Top ten campsites for a sporty holiday
Even with all the best intentions it can be hard to be as active as you like in your every day life. That’s why holidays are perfect for getting your sweat on while having fun! Chances are the weather will be more likely to play ball abroad too.
Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière, France
This Canvas favourite really does have it all and sports fans will not be disappointed. Its location, close to Paris, makes it a great base for spending a day at tennis’s French Open or catching the closing stage of cycling’s Tour de France. Plus, on site you can take part in a wide range of activities, from football to fishing, or table tennis to trampolining. Check out the FamilyExtra programme onsite for slightly more obscure sports – waterwalkerz anyone?
Camping Manor Farm, Interlaken, Switzerland
The stunning scenery surrounding this campsite provides a spectacular back drop to all of your outdoor activities. Extreme sports fans, in particular, will love all of the various options available for getting the adrenalin pumping.You’ll find countless opportunities to try paragliding, hang-gliding, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and much, much more.
Domaine des Ormes, Dol de Bretagne, France
You can choose from a great selection of sports at this perfectly kept campsite, based in the 600-acre grounds of a pretty château. Horse riding is available daily at the onsite stables, while a treetop adventure course will keep kids of all ages active for hours. Golf fans can perfect their swing on a decent 18-hole golf course, where lessons are available.
Camping la Sirène, Argelès, France
This lively campsite is packed full of activities for the sporty types. The on-site diving school at La Sirène offers a great introduction to scuba diving, but if you prefer to stay dry you’ll find all the usual sports facilities including tennis, boules, bike hire, archery and mini golf to name but a few.
Camping Nautic Almata, Rosas, Spain
With direct access to a gorgeous sandy beach this is a great destination for water sports. Water babies will appreciate the campsite’s own sailing school, where you can learn to sail or hire some canoes or windsurfs to explore the gorgeous bay. You can also explore underwater thanks to campsite-run diving lessons.
La Ferme de la Serraz, Lake Annecy, France
Based in the heart of the French Alps, this campsite is a perfect base for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Cyclists will find some challenging routes near this campsite, while less experienced bikers may enjoy the more pleasant flat cycle path along Lake Annecy itself to either Annecy or Albertville. This campsite is also a terrific base for hiking and walking.
Camping le Ruisseau, Biarritz, France
Camping le Ruisseau is a short drive from France’s surfing capital Biarritz, where you’ll find numerous surf schools and water sports centres. Professional and amateur surfers alike are drawn to the region’s glorious sandy beaches and the wild Atlantic waves. Find out more about surfing in Biarritz with a read of Kim from Kick Back Travel’s blogpost here.
Pra’delle Torri, Caorle, Italy
Golfers will love this campsite’s 18-hole golf course, not just for it’s technical challenges but also for its stunning views over the sea. If you fancy perfecting your swing first, the golf school onsite should be able to help you swing like a pro before you know it! The site’s other facilities will keep other action seekers happy – you’ll find tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and the campsite’s beach location means water sports are available too.
Camping Eden, Lake Garda, Italy
The lake itself and surrounding mountains provide an outdoor playground for anyone looking for an adventure filled holiday. On the lake you can enjoy paddle boarding, boating or swimming. The mountains provide a haven for mountain bikers and hikers. For the ultimate adventure filled week in Lake Garda, have a read of our Active Ambassador, James’ blogpost here.
Bella Austria, Styria, Austria
Set in a beautiful alpine location, Bella Austria is perfect for outdoor pursuits like cycling, hiking and walking. Nearby you’ll find trails to suit all abilities – from families to serious hikers. Further afield you can try glacier skiing or even catch some Formula One at the Red Bull Ring.
One lovely holidaymaker who has just returned from Austria had this to say:
“If you like the outdoors you will love it here! It’s timeless with old traditions still practiced as a norm and exudes a sense of ‘all the time in the world’ everywhere. There are clear way marked trails for bikes and walkers, rivers go babbling by, ancient wooden huts lie in green valley bottoms overlooked by medieval castles and tall white churches sitting on outcrops of rock.” June 2015