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Camping in Europe

Exploring Europe: Camping, Freecamping, Glamping & More

Are you looking for the perfect outdoor vacation? Do you want to explore Europe and experience camping, glamping or freecamping in a campervan, campercar or rooftop tent? Look no further! We've curated a selection of the best spots from all around Europe so that your next vanlife adventure can be as comfortable and memorable as possible.

Whether it's finding the ideal campsite, preparing for your trip or just enjoying some quality time outdoors — we have something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go on an unforgettable camping journey together!

We will introduce you to Camperguru spot collection, our one and only camping map that will help you find the best camping spots of Europe, as well as provide you with tips on how to find free camping spots and how to travel with a camper.

In addition to providing you with a wealth of information on campsites and camper parks, this article will also offer tips on how to find free parking locations in Europe, including things to consider when choosing a spot and how to navigate through unfamiliar territory. We'll also provide tips on how to travel with a camper, including how to set up camp and how to pack and prepare for your trip.

And for those of you who'd like to know more about rules of camping in Europe and tips on travels even beyond, in Asia's Silk Road and further, there's Stevens well respected Caravanistan.

And if you're into learning even more about camping regulations in Europe & tips for traveling beyond, such as along the Silk Road in Asia, check out Caravanistan, which is well-respected in the community.

Table of Contents:

Finding the Perfect Camping Spot

Finding the perfect camping spot can be a daunting task, but with some research and planning it can be an enjoyable experience.

Researching Your Options: Before you start your search for the ideal camping spot, take some time to think about what type of environment you’d like to stay in. Do you prefer secluded spots away from other campers or would you rather have access to amenities such as bathrooms and showers? Are there any activities nearby that interest you, such as wine tasting, cycling options or amazing views? Once you’ve narrowed down your preferences, begin researching online for campsites that meet your criteria. You may also want to check out reviews from campers who have stayed at the same location.

Area Lido Zio Tom
Camper park

Area Lido Zio Tom

Italy • near Diamante, Province of Cosenza

Factors To Consider — When choosing a campsite, consider factors such as its proximity to local attractions and activities, availability of facilities (such as toilets and showers), size of the site (if bringing a campervan or caravan) and whether pets are allowed. Additionally, make sure that the area is safe before committing to staying there – look up crime statistics in advance if possible! Finally, don’t forget about budget – compare prices between different sites so that you get value for money without compromising on quality.

Once you have done all your research, it is time to decide which campsite is right for you. Here are some tips when making this decision: Firstly, book early; many popular sites fill up quickly during peak season so plan ahead if possible. Secondly, read through all terms and conditions carefully; make sure there are no hidden costs or restrictions before booking. Thirdly, ask questions! If something is not clear then contact customer service directly via email or phone call – they will usually be more than happy to help answer any queries that arise during your search process. Finally remember not every site will suit everyone's needs – sometimes trial-and-error is necessary until finding one which ticks all boxes.

Finding the perfect camping spot can be a daunting task, but with the right research and considerations in mind, you can find an ideal location that meets your needs. Next up, we'll look at tips for making the most of your outdoor stay while camping in Europe!

Key Takeaway — Finding the perfect camping spot requires research and planning. Consider factors such as location, facilities, size of the site and pet policies when researching options. Additionally, read through all terms and conditions before booking to avoid any hidden costs or restrictions. Finally, book early for peak season sites and don't be afraid to ask questions if something is not clear!

Preparing for Your Camping Trip

Packing Essentials — Before you head out on your camping trip, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary items. Make a list of what you need and double check that everything is packed before leaving. Essential items include sleeping bags, tents, cooking supplies, food and water, clothing for different weather conditions, flashlights or lanterns with extra batteries, first aid kit and any personal hygiene products. Don’t forget to bring a map or GPS device if needed.

Setting Up Your Free Camp Spot — Once you arrive at your personal free spot it’s time to set up camp. If possible try to find an area with natural shelter from wind and rain such as trees or rocks. Set up your tent in an open area away from potential hazards like dead branches that could fall during storms. Make sure the ground is level so there won't be any uncomfortable bumps when sleeping in the tent overnight. You can also use tarps for additional protection against moisture or cold temperatures if needed.

Safety should always be a priority when camping outdoors, especially in Europe where wildlife may be more abundant than other areas of the world. Food should be stored properly away from animals and no trash should be left lying around which can attract unwanted visitors such as bears or raccoons. It is important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times and avoid hiking alone, particularly after dark when visibility is limited due to lack of light sources available in nature parks or forests. Bringing along a whistle just incase help needs to be summoned quickly while exploring remote locations off-the-beaten path trails is also recommended.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your camping trip is safe and enjoyable. Next, we'll discuss the best places to camp in Europe for an unforgettable outdoor vacation.

Key Takeaway — Camping in Europe can be an enjoyable experience if you are prepared and take the necessary safety precautions. Before leaving, make sure to pack all the essential items including sleeping bags, tents, cooking supplies, food and water, clothing for different weather conditions, flashlights or lanterns with extra batteries and a first aid kit. When setting up your campsite find an area with natural shelter from wind and rain such as trees or rocks. Make sure to store food properly away from animals and never leave trash lying around which could attract wildlife. Remain aware of your surroundings at all times when exploring remote locations off-the-beaten path trails by avoiding hiking alone after dark or bringing along a whistle just incase help needs to be summoned quickly.

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Camping in Europe is a great way to explore the diverse nature and wildlife that can be found throughout the continent. From snow-capped mountains to lush forests, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful hike or an adrenaline-filled adventure, there are plenty of activities available to enjoy while camping in Europe. Bird watching, wildflower spotting, and stargazing are just some of the ways you can appreciate nature during your stay.

Quinta do Canhoto

Quinta do Canhoto

Portugal • In the outskirts of Albufeira

Outdoor Activities to Try

When it comes to outdoor activities, Europe has something for everyone! Hiking is one of the most popular activities among campers; trails range from easy strolls through meadows and woodlands to challenging treks across mountain peaks. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try rock climbing or white water rafting? There are also plenty of other options such as kayaking, fishing, biking and horseback riding that will help make your camping experience even more memorable.

Taking in the Scenery

The scenery in Europe is truly breathtaking — from rolling hillsides covered with vineyards to rugged coastlines dotted with quaint villages. Don't forget your camera! Make sure you take time out during your stay to admire the stunning views around you; whether it's sunrise over a lake or sunset over a mountain range, these moments will stay with you long after your trip ends.

From exploring nature and wildlife to taking in the scenery, enjoying the great outdoors is an experience that everyone should have. Now let's look at some of the best camping spots across Europe!

Glamping vs Freecamping in Europe

Glamping is a luxurious form of camping that combines the best aspects of both camping and luxury living. It typically involves staying in an upscale accommodation such as a yurt, cabin, treehouse, or even an airstream trailer. Glamping sites often provide amenities like hot tubs, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens to make your stay more comfortable. Many glamping spots also offer activities like horseback riding and kayaking for guests to enjoy during their stay.

What is Freecamping? Freecamping is a type of camping where you don’t have to pay any fees or rent any equipment; instead you just find a spot in nature and set up camp there for free. This can be done on public land (with permission) or on private property with the owner's consent. Freecampers usually bring their own gear including tents, sleeping bags, cooking supplies etc., but some may choose to sleep under the stars without any shelter at all! For that, Camperguru created a Free Camping Map of Europe.

Tips for the spring and Freecamping map

The main benefit of glamping is that it provides all the comforts of home while still allowing you to experience nature firsthand. However, this convenience comes at a cost – many glamping sites are quite expensive compared to traditional campsites or freecamping spots. On the other hand, freecamping allows travelers to save money by avoiding costly accommodations but requires them to be self-sufficient when it comes to setting up camp and finding resources like water and food along the way. Additionally, since freecampers are not paying for anything they must take extra care not to damage public lands or disturb wildlife habitats while exploring nature freely.

Whether you choose glamping or freecamping, both options offer unique experiences that can help you explore Europe in a new way. Up next, we'll be looking at the different types of camping spots available in Europe and how to find them.

Key Takeaway — Glamping and freecamping are two popular forms of camping that offer different experiences. Glamping provides luxury accommodations, amenities, and activities while freecamping is more self-sufficient and budget friendly. However, glamping can be costly compared to traditional campsites or freecamping spots. Additionally, when it comes to freecamping travelers must take extra care not to damage public lands or disturb wildlife habitats while exploring nature freely. Key Takeaways: • Glamping offers luxurious accommodations with amenities & activities • Freecampers need to be self-sufficient for setting up camp & finding resources like water & food • Glamping is more expensive than traditional campsites or freecamping spots • When it comes to freecamping travelers must take extra care not to damage public lands or disturb wildlife habitats

Campervan, Campercar & Rooftop Tent Options for Outdoor Stays

Campervans and campercars are a great way to explore Europe while still having the comforts of home. Campervans come in many different sizes, from small vans that can fit two people to larger models with room for up to six. They typically have a kitchenette, sleeping area, and bathroom facilities. Campercars are similar but smaller in size and usually don’t include bathrooms or kitchens. Both types of vehicles provide an easy way to travel around Europe without needing to stay in hotels or hostels every night.

camping gear
Roof-Top Rent is a popular camping gear

Rooftop tents offer another option for outdoor stays in Europe. These tents attach directly onto the roof of your vehicle and provide comfortable sleeping quarters without taking up space inside the car itself. Rooftop tents also allow you to set up camp quickly and easily wherever you find yourself at the end of each day’s journey — no need for tent poles or stakes!

When choosing between these three options it is important to consider how much space you will need as well as what type of terrain you plan on driving through during your travels. For example, if you plan on tackling some off-road trails then a rooftop tent may not be suitable due its lightweight design whereas a campervan would be better suited for more rugged terrain due its sturdier construction materials and higher ground clearance levels. Additionally, if you plan on traveling with multiple people then opting for either a campervan or campercar might be preferable over using just one rooftop tent since they both offer more interior living space than most rooftop tents do when fully opened up inside their vehicles' cabins..

No matter which option suits your needs best, there are plenty of vanlife tips and tricks that can help make life easier while camping outdoors in Europe. Packing light ensures enough storage space is available within the chosen vehicle; cooking utensils should be stored away properly after use; investing in good quality bedding is important; extra fuel cans should be brought along; spare parts like tyres should always be carried; setting aside time each day for maintenance checks is necessary; and windows should be kept closed when parked overnight. All these little things add up to create an enjoyable camping experience.

From campervans to rooftop tents, there are many options for outdoor stays that make camping and vanlife more enjoyable. Next up, we'll explore the types of campervans & campercars available and their benefits.

Key Takeaway — When camping outdoors in Europe, it is important to consider the type of vehicle and space you will need for your travels. Campervans, campercars, and rooftop tents all offer different benefits depending on terrain and number of people travelling. Additionally, vanlife tips such as packing light, storing cooking utensils properly after use, investing in good quality bedding, carrying extra fuel cans and spare parts like tyres should always be taken into account for a comfortable outdoor stay.

FAQs — Camping, Freecamping, Europe, Outdoor Vacation, Outdoor Stay, Glamping, Campervan, Campercar, Rooftop Tent, Vanlife

Where in Europe can you camp for free?

Camping for free in Europe is possible in many countries as we explore in Freecamping Map. In some, it's allowed on public land such as beaches and forests, while other countries have designated areas where camping is permitted without charge. Generally speaking, wild camping is not allowed on private property or within national parks. Some of the best places to camp for free include Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland – all of which offer stunning landscapes and plenty of opportunities to explore nature without spending a penny! Additionally there are many campsites across Europe that provide basic facilities at no cost; these can be found by researching online or asking locals for advice.

How to find free camping spot?

Finding free camping spots for van life can be done by researching online and asking fellow campers. Many websites offer lists of free camping sites, such as Freecampsites, Campendium, and Hipcamp. Additionally, there are numerous Facebook groups dedicated to sharing information about free campsites around the world. If you’re looking for a specific location or type of site (e.g., beachfront), it’s best to search in Camperguru collection or ask other campers who have been there before you in order to get an accurate description of what is available at that particular spot. Finally, some countries may require permits or fees for certain types of camping; make sure to research these regulations before setting out on your journey!

Area autocaravanas Murcia
Camper park
Free overnight

Camper Park Murcia

Spain • Thader Shoping Center Murcia – A7 Autovia

Can you sleep in a van in Europe?

Yes, you can sleep in a van in Europe. However, it is important to check the local laws and regulations before doing so as some countries may have restrictions on where you can park or camp overnight. Additionally, many cities have designated camping areas that require permits for overnight stays. It is also recommended to research campsites with amenities such as showers and electricity if needed. Lastly, always be mindful of your surroundings and take necessary precautions when sleeping in a van in Europe.

Can you sleep in a tent in Europe?

Yes, you can sleep in a tent in Europe. Camping is a popular activity throughout the continent and there are many campsites available to choose from. Many of these sites offer basic amenities such as running water, electricity, and showers. Depending on the country or region you visit, some may also have additional features like swimming pools or playgrounds for children. It's important to research local regulations before setting up camp so that your stay is safe and legal.


No matter what type of camping you choose, Europe is a great place to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's glamping in luxury or freecamping with just the basics, there are plenty of options for everyone. With campervans, campercars and rooftop tents available, you can find the perfect outdoor stay that fits your needs. So pack up your gear and get ready to experience all that Europe has to offer!

One of the best things about camping is the sense of adventure and freedom that comes with it. With a camper, you have the ability to travel and explore new places, setting up camp wherever your heart desires. But finding the perfect campsite can be a challenge, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. That's where Camperguru comes in. The camping collection features hundreds of campsites and camper parks across the Europe, making it easy for you to find the perfect spot for your next adventure.

Are you looking for the perfect outdoor vacation or a chance to explore Europe? Camperguru has everything you need! Our website offers tips and tricks, camping spots, vanlife advice and more. Whether it's glamping in a campervan, freecamping outdoors or sleeping under the stars with a rooftop tent – we have all of your needs covered. Get ready for an adventure today with Camperguru!

By Vita • December 2022

Vita, co-founder of Camperguru, and his family traveled around Europe for over a decade. Starting with a caravan trailer and later upgrading to a more maneuverable van, they partially raised their children on the road. Vita is the co-founder of Camperguru and contributes to camping in Europe with his maps and other freebies. He is always willing to help with all things camping.

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