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Campgrounds

Campgrounds [Caravan Parks, Campsites]

In Western Europe there are plenty of campsites but the further east you travel the fewer there are. The Archies site lists over 30,000 and there are more that are not listed. In Countries such as Turkey, Morocco, Albania etc. there are few and they are harder to find.

Advantages of a campsite.

Most campsites have at least the basic facilities and it is considered a safe place to stay. At a campsite you can relax, put out your tables and chairs, your awning, have a barbeque [if allowed] and enjoy a shower in a normal sized cubicle. At a campsite you do get to meet people and when you stay for a few days befriend them and form relationships that can last a lifetime. We have formed friendships with people who have invited us to visit them and the contact continues up to this day. At aires and other places people tend to stay for one, maybe two nights and then move on. Many campsites have washing machines or a laundry area where you can catch up on the clothes washing.

Disadvantage of a campsite.

The cost of some campsites can be very high especially during the high season of July and August. We have paid up to €40 for a night’s stay and friends who used our motorhome paid over €50 when they were in a campsite in Norway. They can also be noisy and crowded with sites that are very small and close to your neighbours. When you are traveling on a budget staying in campsites all the time can really deplete your funds quickly.

Facilities

We have been to very basic campsites that only provided a shower and a toilet block. On the other hand we have stayed in resort type campgrounds that had outside swimming pools, indoor swimming pools, spas, sauna’s, waterslides, games rooms, playgrounds, mini golf, disco’s, restaurants, bars, laundries, heated shower blocks, mini supermarkets, bike hire etc. etc. If you travel with kids they may be great by we prefer a bit a peace and quiet so we tend to stay away from these type of campgrounds. Most campsites have electricity and more are providing Wi-Fi as a free service. At a campsite we recharge all of our electrical goods, wash our clothes and have a decent shower.

Municipal Campsites

These are set up by councils and are normally simple basic set ups at a low cost. We were in France after a stage of the Tour De France and we stayed in a Municipal campsite with 2 cousins who were traveling with us. We had 4 people, 2 vehicles, power, shower and toilets all for the low price of €11. The facilities were basic but clean and adequate. It was run on an honor system which meant we had to go to the local council office and pay, no-one manned the site.

Camping Card

Before we travel we purchase a Camping Card. This not only gives us discount in many places but acts as a document which can be held in place of your passport. We make it a policy to never hand our passport over to anyone else to keep. The camping card has all the same details on it as your passport and in the last few years this has satisfied all the staff at the campgrounds we have stayed on. On our first trip we were in Croatia and we handed over our passport only to see them deposited in a cardboard box with all the other passports and kept in an unlocked office. In addition the Camping Card also comes with insurance cover while staying in campgrounds. On their site they also have an App with the campgrounds that give a discount. campingcardinternational.com

How to Find Campsites

There are heaps of camping books around and also plenty of internet sites with information on Campgrounds. See our Download Page and also our Links Page for more information.

ACSI Camping Card

The ASCI Camping card is great when travelling out of season as it has a list and details of campsites who charge 12/14/16/18 euros per night which includes the site, electricity and showers for 2 people. For more information look at our Books Page.

 

This site was near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.It was Dutch run and as you can see plenty of space.

This site was near Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.It was Dutch run and as you can see plenty of space.

In Hungary at Lake Balaton, Smallish sites but right next to the lake.

In Hungary at Lake Balaton, Smallish sites but right next to the lake.

Haller camping in Budapest. Have been there twice easy to get into Budapest by tram.

Haller camping in Budapest. Have been there twice easy to get into Budapest by tram.

Campsite in Slovakia in a great setting. There swimming pool was only days away from being finished, oh well next time.

Campsite in Slovakia in a great setting. Their swimming pool was only days away from being finished, oh well next time.

The swimming pool at Happy Camping outside of Rome. Nothing better after a days sightseeing to relax in the pool.

The swimming pool at Happy Camping outside of Rome. Nothing better after a days sightseeing to relax in the pool.

Campsite just out of Zermatt in Switzerland. Views were stunning.

Campsite just out of Zermatt in Switzerland. Views were stunning.

Ljubljana , Slovenia. We stayed here for awhile as we sorted out out vehicle problem. Nex to the campsite was a huge pool complex which was free to campsite patrons.

Ljubljana , Slovenia. We stayed here for awhile as we sorted out out vehicle problem. Next to the campsite was a huge pool complex which was free to campsite patrons.

This Dutch run campsite was fantastic and the owners were friendly and helpful. It is near Pecs in Hungary.

This Dutch run campsite was fantastic and the owners were friendly and helpful. It is near Pecs in Hungary.

This campsite was set up 14 years ago in Romania. In that time they should have planted some trees as there was no shade. They did put in a swimming pool.

This campsite was set up 14 years ago in Romania. In that time they should have planted some trees as there was no shade. They did put in a swimming pool.

This ACSI Camping Card campsite had 3 outside pools,1 indoor heated pool, spa, and sauna all for 15 euros per night.

This ACSI Camping Card campsite in France had 3 outside pools,1 indoor heated pool, spa, and sauna all for 15 euros per night.

Jenny going down the water slide. You need some luxuries when traveling.

Jenny going down the water slide. You need some luxuries when traveling.


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