Camping is very popular in western Europe and just about every town that draws tourist has a selection of campsites, with at least one opening all year round.
On each campsite you can expect to find: toilets, showers, fresh water taps, waste water drains, sinks to wash dishes and sinks to wash clothes. You may also find: a shop, a swimming pool, restaurants, bars, washing machines and dryers, clothes irons, fridges, gyms and other sports facilities and internet access (including WiFi).
- Look around - Prices and quality of campsites vary a lot, and prices don't always represent the quality of the campsite. It is often possible to find a cheaper and better quality campsite.
- Municipal campsites - are often much cheaper than privately owned campsites. This is good if you are just stopping for the night, or are staying for a long time. The municipal campsites in Portugal can cost as little as €2.50 per person, per night, in winter.
Never drink tap water - Only ever drink bottled water. Some countries have good quality tap water, but the supply to campsites can be low quality. Therefore it is always better to drink only bottled water, which can be bought cheaply in bulk from supermarkets.
Wifi on campsites
More and more campsites are offering free Wifi, so it always worth looking out for the sticker in the window in reception. You may have to park close to reception or go in the bar. Check the WiFi section for information about getting free access and a better signal. Many people live on campsites in Europe and it is always worth checking as someone may have a unsecured router.