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11. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

You can camp every night. South of France is king when it comes to camping facilities, there are so many very good campsites. Also in Spain there are many campsites so if I were you I would buy a tent when you get there and camp.

12. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

is it necessary to stay in a hostel every night? Or is it feasible to camp outdoors every once in a while?

The problem will be the risk of a fire. Local autorities do not like it much if you just camp informally, one careless drop of cigarette ashes and whole regions will go up in flames.

There are so many cheap municipal campsites all over France, chances are high police will ask you to move to the next one.

If you want to stay on campsites it is a good idea to rent a car instead of travelling by train and throw tent and camping gear into the trunk of the car.

Rick Steves on Camping in Europe

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2009, at 18:06 by t_maia ]

13. Posted by tmacattack (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Are these campsites relatively inexpensive? Cheaper than hostels? More numerous?

14. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 7y

Are these campsites relatively inexpensive? Cheaper than hostels? More numerous?

Camping in Europe is cheaper than hostelling, that is for sure. So that means deffinately cheaper than hotels! As far as numberous goes, I'm not sure, but I can tell you this: every city has one; some have several. They aren't always in the most convenient and central places, but they make up for it with low cost.

I guess im basically asking if we sleep under the stars, are we going to be bothered by thieves, police, anything?

Actually, I have heard that camping in Europe is pretty safe- maybe safer than hostels. Don't leave stuff lying around- always put it in your tent with it zipped up. That should be good enough. Campers won't steal from campers and campgrounds usually have some semblance of surveillance- that is, someone watching- or a gate. However, camping wild is another story. If you are going to do this, make sure that you ask whoever owns the land for permission. Don't make a lot of noise. Be respectful. Clean up after yourself. Don't light fires (In Europe, you aren't allowed to light fires. Instead, buy a camping stove and fuel when you land. Strangely enough, in some countries it is legal to have fires on the beach, as long as they are put out when you go. This was the case when I was in Germany.). Go to bed at dusk and get up at dawn. Leave the next day (only stay one night). If you're going to campgrounds, I would recommend that you buy a Camping Card International (from the US).

but I know nothing about the Spanish culture. What can I expect south of the border?

Hmmm . . . Spaniards are really nice, helpful people. One thing that you should know is that in the late morning for a couple hours everything closes and people take a siesta (I think that's what it's called . . . can't remember). There are a lot of Catholics. During Christmas, when I was there, there were Stations of the Cross set up in beautiful churches. You'll love the people. They are also really well dressed, especially in Barcelona. Not a lot of them speak English, but good help can be found.

One thing to note is beware of pickpockets and scam artists on La Rhamblas in Barcelona. A woman approached my friends and I with a sob story of how she lost everything and needed money, etc. We didn't fall for it, but later learned that this is actually quite common. But La Rhamblas is great. Some of the best street performers I've seen. Everywhere you go you should always walk with a purpose like you know where you're going and beware of unnecessary jostling in crowds.

Feel free to ask any more questions! Hopefully, this has helped.


15. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Hey tmacattack,
I've read lots of posts on TP and I think it's fair to say that you've just received one of the most detailed and comprehensive sets of answers to appear here. Listen to these people and you won't go far wrong... Unless of course your intention is to go far wrong!

Well done folks, you make me proud to be part of TP.

16. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Are these campsites relatively inexpensive?


Cheaper than hostels?

Yes, especially if you are 2 love birds, want to get some regular nookie and would otherwise stay in private rooms in hostels. With a single person travelling it is a toss-up, especially if you rent a car to get around and to the camping sites. For a single person hostel and train can work out cheaper.

More numerous?

Depends on where. There are places where there are no hostels and only camping sites and other places where there are only hostels and no camping sites. Sometimes you can choose between the two or find a place that is both hostel and camping site. As a rule hostels are mainly in bigger cities, catering to people who use public transport and camping sites are mainly in rural areas, catering to people who travel by car or on their bicycle.

France is king of camping sites, there are definitely more camping sites in Southern France than hostels.

17. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

France is king of camping sites

Hey, you stole my line!!!!

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