For a while I wondered if it was possible to fly to a Eurocamp holiday without the use of a car. I went on lots of Eurocamp holidays as a child and we always drove to our campsite, including a ferry crossing.
I wanted to introduce my own young family to the joys of Eurocamp, but did not fancy the long drive either side of the holiday with little ones. I decided that flying to a Eurocamp holiday was the only way for us to get the most out of this luxury camping option with a toddler and an older sister.
Eurocamp By Air
Since wondering about the possibility of Eurocamp without a car, we have been on a couple of Eurocamp holidays with a hire car from the airport. We have also been on a Eurocamp holiday with back up from my parents in their car. My brother joined us on one of our Eurocamp holidays without any car, relying on flights and train travel through Italy with his son and girlfriend.
Eurocamp have started to acknowledge the flying option, but it is clearly not a common choice amongst Eurocamp holidaymakers.
The easiest of these three options for us has to be travelling by aeroplane with a hire car and back up boot space from my parents. My Dad’s car has a large boot and plenty of space in the back so we benefited from that when my parents drove to the campsite in the Dordogne in France and we met them there. They spent three days driving and we travelled in a matter of hours, including a flight from our local airport. Our transfer from the airport in our hire car was under an hour.
When we flew without the use of a car, we kept our luggage to a minimum. We hired a cot and bed linen and towels from the campsite as there was no way we could carry them. We had to accept that we couldn’t bring much food or cooking items. Normally I would pack breakfast cereals and cooking oil and herbs, but that wasn’t an option when travelling with little ones to a campsite in Italy.
Getting Out and About
One of the big problems with travelling by plane to a Eurocamp holiday is that the campsites tend to be in rural spots in the middle of nowhere. If you don’t have a car it can be difficult to to get out and about to see things and the transport options are often limited. We chose a campsite with lots of activities on site and within walking distance of a beach. It was nice for a few days, but I think a fortnight would have been too much.
Choose a Eurocamp site that is within easy reach of public transport and ideally places to walk to and things to see and do.
Choose a Eurocamp site that has good facilities on site, ideally a decent supermarket, restaurant and activities for the kids.
Prepare to buy bulky essentials when you get there, such as washing up liquid, breakfast cereals, cooking basics.
Hire bed linen and towels from the campsite. Carrying your own bed linen and towels takes up loads of room.
If you would like to read about our holiday to a Eurocamp site in the Dordogne, please click on the Sacred Hour blog post Eurocamp St Avit Loisirs Campsite, Le Bugue, Dordogne, France.