Top 10 Best Holiday Places To Visit in Spain, Spain Travel Guide
Where to go camping in Spain, where to find chalets in the most beautiful locations and the outdoor activities you don’t want to miss on a holiday… or a longer stay.
Beaches, fun, history, interwoven cultures, delicious foods and drinks, landscapes of stunning natural beauty… Sounds too good to be true? That’s what awaits you on a camping holiday in Spain and in this article, we’ll prove it! We’ll also give you all the information you need to organise your stay in Spain, whatever the season, whatever the length of stay.
Why camping in Spain
Are you considering a camping holiday in Spain? Here’s why it’s a great idea:
Climate: Spain has a great climate all year round, perfect for taking advantage of the great outdoors and really living in the open air.Variety: Spain is culturally rich and has a great variety of scenery and activities, therefore offers destinations to suit every taste.Good road conditions: it is easy to get around on the road in Spain, even with motorhomes and caravans, both on the coast and inland. There are also good plane and bus links.Well-equipped campsites and resorts: most Spanish campsites and open-air resorts are very modern and also equipped for families, pets, etc.Costs: especially in high season, the cost of a holiday in Spain can be higher than you might expect. But by choosing to stay at a campsite, even in self-catering accommodation, you can easily enjoy a low-cost trip.
Wild camping in Spain: is it possible?
Wild camping is illegal in Spain, although there are grey areas in the legislation, which vary from region to region. In general, it is permitted for campers and vehicles to stay overnight in car parks or rest areas, for the purposes of rest before driving again and to avoid dangerous situations on the road. In such cases, however, the rules of respect and common sense always apply: limit yourself to using the space of the motor home – don’t draw attention to yourself by setting up chairs, tables and barbecues outside.
The law is applied pretty strictly and fines are hefty, particularly in national park areas, near beaches and in crowded centres, and especially in high season. So if you really want to experience the thrill of wild camping, your best bet would be quiet rural areas during the low season – but bear in mind that it can still be a risk and consider a pitch at a campsite instead.
The best time to go camping in Spain
Spain is a great destination for camping in any season, depending on which regions you plan to visit. A camping holiday in Andalusia is a great idea all year round but it can be super-hot in summer and you may find the temperatures more pleasant and places less crowded in autumn and spring. Galicia and Asturias, in the north and on the west coast, lend themselves more to a summer holiday as it can be rainy there in other seasons. These northern coast provinces are especially great spots for surfers and, of course walkers, with the Camino de Santiago running through both. The east coast between Barcelona, Valencia and Aragon is at its best climate-wise from May to September.
Camping holidays in Spain: places for your notebook
With its incredible variety of cultures and ecosystems, a whole year would be too short to get to know Spain properly. So, for a shorter trip, we recommend that you choose two or three regions depending on what you are most curious about.
Here are our picks for the best places in Spain.
Andalusia camping: tapas, flamenco, beach and millennia of history
Andalusia enchants with its kaleidoscope of atmospheres and cultures. Visit Seville, amidst tapas and flamenco shows; immerse yourself in the magic of the Alhambra in the centre of Granada, one of the country’s most iconic and picturesque architectural complexes; explore Cordoba’s Mezquita, a labyrinth of columns where millennia-old religious traditions intertwine. Relax on the coast of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Marbella. The more adventurous can conquer the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Morena or explore the wildlife-rich marshes of the Parque Nacional de Doñana.
Valencia camping: paella, sea and mountains
A camping holiday in the Valencia region is possible all year round, thanks to the Southern Mediterranean climate. Start with the famous city of Valencia, where you should spend at least a couple of days visiting the historic centre and the futuristic Science City complex, and enjoying delicious giant paellas accompanied by a good sangria in one of the traditional restaurants.
Then, you can move on to the Costa Blanca if you want a beach and relaxation holiday, or to the mountainous nature reserves of Sierra de la Mariola or Sierra Calderona, if you’re looking for scenery and walking.
Camping in Aragon: architecture and nature off the beaten track
Choose a campsite in Aragon for a holiday off the beaten track. Discover the Moorish-style Mudejar architecture of the capital Zaragoza, before moving on to the medieval town of Albarracin, perched on cliffs and rich in archaeological sites.
After a few days in the city, immerse yourself in the unspoilt nature of the Pyrenees: explore the Ordesa Park, nestled between valleys dotted with waterfalls and rivers, perfect for excursions away from the crowds.
Asturias feels authentic and natural and you’ll return refreshed from a stay here.
Take a trip along the coast, stopping off in the various fishing villages (we recommend Cudillero in particular) or hunting for unspoilt rocky beaches such as Playa del Silencio or Gulpiyuri. Or, choose to visit traditional Asturian craft villages such as Grandas de Salime and Taramundi, within the Oscos Biosphere Reserve.
Finally, visit the elegant capital Oviedo, where you can wander the attractive city and admire the art of renowned painters such as Dalí, Picasso and Miró.
Castile and Leon camping: history, biodiversity and hiking
For a dynamic sports holiday, choose a camp site in Castile and Leon. The Picos de Europa National Park offers the perfect backdrop for hiking, climbing, cycling and canoeing: plan on spending at least 3-4 days here if you want to try out trails of varying difficulty and different sports – otherwise you might leave disappointed as there is a lot to do.
Then add a stop in the three famous UNESCO World Heritage cities of Ávila, Salamanca and Segovia, pearls of Renaissance Spain where every step is a history lesson.
Madrid camping: culture, nightlife, art and modernity
If this is your first time in Spain, include a camping stop in Madrid in your itinerary. The capital deserves at least 3-4 days for the main attractions alone: the art museums (Prado and Reina Sofía above all), the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor, the Gran Vía and the Parque del Retiro. Take a break in one of the characteristic cafés in the centre and discover the city’s nightlife, enjoying tapas in typical taverns.
For a good night’s sleep, stay at a campsite just outside the city, perhaps around Aranjuez or Alcalá de Henares, which are also good starting points for visiting other regions.
Camping in Galicia: Santiago de Compostela and the poetry of the Atlantic
A camping holiday in Galicia is the perfect choice if you are looking for impressive ocean scenery. Plan an itinerary along the coast with breath-taking cliffs and seaside villages and towns such as La Coruña or Vigo. Visit the world-famous Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the Camino of the same name, and don’t miss UNESCO heritage sites such as the Tower of Hercules.
Camping holidays in Spain: useful tips
Now that we have decided when and where to go, let’s take a look at all the practical aspects that you should keep in mind when organising a holiday in Spain.
How much does it cost to go camping in Spain?
Spain is not the cheapest country to holiday in due to its popularity but, as always, there are ways to stay on a budget. Staying at a campsite, in a mobile home or – even cheaper, in a tent – can be a good option. You can find the best prices in low season, or if you book well in advance or keep an eye on special offers.
What are the campsites like in Spain?
As always, it depends on the number of stars and the location but in general campsites in Spain are well equipped, with a wide range of services such as swimming pool, restaurants, kids’ clubs and sometimes guided excursions. Campsites in coastal areas tend to be the most luxurious, while in some inland areas you may have to settle for something more rustic (or maybe that’s just what you’re looking for!).
What are the roads like in Spain?
Spanish roads are mostly in very good condition. Like in France, Italy and other European countries, the whole country is connected by toll motorways, known as autopistas, and free state roads or autovias, which both allow you to travel quickly and easily between the country’s main destinations.
Watch out for speed limits in urban centres, where the limit is 30 km/h on dual carriageways and 50 km/h on four-lane roads. On motorways, the limits are 120 km/h for vehicles of less than 3.5 tonnes and 90 km/h for heavier vehicles.
We hope we have made you want to travel to the land of flamenco and sangria! All that’s left to do is to plan your ideal itinerary, book the campsites in Spain that best suit your needs and set off on your Spanish adventure!
When the days are longer and sunnier, the temperatures are rising and nature is blooming, the moment for hiking, picnics and adventures in the mountains is upon us!
If you are looking for a breath of fresh air, incredible scenery and an opportunity to recharge your batteries in contact with nature, we have just the thing for you: 10 fabulous, active day trips in Lombardy, to be savoured without moderation on your Italian camping holiday.
Where to go trekking in Lombardy?
With its picture-postcard lake and mountain scenery, Lombardy is a region of extraordinary natural beauty. It also has hiking routes for every taste and level of ability, which makes it our top choice for a walking holiday in Italy.
From itineraries through the perfect villages on the shores of Lake Como and Lake Garda, to the verdant glades of the valleys around Bergamo, Brescia and Sondrio and the prominent rocky ridges of the Lecco area – when it comes to hiking in Lombardy, you really are spoilt for choice.
Where to find trekking routes?
Safety is paramount when hiking, so it is important to use reliable sources when choosing trekking routes, to make sure that they are suitable for the abilities of everyone in your group. In addition to getting inspiration from blogs such as ours, it is a good idea to consult the official tourist office of Lombardy, as well as information provided by mountain refuges. These sources will often provide very detailed, precise indications on how to get to the trail’s starting point, walking times, type of terrain, elevation and so on.
Where to go walking in the mountains near Milan?
The sheer size of Lombardy can sometimes be intimidating: everything seems so far from Milan, where many people arrive. Yet, if you feel like you are escaping to the middle of the Italian countryside without having to travel all day, we have great news for you! Most of the region’s most picturesque trails are no more than 2 hours from Milan.
Whether you choose to go it alone, in a group with friends or with the whole family, you’ll find something to suit your needs and experience in our top 10 trekking routes in Lombardy. Shall we start?
1. Trekking Lombardy: The Wayfarer’s Path
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic trails in the region, the Sentiero del Viandante (Wayfarer’s Path) winds along the eastern shore of Lake Como, between Abbadia Lariana and Colico, for a total of 45 km. Its length makes it a perfect hike to do in stages, 3 or 4 depending on the pace of the walk, but those who prefer a day trip can easily choose just one stage, thanks to the excellent rail connections available in each of the towns crossed.
The section from Abbadia Lariana to Lierna will immerse you in the rural landscape between mountain and lake. The second stage takes you lower down, to Varenna, a magical village of intricate alleyways steeped in history. The third section winds its way to Dervio, amidst fishing villages and mountain hamlets, while the fourth ends in Colico along the shores of the lake.
Thanks to the excellent condition of the paths and the low altitude, this is a trek that is suitable for everyone and can be done in any season of the year. To admire particularly picturesque views and avoid very high or low temperatures, we recommend spring, when the walk is dressed in flowers, or autumn, with its warm colours and cool breeze.
2. Trekking in Lombardy: Val Codera
The lower Val Codera, about an hour and a half from Milan, is a place to admire the unspoilt charm of a perfectly preserved Alpine valley. The hike begins in Mezzolpiano, where the path enters the forest, passes through some panoramic stepped sections and wide rocky spaces, flanks the valley with lots of ups and downs, and finally reaches the village of Codera.
You can choose to return by the same route or to lengthen the route, in a loop that crosses the valley to the hamlet of San Giorgio and then descends to Mezzolpiano. The hike does not require any particular physical preparation, but it should be noted that its duration of about 6 hours can be difficult for young children.
3. Lombardy trek: Monte Bestone
The Monte Bestone trek is a must for those who want to enjoy breath-taking views of Lake Garda, with minimal effort. Well signposted and suitable for all the family, path 110 starts in Le Balze, near Voltino, and climbs to the top of the mountain, winding its way through green woods, dramatic ridges and enchanting views of the Veronese side of the lake.
Once you reach the summit, you can take a breather while admiring the boats moored in the distance, the majestic Mount Stivo and the sheer drop to the village of Limone sul Garda below. The descent is along the same path as the ascent, for a total of about an hour and a half of trekking… not counting the countless photo breaks that are impossible to resist!
4. Trekking in Lombardy: The Creste del Monte Resegone trail
The Resegone is a popular peak in the province of Lecco and can be reached by various paths of varying length and difficulty. The Sentiero delle Creste, suitable for experienced hikers in good physical condition, is perhaps the steepest and longest (about 6 hours one way), but its panoramic points of historical and natural interest, including the Passata, the Porta di Serrada and the Torre di Val Nigra, are worth every effort.
At the summit you can take a well-deserved break at the Azzoni Refuge, immediately recognisable by its characteristic red colour. It offers traditional Lombardy cuisine and also overnight accommodation, for those wishing to split the trek into two days.
5. Trekking in Lombardy: Mount San Primo and Belvedere on Lake Como
A hike up Monte San Primo offers a 360-degree view of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Como, the majestic Alps and, on a clear day, even the Apennines to the south. The trail starts at Piano Rancio and takes about two and a half hours to complete. It is not particularly difficult and is suitable for the whole family.
6. Trekking Lombardy: Lakes of Barbellino
This trek of intermediate difficulty is a little-known gem of the Alta Val Seriana, set at the foot of the Orobie Alps. The hike starts in Valbondione and leads to two lakes of the same name. The first and larger one is fed by a dam that is opened once a year, over the Serio waterfall. The second, smaller and wilder one, offers an unspoilt natural landscape dotted with snow until late spring. Great for those who like to enjoy nature without too much company.
7. Trekking Lombardy: Cenghen waterfall
An easy looped walk, this one is for the whole family, perfect for a Sunday picnic. From Abbadia Lariana, take the first part of the Sentiero del Viandante (Wayfarer’s Path), then follow paths 4A and 5A. The 50-metre-high waterfall is spectacular and forms a small, crystal-clear pool, in which you can cool down on hot summer days.
8. Trekking in Lombardy: the Grigne group
With their dolomitic rocks, the Grigne stand out like slender fingers against the pre-Alpine landscape and offer a range of hiking routes surrounded by rich vegetation.
The Northern Grigna, or Grignone, overlooks gentler lake views and can be accessed by the Bietti-Buzzi Refuge trail, for example. The Southern Grigna, or Grignetta, is characterised by a more rugged and rocky profile, and can be visited on routes such as the Piani Resinelli trail. Both are dotted with mountain huts offering refreshments, where you can enjoy the warm summer sun and good Lombard cuisine.
9. Trekking Lombardy: Three Valleys Trail
This is a 120 km loop walk in eight stages, at low altitude. It is ideal for hikers who want to gradually work their way up to longer and harder routes. The Tre Valli trail crosses the ridges of Val Trompia and Val Sabbia to the east and Val Camonica with Lake Iseo to the west, offering a variety of unforgettable landscapes. Each stage takes between 5 and 7 hours and has a high variant, which is a little more demanding, and a low variant.
10. Trekking Lombardy: Path of the forest spirit
And to finish with a touch of magic, there is the ‘path of the spirit of the forest’, an easy and fun trek for young and old to discover the fantastic creatures that live in the forest. Less than an hour from Milan, the hike begins in Prim’Alpe (leave your car in Canzo). Wooden sculptures of magical creatures punctuate the route, which ends at a labyrinth of logs in Terz’Alpe.
Do you already know any of these hikes? Which ones did you like the sound of most? Let us know on Instagram or Facebook!
If these ideas have convinced you to visit the region, keep up the momentum and plan your camping holiday today. Take a look at our range of campsites in Lombardy right here. They all have a range of accommodation options, including lovely chalets and mobile-homes to stretch out in after a long day’s hiking.
Among other things, December means the return of fabulous Christmas markets all over France. If we had to choose one, we would choose, without hesitation, StrasbourgChristmas market. With over 2 million visitors annually, it is the most famous market in Alsace, but also one of the most popular in France!
In addition to the magical atmosphere of its Christmas markets, Alsace is known as a very charming and picturesque region. This charm doubles during the Christmas season. And the unique style of the city of Strasbourg makes it a must when it comes to visiting Alsace.
First off, Strasbourg has the oldest Christmas market in Alsace (dating from the Middle Ages).
The first market (called Christkindelsmärik: market of the baby Jesus in Alsatian) took place in 1570 at the Place Broglie. Initially, it was open three days before Christmas Eve. It was the place to get your gingerbread, herbs, candles, and everything else you needed for Christmas.
Another reason why Strasbourg’s Christmas market is well worth a visit is because it is divided into several smaller markets. So, you can walk around them and discover the city of Strasbourg while enjoying the magical, festive, market atmosphere.
All in all, there are 11 markets, all located on the Grande Île. You can walk from one to the other in just a few minutes.
The Christmas markets are open from November 25 to December 24 2022, which gives you a whole month to visit them!
As mentioned above, there are several markets spread throughout the small centre of Strasbourg! Here are the places where you can find the best Christmas markets in Strasbourg in 2021:
– Place de la Cathédrale with the sublime Strasbourg cathedral. (49 stands)
– Kléber: the main square. (138 stands)
– Gutenberg with its country chalets. (4 stands)
– Broglie: the square where you will also find the Strasbourg Town Hall. (70 stands)
– Terrasse Rohan with its Alsacian specialities. (20 stands)
You can also find six smaller Christmas markets on the squares:
– Marché aux Poissons with its food stands. (5 stands)
– Temple Neuf and Saint Thomas with smaller markets. (17 and 13 stands)
– Place du Château (40 stands)
– Benjamin-Zix in the famous tourist district La Petite France. (11 stands)
– Grimmeissen and its social and solidarity market. (19 stands)
– Place Louise Weiss and SuzanneLacore and their Advent village (6 stands).
What to find at the Strasbourg Christmas market?
After two years without its famous market, the city is pulling out all the stops with a theme of ‘Let’s light up the stars‘ this year. It’s set to be a real eye-opener, and will be a great way to immerse yourself in the magic of winter.
Like at most Christmas markets, you will find stalls with food such as soup, gingerbread, chocolates or the little Alsatian bredele biscuits. Drinks like the inevitable hot chocolate, beer and mulled wine. But also, local and artisanal products. You will find everything you need for your Christmas gifts or the perfect souvenir of your visit.
Your children can also participate in activities at the Advent village, such as creating Christmas decorations.
Not to be missed:
The city of Strasbourg in France
The Promenade aux étoiles illuminations: A route of more than 600 stars highlighting the historical and architectural heritage of Strasbourg, across the Grande Ile. This route starts in Louise Weiss Square and ends at the Sainte-Madeleine Bridge.
The cathedral’s Christmas crib: This 18-metre long crib dating from 1907 is wonderful and enchanting. You can admire it in Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, at Place de la Cathédrale.
– From 25 November 2022 to 24 November 2022.
– Stands will be open from 11am to 8pm every day.
– Strasbourg Christmas Capital will continue until 1 January 2023 at the Village de l’Après.
Place Kléber, its Big Fir Tree and its ice rink: One of the main squares in Strasbourg, which hosts the famous 30m highBig Fir Tree every year. You will be amazed by its wintry wonder! You will also find some chalets and an ice rink.
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When does the Strasbourg Christmas market take place?
The Strasbourg Christmas market is open from November 25 to December 24 2022, which means a whole month to visit.
Where is the Strasbourg Christmas market located when it is running?
There are 12 markets, all located on the Big Island. You can walk from one to the other in just a few minutes. More than 300 chalets in total. They are spread out over the Broglie, Cathedral, Castle, Kléber, Fish Market, Temple Neuf, St Thomas, Benjamin Zix, the terrace of the Palais Rohan and the Gutenberg and Hallebard streets.
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