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Best Eurocamp sites for families, as recommended by parents

Looking for a hassle-free, affordable camping holiday in Europe? We've rounded up the best Eurocamp sites that Mumsnetters love, to help you plan a family holiday to remember.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Aug 4, 2023

La Croix de Vieux Pont Eurocamp site

Eurocamp is a firm favourite among Mumsnetters. Being able to get back to basics in a tent or a mobile home but having access to kids’ clubs, pools and even on-site waterparks and theme parks is a brilliant way to get away from it all with kids in tow. And many Eurocamp sites are accessible by public transport too - handy if you're looking for a car-free escape.

Eurocamp holidays are great value for money, and an excellent way to see Europe on a budget. Pretty much every site has a kids’ club, and they’re all kitted out with the facilities and entertainment a family needs to have a fun and relaxing break. There’s a wide choice of accommodation that’s designed with families in mind, with spacious tents, mobile homes and lodges available, and Eurocamp holidays are ATOL and ABTA protected for peace of mind at every stage.

With over 140 sites across Europe, picking the best Eurocamp site can be a daunting prospect. Seasoned campers from the Mumsnet Travel forums have recommended their favourite destinations for holidaying under canvas with the whole family.

For camping inspiration closer to home, consider our guides to the best campsites in the UK, the best UK glamping sites, the best UK farm stays, and the best UK holiday parks.

Best Eurocamp sites for families at a glance

  • Best Eurocamp site in Italy: Bella Italia, Lake Garda | Book now

  • Best for on-site amenities: Duinrell, Netherlands | Book now

  • Best for beach access: Playa Joyel, Spain | Book now

  • Best for beautiful grounds: La Granageoire, France | Book now

  • Best for a peaceful escape: Playa Montroig, Spain | Book now

  • Best for glamping: La Croix de Vieux Pont, France | Book now

  • Best for indoor activities: Domaine des Ormes, France | Book now

  • Best small site: Camping le Paradis, France | Book now

  • Best for mountain access: Jungfrau, Switzerland | Book now

  • Best for outdoor activities: Le Ranc Davaine | Book now

1. Best Eurocamp site in Italy: Bella Italia, Lake Garda, Italy

a swimming pool with slides and children playing

Bella Italia | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"My absolute favourite was lake garda on a spring holiday (if I remember correctly was Bella Italia) and if you go there garda land is a must for the children and all the little villages around are lovely for wandering around in the evenings to find the best restaurants for pizza (their favourite food, can't beat real Italian pizza😋)" - recommended by Mumsnet user, mossstitch

"We've stayed at Bella Italia and had an amazing time. Our dc were about 4,8,12 when we went and all enjoyed it. Plenty to do on the site, pools are fab" - hairycabbage

Located on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Garda, Bella Italia is Mumsnetters’ most recommended Eurocamp site for families. With direct access to a lakeside beach, four pools and on-site entertainment, you don’t need to go far to keep the kids busy. Venture out of the campsite and you’ll find pretty villages, cycle paths and stunning scenery. The on-site restaurant’s not to be missed with its lake views and good quality Italian grub. This site is ‘car optional’ too, with Peschiera del Garda train station just over a mile away.

Nearest airport: Verona (14 miles)

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2. Best for on-site amenities: Duinrell, Wassenaar, Netherlands

a swimming pool with a large and twisty waterslide

Duinrell | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"Definitely look into Duinrell, especially with 4 year olds, there is a small theme park on site and a water park, my daughter had the best time when she was about 4. The local town (short walk away) Wassenaar is lovely too, with a supermarket and other shops" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MrsS92

Our verdict

One of the most fun-packed sites in Europe, Duinrell has its own theme park, waterpark and 21 water slides. Just a 40-minute drive from Amsterdam, it’s surrounded by safe cycle routes and woodland. Sandy Wassenaarse Slag beach is a couple of miles away, and the charming town of Wassenaar is just half a mile from the site, with quintessentially Dutch canals and architecture to take in.

Nearest airport: Amsterdam (24 miles)

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Best Eurocamp sites for families: Editor's picks

a swimming pool with slides and children playing
Bella Italia, Italy

By Lake Garda
7-night breaks from £342

Book now
La Croix de Vieux Pont Eurocamp site in northern France
La Croix de Vieux Pont, Northern France

90 minutes from Paris
7-night breaks from £247

Book now
a swimming pool with a large and twisty waterslide
Duinrell, Netherlands

40 minutes from Amsterdam
7-night breaks from £347

Book now

3. Best for beach access: Playa Joyel, Noja, Northern Spain

a stretch of sandy beach with a lush, green mountain backdrop

Playa Joyel | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"Pleased to see Playa Joyel in Noja mentioned. The tidal river beach, rock pools and caves there are just about my favourite place on earth I think. I love to swim in the river, the water so clear and refreshing and I always felt it was safer for the children than the proper beach as visibility very good, no waves and lots of lovely shallow pools if you time it right" - recommended by Mumsnet user, GuinefortGrey

Our verdict

Northern Spain is a lot more temperate and less touristy than the south coast, and you can catch a ferry from Portsmouth or Plymouth to nearby Santander - it’s recommended you bring a car or hire one in order to get to the campsite easily. There’s direct access from the site to a lovely sandy beach, and the Cantabrian mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. Set within the lush Noja National Park, this is a great destination for families in search of fresh air and relaxation.

Nearest airport: Santander (25 miles)

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4. Best for beautiful grounds: La Granageoire, Vendee, Central France

a little girl playing in a shallow pool on a sunny day

La Granageoire| Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"We're just back from 10 days at La Garangeoire (Vendee) with Eurocamp and it was great! Kids loved the kids' club, pool warm and slides good (not the biggest of pool complexes we've been to tho) tennis courts were in great nick and the site was spacious and well cared for. I think we'll go back!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Newbiecat

Our verdict

La Garangeoire holds a special place in Mumsnetters’ hearts, thanks to its beautiful location in the grounds of a chateau, surrounded by woods, meadows and lakes. A car is recommended, as it’s a bit of a trek from the nearest airport or ferry port. There’s a brilliant pool complex, a spa and plenty of activities on site - like archery, scuba diving and horse riding. The nearest beach is seven miles away at Brétignolles sur Mer. It’s a lovely wide sandy beach with safe, shallow water - definitely worth the trip off site.

Nearest airport: Nantes (62 miles)

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5. Best for a peaceful escape: Playa Montroig, Costa Dorada, Southern Spain

three large swimming pools surrounded by forest

Playa Montroig | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"Tarragona is lovely and we really enjoyed the water park at Portaventura. Cambrils was also lovely. Spent lots of evenings just wandering the campsite/beach, really peaceful and picturesque. Seem to remember it also had a good bakery! Some of the evening entertainment for kids was in the so bad it's brilliant category - my children were teens then, they still talk about it now. BaconAndCheeseOatcake

Our verdict

On Spain’s sunny and popular south coast, Playa Montroig is set in subtropical gardens near some of Costa Dorada’s best sandy beaches. With four pools, tennis courts and great restaurants, it’s a good one for older kids, although little ones are well catered for with a kids’ club, a toddler pool and five playgrounds. The port of Cambrils is a short drive away, offering plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. Barcelona is 80 miles north, and well worth a visit if you’re up for the drive.

Nearest airport: Reus (15 miles)

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6. Best for glamping: La Croix de Vieux Pont, Berny Riviere, Northern France

La Croix de Vieux Pont Eurocamp site in northern France

La Croix de Vieux Pont | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"Just got back from Croix de Vieux Pont, stayed in the safari tents. Bloody brilliant. Children from 1 to 15 in the group and everyone had a great time" - recommended by Mumsnet user, SweepTheHalls

"One of our favourites in La Croix du Vieux Pont, at Berny Riviere. From memory, it's no more than 3 hours drive from Calais & about 90 mins from Paris & Disneyland Paris. It's a fairly big site, but not massive & has loads on site - pools, splash park, soft play, bowling, few funfair type attractions & bouncy castle, crazy golf, climbing, lake with pedalos & fishing, couple of great playgrounds, shops, bike hire. It also has a man-made beach which was a highlight for our DC. Thoroughly recommend" - rated by Mumsnet user, confusedofengland

Our verdict

A couple of hours’ drive from Paris and Disneyland Paris, La Croix de Vieux Pont is well-placed for all the sights of Northern France. The site has four pools (one with a retractable roof), plus a family disco, a lake beach and three playgrounds. Eurocamp recommends bringing a car, and the nearest ferry port is Calais. Opt for a swish safari tent for a real glamping experience. It comes with proper beds, a kitchenette and wooden furniture.

Nearest airport: Paris CGD (47 miles)

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7. Best for indoor activities: Domaine des Ormes, Brittany, Northern France

a campsite with a big blue dome and lots of trees

Domaine des Ormes | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"Highly recommend Chateau des Ormes in Brittany. Five pools including indoor and one with a wave machine, horseriding, paintball, golf course on site, archery etc and the usual sporting activities. Restaurant, shop, bar, disco and entertainment too. There's enough to do to keep the youngsters happy but nice and chilled so the adults can have a good time too" - recommended by Mumsnet user, BiscuitsWithEverythingPlease

Our verdict

When it comes to the northern coast of France, you can never predict the weather. Luckily, Domaine des Ormes has a massive covered pool complex in a futuristic dome, so you can enjoy a tropical atmosphere come rain or shine. The site is set in 400 acres of woodland, with wildflower meadows and a large lake completing the idyllic location. Horse riding is a speciality, and lessons are on offer for all ages. Hop on a ferry from Portsmouth, Poole or Plymouth to St Malo, which is 24 miles from the site.

Nearest airport: Dinard (26 miles)

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8. Best small site: Camping le Paradis, Dordogne, Central France

an aerial view of swimming pools at a campsite

Camping le Paradis | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"We stayed at a beautiful campsite in the Dordogne called Camping le Paradis. Weather very hot, drive from Chunnel about 7 hours I think and the most beautiful site. They had a number of cabins/ safari tents to hire directly or with or other companies and they looked fab. There are three pools and two kiddies pools. Lots of space to play too and a lovely bar, kids club, canoeing etc" - recommended by Mumsnet user, HMBB

"Toilets so clean you could eat your dinner in there. And a fab site generally. Next to a river with canoe hire. Loads to do in the area and easily drivable from the ferry ports" - rated by Mumsnet user, Heratnumber7

Our verdict

In the heart of the French countryside and with river Vézère running by, camping Le Paradis is a truly picturesque family holiday destination. Nearby, the wall paintings of Lascaux caves are a must-see, as well as La Roque St Christophe and the pretty town of Montignac. One of the smaller Eurocamp sites, this is a perfect choice for a low-key family holiday.

Nearest airport: Bergerac (42 miles)

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9. Best for mountain access: Jungfrau, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

tents with an Alpine backdrop

Jungfrau | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"It's a spectacular location in the heart of the Alps. We have 4 kids (7, 10, 10 and 12) and we did it all by public transport as we didn't think our ancient car would make it. We flew via easyJet (into Geneva and out of Zurich) and took the train to Lauterbrunnen which is about 20 mins from the campsite. The campsite didn't have a swimming pool but there was one in the village which we used. To be honest we were out and about most days as there's so much to see and do in that area. You can only reach some of the high mountain villages by train so we really didn't miss having a car at all" - recommended by Mumsnet user, raspberryriot

Our verdict

For a camping holiday that’s a little different, Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps is a great choice. Set in lush Alpine scenery, there are no less than 72 waterfalls in and around the campsite grounds. There’s a playground and table tennis on-site. You’ll need to head to the nearest town to find a swimming pool but campers can get discounted entry. This site is all about exploring the local area, climbing mountains and experiencing a bit of authentic Alpine life.

Nearest airport: Basel Mulhouse (103 miles)

10. Best for outdoor activities: Le Ranc Davaine, Ardeche, Southern France

swimming pools at a rural french campsite

Le Ranc Davaine | Check availability

What Mumsnet users say

"The Ardeche is beautiful and this campsite has a stretch of river and a zip wire course and has a great pool area and a lovely restaurant" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Piggywaspushed

Our verdict

Combining a picturesque rural location with reliable sunshine and a great pool complex, Le Ranc Davaine in the South of France is an ideal destination for a warm, fun-filled family holiday. There’s a spa, a kids’ club, two playgrounds and lots of activities within easy reach of the campsite. The local area is known for its rock climbing and pot holing. Canoeing on the river Chassezac, which runs through the campsite, comes highly recommended.

Nearest airport: Nimes (60 miles)

What’s the best Eurocamp in Italy?

Mumsnetters love Bella Italia on the shores of Lake Garda, for its breathtaking location, multitude of pools and lovely climate. What’s more, it’s easily accessible by public transport.

How many Eurocamps are there?

There are 148 Eurocamp sites across 11 European countries.

What’s the best Eurocamp site for families?

The best Eurocamp site for families is La Croix de Vieux Pont in Northern France. It combines all the best bits of a Eurocamp site with a great location within easy reach of Paris and Disneyland, plus it’s not too far from the Eurotunnel and ferry port at Calais.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there's nothing like a real recommendation from a fellow parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which Eurocamp sites were being recommended for families.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at what Eurocamp destinations had won accolades or been featured in 'best choice' lists, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best Eurocamp sites for families.

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