Aires and campsites in Europe

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We are going through the tunnel at the end of July for four weeks. It has to be that time of year as I still work and I have school holidays off.
We have both of the Aires books - Southern and northern France which we have used.
We are starting to think of where we could travel for the four weeks.
What books would you recommend for Aires and sites in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, etc.
I personally think having a book may be better for us rather than an app. I understand that they can’t be updated as quickly as an app can but what happens if you can’t get a signal on your phone?
We haven’t been very adventurous in the past, having been for just two weeks at a time just in France and along the Moselle.
Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks.
 

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We are going through the tunnel at the end of July for four weeks. It has to be that time of year as I still work and I have school holidays off.
We have both of the Aires books - Southern and northern France which we have used.
We are starting to think of where we could travel for the four weeks.
What books would you recommend for Aires and sites in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, etc.
I personally think having a book may be better for us rather than an app. I understand that they can’t be updated as quickly as an app can but what happens if you can’t get a signal on your phone?
We haven’t been very adventurous in the past, having been for just two weeks at a time just in France and along the Moselle.
Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks.
Normandy and Brittany are nice and extremely popular with Motorhomers and we've done the area and like but for the last 5 years we've done Eastern France, though Champagne and into Germany, Luxembourg, Holland and Belgium and last year, Switzerland and Italy.
 
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French tourist areas are at their busiest at that time. Steer well clear of the coast I would suggest. The best I can suggest for Aires (and many campsites too) throughout Europe is the Campercontact app on your smartphone. You will need to get the paid for version, which you will be able to use without internet.

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Thanks so far.
I don’t suppose that there is one book with Aires for Europe? Probably not as it would be a bit hefty. (Answered my own question!)
Are there Aires or similar in Croatia, Austria and Switzerland?
 
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Thanks so far.
I don’t suppose that there is one book with Aires for Europe? Probably not as it would be a bit hefty. (Answered my own question!)
Are there Aires or similar in Croatia, Austria and Switzerland?
Why not use the Campercontact App - much lighter and easier.

You could try the Camperstop book, which covers all of Europe, but the number of places, the info on them and photos are much more limited that on Campercontact. Not sure where you could buy it - Vicarious Books have sold out of the 2017 Edition. And don't know when the 2018 Edition will be out.

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I recently downloaded the Camperstop app and upgraded to the 'pro' version for £4.19. You can use the app offline which is handy although the downloadable maps and photos are several hundred megabytes so you need a decent wifi setup.

As for where to go, I can recommend Bodensee / Lake Constance, beautiful scenery, plenty of stellplaz and not too far to drive.

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The CamperContact app is your best bet, you can use it offline and you don´t need a phone signal; although we haven´t found anywhere in Europe we couldn´t get a phone signal yet - except the UK.
(Beaten to it by Easyliving!).
 

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We have most of the Aires books but once we started using Campercontact I have to say they very rarely get looked at. You can’t beat people’s first hand experiences which CC gives you.

One tip I would give you travelling at the busiest time of year and using Aires is always arrive early afternoon at the latest to maximize your chances of getting in and always have a plan B/C in case you can’t get in. At that time of year even the ones that take 100s of van can be chokka but they do have a turnover every day.

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Thanks I’ll gave a look at those suggested.
What are “Aires” called in Italy and Croatia ?
Sostas in Italy. Not been to Croatia but I understand that unofficial stops are not allowed and most of the time you need to use camp sites. But others with more experience will explain better.
 

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We started off with all the aires, moved onto campercontact and the paid version, now I use maps.me and searchforsites.
I have left enough reviews on searchforsites to be able to download what i want onto maps.me which is a free map and is totally useable offline and zooms in ridiculously. Can double up as a satnav and a satnav on foot, so we mark where to go to or where we have parked the motorhome or the motorbike so we know where to go back to, so maps.me is an absolute necessity imho. You just download the areas you want to go to. You can use different colours to differentiate what you are looking for (aires, france passion, beautiful villages, wild camping etc)
Unfortunately aires in croatia are called campsites ! Planning our trip for June to Croatia and can only find a couple of aires in the whole country

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Thanks so far.
I don’t suppose that there is one book with Aires for Europe? Probably not as it would be a bit hefty. (Answered my own question!)
Are there Aires or similar in Croatia, Austria and Switzerland?
Austria has Stellaplatz like Germany can be expensive over €20 a night but get up in the mountains and you can wild for the night. I think Switzerland has a few but can't confirm as not been there since our tugging days.
Croatia, there is the odd carpark you can overnight in out of season but not in July you can wild inland well away from the popular areas otherwise it's a case of using sites, Auto Camper Stops are small campsites £10-£12 night plenty all down the coast.
Another vote for Camper Contact, gave up books years ago.
 
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We stayed on a few aires in Switzerland last summer. They were all free,:D but you do have to pay tourist tax fr using them, but that only worked out circa 5 Swiss francs for two adults.(y) One lesson learnt was never fill up a whole tank of fuel in Switzerland as it is sooo expensive. :eek:
 

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Thanks so far.
I don’t suppose that there is one book with Aires for Europe? Probably not as it would be a bit hefty. (Answered my own question!)
Are there Aires or similar in Croatia, Austria and Switzerland?

Vicarious sell "Camperstop Europe" which does a good job of listing pretty well all of the places in Europe. However it's not the easiest to use and the descriptions are somewhat brief. We've got a copy but usually use others which are more country specific.

We prefer paper reference but do have a selection of electronic guides, including various POI databases I've converted to use with MS Autoroute (now discontinued but okay for planning purposes). I've also loaded the same databases into my TomTom which we find useful.

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Croatia and can only find a couple of aires in the whole country
Camperstop Europe lists dozens of places to stop, not sure if they are what we know as Aires though.

The book contains a lot of other useful info on traveling through 'Europe'...
 
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