Hidden treasures, unexpected pleasures

Hidden treasures and unexpected pleasures

Expect the unexpected

You already know that we blend the freedom of al fresco with the luxury of en suite in some of Europe’s loveliest locations. But our camping holidays in Europe also offer you a wealth of unexpected pleasures and surprising experiences.

Here’s just a few that come highly recommended by our local experts. You’ll also find lots more when you explore our fabulous locations for yourself.

  • N France
  • S France
  • Italy
  • Spain & Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Holland

Northern France

Remember the brave

Enjoy the peace in Northern France

The battlefields of Normandy and Picardy are a beautiful and solemn reminder of the folly of war and a fitting tribute to the fallen. So whatever the age of your party, a visit to the D-Day landing beaches and the battlefields of WW1 and WW2 is a fascinating and worthwhile way to explore Europe’s recent history.

Nearest holiday parc: La Bien Assise>

Step into history

Storm the Château de Pierrefonds

Rising majestically from the leafy Compiègne Forest, Château de Pierrefonds is the fairytale castle with a fascinating past. Built in the 15th century, it was then razed by Louis XIII in the 17th century, before being magnificently rebuilt by Napoleon III in the 19th century. A masterpiece in its own right, and within easy reach of Paris.

Nearest holiday parc: La Croix du Vieux Pont>

Stand amazed in Brittany

See Brittany's mighty standing stones

In the heart of Brittany stand the Carnac Stones, a vast set of megalithic sites made up of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones, some thought to be more than 6,000 years old. Roughly hewn from local stone and erected by the Bretons from around 4,500 BC, their purpose is unknown, but their power to arouse wonder is legendary.

Nearest holiday parc: La Grande Metarie>

Surf the Atlantic rollers

Kite surfing in the Vendée

If you love big waves and high excitement, you’ll find all you need at one of the kite surfing schools along the Vendéen coast. A blend of surfing, kite flying, gymnastics and aerobatics, this is an incredible, high-adrenaline experience for those with the upper body strength – and the nerve - to give it a go.

Nearest holiday parc: Le Clarys-Plage>

Southern France

The highest dune in Europe

Surf in the sands in southwest France

France’s Atlantic coast is a favourite for surfers as well as sun worshippers. But it also offers the Dune de Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe, where you can simply take in the magnificent views - or seize the unexpected opportunity to sand-surf or bodyboard down the fine sands of this spectacular 110m high sand giant.

Nearest holiday parc: Côte d'Argent>

France's finest delicacy

Try the finest caviar

Perhaps the greatest bon viveurs in the world, the French discovered the salty delicacy of caviar centuries ago, thanks largely to the thousands of mighty sturgeon that spawned in the Gironde estuary every year. Today, you can share the pleasure, with elegant and delicious tastings at a number of caviar farms in the region.

Nearest holiday parc: Côte d'Argent>

Come taste the wine

Visit an authentic French vineyard

There are many wine trails and wonderful wine regions in France, so the chance to enjoy a dégustation and then buy a case of the local wine is one of the great pleasures of a Eurocamp holiday. Yet perhaps the ultimate experience for wine buffs is to enjoy a camping holiday at one of our parcs with its own wonderful winery…

Nearest holiday parc: Domaine de Massereau>

Ride the Tour de France route

Go on stage in the Alps

Some of the most fearsome and famous stages of the Tour de France run through this part of the Alps, and keen cyclists who want to test their mettle can ride from Bourg d’Oisans up through the legendary climbs and switchbacks to the top of Alpe d’Huez. Here you will receive an official certificate to mark your feat, for just one Euro.

Nearest holiday parc: Le Belledone>

Delve into the Dordogne

Discover Dordogne's prehistoric past

The Dordogne offers a host of magnificent caves and grottos, which include some of the finest prehistoric cave paintings on earth. While Lascaux is the most famous site, you will also be captivated by the stalactites, stalagmites and prehistoric drawings of the Grotte Des Merveilles at Rocamadour, and the Grotte De Rouffignac, also known as the Cave of a Hundred Mammoths.

Nearest holiday parc: Le Moulin de Paulhiac>

Stride out in the Cevennes

Walking and hiking in the Cévennes

Walkers and hikers are always thrilled to discover the enormously beautiful Cévennes National park. Stretching across several gorgeous regions, it takes in the Tarn and Jonte Gorges, as well as the petrified rocks and white oaks at Païolive, and offers up the most spectacular scenery and wildlife you will find in all France.

Nearest holiday parc: Val de Cantobre>

Hit the trail in the Ardeche

Discover Europe's 'Grand Canyon'

The Gorges du Verdon is Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon. 20 kilometres long and up to 700 metres deep, it was carved from limestone deposits created during the Jurassic period by the powerful river that runs through it. One of Europe’s most impressive locations, it is an essential experience for everyone who loves hiking canyoning.

Nearest holiday parc: Domaine du Verdon>

Hit the water in the Ardeche

Enjoy canoeing in the Ardèche

The Ardèche runs through a series of lovely gorges, making it an ideal place to experience the great outdoors from a canoe or kayak. Our parcs here make getting out onto the water safe and easy, enabling you to explore mile after mile of river, as well as getting the best possible view of the stunning Vallon Pont d’Arc from the river itself.

Nearest holiday parc: L'Ardéchois>

Walk into history

March into the Arena in Nimes

Even though it was built during the reign of the Emperor Augustus in the first century AD, the arena in Nimes is one of the most perfectly preserved Roman ampitheatres on earth. Once the stage for gladiatorial combat and even lion hunts, it is a perfect window into history, where you can soak up the incredible atmosphere and even watch events today.

Nearest holiday parc: Domaine de Massereau>

Surf the Atlantic rollers

Learn to surf in Biarritz

An elegant resort in its own right, with wonderful shops and a multitude of lovely restaurants, Biarritz is also a surfer’s paradise, with reliable waves and plenty of surf schools. Choose the Grand Plage if you’re here en famille, or head out to Côte des Basques beach to hang out with the younger surf crowd and enjoy a little more surfing room.

Nearest holiday parc: Le Ruisseau>

Mix with the stars

Direct yourself to the Cannes Film Festival

Want to mix with Hollywood’s A-listers? Head to Cannes in May and you’ll be seeing stars and starlets aplenty, not to mention getting a look at this year’s blockbusters, rom-coms and world film classics. Even if you never leave the sandy splendour of the Croisette Beach, it’s an experience just to be there.

Nearest holiday parc: Esterel>

Discover the scent of beauty

Fall in love with the lavender of Provence

Endless fields of lavender blue are one of the most enduring and evocative images of Provence. However, you really have to experience the beauty and the fragrance of the fields for yourself to know the true ambiance of this lovely region. Visit from mid-June to early August for the best of the lavender, from the high plateaus of Sault to the Luberon valley.

Nearest holiday parc: Domaine du Verdon>

Italy

Take a walk on the dark side

Enjoy a movie tour of 'Twilight'

Amongst the most popular films and works of fiction in the world, the Twilight series has enthralled millions. So why not experience a little movie romance for yourself, with a visit to Volterra in Tuscany, where the fictional Volturi of the twilight films live. A beautiful city of sienna stone, it is also the safest place in the world from vampire attack…

Nearest holiday parc: Parco delle Piscine>

Cook up something special

Learn the art of Tuscan cuisine

Tuscany doesn’t simply offer rolling hillsides and romantic cities; it is also home to one of the finest cuisines in the world. So why not learn to cook it like mama used to make, from mama herself? There’s no better way to perfect your Panzanella or refine your Ragù than by learning about the food and wine of the region right here on parc.

Nearest holiday parc: Parco delle Piscine>

Feel the heat

Explore Mount Etna

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, which has been erupting regularly for millions of years. With more than 400 craters spread across this ruggedly beautiful region, there is no better place to experience the drama of flaming lava as it spills out from within the earth’s crust.

Nearest holiday parc: El Bahira>

Find the Pearl of the Adriatic

Immerse yourselves in Venice

While it’s always a popular city break destination, few cities on earth reward more in-depth exploration quite like Venice. For beyond the Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Square there is mile after mile of faded grandeur and true elegance to discover. Hidden treasures? Venice is simply full of them.

Nearest holiday parc: Mediterraneo>

Step back in time

Explore incredible Pompeii

Buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius in 79AD, Pompeii was lost to the world for more than 1600 years.  Yet it was never fully destroyed, and the excavated and beautifully preserved site offers a fascinating look at how a Roman town would have looked 2000 years ago. It’s one city you really do have to experience.

Nearest holiday parc: Baia Domizia>

Lights, camera, action!

See the Scapello of Ocean’s 12

Providing plenty of distraction from the complex plot of Ocean’s 12, everyone remembers the little slice of coastal heaven that provided a backdrop for some of the film’s prettiest scenes. More photogenic than George Clooney and Julia Roberts put together, that place was Scapello, and it really has to be seen to be believed.

Nearest holiday parc: El Bahira>

Reach new heights in Sicily

Climbing in San Vito lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo isn’t just home to a world-renowned climbing festival, it’s also a great place for you to enjoy one of the world’s most popular climbing locations. A host of routes for all levels of experience are already bolted into the mountains here, offering incredible views over the gorgeous countryside and seascape.

Nearest holiday parc: El Bahira>

Do something delicious

Celebrate the mighty cous cous

San Vito lo Capo hits culinary heights too, with its own Cous Cous Fest every September, which attracts around a quarter of a million visitors, and turns the town of Trapani into a gustatory heaven for people of all nationalities and cultures, with celebrity chefs and guests jetting in from around the world.

Nearest holiday parc: El Bahira>

Spain & Portugal

Do something surreal

Discover Dali in Spain

Salvador Dali has long been hailed as the father of surrealist art, though for such an iconic figure, his art is surprisingly accessible and enjoyable for the whole family. That’s why the Dali Museum in Figueres is such a delight, as it brings the life and works of the great man to life quite delightfully.

Nearest holiday parc: El Delfin Verde>

Dance in the streets

Party on at La Mercé

As summer draws to a close, Barcelona holds the largest street party in its packed calendar, the Barcelona La Mercé Festival. With giant parades, the spectacular Fire Run fireworks event, huge human towers and a whole lot of dancing in the streets for all, it’s the one European festival you have to experience at least once.

Nearest holiday parc: Camping Tucan>

Add a little sparkle

Taste the Cava of Catalonia

Catalonia accounts for some 90% of Spain’s Cava production, so if you want to discover the secret of Spain’s delicious answer to Champagne, there are plenty of places to find it here. The famous house of Freixenet is a popular tasting destination, as is the little town of San Sadurni de Noya, where the original Cava caves can be found.

Nearest holiday parc: Cypsela>

Go west in Portugal

Discover Cabo de Roca

Cabo de Roca in Portugal is officially the westernmost point in Europe, making it a popular spot just for those who love to say ‘I’ve been there.’ It also enjoys a quite spectacular location within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, an area of quite remarkable beauty, yet still within 25km of Lisbon.

Nearest holiday parc: Guincho>

Switzerland

Stay frosty on holiday

Try a little summer skiing

Zermatt's spectacular Theodul glacier is the highest ski area in the Alps, so even in high summer it offers you guaranteed snow and at least 20km of pistes where you can ski or snowboard, not to mention enjoy incredible views of the Matterhorn. So if you want the most unusual summer holiday experience on earth, you’ll find it right here.

Nearest holiday parc: Bella Tola>

How cool is this place

Visit the Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch

Take the Jungfraubahn railway up the Jungfraujoch, and you’re already in the presence of stunning alpine beauty. Yet beneath the mountain and the Aletsch glacier, you will find the magnificent Eispalast. The oldest and highest Ice Palace in the world, its icy beauty and stunning sculptures ensure an experience like no other.

Nearest holiday parc: Camping Jungfrau>

We'll be expecting you

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

James Bond could have been a Eurocamper. After all, the opening sequence of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was shot on the beach at Guincho in Portugal, and all of the mountaintop scenes of Blofeld’s mountain lair were shot in the revolving Piz Gloria restaurant at the top of the Schilthorn summit, which is just as dramatic as the Jungfraujoch.

Nearest holiday parc: Camping Jungfrau>

Holland

Do something wild

Holiday in the heart of a safari park

While Holland isn’t renowned for its big game, there’s one parc where you will find yourself surrounded by everything from lions to lemurs, giraffes to gibbons. That’s because Beekse Bergen offers you free access to its very own safari park, not to mention a fabulous nature trail and a popular lakeside beach.

Nearest holiday parc: Beekse Bergen>

Head out to Holland

See a splash of colour in Keukenhof

The Dutch flower fields in spring are rightly famous, but you really have to experience them for yourselves to appreciate what a riot of colour they create. Many Eurocampers love the spring displays at Keukenhof, where there are more than 7 million flowers planted over 32 hectares of stunning fields and gardens.

Nearest holiday parc: Duinrell>

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