Category Archives: Beach holidays

20 of the best campsites in Europe

A tent is your cheap ticket to wild beauty spots across Europe, from Swedish lakes to Greek beaches – with walking, wildlife and stargazing on tap

Setting Mountains
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Activities Fishing, swimming
Perched at 1,485 metres on the edge of Écrins national park, this mountain site offers Instagrammable views from the tent door and a range of picture-perfect outdoor experiences. Serre-Ponçon lake is a short walk away, for swimming or fishing, and nearby Boscodon forest has a host of hiking trails. At the campsite, there’s a volleyball court, kids’ play area and botanical garden home to nine species of butterfly. By night, the stargazing is superb.
Pitch for two from €13, campeole.com

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Top 20 family summer holidays in Europe

Want sea, sandcastles, adventure, a city break, camping, just a pool? We pick holidays across Europe to keep everyone, from tiny tots to sulky teens, in a sunny mood

Related: 20 of the best family campsites in Europe

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Thailand’s Maya Bay, location for The Beach, to close to tourists

The bucket-list beach on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh became famous when it featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, but environmental concerns mean it will close to tourists from June

It is one of the world’s most famous beaches, thanks to its starring role in Danny Boyle’s film of Alex Garland’s bestselling novel, and is often referred to simply as “the beach”. However, this summer Maya Bay, on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, will be closed to tourists as authorities attempt to reverse decades of damage done to the region’s marine environment.

The closure will take place from June to September, during the island’s low season, in order to give its coral reef time to recover. While similar measures have been introduced on other Thai islands – in 2016 local authorities closed Koh Tachai – it is the first time tourists will be forbidden from visiting Maya Bay.

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Beach-hopping in Baja California, Mexico

As well as prime beach territory, the Baja peninsula has mountains, deserts and waters teeming with marine life. Our writer hits the road in Mazatlán, destination: Tijuana

Almost 800 miles long, Baja is scattered with unspoilt beaches and enchanting towns that are more affordable than the Americanised resorts at its southernmost tip. Complete with a thriving culinary scene and a flourishing wine region, this peninsula is ideal for exploration by road and sea.

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