Are we there yet, are we there yet? When you set off for the sunny south, there are many kilometres ahead of you. The most obvious way to cover these distances is to use the motorways. But in both France and Spain, you pay a toll for the distances you cover. Not happy about that? There is a great alternative!
The Romantische Strasse (Romantic Road) has for decades been a popular route in southern Germany, and is one of Europe’s loveliest motorhome routes. A journey along the Romantic Road is a trip through German history. Discover medieval villages with beautiful half-timbered houses and centuries’ old castles, walk around the Baroque castle gardens and enjoy stunning views along the way. We’d like to tell you more about this lovely route.
In 1981 I cycled from Paris to Nantes with three high school friends. Our goal: to visit as many Loire castles as possible. I still remember those days; it was the summer of Charles and Diana’s wedding. I can still hear the French radio talking about ‘Palais Buckingham’ (palè buukiengám). So much has changed since then. Or has it?
Everyone is familiar with the typical Italian photos: beautifully coloured houses that appear to be glued to the rocky yet green coast. An azure sea, the warm Mediterranean light and charming harbours complete the picture. Almost too picturesque to be true. And yet, it really does exist. Welcome to ‘Cinque Terre’ on the Italian coast. There is a reason this special Italian coastal area has been on Unesco’s World Heritage List for more than twenty years already. But where exactly is Cinque Terre and what is the best way to visit this beautiful area of Italy? I would be happy to tell you more about hiking in Cinque Terre and the surroundings of this beautiful area, the Italian Riviera with the lively city of Genoa and charming Portofino.
Norway is a fantastic country for all camping enthusiasts. It boasts beautiful fjords, impressive mountain landscapes and a rich history. The size of the country makes it not easy to explore within one holiday. That is why many campers choose a tour of Southern Norway as an introduction to the country. We have put together a beautiful motorhome route that leads past 9 special places and sights in Southern Norway.
Expressions such as ‘The king to kingdom’ or ‘Sleeping like a prince’ indicate that noble residences appeal to the imagination. It goes without saying that visiting castles and palaces is one of the most popular holiday activities for campers. With 45 top locations nowadays managed by Schlosserland Sachsen, the monarchs of Saxony have shown a particular desire to build. There is no dispute about taste, but these five gems give a good indication of all the beauty that can be found in this state.
You want to rent a campervan, how exciting! Maybe you don’t have a motorhome (yet) or you want to try something else than a caravan or tent. Whatever your reason, renting a motorhome is a lot of fun. The fun begins with the research. Where would you like to rent motorhome and what type of motorhome are you looking for? Maybe you already have your ideal motorhome in mind. Don’t you know exactly what you need to arrange and what you need to think about? I will be happy to help you with the preparations!
We love coffee, but cheap machines and instant coffee are still pretty standard at campsites – which is a shame! It’s so easy and inexpensive to have a great morning cup on your camping holiday. What do you need and what steps should you take? Read our tips and you’ll be making the best coffee at the campsite in no time.
Norway is the country with the seventh longest coastline in the world. In the east it borders Sweden, but the entire west of Norway has a beautiful, extensive coastline. In the north the country makes a small bend and borders Finland. Its special location underlines the diversity of the country and makes it a varied destination. And with our tips you will be well prepared to go camping in Norway!
In the still relatively unknown south of Croatia you will find peace, space and impressive nature. With an average of 2500 hours of sunshine per year unique islands, beautiful beaches and nature reserves, this is an ideal holiday destination. Croatia has more than a thousand islands, of which just a few dozen are inhabited. I would be happy to tell you more about some of these wonderful places, and what you can do there.
Would you like to look beyond your backyard or the park around the corner? Through these webcams you can take a look at (wild) animals, on beaches and mountain tops. Get transported to beautiful places and get inspired for your next holiday. Are you crazy about animals? Also then we have selected a few nice live streams for you!
With a toilet roll walking under your arm to the toilet block. Maybe even at night! It’s probably the most famous camping clique there is. But of course that doesn’t have to be reality. For example, on a campsite with private sanitary facilities! There you have your own shower, toilet and washbasin at your campsite. That not only saves you waiting for your turn, you also keep control of the hygiene. Because no matter how nice the neighbours are, you don’t have to share everything!
On holiday you often come a long way if you speak a little bit of French. Yet few English and Dutch people, for example, also speak French well. That’s why it’s handy that you can not only order ‘deux baguettes et une croissant’ in the morning from the bakery during your camping holiday in France, but that you can also learn a foreign language. We list five handy apps that make it easy for you to learn a new language. So you can make yourself understood in every holiday country. Start practicing!
When you go camping, you can choose a large campsite with a swimming pool and an animation team. But maybe you want to go all the way back to nature and choose to camp with your tent on a small campsite with only the necessary facilities. So what are fun activities with few resources for your children to do?
Now that many holidays have to be cancelled because of coronavirus, it becomes a lot harder to get your dose of art and culture. Fortunately, museums all over the world are glad to help you with all kinds of virtual tours! We have listed 7 interesting museum tours that you can easily do from the comfort of your own home. So you can enjoy the beauty and splendour both domestically and abroad in your easy chair. Ready to get started?
The Croatian port city of Rijeka is set to be the European Capital of Culture 2020. Until recently, the city was relatively unknown amongst tourists, despite being Croatia’s third largest. But in 2020, things are set to change, and quite rightly so! From picturesque seaside villas to industrial charm in the port area, the city is as diverse as a camping holiday in Croatia. We’d like to introduce you to this exciting port city and share some tips for your visit to the European Capital of Culture 2020.
Whether you already live there or not, a visit to the UK is highly recommended. People from other countries love the UK, and in our humble opinion, the inhabitants of these beautiful isles often do not realise the beauty that lies just beyond their doorstep! There is much to see and do. If the rugged outdoors and mountains are your thing, Wales and Scotland offer fantastic hiking holidays. Plus, culture and history enthusiasts can spend hours roaming centuries-old castles and mediaeval towns and cities. Here are a few of our tips for what to see in the UK.
Spring will soon be upon us and with it, the first rays of warm sunshine. Have you planned your camping holiday yet, or are you still wondering where to go? The following are our four suggestions for a spring camping holiday.
Camping can be incredibly romantic in itself! You spend the days together and nights surrounded by natural beauty. But some campsites give you the sense that cupid has really outdone himself. We’ve hand picked eight romantic campsites in eight gorgeous countries for you that you’re guaranteed to enjoyed (with each other).
As with so many traffic regulations, every country has its own rules concerning the use of winter tyres. If you are going to France or Italy for a wintersports holiday, or will be driving through the mountains on your way to a hotter destination, it’s important to go out on the road fully prepared and with the correct tyres fitted to your car. I’d like to explain to you exactly what you need to know about winter tyres in France and Italy.
We’re all becoming more environmentally conscious. Windmills, solar panels and electric cars: human beings have understood that it is now time to start treasuring our planet. And the type of human being that likes camping is especially aware of this. Because us campers want to be able to continue enjoying the beautiful nature around us! But are campsites working to make themselves more sustainable? I checked out various campsites to see how sustainable the camping business is in 2020. And how guests can easily find a sustainable campsite.
You know what I enjoy most when I’m on holiday? The food! My favourite thing to do in Spain is just eat tapas all day long, in Italy I go looking for the best ice cream and in France I can’t resist a bit of delicious fromage! But for me, the pièce de résistance, the thing I look forward to most, the highlight of a three-course dinner is… the dessert! So I’m taking you into the world of the most delicious desserts in Europe. The list is sure to set your mouth watering.
The forthcoming European Cup football championships (12 June – 12 July 2020) will for the first time in history be held not in just one or two countries. No, next year will be a real European party with football matches in no fewer than twelve countries. And as June and July are wonderful months to go on holiday, we have the perfect combination for you: football and camping!
Do you drive your caravan to France or Croatia every year, do you travel through Scandinavia with your motorhome or do you prefer to enjoy the peace and atmosphere of a mini campsite in your own country? No matter what kind of camper you are, with ACSI’s products you are sure to find a campsite that suits you! We’d love to help you find out which ACSI guide or app is right for you
Some people plan their camping holiday down to the last detail, but others choose the “I’ll see where the wind takes me” mentality. I normally like to plan my trip, but last summer I changed “camp”. With my good friend I travelled to France and Spain without having booked or planned anything. Going where the wind took us, and looking for adventure! Read about how we liked it and which problems we ran into here.
Whether you choose to camp in a campervan, mobile home or tent, you’re never completely safe from criminals. Campsite owners are doing their utmost to contain the problem, but eliminating it is near impossible, and the layout of many campsites doesn’t help. But there are things that you can do. It’s part trickery, part common sense.
Camping stopped being a summer-only activity a long time ago. More and more campers are opting to head out during the winter months. Winter camping means you can stay nice and close to your winter sports destination and you can enjoy the winter landscape around you to the fullest. And it doesn’t have to be cold at all. That is, if you do it right. That’s why I’ve collected the best tips for winter camping.
A few years ago, rules for using winter tyres in Germany were significantly tightened. You probably already knew that. But did you know that the rules changed again from 1 July 2020? So it’s time to brush up on your knowledge, especially if you are going on a winter sports holiday this year or travel frequently in Germany. What’s actually the position now? When are winter tyres compulsory in Germany, and what conditions must a winter tyre comply with in Germany?
Whether you have a caravan, motorhome or tent, cleaning is a must for every camper. A thorough cleaning will make your equipment last longer and will make preparations for the next season a bit easier. What should you pay attention to when preparing it for the winter? We’ll list the best tips for each type of camping equipment.
Visiting a Christmas market is fantastic! All your senses will be stimulated as you walk among the wonderful wooden Christmas stalls, all beautifully lit up. You will be welcomed by the smell of mulled wine and hot chocolate and the Christmas carols will ring around your ears. Visiting a Christmas market will instantly put you in the Christmas mood. We have compiled a list of the top 5 best Christmas markets. And we have added some tips for campsites in the vicinity of the Christmas markets that are very suitable for camping in winter. Make a complete Christmas weekend of it.
Lots of holiday makers travel to the beaches of the South of France over the A7. The Route du Soleil, however, is more than simply a motorway to sunny weather. If you leave the motorway just after Lyon and drive west, you will soon arrive in some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in France. […]
Are you a true cyclist at heart? Then Voies Vertes are the ideal bike paths for you! Our cycling fanatic Olle can tell you everything you need to know about these unique cycling routes.
When we were deciding where to go on holiday this year, we knew one thing: we wanted to see some mountains! We didn’t want to have to drive more than eight or nine hours from our home in the Netherlands, we wanted easily accessible walking routes, and if at all possible we wanted a beautiful lake and a nice town to visit nearby. What did we decide on? The beautiful German region of Berchtesgadener Land. I’d love to share my experience and give you some tips on what to do in this beautiful region. Here are five great days out in Berchtesgadener Land.
Amsterdam is a fantastic destination for a city break in Europe. In the Dutch capital you will find a plethora of unique museums (including some bizarre ones) and just walking around the city with its canals and historic buildings is an experience in and of itself. Amsterdam is a vibrant city that also lives and breathes history. Whether it’s your first or fifth visit to Amsterdam, there’s always something new to discover. We’ve put together a list of must-do’s to inspire your next trip, including some lesser-known sights.
Before I go on holiday, I always check to see if there’s a cable car nearby. A ride in a gondola is one of the most wonderful moments on the entire holiday. Sitting back and enjoying the view on the way up is often literally and figuratively the high point of my holiday. In this blog, I’ve put together a list of my 5 favourite European cable cars to share with you!
Like in the UK, the traffic rules for campervans and motorhomes are, in many cases, different in France. This can sometimes lead to ambiguous situations because, for example, how do you know where you can park your motorhome overnight? And what about the road signs that say motorhomes are not welcome? The following five rules will make camping in France un jeu d’enfant (a piece of cake).
Michèle and Sanne are travelling through Europe with their bright blue motorhome. They’re sharing their experiences on ‘The adventures of MiSa’. They came across an interesting book: the ‘Atlas Obscura’, and decided to buy it. This guide and its accompanying website are full of strange and original places to visit all over the world. Michèle and Sanne visited five Atlas Obscura spots in Spain.
Loud zippers, itchy mosquito bites and tents that get a little too hot in the summer sun … Every camping enthusiast knows these little annoyances. Here are seven tips on how to reduce those little daily annoyances at the campsite. Let the holiday begin!
It’s something you hear all the time – and perhaps it’s something you also say or think to yourself: “I could really use a holiday!” It’s something I find myself saying too, but at the same time I wonder what it is that can make you feel like you really need a holiday. Because…is a holiday really good for you? Or is it in fact counterproductive? I decided to dive into the science – and I have good news for all the holiday lovers out there. The conclusion is: taking a holiday is good for you!
Always wanted to know which of France’s villages are the most popular among the French? Then you’re in luck! Because since 2012, the television programme ‘Le village préféré des Français’ has been allowing French viewers to vote on their favourite villages. The results are very useful for foreign visitors and this year’s list (comprising 14 villages) is again full of little gems. Take a look yourself…
Many campers use a checklist when packing their holiday bags. It’s a clever thing to do, because that way you can be sure you’re not forgetting anything. If your checklist is complete, that is! You will have remembered to write down the sleeping bag, torch, clothesline and pegs, but did you think about these five items as well? Not the first things to come to mind, perhaps, but very practical to have with you!
Ever heard of Matera? This unique southern Italian city is a fascinating destination for your next city break. Matera has been chosen as one of the two European Cultural Capitals for 2019. And rightly so, because a visit to Matera is a unique experience! We want to tell you why. Get to know the city where some people live in 9,000-year old homes!
Camping is a skill you can learn. The best thing to do is to just go out and find out what your ideal camping holiday is. But tips from experienced campers are always welcome. We asked camping enthusiasts for their best camping tips and chose our favourite seven.
No one wants to start their holiday off by sitting in a traffic jam for hours on end. Of course you can always choose to set off on a different day, but sometimes you don’t have any choice. For instance the accommodation you’ve booked might have fixed arrival days. I’ve compiled a few do’s and don’ts for the infamous Black Saturday in France, and also a few tips for if you do end up in a traffic jam.
The Hérault is a region of France with all the ingredients for a relaxing camping holiday. A varied landscape, comfortable campsites, atmospheric towns, delicious food, great weather and friendly people. I was there last in April. I discovered street art in Sète, a botanical garden in Montpellier and a local market in Sommières. I’ll share my tips with you in this blog!
The city has really stolen my heart. I lived and studied here for six months, and two years later, I returned for a few days to what is Spain’s most beautiful city, if not the world’s most beautiful city. I’d like to take you along on my city break to the most impressive squares and most significant sights the city has to offer.
Finally, it’s time for a holiday… Are you looking forward to your camping holiday? Not having to do anything for a while, the sun on your head, a gentle cooling breeze and the sound of a babbling brook in the background. And to complete the picture: relaxing in a hammock. Sounds tempting right? But what is the best hammock to go camping with? And what’s the best way to hang it up? Here are some tips about hammocks.
You are slowly making your way towards your campsite and your holiday destination is finally almost in sight. Everything is going smoothly, but suddenly all hell breaks loose. A red light on the dashboard starts flashing and there is smoke coming from the bonnet. Car trouble! Could you have prevented this? Of course you can’t prevent everything, but with these tips the risk of breaking down on the road will be a lot smaller.
Camping. There was a first time for everyone. But even if you have a little more experience, you can always still trip up and make a blunder, big or small – from forgetting the inner tent to hitching up the caravan incorrectly. We conducted a survey of campers and asked them: “What’s the biggest blunder you’ve ever made while camping?”
Michèle and Sanne are travelling through Europe, sharing their experiences on ‘The adventures of MiSa’ They came across an interesting book: the ‘Atlas Obscura’, and decided to buy it. This guide, with its accompanying website is full of strange and original places to visit all over the world. Discover five Atlas Obscura spots in Portugal together with Michèle and Sanne.
Enjoying life, in a sustainable and climate-friendly way. An environmentally friendly lifestyle is increasingly important for more and more people. It’s great you love camping, because your CO2 emissions are much lower with a camping holiday than, for instance, an all-inclusive holiday with flights. However, there are still plenty of ways to be environmentally friendly during your camping holiday. Here are five tips for you.
Meintje and Camiel are true campers, and together, they’ve traversed across plenty of countries with a tent, a pop-up camper, and now with a full-size camper. They find the most beautiful spots and share photos of their travels on Instagram. Croatia is one of their favourite destinations, and they’re big fans of Istria province. What are their top 5 spots in Istria?
A vigorous walk through the mountains, woods, or heathland. Or a short leisurely stroll along a river in the morning or evening. Walking is one of the most popular holiday activities. And camping and walking of course are the perfect combination.
Normandy is a region with plenty of natural beauty. Rugged cliffs along the coast give way to wide sandy beaches. Further inland the dunes slowly make way for green fields and woodland. But it will of course always be a region that will be associated with the 1944 D-Day invasion. I’ll show you five historic spots that not only played an important role during D-Day, but which are still very special places to visit.
Slovenia was the place to go camping in 2018 and this year it’s still very popular with campers. And that’s not just because of the wonderfully varied countryside or the rich cultural history. The campsites in Slovenia too are absolutely able to compete with those in more traditional holiday destinations. Below I’d like to introduce you to my favourite 4-star campsites in wonderful Slovenia!
Michèle en Sanne reizen samen door Europa en delen hun ervaringen op ‘The adventures of MiSa’. Ze kochten een speciaal boek: de ‘Atlas Obscura’. Deze gids, met bijbehorende website, staat vol vreemde en originele plaatsen in de hele wereld. Michèle en Sanne bezochten vijf Atlas Obscura-plekken in Frankrijk.
On Thursday 6 June 2019 it will be exactly 75 years since the Allied troops set foot on the Normandy Beaches. D-Day. A military operation that would change the world and which marked the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime in Western Europe. If you plan to go camping in Normandy between 25 May and 16 June it will be almost impossible not to notice some of the commemoration and festivals. I’ll give you a few advance tips so you won’t miss anything.
Do you prefer to camp surrounded by nature, or in a large city with an abundance of culture? A difficult choice of course as there’s plenty to be said for both. And fortunately, one does not exclude the other. Take a look at these two lovely campsites – one in Greece and the other near Vienna.
Environmental zones have been established in many European (inner) cities since 2016. You can only drive into these areas with a special sticker. These rules have changed a little in recent times. That’s why I decided to incorporate all the latest legislation into a handy overview. There’s one tip I can share straight away: make sure you buy your emissions sticker on time. Particularly now that the holiday season is approaching, the delivery time may be longer than expected.
I think I’ve spent around six of my last ten holidays in the vicinity of Valence. This French city is tucked in between the Ardèche and the Drôme, on the Route du Soleil, just below Lyon. I love this region: the views of the Rhône Valley, the surrounding towns, the beautiful nature and the delicious food. It feels a bit like a second home. And if you maintain a good speed, you can drive there in a day.
Do you have some great memories of camping holidays from your childhood? But now you have young children of your own, do you have doubts about going on a camping holiday with them? Let go of any doubts you have: I’ll give you five reasons why it’s a great idea to go camping with young children.
Meintje and Camiel are real campers. Together they have holidayed in many countries with a tent or trailer tent, and nowadays they travel with a motorhome. They visit all the best spots and share their photos on Instagram. One of their favourite holiday destinations is Croatia, especially the province of Istria. Read their tips about the most beautiful sights in this region.
Anyone who likes luxury at a campsite has more choice nowadays. Comfortable and attractive accommodation can be found at the loveliest spots on the campsite. A four-poster bed, rain shower, jacuzzi, lounge sofa, airconditioning; nothing is too much. Sometimes glamping is even more luxurious than you are used to at home … I would like to present three campsites in this blog which offer a wide range of glamping options in the top holiday destination of 2019: Slovenia!
Camp amid the rolling vineyards, dine on pasta made with fresh local produce and while away the days relaxing by the pool. That’s what it means to stay at an Italian agriturismo. Farm camping has been turned into an art form here. No frills, just genuine hospitality and a passion for the land that you can only find at small family businesses nowadays. My four agricampeggio tips.
Forget about Warsaw and Cracow. Poland has much more to offer. It’s a country that’s on the rise among tourists, who are also increasingly embracing its lesser-known cities – because Poland is more diverse than you might think. For example, you can combine a city trip to Gdánsk with a beach outing to chic Sopot, or discover Poznań by playing ‘urban games’ and experience the especially lovely floating garden that is Szczecin. And nearby campsites make it easy to plan a comfortable, inexpensive trip. Check out our tips!
Camping at a farm: is that real camping? Well if you want to relax without all the bells and whistles of a big campsite, or if you are looking for a special holiday destination for the children, you should try it! From basic camping to glamping with a swimming pool, you’ll find farm campsites in all shapes and sizes. What they have in common: lots of space, lots of greenery and a personal atmosphere. Let me tell you about the charm of farm campsites.
A holiday in the southwest of Italy without a visit to the Amalfi Coast? Unthinkable. The picturesque villages on this world-famous stretch of coast west of the Port of Salerno entice many tourists. And I too became enchanted when in 2016 I caught the boat to Positano, a pearl on the Amalfi Coast. Below I tell you more about my fantastic trip based on the best photos I took.
Are you retired, do you not have children (yet), are your (grand)children very young or do your (grand)children no longer go to school and are you not restricted to holidays in the high season? Excellent! Camping in the low season is a must for several reasons. Read on to discover the advantages of camping outside […]
A characteristic moustache and surrealist paintings It must be Salvador Dalí! Follow in his footsteps and visit the Dalí triangle in Catalonia. With the theatre in his native village of Figueres, his impressive house in Port Lligat, and the old Castle in Púbol, there’s more than enough to do!
It’s small, it’s green, and it has historical architecture and trendy shops; Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has it all. And that makes it a perfect destination for an original city break! Visit the castle and the Dragon Bridge and enjoy the pavement cafes, parks and markets. Discover why Ljubljana is an ideal place for a relaxing city break.
Are you a real beach lover? Then you may have visited the Costa Brava, Costa Daurada and Côte d’Azur several times. And then it is time to take a different approach: Portugal! What many people do not know is that Portugal has beautiful beaches. With fantastic rock formations and crystal clear water. I will show you the most beautiful 5!
The Caravan and Motorhome Show is almost ready to get started. And ACSI is in! From 17 – 20 January 2019 you can find us at Manchester’s EventCity with our latest campsite guides and new products for 2019. But that’s not all of it. Of course there’s a lot more to do and discover here during those days. Here are some of our best tips for the event!
During the colder months, most camping enthusiasts park their caravan or motorhome in a storage facility, under a carport or somewhere outside next to the house. Experts recommend using a protective cover. Why? Let us explain.
Meintje and Camiel recently wrote about their visit to a world-famous site in Northern France: Mont-Saint-Michel. But did you realise that there is a replica of this structure in Southwest England? Meet Mont-Saint-Michel’s little brother: Saint Michael’s Mount.
Belgium is a beautiful camping destination. Campsites amid extraordinary landscapes, as well as cliffs, waterfalls, caves and reservoirs are the ideal starting point for an active holiday. Hiking, cycling, mountain climbing and water sports. It’s all possible! Here is my list of the top five campsites in Belgium…
Dog owners love bringing their faithful four-legged friend on holiday. Fresh air, a new environment to discover and lots of space to play and run. Dogs need a holiday every now and then, too. And with an easy-to-make zip line you and your dog will have the best time ever!
Meintje (39) and Camiel (44) are real campers. Together they have already visited many countries; first with a tent, then a trailer tent and now with a motorhome. They visit the most charming and beautiful places and share their photos on Instagram. One of their favourite countries is Croatia. During one of their recent trips they visited National Park Plitvice lakes.
Artist Joan Miró’s former holiday farm, located in the Catalan town of Montroig del Camp, is still a fascinating place to visit. The building complex, consisting of a house, a chapel and a staff residence, gives you a glimpse into the life of the Spanish surrealist. Nearly everything has been left as it was shortly before his death in 1983. Ready for an afternoon of history and culture on your camping holiday in Catalonia?
Walking in the Dolomites is becoming increasingly popular. But which spots should you visit? And which campsites are best to stay at during your holiday? Tips!
Rugged mountain ranges, crystal clear lakes and charming mountain villages. You can find it all in the Italian Dolomites, the hiking paradise for nature lovers. What are the best spots to visit? We can tell you!
An awning or a canopy are both very practical when you go camping. You create shade, you’re better protected from the rain and you’re less affected by the wind. And of course you also have more covered space. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of these two extensions? I’m happy to spell it out for you so you can make the right choice …
Meintje (39) and Camiel (44) are real camping enthusiasts. Together they have already visited many countries with a tent, trailer tent and now with a motorhome. This time they camped in Normandy, near Le Mont-Saint-Michel.
France has plenty of tourist attractions that are worth a visit during your camping holiday. But when you have kids, you need something that’s enjoyable for everyone, both big and small. So what are some really enjoyable activities with kids? Read all about it in this elaborate post in which I give you a top 10 of the best locations to visit with kids in France.
The month of October is when many campers start looking around for a (new) caravan or motorhome. You can marvel at the latest models at camping fairs both at home and abroad. The various dealers also have showrooms filled with camping equipment for the customer. But how do you find the caravan or motorhome that suits your needs? We will be happy to help you on your way!
Discover the land of 1000 lakes: Mecklenburg. With a rich landscape full of green forests, extensive marshlands, flowing rivers and of course countless lakes, this state in the northeast of Germany is an area full of natural beauty. Perfect for campers who like to stay on a campsite by the water, just like me.
Sometimes you see inventions that make you think: why didn’t I think of that? They make life simpler or more fun and therefore a lot more pleasant; and that’s exactly what these five handy camping gadgets do. Real must-haves for the avid camper!
Paris is a fascinating destination all year round. An autumn trip to this metropolis is an excellent idea. The city is a lot less busy, but just as charming. Another advantage: campsites near Paris are often extra affordable in the low season. We can recommend several campsites with comfortable (and warm!) accommodation and reveal some […]
For dog owners in particular, camping is the ideal way to spend the best time of the year without stress. In this guide for the perfect holiday with your dog you will find everything you need to know about camping with a canine.
On 19 September 2018, the Tourer of the Year 2019 Awards took place in Hampton Manor near Solihull, an event organised by Practical Caravan. Britain’s best caravans, awnings and camping accessories were honoured with this prestigious award by an expert jury. ACSI was also present and sponsored two categories: ‘Best Motorhome for Innovation’ and ‘Best Tourer for Seasonal Pitches’. So without further ado, here are the winners:
In our ‘Long Story Short’ series, we’ll choose a different interesting region to focus on each time. Sanne and Michèle are visiting some of the most beautiful places on their trip through Andalusia in Spain. Las Fallas is a traditional festival that is celebrated every year in March, in honour of St. Joseph. It officially begins […]
Lake Annecy, called Lac d’Annecy by the French, is perhaps the most beautiful lake in France. Not only because of the clarity and purity of the water, but also because of the vast array of options for having fun and kicking back. I’ve found a few activities you really shouldn’t miss!
In our ‘Long Story Short’ series, we’ll choose a different interesting region to focus on each time. Sanne and Michèle are visiting some of the most beautiful places on their trip through Andalusia in Spain. After Ronda, Córdoba and El Torcal de Antequera, it’s now the turn of Júzcar, a truly unique spot. Júzcar is […]
The risk of fire on campsites is, sadly, always lurking, especially if it’s warm and dry at your holiday destination. And, of course, if you decide to have a barbecue, make a fire basket or have other open flames. Plus, if you use electricity or gas, there are added risks that you need to be […]
Did you know there’s an International Kayaking Day? Well… neither did I, until recently. And June 26 was that memorable day. It inspired me to put together a list of some of the most beautiful kayak routes in Europe, and this is the result: five accessible kayak routes through beautiful areas.
There are all kinds of them out there and you probably have a few near you: street art festivals. Fun for everyone and an ideal way to get to know the local atmosphere and culture. In this blog we’ll give you five (free) cultural street festival tips from all over Europe.
There are plenty of museums in Europe where you can wander around rooms filled with iconic paintings, sculptures, historical artefacts and futuristic installations. I can spend many happy hours wandering around the Rijksmuseum, the Louvre or the Dalí museum. But most people have already heard of these museums. So I went looking for a few museums that are really unique, and not yet as well known to the general public.
A train station full of mosaics, a monastery built thanks to the spice trade, and markets that most closely resemble open-air theatres…Valencia, Lisbon and Florence are full of cultural gems, just waiting for you to visit! Valencia – Spain This city is a cultural hotspot where it’s almost impossible to be bored. One of the […]
In our series ‘Long story short’ we highlight a different interesting region with a short article each time. Sanne and Michèle’s trip takes them to some of the most beautiful parts of Andalusia. This time they discovered the wonderful El Torcal de Antequera nature reserve. On the way to the famous Caminito del Rey hiking […]
Do you want to come home from your holiday with the most beautiful or original photos? Even if you’re not a professional photographer, you can take unforgettable, fun photos during your holiday. How? We’ve put together seven practical tips to capture all the special moments of your holiday.
Last week I shared with you two tips for combining your camping holiday in France with catching the Tour de France. The cyclists have by now started off on the three-week race, and it’s now time for the final three tips. Where’s the best place to park your motorhome or pitch your tent for following the Tour de France in week two and three?
Are you planning a well-deserved break in France with your car this summer? Then please note that the maximum speed on two-way roads has been reduced from 1 July 2018. It’s been reduced by 10 km/h, so from 90 km/h to 80 km/h. This change applies to two-way roads without a central reservation, or ‘routes […]
How about combining a camping holiday with getting to see the world’s greatest cycling event? The Tour de France cyclists are once again crossing the country between 7 and 29 July, which is of course the perfect opportunity to witness it in person. If you’d like to know the best place to park your motorhome or pitch your tent, here are five camping tips for making the most of the French landscape and the Tour de France. Today, part 1 with the first two tips.
In our ‘Long story short’ series, we’ll choose a different interesting region to focus on each time. In the first edition, we wrote about some of the cities that Sanne and Michèle visited during their road trip in Andalusia. After Córdoba, it’s time for our second stop: Ronda! Ronda may be smaller than Córdoba, but […]
When you talk about the Camargue, you think of wild horses and bulls. But the extensive marshes, dunes and rice fields are primarily the habitat for thousands of birds, some more colourful than others. And you’ll probably get to see them at their best on a bike. Reading time: about. 7 minutes It’s still early […]
Did you think that you needed to go to the zoo, or take a trip to Africa to see wild animals? That’s not true! In Europe you can also see some really amazing animals in the wild. Not lions, tigers or elephants of course, but you’ll probably be surprised by what you can see a bit closer to home. Here are eight tips for spotting wild animals in Europe:
In the heel of Italy’s boot, spectacular Puglia is where you can set out with your motorhome on a never-ending journey of discovery. You’ll be amazed whichever road you take, thanks to the ocean panoramas, hills dotted with conical-roofed white houses, endless olive groves, meandering rivers, lagoons and extraordinary architecture. I happen to know the most spectacular route for a motorhome road trip through this province, which I’ll be happy to share with you.
You can hear birds in your back garden, outside in the park but probably best of all around your camping pitch. And you ask yourself, what could be better than to hear the cheerful tweeting of birds as you step out of your tent in the morning? But can you tell a starling from a […]
Our ‘Long story short’ series will highlight one interesting region at a time with a short article. We’ll kick the series off with a few cities that Sanne and Michèle visited in Andalucía on their road trip. First stop: Córdoba! Córdoba is a city full of character, and is famous for the Mezquita. The Mezquita […]
You might have spotted a survey on Facebook last week: do you use your smartphone when you head into the great outdoors? And it turns out – more than 80% of you do! You can use these five apps to make your outdoor adventures even more fun! 1. Geocaching: time for a treasure hunt! All […]
Perhaps you’ve heard of them? Or even did it already? Walking barefoot through the countryside. And not on the beach, but in more interesting places, like a meadow, a mud pool or a forest. It’s possible in many parts of the Netherlands. These barefoot paths are clean and safe, perfect for exploring the world barefoot. […]
We are Michèle (26) and Sanne (21). Since November 2017, we have been travelling and discovering Europe in our blue Volkswagen T4, called ‘Stitch’. Our journey is about discovering the places that we visit, ourselves and the camping lifestyle. We are slowly getting to know the different sides of ‘van life’, and we’re happy to share them with you. And we made our biggest mistake before we even set off.
Don’t forget to pack your binoculars and your camera: we’re going bird spotting! There’s a huge range of different birds in Europe. And when better to enjoy spotting them than when you’re on holiday? Below we list four top destinations where you can discover interesting birds and stay at great campsites. 1. Vogeleiland (Bird Island) […]
Trees rustling, birds chirping, and walking through grass in bare feet. For us, that’s what comes to mind when we think of the countryside. We’re celebrating Mother Earth throughout June with ASCI & Nature. The greatest tips, stories and inspiration on the wealth of natural beauty that you can find right here in Europe. For […]
For years, people have used motorhomes to drive to all sorts of beautiful places and spend the night, experiencing ultimate freedom. But it wasn’t very environmentally friendly. These days there are hybrid motorhomes, but we can do better than that, can’t we? There might well be change on the way. In New Zealand, they’re currently […]
You’ve just enjoyed a delicious home-made camping dinner while watching the Italian sunset. The washing up’s been done, and now it’s time to relax. The coffee is gently dripping from the machine, and as it’s still quite warm, you decide to put the ventilator on again for a little while. And then…Pow! The electricity is out!
Since we started this blog, we have written almost one hundred articles. Original camping destinations, tips and tricks, travel stories and the latest news; what haven’t we covered over the years? All to keep campers informed. With the camping season just around the corner, here are five articles we have previously published which will help […]
Enjoy your camping holiday to the full. You can do that in a thousand and one different ways. If you prefer a cosy atmosphere in a rustic countryside setting then it is a good idea to opt for a small-scale campsite. You will be woken every morning by the sound of chirping birds or the […]
Small, large, child-friendly, sustainable, glamping, campsites come in all shapes and sizes. The success of your camping holiday will depend to a large extent on the type of campsite. My parents and I once turned up at a naturist campsite by mistake. Not a disaster, but for us not worth repeating as the campsite had […]
Has your caravan or motorhome spent the winter months in storage? Then the time has come to get it back out. It is spring, after all, and we can be sure that sunshine is just around the corner. But how can you get your caravan in tip-top shape before the year’s first camping trip? We […]
When you get married, you obviously want the big day to be as personal as it can be. And nothing sets the tone of your wedding more than the location. As a serious camping fan, there’s no better place to start your life together than, you guessed it, at a campsite! Campsite weddings have been […]
When returning from my holiday last year I drove back home from Burgundy via Strasbourg. During the drive my attention was drawn to the impressive and constantly changing landscape around me; the Vosges! Something for my bucket list? One of the first things you read about the Vosges is that the countryside is breathtaking. I […]
I recently heard that Slovenia is becoming more and more popular among campers. An increasing number of people are travelling with their tent, caravan or campervan to this European country. Very small European country. Because at 20,000 square metres, it is one of Europe’s smallest countries. But that says nothing about its vast diversity. With […]
‘Sustainable travel’ is something you hear all the time these days. It is an important topic: how can we make sure that our love of travel and our desire to have great holidays can be met without an undue burden on the environment? Luckily there are all sorts of national and regional initiatives which will […]
Camping in the Ardennes is an adventure, especially for children. We have just returned from a week’s camping in the Ardennes and our children really enjoyed themselves! There is so much for them to discover and do. I have put together a list of what my children consider to be the best and most exciting […]
Going on a wintersports holiday by car? Or setting off for Spain or the South of France in the summer? There’s a good chance you will have to negotiate some mountains on the way. And driving in the mountains is a totally different skill to driving on level ground. If you want to cross the […]
A few weeks ago, I told you that the Auvergne is more than worth your while for a great motorhome tour or other type of camping holiday. The region that is very popular among skiers in the winter is a Valhalla for those who love the countryside in the summer. And as it is so […]
Spain is an ideal place to pick for your next camping holiday this winter. The climate is never less than pleasantly temperate, the countryside is beautiful, and there’s a great range of facilities anywhere to suit any kind of camping style. With a range of different areas to enjoy, there are lots here that the […]
No, I didn’t go on holiday to America, Iceland or some other faraway destination. In fact, you can see volcanos just over the channel. They are as close as France, in the Auvergne region to be precise. That France is a very popular country among many European campers doesn’t make it any less fun and […]
If you love the great outdoors, and like the idea of a holiday that will teach your children about the natural world, then camping could be the perfect family vacation for you. Not only is it a brilliant bonding activity, but camping is also often much more affordable than pricey foreign holidays in a hotel. […]
You’ve seen the Eiffel Tower, you know the Ramblas like the back of your hand and you’ve seen every inch of the Colosseum. What you want for 2018 is the wow-factor from new destinations and undiscovered locations. Let us inspire you with eight European locations that might not yet have made it to your list. […]
Lake Garda: a top destination for both new and experienced campers. Swimming in the clear water, plenty of options when it comes to campsites, lovely Northern Italian towns and villages close by with plenty of things to do. And: no shortage of good restaurants. One of the wonderful things about camping is that you can […]
Looking for a new holiday destination this year? Fantastic! We all have a list of countries or regions we’ve thought would make for a great camping holiday. The possibility of finding a totally different, maybe even surprising destination – one that’s less well known and perhaps not the first place you might think of. Here […]
Dutch campsite specialist ACSI is publishing a second English title in 2018: ACSI Campsite Guide, which includes more than 2,300 specially selected campsites. This also gives the English-speaking camper another choice: to opt for the tried and trusted CampingCard ACSI, or to go travelling in 2018 with this new travel guide? It seems a difficult choice, […]
I’m going away and I’m taking … a tent, sleeping bag, clothes, camera, smartphone and camping stove. Wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, your camping gear probably cost a considerable sum. It’s best not to dwell on it, but everything you take with you could in fact be damaged or stolen. And that’s where […]
Over the years, campers have plenty of experiences. Mostly they have wonderful unforgettable memories from staying at lovely campsites. But every now and again there are things that make you think: I wish that could be different. Everyone who camps recognises this feeling. However much you love camping, we all come across situations that are […]
Are you ready to sell your caravan, but not sure about what that involves and how to go about it? We have a few tips you can use when selling your caravan, whether you do so individually or through a caravan company. Before you put your caravan up for sale, it’s a good idea to […]
Did you know that between 60% and 90% of consumers (the percentages differ per study) first read online reviews before booking a trip or holiday destination? This includes people who are looking for the right campsite to have a comfortable camping holiday. We are aware of this at Eurocampings.eu, and that is why we have […]
If you’re planning on a trip with your motorhome or caravan, a full water tank is indispensable. Although we don’t advise that you drink the water from the tank, it’s still important to keep not just the water itself but also the tank clean. This way you can prevent the growth of all kinds of […]
A fun day out, a useful meeting point for camping inspiration, admire new motorhome models, caravans and tents or pick up the latest new gadgets. A camping fair is always a good idea! There are a number of shows in 2018 where ACSI will also be present. Come and pay us a visit. Caravan, Camping […]
A little time for yourself, and some time to relax: that’s what holidays are all about. And what’s the best way of achieving that? By going to a campsite with wellness facilities of course! Just imagine, relaxing in the hot tub, or enjoying a massage – these are just a couple of the possibilities that […]
There are over ten thousand campsites in Europe alone. But how do you make sure you book a pitch at the right campsite? Read on and let us help you in your search for that one campsite where you will have the perfect holiday! Step 1: The destination For many people, an important part of […]
On World Waterfall Day, we’re taking a moment to reflect on this natural wonder. The water that flows from a great height, the fog and the mist this causes, and of course the loud splashing sound it makes when it reaches the bottom: there’s something magical about waterfalls. We often associate waterfalls with faraway places […]
Two weeks ago, we looked at 5 destinations in France, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Austria with a remarkable history. In part 2, we will look at historical destinations in four new countries, plus a second stop in Germany. Be inspired for your next camping holiday! Missed part 1? Please click here. 6. C-Mine, Genk (Belgium) […]
A bad night’s sleep? Waking up with back pain? These are some of the biggest myths about camping these days. There are now plenty of ways to improve the comfort of your night’s sleep on holiday. Whether you’re camping with a caravan, motorhome, or tent, there’s sure to be a solution for you! Find a […]
Camping is fun and relaxing, and campsites often take on a very friendly atmosphere. But, just like at home, you have to be very careful what you do while on holiday. You have no doubt heard the horror stories about scammers abroad, maybe you have seen TV programmes about them. And, like everyone else, you’ll […]
Is owning your own motorhome or caravan something for you, do you think? It’s wonderful to have the freedom that having your own camping vehicle gives you. But of course, buying your own vehicle is no small thing. As well as the purchase cost, you’ll also have to deal with some recurring costs. And they […]
It’s not something you hear about often, but people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning in Europe is still too common. Unfortunately, it’s something I read about in the news almost every year – campers who have become unwell from carbon monoxide poisoning in a caravan, motorhome, or sometimes even in a tent. Luckily, there’s lots […]
Camping is amazing, we already knew that! And when a new member of the family starts joining your holidays, it’s still fun to camp with the whole family. But you’ll need to make a few adjustments to make sure camping with your baby is a good experience. We’ve put together a list of the five […]
Many destinations in Europe have a remarkable history. Places that have become the stage for important cultural and political events. We have drawn up a list of 10 of these destinations, all with great campsites nearby so you can enjoy a camping holiday with a healthy dose of culture and history! The first part comes […]
The new ACSI Camping Tours website has been launched! On this fresh new website, it’s now even easier to find your perfect camping tour, as we’ve improved and expanded the search function. On www.acsicampingtours.co.uk, you can choose from 7 unique camping tours, including 4 new tours to France, Sicily – Malta, Czech Republic – Poland, […]
The Spanish Costas, cities like Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, the Mediterranean climate or the countryside and the Spanish interior. We can all find a reason to visit Spain, and every year thousands of Europeans head for this beautiful holiday destination with their motorhome. But what about the traffic rules in Spain? When travelling in Spain […]
Whether you want to set up a compact pop-up tent, the large awning on the front of your caravan or the canopy on your motorhome, you can’t do it without pegs. Anyone who’s regularly pounded those long, skinny devils into the ground knows that not every peg is right for every surface. That means that […]
Electric driving and camping – they still don’t work all that well together. Of course, you can pull your caravan using a Tesla or other electric or hybrid car, but there are still disadvantages. For the more environmentally-aware camping enthusiast who isn’t satisfied with a few solar panels on the roof of his caravan or […]
Five countries in five weeks by train, boat or plane? Check. Hiking in the High Atlas in Morocco? With young children? Check. Travelling is all about surprising yourself. Dancing along to the rhythm of the country you’re in, adjusting to the culture, and becoming one with nature. But for those who travel a lot, a […]
A camping holiday in Croatia is a real adventure. You can enjoy lively resorts and rocky bays dotted with small islands in hospitable Croatia. And all this by the deep blue sea. You can while away the time in idyllic small towns and on mountain peaks or marvel at the beautiful countryside. Croatia has something […]
Vikings, fjords and plenty of mountains. For most people, that’s what probably comes to mind when asked about Norway, but it’s a country with so much more to offer. How about the historic capital of Oslo? Or colourful Bergen? And, of course, there’s the dazzling natural landscape and gorgeous views. Camping in Norway is camping […]
We hear the same message over and over, that the best place to unwind is the countryside. Perhaps it’s the leaves, the plants or just the singing birds and buzzing bees… who can say? For me, an irresistible view is what makes a place relaxing. I’ve put together a selection of countryside campsites with panoramas […]
If you have ever been on a city break to Berlin before you will know what this metropolis has to offer: markets, nightclubs, affordable bistros, second-hand shops, art and plenty of culture. But if you go to the German capital in the (late) summer, you may find it gets so warm that you need to […]
With over 20 regions, frequent visitors to Italy know that making a choice between them can be difficult. The big advantage is that there are still some areas that are largely undiscovered. Take the region of Piedmont in the north west, where tradition and modern life go hand in hand. We’d like to take you […]
Campers know all about this. You’re just about to start a second round of Rummikub, or the next chapter of your book. Then you notice just how dark it has become…time for your camping lights! The huge selection can make it fairly difficult to choose the right one. Read further to find out which type of […]
If you’re going on holiday with your caravan, you’ll want to take full advantage of the permitted load capacity. If you drive with an overloaded caravan, it’s not safe, and you risk getting a fine. An additional advantage of travelling light is that you’ll save fuel. So, here are eight useful tips to save weight […]
Last Wednesday, holiday makers to Lake Garda were shocked by a massive hailstorm. Hailstones as big as golf balls fell from the sky. There were no reports of casualties, but the damage caused to cars, caravans, and motorhomes will cost a pretty penny. Is there anything you can do to prevent or limit damage caused […]
Do you feel especially good after a camping holiday? That’s no coincidence. Several studies have shown that camping gives your health a hearty boost. Even if you spend just a weekend on a campsite, you will return home sprightly and rejuvenated. Read on to discover how come! Everyone feels better after a camping holiday. You […]
When considering a cycling holiday in Spain, many sports enthusiasts automatically think about the famous route to the pilgrimage site at Santiago de Compostela. And while that’s certainly worth doing, Spain has plenty of beautiful routes for cyclists all over the country. What about cycling part of the Vuelta 2017? We’ve selected six fun routes for […]
The alcohol tester (or breathalyser) is something many holidaymakers are familiar with. Since 2012, drivers on French roads need to have 2 tests with them. These days, you no longer get a fine if you don’t have them, but it’s still useful to buy them. In this article, we’ll tell you why. The idea behind […]
If you buy a tent, you obviously want to use it for as long as possible. In particular, the tent fabric has to endure quite a lot, regardless of whether the sun is shining, or it’s raining. And what about the zips? With a little preparation, and some care and attention at the campsite, you […]
It’s great that you’ve found our new blog. As a camper, you’ll find all sorts of useful information about everything to do with camping here. From facts about fun destinations, campsite tips, and inspiring travel stories. We want to celebrate our new blog with you, and so we’re giving away 5 prizes! If you scroll […]
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