It is by far my preferred type of accommodation. Usually. OK, when in a city centre, I am more often than not seduced by the attractions of a hotel but anywhere which is remotely green (and even not-so-remotely green), give me a camp-site any day. When I cycled to southern Italy along the Eurovelo 5 in summer 2010 I stayed under canvas about 50% of the time. The remaining nights were split equally between people’s houses and hotels but I really would like to reduce the hotels to a bare minimum on the nights when, as mentioned, I’m in the heart of a very large urban area for example Athens (nights two and three of my trip*). In the last 24 hours, I’ve made a little bit of progress having found a useful pan-European website called Eurocampings.eu which lists many sites along my route, including this one called Camping Bacchus which is handily situated close to Lavrio at the very south-eastern corner starting point of my cycle. I’ve sent an email requesting information and have received an automatic email in return but it’s all Greek to me…
“Aγαπητέ/ή κύριε/ κυρία,
Ευχαριστούμε που επικοινωνήσατε με το Camping Bacchus.
Θα θέλαμε να σας γνωρίσουμε ότι παραλάβαμε το μήνυμά σας, και θα σας απαντήσουμε το συντομότερο δυνατόν.”
Well, it would be if they didn’t provide a handy translation:
Thank you for contacting Camping Bacchus.
We would like to inform you that we have received your message and we will reply as soon as possible.”
*Have you ever stayed in Athens? Any suggestions as to where I should stay?