Europe is on the bucket list of many U.S.-based campers and hikers, but on this continent of plentiful forests and spectacular mountains, it’s no mean feat choosing the best places to visit.
So, instead of opting for the best areas, we decided to look at the best campsites in the most iconic locations. We’re thinking the Black Forest and the Alps, you know, those places you’ve always dreamed of visiting, and here’s what we came up with.
First off, let’s go with the Black Forest in Germany. It’s quite possibly one of the most famous wooded areas in the world and with good reason.
The scenery is stunning, and with no real dangerous wildlife, it’s the perfect location for a family trip. And one of the best camping grounds in the area is the Campingplatz Kinzigtal.
The campsite itself is just a short drive from Baden-Baden where you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants. There’s even a casino in the city, which has been a landmark for almost two centuries and is famous for featuring in a number of literary works.
Next, it’s the French Riviera; in an area that is synonymous with luxury, so you have to spoil yourself. In the Riviera, there’s no shortage of high-end campsites, but we’ll opt for Yelloh! Village Camping Les Tournels. Just a short drive from Saint-Tropez (wow!), you’ll find this captivating campsite.
Complete with a huge swimming pool, a bar, restaurant and awe-inspiring scenery, this place is quite affordable yet doesn’t scrimp on quality. It’s also close enough to the coast that you can be there in a matter of minutes. There are also plenty of biking and hiking opportunities nearby.Now you may associate the Swiss Alps with snow and winter sports, but the Matterhorn is a wonderful place in the summer, too, and our next campsite makes the most of its spectacular location in the resort of Zermatt.
Now the campsite itself is standard, but at the foot of the Matterhorn is about as stunning a setting as you can get. There are lakes for swimming, trails to hiking or biking and meadows to picnic. We can think of only one word to describe Zermatt, and that’s idyllic.
Back to France we, go but this time to the north in Britanny. Le LettyCampsite in Benodet is set right by the La Mer Blanche tidal lagoon and has direct access to the local beach.
It’s a slice of heaven in northern France, and with its impressive pool and modern décor throughout, it’s little wonder that it’s one of France’s most popular campsites.
Stay at this campsite, and you’ll be able to take in the local countryside and visit the local lighthouse. You can even take a boat trip to the nearby Glenan Islands. The islands no longer have any permanent residents, making them an ideal place to explore.On we go to Italy and Pisa. While there aren’t many camping locations near the city, it’s just a short drive past Livorno and on towards Camping Village Montescudaio. This excellent spot in Tuscany offers you a wonderful base to explore the surrounding countryside and coastal regions.
The campsite itself is simple yet well maintained with a pool and restaurant on-site, but to be honest, you’ll spend more time in the local area than you will the campsite.
As far as iconic locations, we think we’ve covered the most popular, but of course, there are more. Europe is a remarkable hiking and camping destination, and a single post on the topic won’t even scratch the surface of what’s on offer. So, where’s your European bucket list destination? The Alps or the Black Forest? Or maybe it’s somewhere we’ve never heard of.