20 of the best family campsites in Europe

All prices are for seven nights, for two adults and two kids in a mobile home or chalet for the week 29 July-5 August. Prices correct at time of going to press

SMALL AND BEAUTIFUL

Campingplatz Kinzigtal, Black Forest, Germany

Small and tidy, Campingplatz Kinzigtal is in a wide green valley next to a stream and surrounded by tree-covered mountains. There’s no on-site pool, but you can use the neighbouring municipal pool for free and there’s also a playground, horse riding and lots of marked walking trails. The campsite’s oak-beamed restaurant does traditional favourites like schnitzel and local trout, plus pizzas and pastas, or head into the pretty town of Steinach, a 15-minute walk away. Further afield there’s Germany’s largest theme park, Europa Park (24 miles), and the spa town of Baden-Baden (45 miles).
£958 with canvasholidays.co.uk. Nearest airport: Strasbourg (45km)

Butterfly Campsite, Lake Garda, Italy

Peschiera del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
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The town of Peschiera del Garda, close to the campsite. Photograph: Alamy

On the lake’s southern shores, just a few minutes’ walk to a beach, Butterfly Campsite is true to its name – small, pretty and loved by children. It doesn’t have all the frills of larger campsites, but it’s got the basics: a large palm-lined pool and playpool, playground, beach volleyball, football pitch, bar and restaurant. In the summer, there’s live music, family entertainment and, if you want more, take the lakeside path to the lively town of Peschiera del Garda.
£1,033 with eurocamp.co.uk. Nearest airport: Verona (28km)

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