Roadtrip #7 (Spain/Portugal) – Overview
(Iberian Winter Sunshine)
Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what we (Catherine, Richard, Lottie & Libby) have done since September 2015.
A normal family just on an extra-ordinary adventure, so here’s our latest adventure down to the tip of Spain & Portugal to test life down south in winter…
Long story short
How did it all start….
We’re just a normal family of 4 (& a dog) but when kayaking the Dordogne in July 2015, a switch just flipped! Life’s too short, we needed to ‘live’ not ‘exist’ So we’ve taken up a ‘once in a lifetime’ family opportunity!
So here’s the first steps onto a roadtrip adventure that’s now over 700+ days old and includes visits to over 30+ European Countries….
INTERACTIVE ROUTEMAP (IBERIAN PENINSULA)
Days On Road
Cost Per Day (4 people)
Could you do it with your family?
Picture this. All your belongings safely stowed in the back of your motorhome. Imagine you sitting in the drivers seat, with the kids in the back, ready and raring to go for yet another family adventure in your trusty motorhome. The chance to discover amazing people, places, food and adventures across Europe. All for under £48/day (average in 2017) or £17,000/year.
Use our experiences to Help You
Hopefully you’ll find plenty to inspire and help you on your journey, but please shout if we can ever be of help… just drop us a line and we’ll get back as soon as we can get wifi signal!!!
We hope you enjoy these Route Specific Blog Posts below but if you have a Question, we'd be happy to help you
LifeinourVan City Reviews | Barcelona | Spain
Barcelona in Spain Things we did in Barcelona, Spain What we liked about it here's just a few ideas.... The city is packed in high season, so best to try and visit in the shoulder season... for us the unmissable places include Park Güell, The City Beaches, La Rambla,...read more
Visiting the unusual Bone Chapel at Evora in Alentejo, Portugal
If you thought you'd seen everything in your life, then places like Evora in Portugal will make you think again! The 40,000 skeletons within Evora's bone chapel welcome you, quite literally, with open arms. It's a unique learning experience that our kids will never...read more
Heading north through Portugal’s Alentejo Region to Porto Côvo
Alentejo is full of places of genuine natural beauty from the NE 'white town's of Estremoz or Villa Viçosa that remind us of travels across Andalusia and the 'pueblos blancos' of Ronda, Arcos de la Frontera or Zahara de la Frontera.. But our favourite route north...read more
Discovering Tomar’s Convento de Cristo in Portugal | A Hidden Portuguese Gem
We've headed north to enjoy some of the truly amazing sights of the Estremadura & Ribatejo regions of Portugal! This region sits below the Douro valley to the North and above Lisbon to the South...and includes a hidden gem at Tomar not to be missed and here's why......read more
From Nazaré to Batalha | A Taste of Central Portugal
As ever our itching feet were just waiting to see what else the region of Estremadura & Ribatejo has to offer.. so with time to spare and the winter sunshine on our faces, we headed out of the Natur Parc campsite to first explore Nazaré and then onto the truly...read more
Christmas in Portugal | How Obidos celebrate the coming of ‘Pai Natal’
With Christmas coming in Portugal, we'd heard that Obidos in Central Portugal (some 85km north of Lisbon) had a fantastic series of Christmas acitvities for children throughout the month of December.. so we heading out at dusk to this walled city to let our daughters...read more
Inspired by Nazaré & it’s winter sun
Imagine holidays in Nazarre spent jumping into the vast pool for yet another splash around with the kids or evenings enjoying the numerous activities/shows on offer for all ages at Natur Park (ValeParaiso). All in an idyllic setting amongst pine trees and...read more
Portugal’s West Coast Route | Body Boarding between Aveiro and Nazare
Whilst thousands flock to the Algarve each year, we've found ourselves falling for Portugal's west coast. Packed full of rugged scenery, Portugal's west coast (Oceanic Atlantico) is undoubtedly the perfect place to try a road-trip along this dramatic coastline. It's a...read more
Sampling the delights of Aveiro & Costa Nova by fishing boat…
Heading out to explore what the region had to offer between Costa Nova & Aveiro, we stumbled on Costa Nova's colourful wooden houses that reminded us almost instantly of some great fun in both Bergen and particularly Nyhavn in Copenhagen. Before heading into Aveiro's...read more
Quiz: How Much Do You Know about Caminha in Northern Portugal?
Since we've now travelled the length and breadth of Portugal... we've arrived at the northern most part of Portugal...after a fantastic stay in Porto!! In fact you can actually see across to Spain from the window of our motorhome where I sit and type this today!!...read more
You’ll Never Believe How We Taught Science Today at Orbitur Rio Alto
As any 'world schooler' or 'road schooling family' knows... you sometimes have to seize a moment and take the opportunity to make learning fun... so where better than the beach at Orbitur's Rio Alto campsite on a crisp, sunny morning in December!...read more
LifeinourVan City Reviews | Angers | France
Angers in France Things we did in Angers, France What we liked about it here's just a few ideas.... As Spain's third largest city, Valencia has lots to offer in terms of attractions and places of interest, but it also provides a relaxed lifestyle of coastal beauty and...read more
Perhaps not sunny Seville! But stunning as ever…
Visiting Spain soon? Considering a trip to Seville with kids? You’ll love it! Taking our kids to experience over 50+ Cities across 30+ European countries has been an immense experience for us… but why did we enjoy Andalusia so much? Find out below…...read more
LifeinourVan City Reviews | Bordeaux | France
Bordeaux in France Things we did in Bordeaux, France What we liked about it here's just a few ideas.... Bordeaux really is as vibrant a city as Berlin or London in our humble opinion and perfect for kids! But don't miss the Bordeaux city pass as it has a great city...read more
Valencia Camper Park | The Perfect City Aire
After 700+ days on the road across the UK and Europe we've found spots with idyllic coastal views, mountainous aspects or quiet riverside getaways... but Valencia Camper Park is the perfect example of a brilliant city centre campsite/aire. aving...read more