10 sites for a digital detox

Can’t get through your day without hearing the constant beep of a social media notification? Time to switch off! Discover 10 peaceful campsites where even the most digitally addicted won’t mind parting with their gadgets for a day or two.

#10 Camping la Garangeoire, St Julien (Vendée)

Family at the lake

Camping la Garangeoire

This tranquil site will get you in the mood to embrace the simple life. Literally push the boat out and take to the on-site lake to enjoy a spot of boating in the picturesque surroundings. And everyone knows that gadgets and water don’t mix so you shouldn’t find yourself itching to check out what everyone else is doing on line.

#9 Camping Château de Boisson, St Ambroix (Ardèche)

Set high upon a steep hillside, this site is perfect for active holidaymakers. Take to the Ardèche River in a canoe and enjoy a gentle paddle through stunning scenery and unspoilt countryside. If water is not your thing, then lace up your hiking boots and take a wander along some of the 220 km marked trails in the area.

#8 La Ferme de la Serraz, Lake Annecy (French Alps)

Ferme de la serraz pool

Ferme de la Serraz pool

With so much to do and see in this stunning area of the French Alps, you’ll have no time to even think about what status updates you’re missing. Enjoy hikes in the mountains, bike rides, lake swimming or some water sports. If you wear yourself out, grab a sun lounger and resist the urge to reach for your phone by taking in the beautiful mountain views.

#7 Bella Austria, St Peter am Kammersberg (Austria)

This quiet site, set in a remote spot in the heart of the Austrian countryside, is perfect for truly getting away from it all. Explore the amazing surroundings by bike – even if you aren’t feeling too energetic you can let the bike do all of the work and hire an electronic one. But that doesn’t mean that you can put your energy towards checking the online world; you still have to steer!


The views at Camping Eden are hard to beat

#6 Camping Eden, Lake Garda (Italian Lakes)

The views at this site will stop you in your tracks. Honestly, nothing you could see on Facebook would beat this! Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the scenic hills that surround the lake. The crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, windsurfing and canoeing.

#5 Château des Marais, Chambord (Loire)

Lose yourself in the beauty of the Loire. With plenty to do and see in the region, you’ll find it easy to switch off from real life. The fairy tale magic of nearby Château de Chambord will captivate your imagination, while the kids will be so enamoured with the campsite’s amazing pool complex they’ll forget to sulk about leaving the Xbox behind.

#4 Camping Valle Gaia, Cecina (Tuscany)


The Tuscan sunshine is perfect for a digital detox

Could a holiday in the heart of the Tuscan countryside be any more perfect for a digital detox? This family-run campsite offers a tranquil base from which to explore all the region has to offer. Trust us, your work emails will be far from your mind while you’re soaking up the Tuscan sun by one of the site’s two swimming pools.

#3 Camping Nautic Almata, Rosas (Costa Brava)

It won’t be difficult to tempt the family away from their games consoles and into the great outdoors here. This relaxing campsite is backed by a nature reserve and long sandy beach, both begging to be explored. You might get lucky and catch some flamingos in the wild – far more exciting than anything you might see on YouTube!


#2 Camping Manor Farm, Interlaken (Switzerland)


Life at a leisurely pace in Interlaken

This stunning site is surrounded by lakes, mountains and picturesque villages so if these beautiful surroundings don’t make you want to kick back and chill, then we don’t know what will. Enjoy a leisurely pace with a train ride on the Jungfrau railway through the Eiger and Monch mountains to Europe’s highest station. Just resist the urge to send a selfie home when you reach the top

#1 Campingplatz Kinzigtal, Steinach (Germany)

Venture somewhere a bit different for your next summer holiday with a visit to Steinach. This beautiful campsite is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life. Wander through sweet-smelling meadows to picture postcard villages where you will be welcomed by wonderful cake shops.

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