Joys of European Caravanning


Trip to Europe No. 3. 2006


This trip started the 30th March to 31st May 2006. Crossing by Euro Tunnel for the price of £176 return for car, caravan and 2 persons. Bought through the Caravan Club.  This is a different route than the last two, visiting France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany and Belgium.   Outfit Citreon C8 and 2003 Coachman Amara 520/4 

Site No. 1.

CAMPING DU FUTUR,  Rue de Bois, Avanton, Poitiers, France.  Listed CC Europe 1.

This site is British owned and was very well run, owners very friendly and helpful.  It is a good centre to visit Poitiers, Chatellerault and the Futuroscope all within a few miles. 



SiteNo. 2.

CAMPING ORIO, Orio, Northern Spain.  Listed in CC Europe 1.

We had a job to find a site for this particular night but found this by the sea and it was quite nice not far from the Beach.  We only had one night here and no photo's were taken.

Site No. 3.

CAMPING ALPHA MADRID, Getafe, Madrid. Spain.   Listed CC Europe 1.

This was another one night stop.  The sight was split into hedged areas taking 6 vans and had there been other vans in there we would have found it very tight. Quite a few stray dogs on site which fouled the areas.  OK for 1 night not for more.

Site No. 4.

CABOPINO CAMPING, Marbella (Malaga) Spain.   Listed CC Europe 1.

Not too many sites in the area.  Site was quite crowded lots of Brits with static touring  pitches. No grass but hard standing.  We do know this area as we had a timeshare nearby for 10 years till we got fed up of going to the same place all the while.   The harbour at Cabopino is very nice to go for a coffee or meal.  Places in the area are Estopona, Marbella, Purto Banus, Fuengarola, Mijas, Caseares, Benelmadina and of course Gibralter is worth the journey, to visit.      


                     Site outside the caravan.                                       Caseares.


                              Cabopino                                              Orange Square, Marbella.

Site No. 5.

BAHIA DE SANTA POLA, Alicante. ACSI CC Taken. Listed CC Europe 1.

This was a very pleasant site not too far from the sea and Alicante. We actually got a television picture here with a large dish we bought in a do it yourself store in Spain.  Only here 2 nights as meeting German friends in France for Easter.



                                                   Harbour at Alicante.

Site No. 6.

CAMPING EL GARROFER, Sitges, Barcelona.  ACSI CC taken.  Listed CC Europe 1.   

We found this site very crowded and dusty.  John visited the Toilets and warned me against them.  Very handy to drive into Sitges which was very nice.  The train can be caught in Sitges for Barcelona.  When you get off the train and ascend the stairs you and into the daylight you are in the centre of the City.  The Goudi buildings are well worth looking at and the shops.  


                                                               Views of Sitges.


                          El Garrofer Site.                                               Sagrada Familia.

Site No. 7.

YELLOW VILLAGE, LES MEDITERRANEES, Marseillan-Plage, Sete, France.https//  Listed CC Europe 1.

Our German friends had already been here a few days so we had someone to greet us and help set up.  A nice clean site on the beach with quite large pitches.  Easy walk into Marseillan Plage to shops and restaurants with plenty of sea food.  Not many miles to Sete and the end of the Canal de Midi.  Though it was Easter weekend the site had plenty of free space and was not at all crowded.  Interesting to go to the Oyster Fisheries and the Noilly Prat Winery.


                             Indoor Market Sete.                        Sete and end of the Canal de Midi 

Site No. 8.

PRAIRIES DE LA MAR, Port Grimaud.   Listed CC Europe 1.   ACSI

This site is right on the beach and next to the Port.  A large site but where we went, adjacent to the beach with the Port just outside the 2nd gate, each area had a silly, low wall each side of the entrance it was quite difficult to get the car and caravan around and we had to shunt a bit.  WiFi available here.  An ideal base to see the surrounding area. St Tropez, Grimaud Village, St Maxime's and the Verdun Gorge.


        View of Sea from Site Port Grimaud.                       St Tropez Port Waterfront.




                     Port Grimaud                                                    Verdun Gorge

Site No. 9.

CAMPEGGIO BELLA VISTA,*** Albenga, Italy.  Site No.1720. in ACSI CC Book.    Listed CC Europe 2.

This site is situated outside the very old town of Albenga amoungst the market gardens, mostly owned by Dutch and growing flowers.  The roads are pretty narrow with walls on each side and on corners so great care needed but OK. The approach to the site is a left hand turn and immediatley sharp right and up a steep incline .  We were stopped before attempting the incline by the owner who said it is better if we tow you up by tractor.  This was done and we were parked in a hedged, grass area with a stone sink, water and drainage on site + electric hook-up.  We loved the site and the Dutch owners were so kind and helpful.  Bread of course can be ordered and collected from the reception in the morning.  Reception is in the middle of the site not at the entrance.  We were only there for 2 days but we really enjoyed the site and area around especially the lovely old town and the rugged hills behind. 


                     View from Site.                                                        Albenga Town.                    

Site No. 10

VALLE Gaia****  Casale Marittimo, Cecina, Italy.  ACSI CC Taken.  Listed CC Europe 2.    

This is a very nice site very well organised, staff very friendly and helpful.  In the Office complex there is a well stocked shop where you can order and collect bread rolls,  A very nice Pizza Restaurant, a privately run Restaurant in the grounds named "Robin Hood" food here is excellent.  The  Pitches are on tiered terraces and are large, hedged with hard surface.  The luxurious swimming pool is situated down at the bottom of the site.  Modern very good Toilet, Shower and Laundery Blocks  are dotted around the site.  We really enjoyed it here.    

There are lots of places to visit from here. I will mention some. Volterra and San Gimignano 50ms.  Siena 90 kms. Pisa and Lucca 70 kms.  Elba Island 55 kms. Further afield is Rome 280 kms and  Florence 110 kms. The latter can be reached by GT Bus or Train. 


                      Street in Massa Maritino.                                         Site Swimming Pool.


                                                                Views in Siena. 

Site No. 11.

CAMPING LA CHIOCCOIOLA,***  Cappanole-Bucine. Tuscany, Italy.  ACSI CC Accepted. Listed CC Europe 2.

We are back here for or second visit, so enjoyed it last year and the area around. Drive in to Montevarchi and catch the train for Florence a wonderful day out or take a day's trip around the Chianti wine countryside.  Visit small town of Radda and nearby Casali di San Donato in Perano, a Vinyard,  Restaurant and bar right out in the countryside.  Further afield in the Tuscan countryside you can visit Pienza, San Gimignano and Siena from here.


                   Pizza Restaurant nr.Cortona.                         Tuscan view from Pienza.


                              Vineyard and Retaurant at di Donato in Pearano


Site No. 12.

JODL CAMPING, Alt Ossiach, on Ossiachersee, Karnten, Austria.    CAMPSITE NOW CLOSED

Well here now for the third year running.  It is just like coming home we feel so comfortable and welcome here.  More Austrians are bringing their vans here for the season and a German couple have been coming to stay for 50 odd years, virtually since the Thaler Family opened the site just after the war.  This was the first site in the Area.  Frau Thaler still lives in an apartment on site.  Her daughter and son in law now run the complex.  WiFi is available on the pitches for a fee.  The pleasure boat Ossiach runs all over the lake during the season starting around May 1st or Mutters Tag (Mothers Day) celebrated in Europe in  May.   


      Andy bringing our caravan down to pitch..            Jodl Cafe Apfel Strudel,(no calories!)


                         Boat at Ossiach                              Morning Mist over the See.           


              Jodl Camping from the Boat.                               Gerlitzen Cable Car Run. 

Site No. 13.

AUSTRIA CAMP, Mondsee, Listed CC Europe.2.

Second visit here as we enjoyed our stay last year. See last years trip for places to visit.


                                 View On Site.                                             View over Lake.


                         Ladies Wash Room                                 One of Ladies Showers.


                  View over the Obersalzburg.                            Part of the White Horse Inn. 

Site No. 14.

ALISEHOF SCHARZWALDCAMPING,***** Bad Rippoldsau, Black Forest.    ACSI CC Taken.   Listed CC Europe 2.

A new site to us different part of the Black Forest than last year.  It is very nice the owner is very helpful, shows you to a site he thinks suitable for your caravan and then proceeds to help you to site it un-hitch it for you.  It is a quiet site with a few statics.  WiFi is obtainable at a very reasonable price.  Bread can be ordered and picked up from the shop in the mornings.  The Toilets and Showers are immaculate here and very luxurious too, all heating by Solar Panels on the roof.

  Lots of places to visit from here.  The nearest town is Wolfart which is very nice and handy for shopping and has a Market one day a week, not sure what day now.  Freudenstadt is the nearest large town which is virtually, in the centre of the Black Forest. Hexenloch Muhle and the Largest Cuckoo Clock at Schonau are in the Triberg area.  Lots of Cuckoo Clocks made in this area and Grandfather Clocks too.  Dold is a good shop to look in they are manufacture Clocks.


                             Wolfach Centre.                                    River View.


                   Hexenlochmuhle.                       Worlds  Largest Cuckoo Clock, Schonach.

Site No. 15.


We got a very friendly welcome here again and as we drove  up the main street on arrival we were greeted by this first photo belew.  The next day we did a tour in the Alsace and went tothe pottery town of Soufflenheim and Binsdorf.  Friday night we were taken,by our friends, to the Esthal Pub only open on Fridays run by a local man.  For shopping in Germany Globus is a very good supermarket and there is a very large one in Neustadt.  They have Groceries, Electrics, Restaurants and Garden Centre Do It Yourself Shops within the area.



   Where did they get that English Flag in Germany?          Inside this German Cottage.


                             Market in Neustadt.                           In the Esthal Pub.


                               Binsdorf.                                          Soufflenheim


Site No. 16.

PRUMTAL CAMPING***** Oberweis,  Near Bitburg.     ACSI CC taken. Listed CC Europe 2.

This site is a wonderful find.  Driving up here we decided to try a different venue for a couple of nights, in this area.  The Restaurant is 5 star at 3 star prices you must visit it at least once if you visit here.  We pitch down by the River which is very relaxing. The pitches vary in size we go for one of the largest as it is also in a nice position, no extra charge.  EHU is on a metre but you are only charged if you go above your ACSI daily allowance.  This is quite usual on Camping Card sites.  WiFi is available, Free of Charge, its does not reach over all of the site especially when the trees are in leaf.  If you cannot get it in the caravan you can always take your laptop up to the Restaurant and sit in the reception/bar area where there is also a computer you can use free of charge. 

 Bitburg is good for shopping try Tooms if you want a variety of food it is fantastic.  They sell clothes, household goods and electrical goods too.  At their other store, B&Q style, across the road they have a terrific range of goods.      

Further up the road from this site in 20 minutes you can be in Vianden, Luxemburg.  Get your Fuel here before you leave. Cheapest in Europe. All the Germans go there for their fuel too. 


              View from the Caravan.                                    Castle at Vianden, Luxemburg.

Site No. 17.

CAMPING YPRES, Kemmel-Heuvelland, Belgium.  Listed in CC Europe 2. 

This is the third time we have stopped here as it is useful to get to the Tunnel and Calais or Dunkerque the next day. More about this site in Trips 2004 and 2005.

This was an another enjoyable trip no problems with car or caravan this year.  Illnesses, well John did have bad ear ache and had to visit Dr. Haar in Bodensdorf on the Ossiachersee he was very good and soon cured the problem . 

We had an un-eventful trip on the Tunnel back to the UK and on arrival in Suffolk had covered a total of 7,170.8 miles with the car.   Roll on next years trip.