When on a road trip through Europe, camping is the ultimate way, especially for families. Kids make friends on campgrounds and there’s usually plenty to do for them. But which campgrounds are best suited for this? I’ve asked my fellow travel bloggers which are the best family friendly campgrounds in Europe. We selected 20 from large campsites to intimate ones.
Family Friendly Campgrounds: The Netherlands
Camping de Pampel
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
Camping de Pampel is a fun campsite in The Netherlands in Hoenderloo on the Veluwe. Our son’s days here were filled with swimming in the pool, jumping on the airtrampoline or bouncy castle. On the campground is a large grass field the kids can play on. Further there’s a piece of forest where they can run around and play. When it rains kids can get their energy out in the indoor playground or the arts and crafts room. The swimming pool is made up of a large outside kiddie pool and an inside one with a slide. There’s an animation team that organizes lots of cool things from dancing to a play to sporting activities. Each day a train picks up kids for a show. The campsite is well suited for kids till about 12/13 years old.
The campground has an on-site shop with fresh bread each morning. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can get fries at the snackbar or eat pizza in the restaurant.
The Veluwe is an area with lots of moors and forests. It has 2 national parks and is perfect for walking, biking and animal spotting. Close to the campground is Apenheul, Koningin Julianatoren, Burgers Zoo and the openluchtmuseum.
Favorite Campsites in Europe: UK
Cornish Tipi Holidays
Contributed by Deborah from Grand Adventure Story.
Most visitors to North Cornwall come for the beach, but venture just a little way inland and there are gems to discover. Cornish Tipi Holidays is the best of both worlds. Located just ten minutes-drive from the picturesque seaside town of Port Isaac and stunning Trebarwith Strand you can camp in an oasis of calm.
We spent two nights here in a campervan as part of a 10-day road trip around Devon and Cornwall, but most visitors to Cornish Tipis ‘glamp’ in one of the eponymous tipis or pitch their tent on one of the secluded woodland spots that sit between the main camping meadows and the lake.
The quarry lake is the jewel in the floral crown of this family-friendly campsite. Swim in the crisp, clean waters or hop in one of the many crafts that Cornish Tipis leave for guests to use at no extra charge. Our kids tried out the kayaks, canoes and even a rowing boat, paddling around the small lake investigating hidden caves and following dragonflies. They swam to the pontoons and jumped off the jetty. Some guests brought their own paddleboard to use, whereas others took advantage of the trout fishing (rod licence and own rod required) available.
On site you’ll find clean toilets and showers as well as a small shop in reception where you can buy firewood. The Gastropod café on the top meadow offers hot breakfasts and delicious cakes in the mornings. A few evenings a week individual food providers set up in the café serving up dishes from all over the world – Turkish delights and Indian Thalis are some of the options available to lucky campers.
Cornish Tipis sits between Padstow and Tintagel, near the start of the famous Camel Trail cycle path. Spend your days surfing, rockpooling, eating fish and chips and cycling, or simply enjoy the natural pleasures of the lake and woodland back at camp.
Contributed by Deborah from Grand Adventure Story.
Chapelfield Camping is a family-friendly campsite that pops-up on a farmer’s field in the northwest corner of the New Forest each summer.
The campsite is ideally located to explore the New Forest National Park. A short cycle down a quiet road onto an off-road path leads adventurous cyclists into the wilderness. There’ll be streams to cross, tree roots to bounce over and gorse bushes to avoid. You might even find yourself pushing the bike at various points over some obstacles. For a less eventful experience ride out of the campsite, turning left at the Fighting Cocks pub, and head straight onto the open moorland of the National Park to join the gravel tracks there.
Back at Chapelfield you’ll find a welcoming, back-to-basics campsite with plenty of space for children to cycle around or set up cricket tournaments. Footpaths lead from the campsite straight into open fields or woodland. There are toilets and showers near the campsite entrance, and additional portaloos dotted around which are cleaned regularly.
Chapelfield welcomes pop-up food providers to the field. On the days we were staying a burger van and a pizza truck were on site. More exciting for the kids though was the tinkling tune of the ice cream van which drove around the campsite as the sun was going down. Chapelfield Camping rents out firepits for guests and sells wood and kindling which they’ll deliver to your pitch. They run a small shop on site selling essentials like milk and marshmallows. For a £1 deposit per pack we could use, and replenish, ice packs for our cool boxes. Cool boxes and ice packs are just some of our family camping essentials .
The New Forest, Hampshire is a wonderful destination for a family camping holiday. Come to experience the beauty of the National Park with its variety of habitats, wild ponies and grazing cattle, streams to paddle in and miles of off-road cycling or visit one of the many local attractions.
Treacle Valley Campsite
Contributed by Steph & Lewis from Book It Let’s Go!
Treacle Valley Campsite in the village of Daccombe is an excellent location for couples or families wanting to go camping in Devon. The campsite itself allows tents and campervans, though there are no electrical hook-ups. There is a huge sanitary building with free hot showers and clean toilet facilities separated into male and female blocks. Furthermore there is also a small coin operated laundry area which is great after a sandy beach day or a muddy walk in the surrounding hills. There are multiple fresh water supplies around the campsite and a communal dish washing area with hot water and soap.
Fires and barbeques are allowed if they are off the ground and there is a small shop on site for supplies you may have forgotten or just a fresh morning coffee. It also has free wifi and plug sockets which is great for looking up things to do for the day or if you need to charge your phone. There is also a newly built play area for children and the whole campsite is very safe for children to wander around and explore and play in the streams and woods nearby. Dogs are also allowed on leashes making Treacle Valley perfect for the whole family.
Treacle Valley is a short drive to multiple beaches the closest being Watcombe Beach and the Watcombe Cave 1.5 miles or a 5-minute drive. For sightseeing and tourist attractions that kids will love it is only a 10-minute drive to Babbacombe village where you can find the largest model village in Britain and a Victorian cliffside railway down to the beach. It is also close to Torquay which has fascinating museums and some of the best beaches in Devon. Treacle Valley is also only a 30-minute drive to Dartmoor National Park making it perfect for hiking, horse riding and other outdoor activities.
Family Friendly Campsites Europe: France
Moulin de la Pique
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
Moulin de la Pique is a fun and beautiful campground in Pays-de-Belvѐs in the Dordogne. The campsite is on an historic estate. Inside the castle is a restaurant, the reception, a small shop and a play room for kids. There are a lot of fun things to do on campsite Moulin de la Pique. The animation team organizes movie nights, pony rides, fun2dance sessions, craft assignments and sports.
Furthermore there are several playgrounds, ping pong tables, a mini golf course and best of all an aquapark. The aquapark is an outdoor swimming pool with 4 pools, a crazy river and 4 slides. Good for hours of fun. But that’s not all there’s also a volley-ball field, a tennis court, a jeu-de-boules track, a sports field. For the ones who love fishing, there’s a recreational lake for fishing. And sometimes a bouncy castle to play on.
On the campsite there’s a restaurant, but there are more great places to eat in the Dordogne.
When you can get your kids so far to do something else besides being on the campground. Then there’s plenty to do in the Dordogne. Les Grottes du Roc de Cazelle, the town of Beynac, visit Château de Castelnaud and Lascaux. On the Dordogne river you can go for a boat ride with Gabarres de Beynac or canoeing.
Huttopia Camping Chardons Bleus
Huttopia Camping Chardons Bleus on the gorgeous Ile de Ré is perfectly placed for a fantastic family camping holiday in France.
Huttopia Chardons Bleus is a medium-sized campsite that, even when full at the height of the summer season, somehow manages not to feel crowded.
The park has a wide range of camping options. You are welcome to bring your own tent or campervan or, like we did, you can rent one of their glamping options which include safari tents, chalets and even a few ‘roulottes’ (wooden trailers). On our stay there we paid the additional €100 to have a private bathroom in our safari tent. I would highly recommend doing this, especially with younger children.
Facilities on site include a café-bar, games room inside the main reception building which is suitable for older children and a decent-sized swimming pool with a smaller kids pool alongside. There is a playground on the campsite and morning kids club activities are offered for those who wish to take part. On a few nights a week the campsite puts on family-friendly evening entertainment, such as a magic show or music.
The Ile de Ré is criss-crossed with car-free cycle lanes which make getting around a breeze, and safe for cycling with kids. It is relatively flat too, so even little legs will cope with longer bike rides between locations.
A mere five-minute cycle past vineyards from the Huttopia Chardons Bleus campsite will bring you to the small village of Sainte-Marie-de-Re. The beach near here is good for rockpooling, and the village has its own little market, patisserie and family-friendly restaurants.
North of the campsite, and easily accessible on the cycle lanes, is the beautiful harbour town of La Flotte. Come for the delicious ice cream and stay for a stunning sunset over the sea.
Camping Château de Marais
Contributed by Jenny from Travelynn Family.
Set in the heart of the picturesque Loire Valley of France, Camping Château des Marais is a fantastic kid-friendly campsite that we have returned to time and time again. We first started visiting by booking through Canvas Holidays and staying in one of their pre-erected tents on site. But more recently we’ve returned independently in our Mazda Bongo camper.
The reason we keep returning is that firstly it’s only a four hour drive from Calais. But mainly this site has a fantastic pool for younger kids; it’s not too big and the five slides and lazy river keep them happy for hours. There’s also a covered pool which is heated for those cooler, drizzly days. Plus, there are no less than three playgrounds, a bouncy castle (next to the bar!) and kids’ entertainment.
This isn’t a huge site, so we can allow our boys (age 5 and 6 on our most recent visit) some independence, and I personally love the morning walk to the onsite bakery every day to pick up our fresh croissants for breakfast.
Sites are shady and not too packed in. EHU is provided and each pitch has access to water. The wash facilities are never too far away, are cleaned regularly and in good condition. If you don’t fancy cooking there is a restaurant and take-away on site.
From the campsite there are a number of designated cycle tracks (pick up a cycle map from reception). It’s a 9km cycle to Chateau Chambord along the River Loire following the cycle tracks. Do stop off an Saint-Dyé-sur-Loire enroute. There are a couple of bars next to the church that welcome kids.
Kid Friendly Campgrounds: Luxembourg
Kaul Camping Park
Contributed by Annabel from Smudged Postcard.
Kaul Camping Park is a small campsite in Northern Luxembourg. It is a great place for families looking to break the journey on a drive across Europe or on route to and from the UK. Kaul Camping is just under an hour’s drive from the capital of Luxembourg and it is around four hours from both Calais and the Hook of Holland.
What makes Kaul Camping perfect for families is its size: it’s small enough for children to make friends and explore but still be close to their base. There’s a range of accommodation options: you can pitch a tent, bring a camper or caravan. You can also stay in one of the glamping options: chalets, safari tents and pods. The facilities are clean and spacious.
There are no specific activities arranged for children, but the kids all enjoyed the relaxed nature of the site and the freedom to roam around. Vehicles are kept in a car park so the areas around the site are safe for young children to wander through.
At Kaul Camping, you’ll find a play area and a petanque court. Adjoining but not part of the campsite is an outdoor swimming pool which visitors to Camping Kaul have free access to. There’s also a restaurant, bike track and a further play area. You can arrange bike rental at the campground reception.
Within a five minute walk is a well-stocked supermarket and the town of Wiltz is also within walking distance. There’s a good selection of cafes and restaurants in the town should you desire a night off cooking.
Contributed by Bec from Wyld Family Travel
Finding a little piece of heaven anywhere can be hard but at the Vakantiepark Walsdorf in Luxembourg, the whole family will be in heaven!
Nestled in a little valley the peace and quiet is only interrupted by the laughing of the kids enjoying the playgrounds or the open spaces that Vakantiepark Waldorf has on offer.
It doesn’t matter how you like to stay in campgrounds there is a site that is perfect for you and your families’ needs. From small onsite cabins to your own tent site there is a space that is for you. You can take the time to just sit and enjoy the nature that surrounds you, chat to other families on holiday, enjoy a beer at the on-site restaurant or you can use the free public transport to venture into Luxembourg City.
The campground does close for some of the winter but for most of the year, you will find many families enjoying their time here. There are activities in the summer organised for the children who want to attend and nights where there are meetups so people can find fellow travellers.
No matter what sort of accommodation you chose you will have a wonderful time at Vakantiepark Waldorf.
Beautiful Camping Spots Europe: Croatia
Camping Stobreč Split
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
This campsite is in Stobreč right on the beach and near Split. Here you have right away the reason why this campground is one of our favorite campsites in Croatia. It’s surrounded by the ocean and has a pebble beach on 2 sides. It’s a busy, large campsite with things to do for as well kids as teens. The campground has a playground, beachvolleybal, an animation program, a diving center and beachbars. They rent out kayaks, waterbikes and chairs on the beach.
A shop is next to the reception and there’s a restaurant on site with a view to the bay. The campground is only 7 kilometers from Old Town Split. Nearby is Aquapark Dupichini. You’re only 0.5 kilometers away from the center of Stobreč, a fishing town.
Contributed by Martina & Jürgen from PlacesofJuma.
Kamp Galeb is a really lovely and for kids recommended campsite in Croatia. Located near the famous coastal town of Omis and its one of the best camping options in the region.
The campsite offers around 200 plots and some extra mobile homes. All situated not far from the beautiful sea and the wonderful sandy family beach with a view of Omis mountains. No matter if motorhome, caravan or tent – here, everyone will find their ideal place for swimming and having fun.
All the pitches are located between poplar, birch, linden and tamarisk trees, which offer wonderful cool shade on hot summer days.
Our favorite choice at Kamp Galeb are the mobile homes right by the sea in the first row. Especially in the low season you will enjoy a wonderfully quiet and lonely atmosphere. A big plus is the own whirlpool on the terrace, from which you will have a breath-taking view of the sea. These cool mobile homes can accommodate up to 8 people – perfect if you take your family there!
Camping Beach Resort Solaris
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
Camping Beach Resort Solaris is in ibenik, directly on the coast. A luxurious campsite in Croatia that has a lot to offer for all ages. There are several beaches at the resort, where you can swim in the sea. At 2 places there was a bouncy castle in the water. The resort has several swimming pools, which are filled with sea water and have a view out onto the sea. Next to this the resort has an aquapark with a lazy river and hot pools. Further moere a kiddy playground with slides and a play area with a tilting tub.
The beaches are partly rocks and pebbles. There’s a boulevard for strolling, several hotels, a marina, supermarkets, loungebars, cafes. Further more there’s a pirate ship, a pirate golfcourse and sport- and welnessfacilities on the resort.
You can cook dinner yourself or go out to a different restaurant each day.
The resort is close to the old town of Šibenik and Krka National Park. At Krka National Park you can swim near the waterfalls. St. Nicholas Fortress, Paklenica National Park, Kornati National Park, the Šibenik City Museum and the St. James Cathedral are easy to visit from the campground. Biking, hiking, trekking, mountaineering, windsurfing and SUP school is possible in the vicinity of the resort.
Kid Friendly Campgrounds in Europe: Spain
Camping El Sur
Contributed by Lotte from Beste voor Kids.
In beautiful Andalusia in Spain, you can find the enchanting village of Ronda. This little town is known for its steep cliffs, spectacular views, and pretty whitewashed houses. Within walking distance of Ronda, you can find the wonderful Camping El Sur, an excellent family campground suitable for tent camping, with a caravan or an RV.
Camping El Sur offers an extensive range of facilities that families will surely appreciate. There is a swimming pool that is opened from June until September as well as a minigolf course that your kids will love. On the campground, you will also find a ping-pong table, a playground, a giant chess set, and a grassy field to play soccer or other sports.
The campsite is built upon a hill with many spots that offer lovely views over the surroundings. The spots are spacious and many have almond or olive trees to provide shade (definitely necessary in the hot summer months). The toilets and showers are in good condition and clean. In fact, the entire campground is well-maintained and looks attractive and welcoming.
Camping El Sur is close to three nature reserves (Los Alcornocales, Sierra de Grazalema, and Sierra de las Nieves and offers many hiking opportunities. If you are planning to spend a couple of days in Andalusia, Camping El Sur is a great place to base yourself!
Contributed by Linn from Brainy Backpackers.
Almeria in southern Spain. Situated only a few minutes walking from Los Escullos Beach, this campground is actually sitting in the middle of the desert. But that doesn’t make it boring. There is a great pool on the premises where the whole family can enjoy sunbathing or splashing around in the water on a hot day. But there is also kayak and stand up paddle available to rent for an exciting family adventure in the sea. The campground has a restaurant and bar with breakfast and food throughout the day. But you can also shop groceries in the little grocery store if you want to cook up your own dinner. Just make sure you bring the necessary eco-friendly camping gear whether you’re camping in a tent or camper van. If you want more comfort, they do have bungalows too.
Around the campground, there are many nice things to do if you have a car. You can visit the little white coastal village of San Jose only a 15 minute drive away. From there you can walk along a hiking trail that takes you to some of the finest beaches in Cabo de Gata, starting with the one kilometer long Los Genoveses Beach, which is great if you have small kids, as the water is crystal clear and shallow. The bigger kids will probably like to continue the hike to hidden beaches and coves, but you’ll need good sneakers or hiking shoes to continue much farther. On the other side of Los Escullos, you can enjoy more wonderful beaches and scuba diving from the tiny fishing village, La Isleta.
Family Friendly Campgrounds: Switzerland
TCS Camping Disentis
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
Camping Disentis is in the town of Disentis next to the river Rhine. A perfect stop on 4 days in Switzerland. The campsite has a small lake in the middle and a river running through the campground. There’s a waterplay area at the lake and boating and kayaking is an option. Make a fire pit near your tent in the evening to roast marshmallows.
On site is an restaurant with dishes from the region and the country on the menu. On the campground is also a small shop.
The campsite offers the Gästekarte Disentis Sedrun, for discounted or free things in the surrounding area. You can go on biking or hiking routes in the surroundings of the campground. Close by is the option to pan for gold, visit the Rheinequelle or the 1400 year old Disentis abbey.
Contributed by Carolyn from Holidays to Switzerland.
One of our family’s favourite campsites in Europe is Camping Jungfrau in the picturesque village of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. We’ve stayed at the park on numerous occasions in both tents and mobile homes and have really enjoyed the family-friendly atmosphere.
Located at the foot of the Staubbach Falls in the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley, Camping Jungfrau is just a short walk from the centre of the village and is a great base for exploring the Jungfrau Region and partaking in the many mountain excursions available.
All styles of campers are catered for at Camping Jungfrau. As well as the pre-erected tents and mobile homes that our family has rented, there are also pitches (campsites) for travellers who prefer to bring their own tent, caravan or RV.
The campsite’s facilities include a restaurant and small supermarket, a tour desk, communal kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities, a communal lounge/games room with open fireplace and table games, and a large children’s playground. There’s also plenty of room for kids to play ball games and ride bikes.
Also within easy walking distance is a mini golf course and tennis courts, the public swimming pool and a museum. The local ‘Gästekarte’, which is available to all guests of the campsite, offers discounted entry to the pool, mini golf and other local attractions.
Guests also have access to an on-site ATM, BBQ facilities, luggage storage, free parking and free WiFi.
For those guests who visit during winter, a free skibus service transfers guests to and from the train station, and Camping Jungfrau also has its own ski slope opposite the park which is perfect for children and beginners. Sledging is also possible on the slope.
With its idyllic and quiet location and excellent facilities, Camping Jungfrau is an ideal destination for a family camping holiday.
Campingsites in Europe: Germany
Contributed by Renate from Bye:myself.
The island of Fehmarn is connected to the German mainland over a long bridge. Already crossing the water over a narrow bridge makes a vacation on this island in the Baltic sea extra-exciting.
Although Fehmarn is one of Germany’s windsurfer hotspots and very ‘in’ with the cool millennials, it’s also perfect for families and a very popular destination for the weekend – or the entire summer. Here, families can either book a hotel, rent an apartment or install their tent or RV on one of the various campgrounds.
The most convenient one is probably Klausdorferstrand. Not only is it well-equipped with washing machines and diswashers so that the daily chores are quickly done and the family can enjoy all the campground has to offer.
Obviously, the campers are requested to drive extremely slowly and carefully on the premises so that kids can run or cycle any way they want. Of course, there is a regular playground, but the hospitality team also offers many fun activities for kids like games and sports. And if it rains, they can still join a creative workshop indoors.
So is it all about kids? Nothing for the grown-ups? Of course there is! While the kids are busy having the time of their life, parents can hike or cycle – Fehmarn has about 300 kilometers of bike lanes. Or they let their hair down at the SPA located right on the campground. Before I forget it: It’s an island, hence, there are beaches, and Klausdorferstrand – Strand translates to beach, so that should say enough – is on the island’s eastern shore. This shore stretches down from Puttgarden, a small harbor on the island’s northern tip from where ferries are leaving to Denmark – also a great daytrip, for that matter. The beach then winds along the shore of the Baltic sea – which is by far not as rough as the Nothern sea and therefore perfect for the entire family.
Due to Klausdorf’s convenient location and since many interesting and cool spots can be really easily be reached cycling, the entire family – grumpy teenagers included – will enjoy a family vacation on the island to the max.
Family Friendly Campgrounds: Slovenia
Contributed by Nisha & Vasu from Le Monde, the Poetic Travels.
Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries of Europe. Abundance of nature, mountains, caves, rivers and forests, makes it an ideal place for camping. Talking of camping, can glamping be far behind?
We had the opportunity to stay in one such luxury glamping site, the Big Berry at a place called Bela Krajna, right next door to Croatia which we rate as one of the best glamping experiences in all of Europe and certainly the best in Slovenia.
Big Berry is located on the banks of Kolpa river which serves as the border between Slovenia and Croatia. For a reasonably strong swimmer it would be a breeze to swim (although not allowed) across the river which is just about 50 metres wide at this point.
The cottages are all lavishly furnished with sleeping spaces from 2 to 6 persons, including a small cooking area if you wish to cook your own food. Since this is a luxury-camping, you will also find a refrigerator, air-con and a heating facility too. There is an option of ordering the raw materials, bread and wine etc. Every one of the kid-friendly cottages also has a jacuzzi on the porch with a view of the river. One of the unique things about the site is that all products are locally sourced to help the local economy.
One can enjoy kayaking on the river, biking to the village to enjoy local cuisine or to learn to bake the Slovenian bread, do yoga, explore the nearby forests, visit a local flour mill which uses the flow of the river to turn the grinder or just jump into jacuzzi or just bask on the sundecks to get a perfect tan!
There is never a dull moment at Big Berry!
Most Beautiful Campgrounds: Austria
Schloss campsite Aschah
Contributed by Cosette from KarsTravels.
A beautiful campground in Volders close to the city of Innsbruck, a must stop on a week in Austria. The campsite has an outdoor swimming pool and offers an entertainment program. Fun for small and a bit older kids.
On the campground is a restaurant with terrace. Innsbruck is only 15 minutes away by car. Volders is in between the mountains. So go on a hike or any other fun mountain activity. These 4 walks in Götzens are close to the campground. Not that far away is Swarovski Kristallwelten, Schoss Tratzberg and the Haus steht Kopf museum.
Contributed by Linda from Travel Tyrol.
Sportcamp Woferlgut near Zell am See in Austria is one of those campsites you always want to return to with your kids. Because there really is so much for them to do, rain or shine, that you hardly need to leave the campsite. Which is a pity, because there are just as many great family things to do in Zell am See in summer.
On the outskirts of Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße, Sportcamp Woferlgut is an established campsite with many big trees to provide shade for tents, caravans, mobile homes, and RVs. The presence of glamping agencies like Eurocamp and Gustocamp makes it very convenient to camp with kids without the hassle of packing your own camping equipment.
Family-friendly activities at Sportcamp Woferlgut include a swimming lake with enough sun loungers for parents to relax on, a big playground, an indoor games room, and a kids’ “train” that drives through the campsite twice a day. Guests also have access to a big indoor swimming complex and a mini golf course at an additional fee.
In July and August, supervised kids’ entertainment and activities give parents a break. They can even use the free time to join guided hikes or a fitness programme organized by the camp staff.
From the campsite it’s easy to cycle to Zell am See. Here, you can swim, explore the old town or take a boat ride. Other great family outings are to Kaprun, the Krimml Waterfalls, and driving the Großglockner High Alpine Road. Or you can take a cable car to the Kitzsteinhorn, the highest mountain peak in Austria’s Salzburgerland province, to play in snow even in summer.
That concludes our best family friendly campgrounds in Europe.
Hope you get to enjoy them all on a road trip through Europe!