THE ALPS, FRANCE
In the winter months, the realm of skiers, the Alps transform as the snow melts. As soon as the mild spring weather arrives, so do hikers and campers. Here you will find wonderfully fresh alpine air and picturesque villages nestled in the foothills. It’s a magical place to camp, made even more special by the glittering night sky.
SIMIEN MOUNTAINS, ETHIOPIA
Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the rugged Simien Massif and its deep chasms rival the Grand Canyon in beauty. The scenery is phenomenal and the best way to explore it is on a guided hike, sleeping under canvas tents at one of the park’s basic campsites.
HOSSA NATIONAL PARK, FINLAND
Finland’s newest national park (opened June 2017) lies in the country’s wild north-east, a rugged landscape of rivers, lakes and ancient spruce forests. Finland welcomes wild campers and the park is dotted with secluded shelters and rustic cabins, all with campfire spots.
MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND
You can’t talk about camping without raving about New Zealand’s incredible landscapes. Mount Cook (or Aoraki in the Maori) is the country’s tallest mountain and the entire surrounding rugged region is the South Island’s finest outdoor playground. The views from the campsites here are simply stunning.
THE SETO INLAND SEA (SETONAIKAL), JAPAN
In the vast expanse of water between the Japanese islands of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū you will find a little-known idyll made up of many smaller islands. Exploring by bike is becoming increasingly popular as there are now seven modern bridges connecting the islands. At night it is possible to camp next to the subtropical white sandy beaches.
LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS, SCOTLAND
The scattered peaks, valleys and villages of the Trossachs – often referred to as the Miniature Highlands – make an incredibly scenic backdrop for a camping trip. Amidst these romantic lakes and valleys you will find everything from sprawling trailer parks to remote wild camping sites; Be sure to read the outdoor access code before you go.
Time has stood still in this massively underrated region of northwest Spain, where villages nestle against lush green mountains and fishing villages dot the rugged coastline. Some of Spain’s most beautiful campsites can be found here on the coast, along with delicious food and welcoming hosts.
Selected from: www.roughguides.com