Family campsites in Europe: readers’ tips

Italy’s coast, lakes and mountains are popular among Guardian readers for family camping holidays, but sites in France, Portugal and Switzerland get a look-in too

Camping Les Sapins is an unpretentious family-friendly site on the outskirts of Gruyères. It’s divided by a stream: one side for caravans, one side for tents, with a wooden “troll” bridge in between. A small restaurant in Swiss mountain-hut style serves traditional food, mostly themed around the famous local cheese. The main attraction is its mountain location, with opportunities for walking along well-marked trails. On a hill about 2km away is the medieval town of Gruyères, with its château repurposed as an artists’ retreat in the 19th century. But the most surprising contrast to the pretty cobbled streets is the museum of Swiss surrealist HR Giger. The bright cheery streets give way to a museum full of paintings from the Necronomicon horror stories. Across the road is the equally gothic Giger Café. As an antidote, stroll down the hill to the cheese factory for comforting images of happy cows.
Camping 8 Swiss francs (£6.40) a night for a tent, plus 8/9/11 francs (children/teens/adults),
Michael Davis

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