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Where we say that English is spoken it means that someone – maybe more than one person – in the site’s regular reception team speaks fluent, or particularly good, English (but this may not be the case for staff organising activities). Only on a very few sites is almost no English spoken. Please ask us for further details if this is important to you. Part of the fun of camping abroad lies in seeing a different way of life and communicating with people whose language you don’t speak. In some places, especially popular areas, many local people working in tourism, shops or emergency services speak some English.
This depends on how each site charges for pitches. In many cases there is a better deal for single-parent families and solo campers – rest assured we’ll sort out the best price for you. When sites charge an all-in-one price, typically a unit plus two or three, the first child will be charged at the second adult rate. Even though we show a unit plus two adults price in the price panel, with those sites that charge for individuals, all the children will be charged at the appropriate child rate, and solo campers will be charged at a unit plus one price.
With the exception of Delamont Country Park in Northern Ireland, none of the sites in our European camping brochures are owned, managed or run by The Camping and Caravanning Club. Most of them are owned by individuals and run on a commercial basis. However, they are all inspected every year by members of our Sites Team, who are experienced in all types of camping. We select a range of different types of camp sites to meet the varied camping needs of Club members. We believe that they are amongst the best sites in Europe, whether they be large sites with many facilities or small ones with little more than comfortable pitches, clean sanitation and a friendly welcome.
Pitches can be a lot smaller than on UK Club Sites. In France, pitches usually average from 80m2 to 100m2. Pitches outside France generally are smaller, often ranging from 60m2 to 80m2, so members with large units may prefer to visit these countries in low season.
These are not Club Sites, remember: there is no 6m rule and units, especially in more popular areas, may be as little as one metre apart, especially in high season. In Italy, Spain and Holland you sometimes have to park your car in a car park, not on your pitch. If this concerns you please ask.
It can be right on the pitch, or it may be some distance away, so we recommend taking a 25m electricity cable. Taking a further extension cable is also a good idea.
You can generally tell from a site’s pitch prices the period(s) that it considers its high season to fall within. French high season is from about the middle of July to about 20 August. In other countries it’s usually from early July to mid- August. Sites and resorts are then usually fully booked and at their busiest, both in numbers of people and the level of activity and festivity. You are likely to be sharing your destination with families of all ages from all over Europe. Expect the possibility of especially lively celebrations – both on site and locally – on national holidays.
For reasons of hygiene and filtration you have to wear traditional swimwear in some site pools (trunks, bikinis or swimming costumes). On most sites you can’t use the pool unless you wear the correct swimwear. In a few cases swimming caps are required, too. Details of specific requirements appear on your confirmation invoice and may be subject to change by site management. It is not unusual for site pools and local beaches to allow topless bathing.
You can book as many sites as you like for as little or as long as you like, subject to any restrictions particular sites may have. These are indicated in the site descriptions in the European Camping Holidays brochure.
A one-off booking fee of £25 applies only if you book a camp site without also booking either your ferry crossing or your personal and vehicle insurance through Carefree. However many sites you book, there is just the one fee. A very few sites also charge their own booking fee. This is shown as an extra cost if it is not included in the nightly price.
They’re not. Though some sites keep a few of these for people who prefer them (usually for hygiene reasons), these are more and more a thing of the past. All the sites in this brochure have a good number of seated toilets.
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