Campervan Hire Europe

campervan hire europe

Most summers Matt and Petra book take a fortnight and adventure across the seas (or English Channel at least) for bbq, walks, swims and paddle-boarding. Matt wanted to share a few of his campervan hire Europe experiences with you, so has compiled an itinerary of selected campsites. Each one has been tried and tested; taking a preference to well situated (for walking and cycling to picturesque villages), smaller farm/family run campsites with good environmental awareness, over swanky touring parks with swimming pools and game rooms.

Use the maps to get an idea of where each campsite is situated, then click on the links if you are interested in finding out more.

Folkestone Eurotunnel or ferry from from Dover, Newhaven or Portsmouth to Calais, Dunkirk, Dieppe or Caen. Our Euro travel option comes WITH insurance, breakdown AND all required euro driving safety gear.

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Campervan Hire Europe: Itinerary 1- South West France – 10 to 28 days

A dream trips for families, outdoor enthusiasts and surfers alike. Sunshine, rivers, wine, chateaux, unspoilt villages, lakes, stunning sandy surf beaches and mountains. We strongly recommend driving through the empty roads through Normandy via Rouen & Le Mans on the A28 and completely bypassing Paris. Tolls roads can be avoided, but are fast and worth it if you are pushed for time. The only busy section is outside Bordeaux. Don’t forget the autoroute aires are free to stay in and I’ve found safe. It makes sense to alternate campsites between the out and return trip.

1.1 Foret D’Ecouves, Normandy
Matt Likes: Beautiful forest camping just a few KM from Allencon and the A28 motorway.
1.2 Loire Valley 
Camping du Lac d’Hautibus
Matt Likes: Castles, tick! Vineyards tick! Need I say more? Both Airvault and Camping Du Lac are just off A28 and nice quiet sites by a river perfect for exploring.
1.3 L’ll De Re
Matt Likes: The perfect relaxing escape on an island joined by a bridge from La Rochelle. Bike rides, beaches and lighthouses. Bellevue and La Combe are both very simple but well located.
1.4 Alles-Sur-Dordogne, Perigueux
Matt likes: A great location for exploring the river, villages and a very well equipped campsite.
1.5 Arrachon Peninsula
Matt Likes: I’ve stayed at the Pyla Camping, just below Europe’s stunningly highest sand dune between the campsite and beach. Lovely sunsets, trees for shade, bike rides, birdwatching and paragliding off the dune. Reports that it is busy in high summer. Bourdeaux is nearby too.
1.6 Bicarosse
Matt Likes: Two pine wooded campsites by the sea or lakeside in this well known gorgeous surf destination.
1.7 Hossegor
Renowned as one of Europe’s top surf spots. Lovely beach & lake, beautiful tress, pretty villas and nice town too. Camping Oceliances has good shade and facilities. Cheap basic local authority alternatives in the woods outside town and the beach car park at nearby Cap Breton.
1.8 Biarritz
Matt Likes: Classy spa resort, surf mecca and pretty fishing village all in one. Stay outside at the Pavilion Royal, one mile south with its own private beach, there is no better campsite!
1.9 Lescun, Vallee d’aspe, Pyrenees 
Matt Likes: Simple campsite. Stunning views. Lovely Village. The Pyrenees don’t get any better. On the famous GR10 Atlantic to Mediterranean walking path. You can drive on to Spain too!
1.10 Luz St Saviour, Pyrenees
Matt Likes: Pretty medieval town with Knights Templar church, acts a great base for treks into the high mountains and cycling to the famous 2115m high pass of the Col Du Tourmalet. Camping Toy is a simple campsite conveniently located in the town. If you prefer to stay in a chalet, our friends at Mountain Bug have a great base in the village of Bareges and will arrange guided treks and other outdoor activities.
1.11 Auch, Gascony Near Toulouse
Matt Likes: Nice small campsites with with views of Pyrenees. Good location to stop before heading South East or heading back north.

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Campervan Hire Europe: Itinerary 2- North East France, Belgium & Luxembourg

Fabulous historic cities, great food, history, culture, wonderful forests and quiet countryside. An easy long weekend or lengthen the trip by going down to the Ardennes forest.

2.1 Ypres, Belgium
Matt likes: only an hour from Calais, surprisingly lovely rebuilt walled medieval city with ramparts and moat. The place to explore world war 1 history, enjoy a bike ride and have gorgeous Belgium beer after. Stay in the small Jeaugstadion campsite 5 mins from the centre or free on an emplacement by the moat.
2.2 Bruges, Belgium
Matt likes: One of Europe loveliest cities, canals, squares, churches, towers, plus you can walk everywhere. Memling campsite is walkable to the centre.
2.3 Bastogne, Belgium
Matt likes: Nice place with lots of history on the edge of the Ardennes forest. Great for outdoor walks and biking.
2.4 Larochette, Luxembourg
Matt likes: Great site in lovely countryside around the Ardennes and very cheap fuel in Lux.
2.5 Saint Omer/Cassel
Matt likes: St Omer is an old medieval town, a good touring base. Nearby smaller Flemish Cassel is recommended.  Quiet La Chaumiere is halfway and a popular ferry stop off.
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