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Offline bsweet

Free Camping in Europe??
« on: April 09, 2011, 10:08:58 am »
Hi,
We're finishing up our cross country trip of the US and are flying to Europe in April
Has anyone found good success with free camping there?
The U.S. has been a piece of cake: public land, parks, churches (lots of them!), firehouses.
Any hints for Europe would be great.
Thanks
Brian Sweet

Offline bktourer1

Re: Free Camping in Europe??
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2011, 11:21:30 am »
Look into Warmshower.org.  I believe we are wordwide.

Offline leicrao1

Re: Free Camping in Europe??
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2011, 05:11:28 pm »
My advice for the UK:


Choose a nice area (recreation ground on an edge of a village for instance) and camp where you like. If anyone asks you what you are doing there, just explain that you are visiting from the US and people will be fine.

Avoid urban areas.

Offline indyfabz

Re: Free Camping in Europe??
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 01:58:24 pm »
Unless the law has changed, Andalucia (and possibly all of Spain) allows free camping with some restrictions.  According to "The Rough Guide to Andalucia," no camping is allowed in urban areas, areas prohibited for military or touristic reasons (which excludes most tourist beaches), or within 1 km of an official campground."  The book says it's polite to ask in any event.

Sweden has a very liberal camping law:

http://naturetravels.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/wild-camping-in-sweden-and-the-right-of-public-access/