It's hard to narrow down our top five or even ten favourite watersports adventures on our European Roadtrip, but an opportunity to head out kayaking always seems to send everyone in the van into a frenzy of excitement. And as we've been fortunate to experience sea kayaking in Dubrovnik, fjord kayaking in Norway or river rafting/kayaking in Croatia.... just how would the Ardéche fare against such amazing opportunities?
France | Looking For The Best Riverside Campsite in France? Have You Tried Camping Nature Parc l'Ardechois
For couples or families searching for a quiet break, a riverside pitch normally offers peace and tranquility..... and we've not found many better pitches than this one at Camping Nature Parc l'Ardechois in the Ardeche, South of France. However, add in the ability to kayak directly from your pitch, down the Ardèche Gorge, one of France's most picturesque rivers, then you've got all your bases covered for a week in the South of France..... Plus it's dog friendly too!!
If you've got an adventurous family and are visiting France, then don't miss one of the South of France's most exciting treetop adventure, ropes and zipwire courses at 'Le Roc de Massereau' in the Languedoc Roussillon. The ultimate place for all ages to flex their adventurous spirit and test themselves mentally and physically with over 200 elevated platforms connecting over 50 zip wires to a huge variety of rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels and cargo-nets.
Everyone knows France is serious about its food and wine as we discovered at the vineyard tour & degustation at Domaine de Masserau's campsite. With the region's history wedded to it's strong agricultural tradition, where better to learn about wine making than in the Languedoc Roussillon? So we're pretty sure campsite visitors will love the wine tasting vineyard that's twinned with the campsite.... It's a hidden gem and well worth the detour so here's a few reasons you should take a closer look...
With the last of the summer sunshine hitting Europe, thoughts might just be turning to summer holidays next year. So if you're looking for a luxury yet good value 'family motorhome site' in Europe? A place to unplug from daily life whilst keeping the kids fully entertained? Why not consider taking your family on a camping / motorhoming holiday to one of Europe's best 5* campsites at Domaine de Massereau in the South of France.
If you’re visiting the Aude with your family, why not visit Leucate's stronghold/castle? A fortress that served as a border between the kingdoms of Aragon and France. Worth every minute of the easy family hiking trails, everyone will enjoy the panoramic view of the lagoon (Étang de Leucate) across the Mediterranean towards the mountainous Canigou and Albères. But there's plenty more to explore at this viewpoint including the impressive fortress turned into a ruin by Louis XIV's signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659
Want to know which country is the worlds 11th smallest (population) or 40th smallest (by land mass)? Well, you've probably guessed it by the title.... Andorra!! With a population of only 80,000 and a country that measures only 468 sqkm, the stunning yet tiny principality of Andorra is located high in the snowy peaks of the Pyrénées between France and Spain. So with a day to spare in our packed schedule, we thought we'd check it out from our base at Thuir, France.
If you ever doubt that Europe can truly amaze you? Try imagining pristine ribbons of sand, dramatic cliffs of sand silhouetted against the sky and dazzling blue water stroking the shore. Lying some 65km south west of Bordeaux or some 2hrs north of the fantastic Camping Sylvamar, it’s hard to exaggerate the sheer enormity of ‘Dune du Pilat’ Towering some 114m above sea level, it is Europe’s highest sand dune and it’s still growing!! Spreading over 4.5m eastwards each year.
With 2018 summer planning about to start, you might just want to bookmark this little gem in the south west tip of France at Camping Sylvamar. Situated in the unspoilt region of Landes, it's one of the best we've seen in the south of France and a great option for all the family. So here's why we reckon it'll make it's way straight into our 'Top 50 Places to Stay in Europe' for 2018.
With a disrupted summer, our plans have been very much up in the air for weeks if not months now due to the sad passing of a close family member (see below blog post on dealing with a family bereavement whilst on the road).
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