If you’ve used a leisure loan to buy a new caravan this summer, don’t just limit yourself to the UK. Why not broaden your horizons by seeing what Europe has to offer?
More than 60% of touring caravanners already travel to the continent for their holidays as it’s a cost-effective way of exploring different countries. Here’s our pick of some of the best destinations.
Because it’s not too far from the UK and has good transport links, the French region of Brittany is an established favourite among British holidaymakers. And the best thing is, it’s usually dry and sunny during the summer months so it’s likely that you’ll get better weather than at home. Pretty towns such as Rennes, as well as picturesque scenery and long sandy beaches ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Best sites to stay at – Les Deux Fontaines, Les Mouettes, Camping L’Atlantique
A wine lover’s paradise, the Loire Valley also boasts rolling green hills, lush valleys and majestic chateaux, while cities to explore include Orleans and Chartres. The Loire River runs through the region, giving you lots of opportunities to canoe, walk and cycle if you pitch up at a site nearby.
Best sites to stay at – Parc du val de Loire, Camping Les Ecureuils, Camping Le Patisseau
In 2012, UK residents made 9.8 million caravanning and camping trips to Spain, which just goes to show the country’s enduring appeal.
The southernmost region of Spain, Andalucia, which runs from the Mediterranean Sea in the east to the Portuguese border in the west, is one of the best places to pitch your caravan if you’re looking for a traditional slice of Spain. You’ll also find its most famous stretch of coastline – the Costa del Sol.
Best sites to stay – Camping Los Gollardos, Camping Cabopino, Camping Canos de Meca
This region in central Italy has scenery to die for, not to mention fantastic food and wine, spectacular art and architecture and lots of other things to do so you’ll never be bored.
With caravan sites set among the beautiful hills of the Tuscan landscape, close to its capital Florence, you can sit back and enjoy the best that Italy has to offer – not forgetting to take in an ice cream parlour or two.
Best sites to stay at – Parco delle Piscine, Norcenni Girasole Club, Park Albatros
Slovenia’s impressive Alpine landscape is one of the reasons that this country has grown in popularity among caravanners. Its good climate almost guarantees that you’ll get great weather, and its gentler pace of life means you can simply relax and watch the world go by if you want. There’s a strong German influence to Slovenian food, and its many breweries provide a range of specialist beers.
Best sites to stay at – Camp Bled, Terme Catez
Holland is of course famous for windmills and tulips, but they’re not the only things on offer if you decide on a short trip across the North Sea. It also boasts some excellent caravan sites.
Duinrell has its own amusement park and swimming pool complex, as well as themed restaurants and beach nearby, so is ideal for families. Alternatively, the site at Vinkenhof is the perfect location for those who prefer to relax in a quieter rural setting.
Best sites to stay – Duinrell, Vinkenhof, Camping Koningshof
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