If you want to camp while attending the Belgian Grand Prix, and many do, you have a few choices in the area around the Spa-Franchorchamps circuit but the on-site official camping is the only  campsite really within walking distance.

The official camping has a great atmosphere certainly and is great if you have come looking for a party, if you have come primarily to enjoy the racing though and feel you need a good night’s sleep to do this the official campsite may not be for you. The pitches are also very close together and the facilities such as toilets and showers are limited and get busy, also being portables they aren’t the most salubrious.

The official camping has more of a festival feel about it but many people love it and it is good to be able to quickly come back to your tent or camper van during the day to drop stuff up and pick stuff up, such as coats and dry clothes.

For more luxurious Belgian Grand Prix camping though you may want to go a little further afield and there are popular campsites in Stavelot and close to Malmedy.

Camping de Familial

Camping de Familial just beyond the town (sometimes referred to as a city)of Malmedy is about 20 minutes drive from the circuit, which can be lengthened significantly on race day. However the campsite do run a shuttle service and the drivers know all the short cuts so they can get you there fast: this also means you can have a few drinks if you want and avoid the cost of parking too with the shuttle bus costing around €5 per day.

 

The site itself though busy on the Grand Prix weekend remains quiet and you get a good sized pitch. There is a bar open until around 12 with a good range of drinks as well as hot food, ideal if you are staying in a tent and the Ardennes weather is its usual wet self.

 

The sanitary block is modern and clean, though you will need to buy tokens for a hot shower: they are worth it though so just remember to buy ample tokens on arrival so if you do get back after a day standing in the rain at the circuit you can jump straight in.

 

Other facilities at Camping de Familial include the shop that isn’t exactly well stocked but can sell you something to eat if you’re really stuck (it’s better for camping supplies) though there is a supermarket a short five minute drive away in Malmedy itself. The site is in the hills just outside the town but if a few people want to go into the town for a few drinks and a meal ( there are a good choice of bars and restaurants) it is worth asking if the shuttle bus might be available to take  you down and pick you up later. The fact they will usually say yes, for a fair price, perhaps best sums up the attitude of the owners who seem determined you have  a great stay and make the most of your weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix, many people come back every year and often stay for a few days beyond the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

 

Find out more at: http://www.campingfamilial.be/