We’ve spent the last several months in 2014 traveling through Europe in our used RV, humbly called “Homer”. Homer was a champ, making sure we got to each campsite stress-free and worry-free and breakdown free. But all would not be perfect it if wasn’t for certain campsites that really made our camping trip wonderful. We will no longer opt for hotel stays in cities when visiting Europe in the future, but instead stay at local campsites which provide everything a family would need for a perfect holiday. Most if not all of these campsites rent bungalows and chalets which include a bathroom and kitchenette for must less than a hotel which can get expensive when you’re a family for 4-6.
Each of these sites were perfect in their own little way. Some were fancy with waterslides and shuttle service to and from town. Others were peaceful and quiet. All we highly recommend for their professionalism, safety, fun, distance to city and cleanliness.
Here our list of the best campsites in the Netherlands, Belgium and France;
Camping Strandbad – Edam, Netherlands
This was the first campsite we visited after picking up our RV. We chose this campsite because it was only 45 minutes away from Schiphol Airport (where the RV was stored and parked) and since we never drove an RV in the Netherlands before, it would be a short drive so we can get used to Homer. The campsite is very clean, small and perfect for a family with small children. There was a small playground for the kids, a slide that went into the canal for swimming, sailing, fresh on-site baked bread and lovely restaurant. The city of Edam is only a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from the campsite where you can eat all the cheese you like!
Duinrell – Wassenaar, Netherlands
It was cold (June) but they missed the beach so much they dived right in! 🙂
While heading South towards Belgium, we found this camp site which was more like an amusement park. The park was clean (though the park looked a bit rundown, everything was clean and decent), there was a bus station right in front of the campsite that went straight to nearby Hague and to the main train station where we did a day trip to Rotterdam. The Duinrell Amusement Park was part of the campsite fee and the kids loved going there daily to ride the ferris wheel and also visit the Tiki Pool watermark. We took are bikes on a 6km ride to the North Sea and had a wonderful time there as well. It is a very popular campsite, with places filling up quickly during June/July. Our pitch was right in front of the entrance to the park which made it easy for us to go in and out. We recommend getting the larger private pitches in the summer as the park gets full.
Blaarmeersen – Ghent, Belguim
On route to Brussels, we decided to stop by the city of Ghent. It was the best decision we made. This city is small, beautiful and lively. Blaarmeersen has huge with a lake and many playgrounds. We like it so much, we bypassed going to a campsite in Brussels and just took a 45 minute train ride instead, staying for 2 nights in Brussels. The staff at Blaarmeersen gave us a cheaper rate to keep our RV in its parking pitch until we returned 2 days later.
Camping Municipal d’Olivet – Orleans, France
Unfortunately, most of the campsites we visited North of Paris and in Paris weren’t much to brag about. Only until we started heading South towards Orleans did we find a hidden gem. This campsite was small, eco-friendly and near the Loiret, where the most beautiful chateaus in France are found. A short walk from here was the train station to the city of Orleans, a gorgeous city where Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc), the “Maid of Orleans” once resided. There was beautiful bike path that lead to the famous Chenonceau as well.
Camping Yelloh! Saint Emilion – Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
This was by far our favorite campsite in France. Situated in the beautiful region of Saint Emilion, we explored one of the worlds finest vineyards while taking in the beauty of its gorgeous countryside and quaint town. This was a 5-star campsite with loads of activities for the children to do during the summer months. The kids did not want to leave so instead of our usual 4-night camp sleepovers we stayed 7 days. It really was one of the best weeks of our life.
Camping Punta Lago – Leon, France
While we made our way towards the South of France we camped near the Lac de Leon near the Ocean. It was a nice clean campsite and we were able to ride our bikes down to the lake and eventually to the beachside to relax. The kids LOVED jumping into the lake and spending time at the kids club here. There’s a wonderful indoor and outdoor swimming pool, but beware – France has a strict “swimwear” rule for men and boys must wear speedos.
Camping Les Mimosas (Yelloh! Village) – Narbonne, France
Part of the Yelloh Village camping franchise, this site was a nice stop-over before we crossed over into Spain. Located near the Mediterranean this campsite has a large water park, fine sandy beach nearby and spacious pitches to relax and just take in the sun. They had wonderful entertainment for the kids and families at with different nightly restaurant themes. Located near Narbonne this was nice quiet, peaceful location where you could just relax.
These would be our top recommendations from the 20+ campsites we visited in the region.
More to come in 2015!