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Top 10 romantic camping spots in Europe, Down Under and North America

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Filled with breathtaking natural beauty, solitude and fun, camping is no doubt a trip you should take with your loved ones.

Oblivious as to which camp sites to go to, though? Fear not! Here are some suggestions... 

1. Lake Windermere, Great Britain

Home to England’s largest natural lake, the Lake District is a natural conservation area famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, and its associations with the 19th Century writings of William Wordsworth.

The region provides a picturesque landscape and is perfect for walking and camping. Romantic adventurers can expect to wake up to a view of fog on the ribbon lake’s surface and morning dew shining on grassy hills. Without a doubt, it’s an ideal spot for nature lovers and couples seeking rest and relaxation.

2. Lake Öljaren, Sweden

Between Katrineholm and Eskilstuna in the Södermanland province is a historic area of stunning natural beauty.

It’s a great camping site, especially during the summer as the lake offers a cool refreshing break or a chance to relax in the sun. Campers can also tour the romantic estate, Julita Gård, to explore its historical buildings, endless parks, diverse gardens and much more.

3. Lyon (the marketplace at Croix-Rousse), France

Campers should consider stopping

 by the marché de la Croi

x-Rousse in Lyon, where they can park for free for their first night. Since the times of silk weaving, the Croix-Rousse quarter of Lyon has always belonged to artisans.

With a similar (though smaller) feel to Montmartre in Paris, more and more people have moved here in recent years seeking the vibrant theatre, music and literature scene. The neighbourhood offers plenty of boutiques and the gastronomy enjoys a worldwide reputation for its diverse mix of Alpine and Mediterranean cuisine. It’s best to secure spot towards the edge since market vendors set up their stands in the early morning.

4. Giethoorn on Lake Molengat, Netherlands

This idyllic town in the Overijssel province has no roads and is surrounded by endless lakes and woodland. Often referred to as ‘Little Venice’, the village has four miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th Century. The thatch-roof farms on peat islands are connected by over 170 wood bridges on what was once the old peat-cutters’ settlement. It is reachable by a network of footbridges or with a typical Giethoorner boat. It’s a perfect destination for couples who wish to escape from busy cities.

5. Ramsau near Berchtesgaden, Germany

Close to the border with Austria, Ramsau is a small town situated among the high peaks around Berchtesgaden in the Alps. It offers couples the chance to enjoy the restorative mountain climate while they take in the views of the famous blue glaciers.

In the valley, it’s also possible to make a trip to St. Sebastian’s church, a world famous landscape painting motif. Ramsau lies near the Alpenstraße, a winding highway running 450 kilometers through the mountainous south of Germany – a stunning route to travel by caravan.

6. Praia do Telheiro, Portugal 

Situated close to the town of Sagres on the very western tip of the Algarve, Praia do Telheiro is a breathtaking beach with great surfing and body boarding opportunities. The beach has an absolute stunning scenery with massive cliffs surrounding it.

Beyond the beach, campers may be able to park their vehicle for free, depending on the season and conditions, right on the cliffs with a view of the Atlantic. You can even enjoy the wild, raw atmosphere of towering cliffs right from your caravan!

7. Seal Rocks, Australia

Home of the Seal Rocks lighthouse, officially known as Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, the Seal Rocks is famous for its many premier surfing beaches, including Lighthouse Beach, Treachery and Yagon. Campers can park close to the beach and enjoy breathtakingly clear views of the stars in the night sky. It’s no doubt a hub for adventurers, including surfers.

8. Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori), New Zealand

Known as the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook is a glacier at the centre of South Island.

During the day, couples can go hiking along one of the numerous trails and enjoy the stunning scenery around the nearby Lake Pukaki. After watching the setting sun dip below the glacier in gleaming shades of red, we suggest taking in a moonlit Mount Cook or stargazing under the perfectly clear night sky.

9. California’s Highway 1 and Big Sur, USA

Stretching at a total of just over 655 miles, Highway 1 is the longest state route in California, offering the chance to just pull over and set up in wherever catches your eye.

Framed by mountains on one side and the Pacific on the other, Big Sur Coast - located between San Simeon and Carmel-by-the-Sea - is the most beautiful, stirring, and romantic section of the highway. The route runs north to south through the state of California along the Pacific coast, and has been named a National Scenic Byway.

10. Long Beach, Tofino, Canada

On the west coast of Vancouver island in British Columbia lies Tofino, a sweet and sleepy surf town that comes alive in the summer, but has its own unique charm all year round.

With extensive beaches, perfect waves for surfing and bodysurfing, thick forests great for hiking, and calm waters for kayaking, this is the perfect spot for an active and adventurous holiday. Couples can take a long walk on the seemingly endless beach, dotted with driftwood and mussels, and stop to watch a spectacular sunset. Besides that, Tofino is also a great spot for whale watching.

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