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After a long winter, what could be better than enjoying this summer in all it's simple beauty?

Far from any constricting walls, it's time to grab a tent and sleep under the stars.

Hotel are overrated anyway. With a tent, after a quick unzip, you can have the beach on your doorstep, breathe fresh mountain air or be first on the lifts, behind a boat, in the park or catching sets...

So, what are you waiting for?

interlaken switzerland

Why here?

One of the most breathtaking places on earth, Interlaken is a favourite with adrenalin-thirsty backpackers.

Underneath the imposing peaks of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau, the pretty town is set between lakes Thun and Brienx, where you can kayak, wakeboard and windsurf, in addition to canyoning, mountain biking, white water rafting, climbing and paragliding nearby.

What’s it like?

Just 2km from town, on the shores of Lake Thun, Manor Farm is a premier campsite on a spacious, south-facing plot.

It has it's own private beach where you can windsurf, wakeboard or swim right on your doorstep. The usual supermarket, restaurant and bar are onsite plus a pool.

You can windsurf, wakeboard or swim right on your doorstep....

Spot Check

Mountainsurf Watersports Centre organise wakeboard and wakesurf sessions from 45 Swiss francs, plus equipment rental. They also hire out kayaks and SUP boards.

Don’t Miss

The best way to soak up the incredible scenery? Make like a bird and fly with a tandem hang gliding session.

Time out

Local’s favourite My Little Thai serves bargainous, delicious food. El Azteca is authentic, but pricey, Mexican.

Backpacker’s hostel Balmer’s has an underground club, or chill outside at The Funny Farm.

How to get there

Direct trains run from Zurich (2 hours 25 minutes), Geneva (2 h 40), Bern (1 h 10) and Basel (2 h 15).

skateboarding barcelona

Why here?

The jewel of European skating, Barcelona boasts incredible spots, due to its smooth concrete, ramped walkways and beachfront promenades.

The local standard is impressive, so expect to progress fast, soak up some culture and dance until dawn.

What’s it like?

Camping Tres Estrellas is 12km away in Gavá, and the most accessible site to the city – buses run 24 hours from 300 metres away.

Located on a beautiful beach, there’s two swimming pools, a lively bar, posh restaurant, free showers, internet, plus flamenco shows for that special tourist touch.

Choose from pitches, tents and wooden huts.

Spot Check

MACBA (the Museum of Contemporary Art) is essential. Roll with visiting global pros, while avoiding the police, or just sit back and watch.

Roll with visiting global pros, while avoiding the police, or just sit back and watch

Don’t Miss

The view of the city atop Gaudi’s insane architechture at the Sagrada Familia or the staricase in the Park Güell.

Time out

La Paradeta is a cheap, self-service seafood favourite. Pick from crabs, prawns or squid, choose your cooking method, a sauce, buy a drink and wait for your number.

How to get there

Fly to Barcelona Airport, 6km away, or take the train to França station.

Croyde Beach

Why here?

Within four hours of London, with a backdrop of stunning rolling green hills, Croyde in North Devon is one of the UK’s most popular and finest surfing beaches.

The village has a quaint, English countryside charm, some famous gastropubs and decent surf shops too.

What’s it like?

Surfer's Paradise is located just a 60 second walk from the beach, so there's no excuse for not making a dawnie.

The facilities are excellent with hot showers, surf hire and access to the launderette, swimming pool, restaurants and bars in the Ruda Holiday Camp.

You can hire a spot from £11 per night.

Spot Check

Croyde is challenging. The waves can be fast, hollow and tricky for beginners, especially at low tide.

However, neighbouring Saunton Sands has miles of golden sand and mellower conditions, that are especially good on a longboard.

Don’t Miss

The off-season. Croyde gets super-busy in the summer, especially at weekends, so paddle out early morning or evening. September is perfect, the water’s still warm and the surf picks up.

Time out

The Thatch is a traditional English pub, with an extensive, tasty menu including in season specials and a Sunday roast, plus live music on a weekend.

How to get there

Take the train to Barnstaple, then a shuttle bus to the bus station. From there a once-hourly bus goes to Croyde, but they don’t take surfboards. Coaches also go to Barnstaple.

Les Deux Alpes Park

Why here?

Thought snow and tents didn’t mix? The Champ du Moulin in Venosc, with cable car access to Les 2 Alpes may change your mind.

It's Europe’s summer snowboarding hub from early June to late August. The glacier hosts a progressive park and pipe set up where pros practice.

You can catch up with friends after a manic season, or teach at one of the many summer camps that roll through town. Plus it stays light later - the shot above was taken at 9pm at night!

What’s it like?

Venosc is further down the valley at 930m altitude. It has access to resort by a cable car 300 metres away.

Rustic but with modern facilities, the site sits in the trees on the river Veneon banks, is medium sized (69 pitches) with wooden chalets, caravans and apartments for winter. It also has a sauna and wi-fi on site.

Spot Check

Come summer, Les 2 Alpes is a freestyle mecca, making it perfect for learning new tricks. Check out their summer camps here.

Don’t Miss

Save some energy after snowboarding, as in summer both Les 2 Alpes and Venosc become a mountain biker’s paradise.

You can also ride two wheels on the Alpe d’Huez climb – a stage of the Tour de France.

Thought snow and tents didn’t mix? The Champ du Moulin, Venosc, with cable car access to Les 2 Alpes may change your mind...

Time out

Les 2 Alpes is famed for its nightlife, but staying in Venosc means checking the last cable car times or an expensive cab home.

Instead, take advantage of the campsite’s in-house bakery, or the Alpine specialities in the restaurant.

There are also swimming pools (free with a lift pass), tennis courts and an Adventure Park 300m away.

How to get there

Fly with easyJet or Ryanair to Grenoble St Geoir.