The Best Motorhome Holidays in Europe

Motorhome on a road in Spain with blue skies and mountains

This post may contain affiliate links, from which we earn an income.

Find the Best Motorhome Holidays in Europe

Are you planning a motorhome holiday in Europe but don’t quite know where to go? With so many countries, cultures and even climates to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which destination in Europe is right for you.

Check out our destination ideas and plan your European road trip with our helpful guides and motorhome travel tips.

Hiring a van for your Europe trip?

If this is your first motorhome trip abroad, or you’re hiring a van to explore Europe, make sure that you have all the right documentation and read about the post-Brexit travel rules (if you’re from the UK).

Documentation You Need for a Campervan Road Trip in Europe

  • You must have at least six months remaining on your passport to travel in Europe. Your passport is valid for travel until expiry in the Republic of Ireland. If you’re a Brit, you can no longer use the EU/EEA passport lanes.
  • You may be asked at the border or airport to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket and to prove you have enough money for your stay. If you can’t provide such evidence, border control are within their rights to refuse you entry to the country.
  • If you’re travelling from the UK to Europe by campervan (whether your own or hired), you will require a green card to prove you have motorhome insurance cover when travelling in Europe. The insurer or motorhome hire company should issue this, there may be an extra fee.
  • Non-EU citizens will require an International Drivers Permit to hire a vehicle in the UK and Europe. UK citizens who have a driving licence do not require an IDP for Europe unless the licence held is paper only, or was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man.
  • You will require an Animal Health Certificate to take your pet to the EU or Northern Ireland from Great Britain. Your pet must be microchipped and have received a rabies vaccination before the AHC can be issued by a vet.
  • If your motorhome or camper van is registered in the UK, you will also need a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle and headlights adapted for driving on the right when you travel Europe.
  • Medical insurance, travel insurance and breakdown cover are not mandatory, although highly advisable when you take a European motorhome trip. We recommend World Nomads and True Travellers for insurance purposes, alongside an existing EHIC, or new GHIC, for UK travellers.

Getting to Europe

If you’re flying in to Europe from elsewhere in the world, you can collect your motorhome rental and head off on your road trip.

Remember to let your hire company know if you’re planning on taking your motorhome or campervan out of the country in which you hired it – some hire companies won’t allow their vehicles to be driven across Europe, or may charge extra. 

Driving to Europe from UK

If you’re coming from the UK, then you have to get onto the continent – there’s no way round it!  There are a number of ways of getting to mainland Europe from the UK;

  • Dover to Calais ferry – the popular ferry takes around one hour thirty minutes to cross, chances are you’ll be through and on the road within a few hours.
  • Channel Tunnel – the train between Folkestone and Calais is probably the quickest and most regular route to Europe, but as with the ferries, the queue can be horrendous in peak season and at peak times. 
  • Check out the slightly more obscure motorhome and campervan travel routes, which may be a little longer but often have great special offers. Try departing from Newhaven for example or arriving at Dieppe or Le Havre.
  • The crossings from Portsmouth and Poole to St Malo and Cherbourg are convenient for western France, and there is a choice of the fast catamaran, which takes around three hours, or an overnight crossing which arrives early in the morning.
  • There are longer (and more expensive) crossings from Portsmouth to the northern Spanish ports of Bilbao and Santander, which should also be considered if you’re heading south. You may find that the added ferry costs are covered by the savings in fuel, tolls and less driving time.
  • For those living in on the island of Ireland, the ferries from Cork and Rosslare to Roscoff may be a good alternative, and mean only one crossing.

Driving a Motorhome in Europe

All European countries have their own driving laws and legislation covering motorway tolls, low emission zones and wild camping for motorhomes. You can find specific information on these laws, what you need to carry in your vehicle, and what you should be aware of as a motorhomer in our motorhome touring guides, which are country specific.  

We would strongly advise either a specific motorhome sat nav when you’re travelling Europe in a large vehicle. Don’t hire one with the motorhome unless it’s capable of being configured for a large vehicle. If it’s not, then it’s a waste of money and you’re better using a free navigation app like Google Maps on your phone or tablet.

If it’s your first time driving abroad, it can feel a little daunting, especially if you’re in a right hand drive vehicle. Take your time and stick to motorways and A (national) roads until you find your feet. Try not to spend too many hours behind the wheel every day, or share the driving.   

Popular Motorhome Holiday Destinations in Europe

France

Without doubt the most popular motorhome destination in Europe, France has really embraced the culture and has a fantastic network of municipal and commercial aires, as well as superb coastal and inland campsites, and some amazing wild camping opportunities.  

France is a great country for touring from place to place, but also has some of the best campsites in Europe, along both the south west wild and unspoilt Atlantic coast and the more gentle shores of the Mediterranean.

The latter will guarantee you good sunshine in the summer months, the former is perhaps a tad more exciting and perfect for families with teenagers.

Outside of the coasts, France is a huge and diverse country, offering something for everyone planning a French road trip. From hiking in the mighty Alps to the rolling countryside of Provence, and a handful of really iconic cities, whatever your holiday style you’ll find it in France.

If there are any downsides, it’s the high cost of fuel and toll roads, and the sometimes volatile nature of France’s population, who like to protest in the summer months and block roads and access to fuel.

motorhome travel in France

The Complete Guide to Motorhome Touring in France

Motorhome touring in the beautiful and varied country of France is a pleasure, you will be welcomed with open arms. From the Cote d’Azur with stunning views of the Mediterranean to the deserted and tranquil interior and twisting crystal clear rivers, France is the perfect place to spend a summer in your motorhome. Read this complete guide to motorhome touring in France and go prepared!
Read More

Spain

Further away from the UK, but easily accessible via the Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao routes, Spain is a favourite of motorhomers looking for sun when northern Europe is suffering the cooler months.  

But there’s so much more than sun and beaches in Spain. It’s the second most mountainous country in Europe (after Switzerland), shares one half of the Pyrenees and is home to the small, but perfectly formed, Picos de Europa.

There’s a lot of culture here too, from the castles and religious palaces of the north to the the Moorish architecture and white towns of Andalucia, in the south.  

If it’s beaches and sun you’re after, stick to the eastern coasts of the Costa Brava and Costa Blanca for bearable summer heat (although air con would be advisable in July and August), lively resorts and cities, great campsites and friendly aires.

Or head inland for a taste of more authentic Spain, heart-pumping activities such as hiking and climbing, and free camping opportunities in abundance. 

Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Europe in which to take a campervan trip, with fuel and LPG around a third cheaper than France and most toll roads now free.

Sadly, the coastal areas are starting to restrict where motorhomes can park overnight making wild camping much harder, and pushing people taking motorhome holidays into fee-paying sites and aires.

How to Tour Spain in a Motorhome – A Complete Guide

Spain has one of the best winter climates in Europe; with welcoming and friendly locals, Spain is a perfect country for a motorhome trip. With the colourful traditions, good food and wine and fabulous architecture, you have all the ingredients for an amazing tour.  We share all you need to know about how to tour Spain in a motorhome here.
Read More
driving from UK to Spain

Driving from UK to Spain – Routes & Tips

Are you desperate for some Spanish sun but don’t want to fly? With great routes across Europe, it’s easy to drive to Spain by car, arriving refreshed and unstressed from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Read More

The Perfect Andalucia Road Trip

Andalucia epitomises southern Spain for most visitors; vibrant, colourful and passionate. This road trip itinerary will take you to the major cities and best places to visit in Andalucia Spain, bringing the country alive. If you’re looking for a longer holiday, just throw in some beach time!
Read More

Italy

Head for Italy if you’re feeling a tad more adventurous. It will take at least 15 hours one way from Calais, whether you choose to head down through toll free Germany or more expensive scenic France, so in reality you probably need a few weeks to do this trip justice. 

But, it’s so worth it once you get there! You’ll be blown away by this sublimely beautiful country, with Renaissance cities, gorgeous landscapes and amazing gastronomy. Historic Florence, foodie Bologna, unique Venice, and even Rome are within reach.

Those with a few weeks will be able to explore the beautiful Italian lakes and dramatic Dolomites, the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, or the Italian Riviera to the east.

With even longer, Sicily and Puglia become attractive (and much quieter) spots for a motorhome road trip, making the most of the Italian sosta motorhome parking network as you travel.

The further south you go, the worse the roads become, so be mindful of this if you intend to move around a lot. Italy also has some of Europe’s most expensive fuel and campsites, which can be basic away from busy tourist areas, are expensive and you usually have to pay extra for your shower!

motorhome wild camping in Sicily Italy

The Complete Guide to Touring Italy by Motorhome

Taking a motorhome to Italy is an experience not to be missed. This gorgeous country, full of beautiful light, fabulous food and landscapes straight from a film set, will not disappoint. In this post, you’ll find all you need to know about touring Italy by motorhome.
Read More
driving to Italy from UK

Driving to Italy from UK – Routes & Tips

Are you desperate for some Italian culture but don’t want to fly? With great routes across Europe, a road trip from UK to Italy is easy, leaving you arriving refreshed and unstressed, ready to enjoy la dolce vita from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Read More

How to Road Trip Eclectic Sicily

Sicily is a gem of a island, with history rich in Greek and Roman architecture, fascinating ancient ruins and incredible natural wonders. Take a Sicily road trip and you’ll also find a modern day playground of superb hiking, water sports and vibrant cities ensuring there is something here for everyone.
Read More
Puglia travel

Beautiful Puglia – A Road Trip Itinerary

The beautiful region of Puglia in southern Italy is just perfect for a road trip. Puglia has it all; rolling countryside, miles of gorgeous beaches, vibrant towns and delicious local produce. This cool, laid-back and unspoilt part of Italy is an awesome road trip destination.
Read More

The Best of Rome in 36 Hours

Rome is a gorgeous city, high on any bucket-list and full of love, life and romance. With fabulous architecture bathed in the unique light of the eternal city, incredible Roman ruins and delicious Italian food, what’s not to love? Our guide will show you how to visit Rome in 36 hours, seeing all the essential sights. Make sure you read it before you go!
Read More
Aerial view of Bologna Emilia-Romagna

FREE Self-Guided Bologna Food Tour

Bologna is our top pick for incredible and delicious Italian food; foodies out there will love our tried and tested Bologna food tour! We will take you to all the best places to watch, sample, smell and eat the finest foods Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna region has to offer.
Read More

Portugal

A perfect companion when visiting Spain, Portugal is also a wonderful country to visit in its own right. Tiny, but packing a punch, Portugal’s coasts are chock full of incredible beaches, from the sultry and sheltered south facing Algarve to the the huge seas of the Atlantic, where the biggest waves in the world have been surfed at Nazare.

Inland, you’ll find granite mountains, dark skies and huge lakes, alongside rolling swathes of countryside planted with vines to support the emerging world-class wine culture. With a fascinating history of sea faring and world exploration, and some of the best sea food in Europe, don’t pass Portugal by on your way south.

If there are any downsides to this tiny country, it is that all wild camping, unless in authorised motorhome places, is now banned, since a new law was passed in January 2021. This means sites and aires will become full more quickly, and camping prices will rise.

Portugal Road Trip

Road Trip Portugal – Two Incredible Itineraries

Portugal is a small country with a lot to offer. From the historic towns of the north, to the glowing Algarve, via iconic cities, granite hard mountains and rolling vineyards, these historic and coastal road trips in Portugal will bring the country alive. 
Read More
Touring Portugal in a Motorhome

Top Tips for Touring Portugal in a Campervan & Motorhome

Portugal is a perfect motorhome and campervan destination. This tiny country packs one hell of a punch; wild coastlines, lively buzzing cities and exquisite wines. If you’re planning on going to Portugal as you tour Europe in a motorhome, our Portugal tips are a must-read before your trip.
Read More
Portugal Easy Camp

Motorhome Stays with Portugal EasyCamp

What better way is there to discover a country than meeting the locals, exploring the landscape and enjoying delicious local produce made with tradition and love? Enter Portugal EasyCamp…
Read More
Covão dos Conchos Portugal

Covao Dos Conchos – Getting Up Close

The fascinating Covao dos Conchos, high in the Serra da Estrela natural park in Portugal is called the ‘eye’ by locals. This incredible man-made hole is actually a spillway and well worth the short hike to get up close to the mesmerising spectacle, set deep in the rugged Portuguese mountains. 
Read More

Germany

Germany is a wonderful country in which to tour. With a large network of stellplatz (aires) and superb roads, you’ll love the ease of road tripping here. The locals are friendly, the food wholesome and the beer is pretty good too!

Germany is a surprising country, full of fairy tale castles and half-timbered medieval villages, alongside cutting edge industrial cities. Avoid the middle bit and head for romantic Bavaria and the Alps, or go north for the sea city of Hamburg and the beguiling and beautifully quiet northern coast, with islands that will tempt you to stay.

More adventurous motorhomers will head east, for Berlin and the gateway to the lesser travelled, yet fascinating, countries of eastern Europe. The roads will certainly be quieter as you head east, away from the busy and densely populated industrial belt, which you need to suffer to get to anywhere of interest in the country!

motorhome travel in Germany essential facts

Motorhome Germany – A Complete Touring Guide

A motorhome tour of Germany offers incredible adventures. From the stunning Alps, the Black Forest with it’s gorgeous romantic road, to medieval cities, fairytale castles and magical Christmas markets this surprising and interesting country is a must-see road trip destination for campervans and motorhomes.
Read More
Germany road trip

Five Unmissable Germany Road Trip Routes

Germany is an incredible country in which to road trip. From the drama of Bavaria to the soft beauty of the Mosel Valley and the fairytale castles and towns in between, explore this often overlooked country on the road trip of a lifetime.
Read More

Norway

A hugely popular destination with campervanning road trippers, Norway is simply stunning. But, it’s a huge country and you’ll need time to see even a fraction of it. If you want to go the whole hog to Nordkapp in the Arctic Circle, and visit the Lofoten Islands on route, you’ll need a minimum of four weeks.

The most beautiful part of Norway is without doubt the Western Fjords. The sheer scale of the fjords and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls is breathtaking. If you love adventure and being outdoors, this is the place for you. With hiking, cycling and water sports opportunities everywhere, Norway is a great destination for families with active teenagers.

Very different to most of Europe, road tripping in Norway can feel like being on another continent. Getting to Norway takes a bit of effort, and inevitably adds to the cost of your trip, in what is widely recognised as being one of the most expensive countries in Europe. Budget wisely though and you won’t regret motorhoming in Norway.

Trolltunga hike in Norway

Trolltunga Hike – Plan it Like a Pro

Trolltunga (literally Troll’s Tongue) is one of Norway’s iconic hikes. In an area of wild and dramatic outstanding natural beauty, hiking Trolltunga has to be on your Norway bucket list. Our Trolltunga hike guide has all the information and tips you need to tackle this epic hike.
Read More
Visit Flam Norway

How to Visit Flåm in the Summer

Flåm is a small village situated in Western Norway, surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls, turquoise fjords and truly spectacular scenery. Visit in summer and use our travel guide to find outdoor adventures and activities, for an exhilarating stop on your tour of Norway.
Read More
Sixteen of the Best Road Trips in Europe

Sixteen of the Best Road Trips in Europe

Europe is perfect for an epic road trip; from the rolling fields of Tuscany to the soaring mountains of the Sierra Nevada and luxe living in the South of France, you can find a road trip route to suit your taste and travel style. Whether you have a week, a month or a year, our top sixteen bucket list Europe road trip itinerary ideas will give you plenty of inspiration to get on the road.
Read More
Norway by Motorhome

How to Tour Norway by Campervan

Norway is one of the most beautiful countries we have ever visited and a real bucket list destination. Mountains, glaciers and waterfalls appear around every corner, with vast areas of wilderness waiting to be explored. If you love adventure and raw nature, then Norway is for you! Campervans touring Norway are welcomed; wide, empty roads and great facilities beckon. Our essential guide to visiting Norway in a motorhome will provide you with all the information you need…what are you waiting for?
Read More

Are you looking for UK road trips instead? Check out these top posts…

road trip Wales

The Best Wales Road Trip Route & Itinerary

Small but perfectly formed, the glorious country of Wales is a road trippers dream. With soaring mountains and valleys, miles of golden sands, craggy headlands and some incredible roads, head to Wales for an adventurous and eclectic road trip.
Read More
Sixteen of the Best Road Trips in Europe

Sixteen of the Best Road Trips in Europe

Europe is perfect for an epic road trip; from the rolling fields of Tuscany to the soaring mountains of the Sierra Nevada and luxe living in the South of France, you can find a road trip route to suit your taste and travel style. Whether you have a week, a month or a year, our top sixteen bucket list Europe road trip itinerary ideas will give you plenty of inspiration to get on the road.
Read More
England south coast road trip UK

A South England Road Trip to Dorset & The New Forest

This ten day to two week southern England road trip itinerary will see you exploring the best of Hampshire’s New Forest and Dorset’s incredible Jurassic Coast. With world-class attractions, incredible landscapes and the sea at your fingertips, this wonderful part of England’s south coast makes a superb road tripping holiday destination, for couples and families alike. 
Read More
best road trips uk

Fifteen of the Best Road Trips in the UK

If you want to escape day to day life, explore new destinations and enjoy travel freedom, then take a road trip. And where better than in the glorious isles of the United Kingdom, where landscapes vary from the gentle to the dramatic, and roads thread through the patchwork countryside between quaint villages and historic towns? If you’ve got wheels, we’ve got the best UK road trip ideas for you!
Read More
motorhome north coast 500

How to Take a North Coast 500 Motorhome Trip

This iconic Scottish motorhome road trip is a 516 mile route around the spectacular north coast of Scotland, which starts and ends in Inverness. Passing through remote and wild landscapes, the North Coast 500 route delivers dramatic roads with spectacular views and is one of the must do motorhome routes in the UK.  
Read More
road trip Scotland

Seven Incredible Scotland Road Trips for 2021

Scotland is a place made for road trips. Sweeping roads wind their way through dramatic and moody landscapes, past historic castles, gentle lochs and wild seas. Ancient myths and rich history thread through Scotland’s fabric, making the country a wonderfully diverse and fascinating place to visit. There are Scottish road trips to suit every itinerary, you can find six of the best of them here, in our Scotland road trip planner.
Read More

Love it? Pin it!

campervan holidays europe

This post may contain affiliate links, from which we earn an income.