Enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors, being at one with nature, spending some quality time with friends and family…it’s no wonder camping breaks are taking Europe by storm.

Sleeping under the stars offers a holiday experience like no other, especially these days, when luxury camping is available for all types of break. From action-packed holidays to relaxing beach breaks, camping the modern way caters to all tastes, so whether you opt for a Maxi Tent or a Roulotte de Campagne, you can rest assured that all members of your party will return home refreshed, invigorated and with a newfound or renewed love of camping.

If you fancy going ‘al fresco’ for your holiday this year, here are three superb destinations to take into consideration.

1. France

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The south of France may not be all that far away, but the Mediterranean climate and the beautiful beaches easily trick you into thinking you’re on the other side of the world. The beautiful Côte d’Azur is home to long stretches of white sand, sheltered coves and plenty of sunshine, making it one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. Enjoy the leisurely pace of life, explore the fascinating heritage of the stunning coastline and indulge in famous French delicacies.

There are fantastic campsites dotted all around the country, ranging from North Brittany to the south west of France; from the Dordogne to the French Alps. With stunning natural beauty, charming villages bursting with character and gastronomic delights, France really does have something for everyone.

2. Italy

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Brimming with culture that reaches back into the twists of ancient time and beautiful golden beaches, Italy is the ideal ‘get away from it all’ holiday. From shimmering lakes and lush green landscapes to ancient cities and exotic olive groves, Italy has something to cater to all tastes, making it the perfect location for a couple, group or family holiday.

Opt for Adriatic resorts and you’ll be greeted with soft, white sand beaches, balmy climes, and a lively atmosphere. If you’re looking for a more remote destination that can offer beauty and tranquillity in its purest form, Lake Garda is the perfect choice. With its exotic olive groves and breathtaking mountain views, it is a natural sanctuary that offers the utmost relaxation. The lush green hills of Tuscany and culturally rich Sicily also offer the ultimate camping experience. If you want to go camping Italy is the ideal place – with so many sites available, you are certainly not short of choice.

3. Croatia

camp in Croatia

If you’re looking to go a little further afield, Croatia offers happy campers a sun-soaked holiday in an unspoilt location, surrounded by azure seas and lovely pebble beaches. The Istrian peninsula is a popular holiday destination with plenty to offer. Set against the backdrop of the clear blue Adriatic Sea, picturesque fishing ports with charming harbours and lively cafés abound.

The Eastern coast of the Istrian peninsula is home to Labin, which boasts a fascinating museum set amongst architectural delights. Immerse yourself in captivating culture in Groznjan, a medieval hilltop town overflowing with art galleries, studios and exhibitions. You can even visit the Brioni Islands, which, according to legend, use pieces of the Garden of Eden. As the largest of the islands has a safari park, it’s a great way to entertain the kids.