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Car-Camping in Europe

For Europeans, the most popular and inexpensive way to have fun and see the sights is to car-camp. Here’s a small sample on what’s available.

Venice: A slender pennisula protects Venice from the Adriatic. Camping Miramare (www.camping-miramare.it) with a private beach, is located at its southern tip, at Punta Sabbioni. Campers reach Venice by ferry.

Vienna: Top Camping’s Internet café and store (www.topcamping.at/engl/platz14.html) is the perfect place to meet and exchange tips with other travelers on camping sites. Join the Viennese on the park’s walking/cycling paths and tennis courts. Enjoy the Vienna Woods and its congenial wine gardens, just minutes away.

Isaba, Spain: Hugging the river under sweet-smelling pines, the green grass and flower gardens of Camping Asolaze (www.campingasolaze.com) in the Spanish Pyrennes’ Valle de Roncal are popular with outdoor enthusiasts from all over Europe. Campers stretch out on the lawns and hang out in the café to exchange stories about their hikes in the surrounding mountains.

Popular campgrounds have well-maintained warm showers, clean toilets, common kitchens, laundry facilities, a well-equipped children’s playground, shade, and, if close to a city, nearby public transportation.

Today’s camping equipment is easy to pack and setup. It just takes a couple of duffels to pack a rain-proof tent, inflatable sleeping mattresses, sleeping bags, collapsible ground chairs, a small camp stove, a few utensils, and personal stuff.

Driving in Europe is not much more difficult than driving in an unfamiliar area in your own country. Make arrangements for the car-rental from home. Good deals are out there.

It’s not hard to stay within a budget of €60-80 per day per person including a mid-size car and insurance, gas, highway tolls, food, and entrance fees to sights and museums.

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