Discover places to go and things to do on your next camping holiday. Read our tips for making the most of your camping holiday in Europe. Find the best ice cream parlours, things to do with kids, haunted castles and more.

A fresh look at France

To paraphrase Dr Johnson, if you’re tired of France, you’re tired of holidays. It’s the destination that never ceases to intrigue, delight and inspire.

Experiencing the real France means exploring villages unchanged by centuries, witnessing local festivals, eating local dishes, and above all meeting the real people for whom those magical landscapes are the background to everyday life.

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A night at the museum…

No, this isn’t a blog post about a Ben Stiller film. Much as I’d like to spend time reviewing it, this post is actually to tell you about something rather good that’s happening this weekend.

Free entry to loads of different museums, all over Europe. At night. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?

Basically, on Saturday 16 May 2015, museums all over Europe will throw open their doors after usual closing hours and invite the public to come and explore. Some are ‘roam free’, while others hold special events or talks.

There are thousands to choose from. If you’re on holiday this weekend, the website has useful links to what’s on where.

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Game set & match – the French Open

I love watching tennis. It’s the only sport my husband and I agree on, and we’ve always wanted to watch one of the Grand Slams live. Australia and the US Open are a little out of our price range, and we hadn’t been organised enough to enter the ballot for Wimbledon tickets. The French Open however, seemed like a possibility. Tickets were easy to buy online, so we decided to combine our trip to the tennis with a holiday at the campsite at Berny Rivière, around an hour north of Paris.

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8 hours in Amsterdam

If you’re holidaying at Camping Duinrell in Holland this summer, the obvious choice for a day trip is Amsterdam. Easily accessible from the campsite, either on Holland’s super-efficient bus and train network, or by car (though we’d suggest park and ride rather than driving into the city), there’s loads to see and do.

While it would be impossible to cram everything in to one day, it is possible to see a lot as the city centre is fairly compact.

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Spotlight on the Côte d’Azur

With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the alluring Côte d’Azur in the south east of France attracts artists, celebrities and sun-seeking tourists in their droves. Also known as the French Riviera, the diverse coastline offers uninterrupted stretches of sandy beaches, sheltered coves and idyllic islands interspersed with traditional fishing villages, chic resorts and tranquil hilltop towns. 

One of the main draws of this stunning region is its enviable climate – temperatures rarely drop below 20°c and hover around a lovely 29°c during July and August. If lying on a beautiful sandy beach soaking up the sunshine is your idea of the perfect way to spend a day (or more) then the Côte d’Azur will spoil you – there are numerous sandy spots to relax on, and then the warm, clear Mediterranean sea to cool off in. Must-see Riviera resorts include the exceptional principality of Monaco, glamorous Cannes and equally glitzy St Tropez. Smaller, yet no less charming are the Provençal villages of Antibes, Fréjus Saint-Raphaël and Port Grimaud. Inland you can explore the Estérel forest and spectacular Gorges du Verdon.

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Camping holidays for empty-nesters

Children grown up and flown the nest? Been a few years since you’ve thought about a camping holiday?

You might be surprised to discover many of our campsites offer activities just for grown-ups. From luxury spas and golf courses to wine tasting and city breaks, camping really does offer something for everyone.

Of course not being constrained by school holiday dates means you can take advantage of the low prices available in May, June and September, when you’ll also find resorts are much quieter (but the weather often just as good).

Here’s our pick of the best camping breaks for empty nesters.

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