If you’re a caravan owner and are yet to plan this year’s summer holiday, then why not broaden your horizons and venture overseas? There are many great caravan parks abroad with the option for both a relaxing and activity-packed stay depending on your preferred holiday type!
What To Remember Before Visiting Caravan Parks Abroad
Although you are taught many skills and essential advice during caravan training, when it comes to venturing out, its often tricky to know where to start, especially if you want to take your caravan abroad on holiday.
Once you’ve decided on where you want to stay, you must then book your ferry and ensure that you, your family and your vehicle are fully covered under travel insurance. It is also important to ensure that you bring along vital pieces of personal and caravan documentations including the following:
- Driving Licence
- MOT Documents
- Insurance Certificate
- Proof Of Vehicle Ownership
- And if you opt for booking a holiday outside of the EU, you will also need an Internation Driving Permit.
For a full guide to taking on your first overseas trip abroad in your caravan, The Caravan Club has a whole host of useful advice pages.
If you’re considering taking a camping holiday in another country this year, keep reading for ten amazing suggestions!
1. Camp Galeb, Croatia
Camp Galeb is known as one of Croatia’s best campsite, and we can most definitely understand why! You won’t be short for things to do during your stay with a whole range of leisure activities situated onsite including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, windsurfing school, daily entertainment for all ages, beach sports and many more. The camp is located on the edge of the Cetina River surrounded by mountains meaning the water excursions can be organised by the team to spend the day trying something new or alternatively, you could hire a bicycle for the day to explore.
2. Esterel Caravanning, France
Esterel Caravanning is based in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, which is shortened to Provence, located in Southeastern France. The site is full of stunning views, filled with beautiful landscaping and surrounded by the Esterel mountains. Just a few miles away you can find traditional French towns filled with culture, food markets and boutique cafes, perfect for wandering around during the day. If you visit at the right time, you’ll have the chance to attend one of their fun-filled music festivals!
Photo credit to Esterel Caravanning.
3. Arco Iris, Spain
If you’re looking for a site where you can relax during the day but enjoy lively nightlife, then Arco Iris is for you. Arco Iris is one of the few caravan sites located just outside Madrid, known for coming to life in the evenings. You can catch the bus outside the site, and it will drop you off in the centre of Madrid, great when you’re heading out for your evening meal or want to take a tour around the Real Madrid Stadium. For during the day there’s a swimming pool and many sporting activities for children.
4. Natterer See, Austria
Natterer See is best suited for those seeking a tranquil break in a luxury five-star location. In every direction, you will see the fresh greenery of the alpine mountains and can enjoy a relaxing stay reading your favourite book sitting at the lakeside or jump on the free shuttle bus to the nearest city of Innsbruck. Austria is the home of the Swarovski Crystals, so during your visit, it would be rude not to take a trip to Swarovski Crystal World to see the unique architects and even treat yourself to some crystals!
5. Klein Strand, Belguim
Taking a trip to Klein Strand works perfectly if you just want to get away for a long weekend to experience a new culture. The site is very close to Brussels, Ghent and Bruges where you can spend the day exploring historical WW1 spots while tasting their much-loved traditional beers and homemade chocolate. After a long day of walking, you can stop off at the camp supermarket to relax back at your caravan for the evening.
6. Birkelt, Luxemburg3>
Luxemburg is the home of fairytale-like towns full of enchanting hilltop castles and family run restaurants. Just a short walk away from Birkelt is Larochette, a small market town perfect for purchasing presents to take home to your loved ones. When camping at Birkelt, you can enjoy your food on the terrace or grab a takeaway to take back to your caravan for a quiet night in. Luxemburg offers you the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a hot air balloon ride over the scenery.
7. Oase Praha, Czech Republic
Equipped with a spa, jacuzzi, several swimming pools, go-karts and many other fun facilities, the Oase Praha has something to enjoy for every member of the family. If you wanted to take a day trip to Prague, there is direct transportation from outside the site and similar to the Oase Praha, all ages will love the town. There are many old churches and vibrant buildings, along with children’s shows in the main squares every hour.
8. Le Château du Deffay, France
Similarly to the Natterer See, Le Château du Deffay is the ideal site for a quiet break surrounded by stunning nature; you will be able to enjoy the ultimate camping experience. The site is situated on the old grounds of a 19th-century château where you can walk or cycle for miles in lush greenery, along with a stunning lake if you wanted to spend the day fishing or taking part in water activities. It would take only a 20 minutes journey to get to the nearest beach.
9. Duinrell, The Netherlands
Duinrell is the number one hotspot for families with camping, a tiki pool and an amusement park all on site. There are six different restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner without having to leave the site. The amusement park includes over 30 different attractions including water rides and upside down rollercoasters, along with smaller rides for the younger members of the family. Just when you thought that you’d completed all activities at Duinrell, you’ll come across the Tiki Pool water park filled with 16 different slides!
Photo credit to Suncamp.
10. Angeiras, Portugal
The Angeiras site is open all year round thanks to the glorious weather of Portugal. You can soak up the sun relaxing by the pool or spend the day at the surfer’s paradise beaches in Praia Azul. Similarly to most other sites mentioned, you can catch a bus from directly outside the campsite that will take you to the more traditional, old, cobbled towns.
Where Will You Visit This Year?
With so many choices, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact location you want to visit this Summer. We hope that we’ve given you a range of fun caravan sites to take a look into!