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Campspace RV and camper sites in Europe

Campspace RV and camper sites in Europe

Looking for a camper site in nature? Whether you're travelling by motorhome, RV, or campervan, there are plenty of camper sites and campsites for motorhomes available on Campspace. Find the most charming spots to park in Europe here.

Campspace RV and camper sites in Europe

One of the best things about travelling in a campervan or camping vehicle is that you can explore Europe at your own pace, without having to worry about finding accommodation. There are plenty of great campsites across Europe that are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay, even in the colder months. Whether you're on the road or parked up at a campsite, you have all your belongings, resources and camping necessities with you 24/7.  You can hop in your vehicle and leave a cloudy city to arrive at a sunny beach or peaceful forest a few hours later.

There are a few things that are good to know about planning a holiday in your RV or campervan, including certain rules, information about camping vehicles, and most importantly, inspiration and ideas on what to do and where to go. For instance, can you spend the night just anywhere in your campervan? What type of camping vehicle is best for what type of trip? How do you find hidden gems with the amenities you need? On this page, you can find all the camper sites you need for the trip of a lifetime, plus answers to the questions above.

🚐 Rules for parking your campervan, RV or caravan in nature

The laws about camping, in a camper or otherwise, in public spaces differ per country. This practice is referred to as free camping or wild camping. In our blog about wild camping in Europe you can learn about which countries permit this and which don't. Important information to know before setting off on your camper trip! Whether your desired country permits wild camping or not, it's always an affordable idea to book a campspace for your pit stops– as this guarantees a safe place to park and allows you to decide what amenities will be available to you. Browse camper sites in Europe by clicking the buttons below.

🇪🇺 Camper sites across Europe

🇳🇱 Camper sites in Netherlands  🇧🇪Camper sites in Belgium  🇩🇪Camper sites in Germany  🇩🇰 Camper sites in Denmark  🇵🇹 Camper sites in Portugal  🇮🇹 Camper sites in Italy  🇬🇧Camper sites in Great Britain  🇪🇸Camper sites in Spain

Plan a short holiday or road trip in your campervan, RV or caravan

If you want to embark on a road trip it's as simple as hopping into your campervan with friends and driving to camper sites along your desired route. As you already have almost everything at hand, all you need is a beautiful location. After hours of driving, it's important to have a lovely place to look forward to, with all the home comforts you need.

Travelling in a campervan, camperbus or RV can be a great way to enjoy a spontaneous trip, exploring a country or continent. A huge benefit of travelling in a campervan is that you can explore Europe at your own pace, without having to worry about finding accommodation. 

🇧🇪 Road trip in Belgium 🇳🇱 Road trip in the Netherlands 🇩🇰 Road trip in Denmark 🇩🇪 Road trip in Germany 🇩🇪 Road trip in North Germany 🇬🇧 Road trip in the UK

Campspace Spain campervan

🍂 Winter road trip: camper sites equipped for fall and winter 

 There are plenty of great winter-ready camper sites across Europe that are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay, even in the colder months. Travelling in a campervan or camping vehicle is a great way to explore Europe with the promise of a warm night's sleep. If you're planning a winter road trip, be sure to check out some of the following camping sites that are open year-round and offer great facilities for travellers:

Winterproof camper site in Belgium: Park your vehicle in Esther's garden in Londerzeel, Belgium, complete with fire pit, hot shower and rain shelter. Fun fact: this property once belonged to the town's former mayor.

Winterproof camper site in the Netherlands: Pitch up at Frank and Dorreth's campspace in Limburg, where you can enjoy a hot tub, sauna, fire basket, hot shower and rain shelter.

Winterproof camper site in Germany: Spend the night at Hans-Jürgen's spacious campspace in Wissen, where you can enjoy a campfire after a walk in the famous Westerwald forest. His fire basket and covered kitchen will ensure you won't be confined to your vehicle!

Camper site campfire in Germany Campspace

Campspace camper sites for different vehicles

There are many different types of camping vehicles available on the market, each with their own unique set of features and benefits. So, which one is right for you? Here's a quick rundown of the key differences between campervans, RVs, motorhomes and caravans, followed by examples of where you can stay in each.

Campervans

Campervans are smaller, more compact camping vehicles that are easy to maneuver and park, making them ideal for exploring narrow European streets and squeezing into tight parking spaces. They usually have all the basic amenities you need for camping, such as a kitchenette, sleeping area and bathroom. Oftentimes, campervan owners convert their vans into living vehicles themselves and join the thriving #vanlife movement of digital nomads.

Where to stay in your campervan: Bring your dog to this Dutch camper site owned by Judith and Klaas near the famous Biesbosch National Park and enjoy the sauna too!

biesbosch camper site campspace

RVs

RVs are larger camping vehicles that offer more space and more amenities than campervans. While the acronym stands for 'recreational vehicle' in the US and UK, in Europe, they are typically called 'campers'. They usually have a kitchen, bathroom, living area and sleeping area. Some RVs even come with additional features like a fireplace or outdoor entertaining area. However, they can be more difficult to drive and park, and may not be well-suited for extended periods of time on the road.

Where to stay in your RV: Go fishing in the private ponds at Jo's RV site in Sint-Huibrechts-Lille, Belgium. It doesn't get more picturesque than this!

Jo's campspace in flanders

Motorhomes

A motorhome is the biggest most luxurious form of RV. Motorhomes are the largest type of camping vehicle, offering plenty of space for travelling and all the amenities of home. They usually have a kitchen, bathroom, living area and sleeping area, as well as additional storage space. They're perfect for long road trips or for setting up at a campsite for an extended stay. However, they can be expensive to purchase and operate, and may require specialised knowledge to maintain. This English term is used more generally to refer to RVs in the UK.

Where to stay in your motorhome: Enjoy peace and quiet at Sebastian's secluded motorhome site in Germany, where there is plenty of space to park your motorhome, no matter the size! Enjoy the BBQ and the stunning forest view.

German camper site campspace

Caravans

Caravans are towed behind a vehicle and offer a comfortable way to camp. They come in a variety of sizes and usually have all the basic amenities you need for camping, such as a kitchenette, sleeping area and bathroom. The word caravan comes from the Persian karwan meaning "group of desert travellers." It has since evolved to also be a term used for a towed camping vehicle with a living area in it. This one can be confusing though – some people do refer to RVs as caravans too!

Where to stay in your caravan: Make memories to last a lifetime at Carlos's caravan site in Santa Marina de Valdeón, Spain. This view must really be seen to be believed. Go canyoning, climbing or hiking for the ultimate active holiday in Spain's beautiful mountains.

Vanlife at Campspace camper sites

Campspace camper sites are popular with the growing community of vanlifers across Europe. We're proud to call two couples in the Campspace community our Vanlife Ambassadors Joa and Diede and Rick and Laura a.k.a. Simply Nomads. Follow their travels across Europe in their campervans as they explore the wilderness and visit campspaces. Our ambassadors don't only take photos for us, but collaborate with us on a number of creative projects, including videos, blogs and expeditions!

Read about the Campspace vanlife ambassadors below and check out their work!

Campspace Vanlife Ambassadors: Rick and Laura 

Rick and Laura are an adventurous couple that live part time in their campervan. Rick has his own hiking expedition company called Ik Wil Hiken, and Laura teaches yoga online. Together, they are called Simply Nomads and were featured on a Dutch survival tv show called Hunted, and won! Rick and Laura take photos for Campspace, write blogs on being digital nomads, hiking gear and use campspaces as stops on their guided hiking expeditions. Follow their travels on Instagram @simply.nomads.

Rick and laura campspace van life ambassadors

Campspace Vanlife Ambassadors: Joa, Diede and Joep

Joa and Diede travel in their self-converted campervan with their Australian Shepherd Joep. In addition to photos of campspaces, they create videos wherein they interview Campspace hosts and explore the properties. They also wrote a great blog for anyone interested in travelling in a campervan with a large dog! Follow their travels on Instagram @joa.and.diede

joa and diede campspace camper site vanlife ambassadors

Activities to take part in at your camper site

If you're lucky enough to be spending some time in a camper parked up in nature, make the most of it! Here are some ideas for activities to keep you busy.

If the weather is good:

  • Get out and explore your surroundings on foot or by bike. Take a map and see how far you can get without using any roads!
  • Pack a picnic lunch and find a spot to enjoy it with a view.
  • If weather permits, go for a swim in a nearby lake or river.
  • See if you can spot any wildlife. If you're lucky, you might see something really rare!
  • Climb up to the top of a hill or mountain for views of the surrounding area.
  • Visit any tourist attractions that are nearby

If the weather is bad:

  • Stay cosy inside your camper and read a good book or listen to an interesting podcast.
  • Organize all your travel photos and make a scrapbook or photo album to remember your trip by.
  • Write about your experiences in a travel journal. This can be fun to look back on later on!
  • Cook up some tasty meals using only ingredients from your camper's pantry. See what culinary creations you can come up with!
  • Play some card games or board games with your travel companions.

After a long hike or bike trip (or a short one), it is always the best feeling to settle and relax. Sitting outside on a chair, watching the sunset with a plate of grilled veggies or a delicious homemade salad. That's when you really feel disconnected from the busy city life and appreciate time with your family, your friends, with yourself, or with your partner.

A camper site generally offers more safety, cosiness, and space than a motorhome parking lot. In addition, at a camper site, you often have a little more in the way of facilities. A mini camper site has the advantage of being more quiet, without losing that holiday feeling. The perfect balance for a pleasant stay! The lovely hosts of our camper sites know their areas well, so it's always a good idea to engage them in conversation and ask about the best local cafes, shops, or restaurants.

Top 3 camper sites for families

We've selected three of our top camper sites for families, for their stunning views, beautiful nature or great amenities.

  1. Visit Els and Philip's garden in Ternat, Belgium for the quintessential 'gamping' experience, or camping in someone's garden. The friendly hosts have a beautiful swimming pond on their property and the garden is a cosy haven for  family's  overnight stay. Open to both campervans and larger vehicles.
  2. Stay at Silvia's forest campsite near Osnabrück, Germany and experience a true fairy tale setting. Enjoy fresh eggs from the chickens in the morning!
  3. Park up at Mark and Sonja's campspace in North Brabant, the Netherlands, which has an outdoor dining setup, electricity to hook your vehicle up to and a safe space to enjoy a campfire.

Els and Philip's garden camper site in Belgium ID: 6053
Els and Philip's garden camper site in Belgium ID: 6053

Top 3 camper sites for couples

  1. Zoë's campspace near Mount St. Michel, Normandy offers a stunning view of the castle, and is walking distance from the nearest town. Be sure to bring some wine and cheese for a romantic night at camp!
  2. Relax away from civilisation at Daniela's campspace in Vahrn, Italy. Enjoy a stunning view of the mountains, a picnic table, fire basket and BBQ! Just take a look at the photo below.
  3. Janko's campspace near Ljubljana,Slovenia. A peaceful space in a beautiful Slovenian forest. Complete with BBQ, drinkig water and fire basket.

Campspace in Vahrn Italy for campers motorhomes 5412

Alternatives to travelling to a camper site

If you don't own a camping vehicle, there are plenty of places where you can rent one for a trip. Of course, we favour the sharing economy at Campspace, and encourage our users to check out Goboony, a partner company that allows people to put their personal campervans and RVs up for rent.

If you'd rather sleep in a stationary accommodation, why not browse our glamping and provided accommodation campspaces. If you want to feel even closer to nature, go back to basics by booking a tent pitch instead. 

Browse glamping pitches Browse cabins, huts and treehouses  Browse tent pitches

Frequently asked questions about camper sites

How do I find a camper pitch?

You can find the biggest variety of camper sites and pitches on Campspace, especially if you are looking for small-scale, charming plots. Enter your desired destination and dates into the search bar, along with the number of travellers and tick the box for your size of vehicle. The search results will show you a variety of campspace suited to your needs! If you want to make sure there is a hot shower, or any added amenities on site, add these as further filters.

How long am I allowed to stay at a camper site?

How long you're allowed to stay at a camper site depends on the campsite or host. Some people prefer to spend months parked up at a campsite and others use a camper site as a pit stop along a road trip. You can find both the minimum and maximum stay rules per campspace on each campspace's listing.

How much does a camper pitch cost?

A camper pitch is usually very affordable, ranging from €10 to €40 a night, depending on available amenities or location. 

How big is a motorhome pitch?

The size of a motorhome pitch varies greatly! On a traditional commercial campsite, you may be relegated to a small portion of land, slightly bigger than the vehicle itself. Nowadays, you'll find camper sites in large fields, people's gardens, on farms and in forests, with no strict perimeters per camper pitch. Just take a look at your desired pitch's photos to get an idea of how spacious it is.

Do you need an electric pitch for a campervan?

While a camper site with an electricity hookup is ideal for running or charging the appliances in your vehicle, you don't necessarily need one to sleep somewhere comfortably for the night. On Campspace you can filter for 'electricity hookup' when browsing camper sites, so that you see the full selection of camper sites with electricity available.

Where can I take a camper in the Netherlands?

You can take your camper anywhere in the Netherlands, but need to book a designated place to park. You can do this by browsing our Camper sites in the Netherlands page below.

🇳🇱 Camper sites in Netherlands 

Can you free camp in Europe?

You can free camp, otherwise known as wild camp, in specific countries throughout Europe. Learn which countries permit free camping in our blog Wild camping in Europe.

Can you free camp in the Netherlands?

Free camping is not permitted in the Netherlands. If you'd like to spend the night in a tent or a campervan in the Netherlands, you'll need to book a tent pitch or camper site. On the Campspace platform, you'll find thousands of these, situated in the midst of nature.

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