Camping in France, Spain and Portugal is easy. There are lots of campsites, which vary in cost and quality, but are generally cheap. It is also possible to camp for free in many areas.

Campsites in Europe

There are lots of campsites throughout Europe. On the coastal and popular inland areas of France, Spain and Portugal you can find at least one campsite in almost every little town or resort. Sometimes there are lots of campsites in an area, with most closing outside of the season, and one staying open all year round.

For one night, prices will range from €6 for a camper van and 2 people off season in Portugal, to €35 in France in season for the same camper van and 2 people. Prices vary greatly though, and campsites are still great value in summer throughout Europe.

Free camping in Europe

Free camping is possible and popular in most places in western Europe. In France, Spain and Portugal free camping is common. It is illegal to free camp in the Algarve region of Portugal, and almost impossible in Briton without the police moving you along. This is because it is less common in Briton and not accepted. As the French love to camp so much there are many proved rest areas for camper vans and motorhomes. These often have toilets, showers, and water facilities.

Comments (7)

  • Danny Cheetham's picture


    We're planning on visiting the Normandy landing beaches commencing in June, does anyone know any "easy on the pocket" campsites we can start with?.

    May 06, 2016
  • Lazy's picture
    Lazy (not verified)

    Camping and caravan site Lazy has two special places for camper vans. Camping in the nature with clean sanitary facilities. Only 15 xxl pitches. Visit sunny southern Slovakia and stay on camping Lazy.

    Jul 14, 2011
  • Anonymous's picture


    Does anyone know of any good free campsites or spots in Italy?
    As well as this any tips for first time van travellers.


    May 15, 2011
  • Paul Glover's picture

    Hi im looking for a longterm campsite near Barcelona can anyone help???? rustic idealy..

    Feb 24, 2011
  • rv discounts's picture
    rv discounts (not verified)

    free camping is good when one want to adjust his budget, but i most of the time prefer campsites as they are secure and offer a lot of facilities.

    Mar 31, 2010

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