Lakeside holidays for families and couples

Lakeside retreats offer easy access to the water, without the surf but often with the sand.

Imagine lazy lakeside holidays spent picnicking alongside a shimmering sheet of water in the French countryside, followed by a cooling paddle or swim; wandering around the lakeside bars and bistros that edge the Italian lakes.

Or taking a cruise around Lake Annecy in the French Alps or Lake Thun in Switzerland - ringed by jagged peaks and pretty spa towns.

Find your spot by the lake

Or how about spending a lazy afternoon at a lakeside park in Austria, complete with playgrounds for toddlers, and sunny lawns for you to stretch out on ... who needs the beach anyway?!

Just because the surf’s not up doesn’t mean a lakeside holiday can’t get your pulse racing. We’ve lots of lakeside parcs perfectly placed for high-octane thrills, or even just a relaxing swim. So the question is - how do you want to take to the waters? By pedalo, waterski, windsurf or wakeboard?

Sporty Shores Possibilities:

Pedalo safaris ...

with the kids, from Le Pin Parasol, alongside Lac-du-Jaunay in the Vendée.

Enjoy a canoe lesson ...

across the placid waters of Lake Garda, from Eden Campsite, Italian Lakes.

Diving into ...

as many watersports as possible at Germany’s Südsee Camp.

Pristine lakes shimmering amid quiet countryside - is that your idea of holiday heaven? We know just the place. Jura’s crystal-clear cluster of lakes are ideal for days spent dozing by the water’s edge, unfurling a picnic blanket and popping open a bottle of wine. Or host your own skimming stone championship with the kids, in Camping De Schatberg, Holland.

Lazy Days Possibilities:

A spot of fishing ...

or simply snoozing at the lake in Château La Forêt, Vendée.

camping les fontaines, annecy, lakes and mountains

Stretch out on the beach ...

And catch up on a good book, at Bospark 't Wolfsven, Netherlands.

Cycling ...

through pinewoods to a sunny lakeside clearing at Hourtin, Gironde. From Cote d’Argent.

You can easily combine a lakeside holiday with life’s other important activities: shopping and eating! Lakeside lunches, an afternoon’s worth of retail therapy and evenings spent enjoying a romantic meal for two (or the whole family!) at a waters’ edge restaurants, illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, and serenaded by local singers. 

Head to the stylish resorts that wrap around Lake Garda and enjoy fireworks, wine festivals and chic boutiques aplenty!

Shopping and Sipping Possibilities:

Raising a glass ...

at The Bardolino Wine Festival, celebrating the best of the region’s fine wines, perfectly paired with Serenella Campsite, Italian Lakes.

Souvenir hunting ...

in Interlaken’s old town, Unterseen, near Manor Farm, Switzerland.

Feasting on street food ...

 in the markets of Paris, a day trip from La Croix du Vieux Pont.

They go together so well, it seems only right that plenty of our lakeside parcs come with lofty mountains thrown in for good measure! So if you really can’t choose between the two, that’s ok...our lakeside holidays in the foothills of mighty mountain ranges mean you really don’t have to.

Lakes and Mountains Possibilities:

Hike into ...

the dramatic hills of Les Ecrins National Park, near La Ravoire Campsite, Alps.

Cable car trips ...

to the snowy Alpine peaks of Lauterbrunnen, near Jungfrau Campsite, Switzerland.

Exploring ...

the Sound of Music countryside that wraps around Bella Austria’s mountainside parc, Austria.

Great lakeside regions

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