If you’re planning on taking a short city break within the UK and Europe this year, why not swap that soul less, cramped, stuffy, over-priced hotel room for outdoor life on a campsite. You’ll not only be within easy reach of the city sights, you’ll also save yourself £100’s on a hotel stay, so what’s not to love! Read on for some city camping inspiration...
If you fancy taking in a West End show, dining in one of the city’s magnificent restaurants or shopping til you drop at Westfield, check out these three Lee Valley campsites which will have you in the big smoke in no time.
Despite its size, London is relatively easy to explore, largely thanks to the efficient underground service. Buses are also very useful and allow you to see the famous sights as you travel, in particular, the open-top tourist buses which ply the streets offer a good introduction to the city. Among London’s many landmarks are the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to name but a few!
It is almost impossible to capture the magic and sophistication of Paris, an elegant city that enchants every visitor, whether they are scaling the heights of the Eiffel Tower, gliding along the Seine on a ‘bateau mouche’, or just watching the world go by from a romantic pavement café.
Away from the famous sights and luxurious shops, a verdant oasis awaits in the hills and secret woodlands of the Ile de France. Square bell towers in gentle valleys, white silos on endless plains of wheat; soft and harmonious landscapes painted and praised by La Fontaine, Corot and all the landscape painters. Paris is surrounded by forests, Fontainebleau, Compiègne, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and majestic châteaux such as Fontainbleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte.
If the splendour of Paris, the Palace of Versailles and fine French cuisine beckons, why not stay at this great family campsite which offers a wide range of accommodation options and is just 20 kilometres from Paris city centre.
With the stunning castle as it’s backdrop, the lure of the shops and bars of Princes Street, or even the world famous Edinburgh Festival, this beautiful Scottish city should certainly be on your city break wish list.
The two largest cities in Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow, have their own unique attractions. The capital, Edinburgh, with magnificent architecture, comprises the Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town, with the ancient castle standing proudly in the middle. A short distance to the west, Glasgow has more parks and over 20 museums and galleries, with works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh scattered around the city.
No visit to the Netherlands would be complete without experiencing its capital city, Amsterdam, with its maze of canals, bustling cafés, museums and summer festivals. Picturesque canals, ‘brown cafés’, restaurants, theatres and many museums make this city the cultural and artistic hub of the country.
This ever popular city with its winding canals and cool cafes continues to hike up its hotel prices, so why not cycle into the city from a fun and lively campsite.
The stylish city of Lisbon also offers easy access to the Cascais coast and picturesque Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains. It’s also a city which is great value for money, and even better value if you stay just a short bus ride away.
With its deep-rooted cultural traditions, range of leisure activities, year-round sunshine, sandy beaches, historic towns and villages, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo has something for everyone. It is also the centre of Fado, the traditional haunting folk song of Portugal. Standing on the banks of the Tagus river, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since 1255. Places of interest in the city include the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, with their cobbled streets and alleys, colourful buildings, markets and castles, and Belém, with its tower and the 16th-century Jerónimos monastery.
Rob is the General Manager at Alan Rogers Travel Group, he is responsible for the ongoing development of the Alan Rogers website and publication of the Alan Rogers Guides.
He has been involved in the leisure industry since completing a BTEC in Travel & Tourism in 1993. Previous roles have included the promotion of tourism in Yorkshire and running a motorcycle touring company in the Australian Outback.