European parks

5 Great European holiday park options

Hiring a mobile home is a perfect alternative to a hotel if you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Enjoy a bit more privacy, your own garden space to relax in the sun, plus you’ll have the comforts of home with your own kitchen and living facilities. All European holiday parks come with on-site facilities that can range from understated restaurants in peaceful settings, or energetic waterparks for adventurous kids.

At Barrhead Travel we have numerous holiday park options for families, and one of our top suppliers is Al Fresco Holidays. They boast 72 parks in Europe and offer four collections perfectly tailored to what your party is looking for: Large & Lively, Midsized & Sociable, Small & Friendly and Authentic & Value. Here are just some of the popular destinations where you can find their parks.

1. France

Al Fresco Holidays have a presence across the whole of France with 41 holiday parks near popular destinations such as Paris, Normandy and North & South Brittany. Popular sites includes  Les Prairies de la Mer that is located on the beaches of St. Tropez and is home to eight different mobile home types  that all come with their own gas barbeque. Onsite facilities also include a minimarket, restaurant, laundrette, PC lounge and souvenir shop.

However, if it’s Disneyland Paris you’re eyeing up for a nice family holiday, another popular park is La Croix du Vieux Pont. This lively park boasts plenty of facilities for children with pools, waterslides, outdoor play area, 10 pin bowling alley, laser quest, and evening entertainment including magic shows and kid’s discos.

2. Croatia

Choose between the pristine Dalmatian Coast or the secluded spots on the Istrian peninsula, with a range of four parks. Each of them fall into the Large & Lively category making them an amazing choice for families wanting to explore a destination with some history and culture.  Every park includes a main restaurant (as well as a Pizzeria and bar), a mini-market, and a large heated outdoor pool.

3. Holland

Holland is home to only one park, Duinrell Holiday Park near the town of Wassenaar – but in the case of this fun-filled park, one is definitely enough. The main feature is the on-site Tiki Tropical Water Park, with an indoor and outdoor pool featuring oversized water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and paddling pool. The other outstanding feature of this park is its theme park with roller coasters and fun for all the family PLUS entrance to the theme park is free for the duration of the holiday. Sports fans can also sign up for mini-golf, volleyball, ten pin bowling and archery. For food, aside from the main restaurant, there is a snack bar, bakery, take-away, mini-market and a charcoal BBQ included with all mobile homes.

4. Italy

Al Fresco Holidays have expertly chosen five of Italy’s best holiday destinations for their holiday parks: Lake Garda, Lazio, Tuscany, Adriatic Coast and the Venetian Riviera. Most are part of the Large & Lively collection but six parks are included in the Midsize & Sociable collection or the Small & Friendly collection.

One of their more intimate parks is Eden, located on the banks of the scenic Lake Garda with the resort towns of Portese and Salo only a short drive away. The lower and upper campsite are both home to unassuming swimming pools, and the wider park caters to sports fans with volleyball, table tennis, basketball, badminton, bike hire, and football. There is also an on-site spa.

5. Spain

Costa Brava and Costa Dorada are two of Europe’s most popular destinations with families looking for some sun. Aside from the peaceful Cala Gogo campsite near the resort town of Platja d’Aro, all the parks in Spain are aimed towards families and have plenty of activities for younger members.

One of their most popular resorts, Sanguli that is found near the friendly destination of Salou, has a brand new area  for 2017: an African themed resort with Africa themed pool, restaurant, bar and Africa themed mobile homes. This means the park will now be home to three swimming pools, three paddling pools and six waterslides. Other activities in the wider park include board games, trampolining, a video games room, badminton and a weights room.

Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.