Go back to basics, sleep under the stars and enjoy...
Time Out Dubai staff
Camping Les Romarins, French Riviera
Above the millionaires’ yachts basking in the harbour of Cap Ferrat sits a peaceful retreat in the rugged hilltops. Below lies the Mediterranean panorama of medieval villages, while the swanky towns of Monaco and Nice are only a short drive away. One of the world’s most romantic drives, along the winding Moyenne Corniche, is carved into the coastal cliffs.
+33 4 93 01 81 64/
Greystoke Mahale, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Set on the white-sand beaches fringing Lake Tanganyika, cocooned in rolling forests, Greystoke Mahale is a campsite of swish bandas (thatched huts) in a remote corner of Africa. Guests can read online about the local chimps, which they are likely to meet during treks into the jungle, home to nine species of primate and many other exotic creatures. www.greystoke-mahale.com
Longitude 131, Uluru, Australia
In this primeval land of ancestral legends, camping need not be as severe as the scorched landscape. This luxury campsite of raised tents, electric blinds and air-conditioning will come as a relief to overheated visitors, with spectacular views of the sacred sandstone rock of Uluru, and tours of the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
+612 8296 8010/ www.longitude131.com.au
Camping La Fresneda, Matarraña, Spain
Taste Spain on a walking holiday in this valley of olive and almond groves. Locally cured meats, olive oil pressed on site and freshly-made and subtly seasoned cheeses are just the start of the sensory adventure. A natural hot spring rock pool, prehistoric paintings and ancient villages are among the treasures to be discovered for hikers.
+34 978 85 40 85/ www.campinglafresneda.com
Camping des Glaciers, La Fouly, Switzerland
Postcard beauty organised by the Swiss – life surely couldn’t be much more perfect. Go to La Fouly for glorious Alpine meadows, scented wild flowers and pristine rivers, and white puffs of cloud drifting at the tips of the glaciers overhead. If you’re feeling dreamy, wake up with a hair-raising walk along the rocks beneath the 14 waterfalls of the Gorges du Durnand. The campsite has good facilities for families, including a games room for the kids.
+41 27 783 17 35/ www.camping-glaciers.ch
Camping Strasko, Novalja, Pag Island, Croatia
The Dalmatian coast’s azure bays, rocky cliffs and friendly people are well known. Pag Island offers all this with a touch of Ibiza, as open-air parties play music 24 hours a day, all summer long. Young campers will love it for the dancing, but parents will find plenty of facilities for entertaining children: lots of sports events and competitions are organised by the staff. Peaceful bays and shaded sites under Dalmatian oaks are also at hand.
+385 53 661 226/ www.turno.hr/en/campsite_strasko_croatia.html
Bellavista, Lake Garda, Italy
Camp by Italy’s most magnificent lake, against a setting of limestone mountains. The site is perfect for watersports, in particular windsurfing and sailing. Once you have fulfilled your quota of getting wet, take a ferry day trip to some of the other towns surrounding the lake, such as Sirmione, Bardolino and Garda.
+39 464 505644/ www.camping-bellavista.it
Taupo Motor Camp, New Zealand
Hiring a camper van is the best way to travel around this outdoorsy country and there are plenty of motor camps to park-up in to enjoy the sights. Taupo Motor Camp is close to Lake Taupo, one of the most famous lakes on the North Island, and boasts a range of activities, from bungee jumping to whitewater rafting to skydiving.
+64 7 378 8559/ www.taupoholidaypark.com
Park Grubhof, Salzburgerland, Austria
Plenty of fresh mountain air and snow-capped Alpine scenery are on offer at this campsite on the banks of the River Saalach. The pitches are sizeable and shade is given by ancient chestnut trees. Embark on steep mountain walks up the Loferer and Leoganger Steinberge mountains for memorable views. If high altitude hiking isn’t your thing, visit the quaint villages of St Martin and Lofer, or cycle to the famous Krimml waterfalls.
+43 6588 8237/ www.grubhof.com
Poros Beach Camping, Lefkada, Greece
Greece may not be the country that first springs to mind for camping, but this peaceful, pretty 70-pitch site (there are 40 bungalows too) in a beachside village on Lefkada is ideal for getting into the laid-back rhythms of Greek island life. Tuck into fresh yoghurt and honey, crisp salads and souvlaki, or take a boat trip around the seven surrounding islands, which include Kefalonia.
+30 26450 95452/