What are Aires?

The open roads of Europe meander through different cultures and landscapes. A campervan road trip allows you to travel where you want, when you want - and to stay for free, believe it or not. France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Benelux and Scandinavia all have forms of motorhome stopovers. These motorhome stopovers, known as Aires, are car parks and farms that allow campervans to stop overnight, often for free. The term campervan or motorhome also refers to Dormobiles, Winnebagos, American RVs, and motorcaravans.

Motorhome stopovers exist across Europe as a way of attracting tourism to places where no other tourism exists, or where motorhomes turn up anyway and are in need of somewhere to go. There are terms and conditions for the use of motorhome Aires as the campervan must actually be a campervan, not just a van with a mattress in the back, and must be 'self sufficient'. Camping is strictly prohibited, which means no tables and chairs outside and absolutely no tents.