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Ten of the best caravan parks in Europe

Ten of the best caravan parks in Europe

Europe has a huge selection of campsites and caravan parks, ranging from subdued rural retreats to bustling inner-city bases. With such choice at hand, it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of rather unique sites on offer. So with this in mind, here are ten sites from around Britain and Europe that are slightly different to the norm:
 

Alde Garden

Suffolk, England

One of the main benefits that parents cite for going on caravanning holidays is that it gets children off their electronic devices. For this, there can be little better than Suffolk's Alde Garden, as it has no electricity whatsoever. As such, it's a rural retreat in the truest sense of the word. The only lights are solar powered, which means night times are spent listening to owls, not iPods.

Potential visitors needn't worry about this lack of electricity, though, as the site offers its own outhouses, replete with pots, pans and even a clay pizza oven. There's also an on-site herb garden from which visitors can pick the ideal supplements for their evening meal. Getting out and about should also be relatively straightforward, as there are free bikes on site that guests are able to borrow.
 

Ekeberg Camping

Oslo, Norway

The Ekeberg site is arced by trees and offers typically rural, workaday caravan site pursuits such as mini golf, squash and horse riding. So far so typical, right? Well, that is until you turn in the other direction and take in the panoramic view of the nearby city and fjord of Oslo. Few caravan sites which feel so rural have a large metropole nearby, let alone one which can be viewed almost in its entirety from the site itself.

Furthermore, such an attractive proposition might suggest that bookings need to be made months in advance, but that's not so as Ekeberg is 'drop in', meaning guests often don't need to book (unless they're travelling during the summer's Norway Cup).
 

Shieling Holidays

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Getting to the Isle of Mull with a caravan in tow might be quite the mission (leaving plenty of time for the ferry), but what awaits is worth the travel. In fact, the sights from the ferry make this a holiday which begins long before visitors pitch up.

Then, upon arrival, guests can enjoy local pubs, wildlife trails and views across to Ben Nevis. Perhaps the biggest selling point of Shieling, though, is its proximity to the sea. As such, it's possible to see otters and seals without even leaving your caravan. Not only that, a spot of luck and a good viewpoint could also present guests with a view of the local dolphin and porpoise population.
 

Hutten Palast

Berlin, Germany

When hearing the word 'caravan park', open green spaces are often what comes to mind. Not, then, converted vacuum cleaner factories in central Berlin. That's perhaps why Hutten Palast proves so popular with visitors, for being something truly out of the ordinary. Offering old converted caravans and wooden huts, visitors who subscribe to the 'glamping' side of holidays can benefit from its retro design and warm showers - not to mention proximity to all the cultural sights and sounds of central Berlin.
 

Fron Farm Caravan and Camping Park

Near Mold, Wales

Wales is renowned for its farming heritage, so what could be more apt on a visit across Offa's Dyke than heading to a working farm? Fron is a working beef, sheep and arable farm, which means there's plenty of wildlife for children to see. Not only are there sheep, goats and cattle on the site's 400 acres, there's farm horses which always please guests wanting to feed them apples, carrots or even Polo mint treats. Despite how rural this all may sound, there's still plenty of mod cons, which includes electric hook ups.


Campsite Le Ty Nadan

Brittany, France

Whilst many adults view their caravan holiday as being a serene break from the stresses of their working day, children often have a different view. Tearing around on a mixture of adrenaline and fizzy pop, they want to cram in as much as is humanly possible for their trip. With this in mind, the Campsite Le Ty Nadan is ideal.

Whilst parents can relax (or get involved if they wish), the youngsters can go horse riding, mountain biking, paintballing or ride the area's longest zipwire. In addition there's the chance to go hiking, ride Segways and go out on electric quads. That's not all, as the facilities also include tree top adventures, swimming and water slides, not to mention equipment for canoeing and fishing.

Plenty to get on with, then.
 

Henry's Campsite

Cornwall, England

The motto of Henry's Campsite is 'strange but wonderful' and it doesn't take too much looking around to see why. Each pitch is different, with all of them having their own character and setup. Some are surrounded by walls, others aren't. Some have wild plants around them, others are cultivated. There's even a BBQ lost and found, where those left behind by other guests can be borrowed. If that's not enough there's a huge focus on community at Henry's with a communal firepit and even a music and ale festival that's held on site every September.
 

Camping Des Glaciers

Valais, Switzerland

As the name suggests, 'Camping Des Glaciers' is a caravan site with a view of Switzerland's Alpine glaciers. Sitting at an altitude of some 1,600m, the area is a popular spot for walkers looking to scale the nearby mountains that spend the winter being ridden by skiers. As such, the surrounding territory is challenging but also immensely rewarding. Access to the high-altitude site should be no problem for caravans, though, as the owners note that even large vans can get to it with ease.
 

Eagle Point Camping

West Cork, Ireland

Stretching out over 20 acres, Eagle Point Camping takes up the entire peninsula on which it is based. This means guests will not only be able to take in views of Bantry Bay but also Ireland's rolling hills. Being set on one of these hillsides needn't worry potential visitors, though, as Eagle point has been sectioned into individual tiers, meaning that nearly all pitches have sea views. It's a similarly watery outlook for those taking up the site's tent pitches, as these even stretch right to the water's edge.
 

Camping am Fernsteinsee

Tyrol, Austria

Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm was the King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. During that time he earned himself the nickname of 'der Marchenkonig' or 'the Fairy Tale King'. This was down to his penchant for commissioning and building fairy tale castles across the Kingdom of Bavaria after being won over by similar sites in France.

One of those was the Schloss Fernseinsee, which is now a luxury hotel in Austria. The hotel isn't all the site offers, though, as it has grounds for camping as well. All this means that guests can not only enjoy the architecture but also the on-site facilities, including good showers, a shop and restaurant.

The above ten sites should be proof - if ever it were needed - that not all sites are rather nondescript fields, but instead offer something that should stay in the mind a little longer than most.

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