wrath.
Badrallach is open from April to September and costs only £2.50 a night with a caravan. Now that is a bargain...
Auto Kamp Monika, Molunat, Croatia
Rough Guides is often a great source of ideas for holidays and their article on some Croatian beachside campsites is one of the best. Out of their picks our favourite is the Monika site in Molunat. Perfect for a summer trip, you get all the joys of camping with a beach break, too. It’s a truly Mediterranean getaway, with all the sun and sea - just without the partying crowds.
There’s amazing food, scenic beaches, and beautiful walks to fall in love with. It has a pretty mild microclimate, too, and for those who want something simple and relaxing, the Monika campsite is just about perfect (put it like this, fishing is about as strenuous as it gets). The camp also sells wine from their own vineyard so you can really enjoy a few nights and days drinking in the beauty of the region. That’s what we call it, anyway.
Orbitur Sagres, Sagres, Portugal
The Telegraph put together an excellent list of Europe’s best hidden beaches and one we loved was the little sunny secret of Praia do Martinhal. Lucky for caravan owners, the Orbitur Sagres site is just a short drive away. The campsite itself is beautiful with gorgeous woodland surrounding it; there are historic castles and churches if you fancy a little culture, so the whole area is just perfect for a bike ride.
But the shining jewel of the area has to be the beach. Azure blue seas, beautiful Portuguese sun shining down on you. Then there’s the local seafood, the wine, the café and bars... really, this place has it all.
Camping Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
TripAdvisor helps you check out a place before you visit it, thanks to the really helpful customer reviews. We went looking for a mountain campsite with skiing and there was one that stood out a mile with so many great reviews during 2014 - the Camping Jungfrau site in Switzerland.
The site is at the bottom of three towering mountains so as soon as you arrive you’re met with some stunning alpine views. In the winter, you can go snowboarding, ski-ing, take a walking tour, and (of course) relax with a drink at their Snow Bar. In the summer you can go rafting, swimming, and paragliding. So really whenever you go in the year, the site has plenty for everyone to do.