There is no better place than Lake Constance for bike lovers, especially for anyone staying at Camping Wirthshof. It's impressive Bodensee-Radweg is a 170-mile cycle path for all abilities. From beginners who want to go around one of Europe's most popular lakes to more advanced rider seeking to beat the record for a circumnavigation Surrounded by snowcapped Swiss mountains and forested shores, in Germany its lakeside is strewn with charming villages, fruit farms and picturesque islands. Islands that include the famous Insel Mainau 'Island of Flowers' which had been on our list of 'must sees' (alongside the UNESCO stilt village of Pfahlbau)
Almost all of the adrenaline-fuelled activities are to the north of Lake Garda, where the lake cuts spectacularly into the Italian Dolomite mountain range. But we had no intention of adding to our Family Adventures . So no white water rafting, kayaking or climbing, this time we'd be adding to our Bike Adventures alongside the south-east corner of Lake Garda, leaving our well placed campsite at Piani di Clodia and heading for Lazise & Sirmione.
Set on a sloping hillside draped in pines, we've been lucky enough to find Camping Šimuni on the Croatian island of Pag. Our spacious pitch offers a shady, secluded spot with spectacular views across the Adriatic Sea. All no more than a few metres from the wide sweeping expanse of beach. What's more the campsite appears to offers extensive facilities, including aqua parks, playgrounds and even it's own impressive stage for live music (although we may be a month too early for all that!) ... and both girls are desperate to return and join their 'Summer Sports Camp for Kids'
Cologne (Köln) offered plenty of potential for a bike ride on a seemingly perfect spring day. Full of sunshine and the promise of spring flowers... the ideal opportunity to grab our bikes and head for the centre of Cologne along the bike paths alongside the River Rhine...
The best part of any road trip is the ability to pick and choose your destinations.. so having thoroughly enjoyed our quick visit to Valencia last year, we're back to find out what more this wonderful city on the eastern Spanish coastline can offer...but this time by bike! Using metro/trains to allow quick and easy access into the city from our convenient overnight destination at Valencia Camper Park. Even easier if you take advantage of the Valencia Card (24hr,48hr or 72hr).. brilliant as it both covers public transport costs but also offers an amazing array of reduce cost of free attractions plus plenty more!
We'd heard that Teruel was a hidden gem protected by the Pyrenees but one worthy of a detour... so detour we did from Zaragoza and onto perhaps the safest motorhome aire you could imagine.... situated right outside the regional police headquarters.. it boasts an hourly inspection by the police and is free too!!! (at least that'll please the bank manager again :))
It's easy to enjoy the amazing sights around Europe during this trip, but our John O'Groats to Lands End leg of this trip also reminded us of the equally beautiful countries in the United Kingdom...
Lying some 65km south west of Bordeaux,it’s hard to exaggerate the sheer enormity of ‘Dune du Pilat’… at some 114m above sea level, it is Europe’s highest sand dune and it’s still growing!! Spreading over 4.5m eastwards each year
The whole Bassin d’Arcachon area is an abundant mecca for bird lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers…. as the Dune du Pilat stretches from the mouth of the Bassin for almost 3km past amazing beaches and sand bars (big enough to be termed small islands!)
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