Prepare to be amazed if you visit Pembroke Castle! We certainly were! Expecting to see a small provincial castle overlooking a small town in Pembrokeshire. Little did we know just how much was on offer for families. You can visit the impressive Norman Keep/Tower, take a walk across the brilliantly innovative map of Welsh Castles/Cathedrals..... or for those brave ones you could even venture into the Castle Dungeons or the enormous Wogan Cavern. Who'd have known that Pembroke Castle would be such an exciting place for the whole family to visit.....
As we were helping to write an article for the 'Wales Online' newspaper about 'RoadSchooling our Children across Europe'....(see here) it dawned on us that Wales is famous for many things... From Male Voice Choirs to Coal/mining, Leeks, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Daffodils, Welsh Cakes, The Eisteddford, Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas.... but did you also know that the rapidly growing sport/hobby/pastime of Coasteering also originates from these Welsh shores?
If you're on holiday in Pembrokeshire and your children love animals? Then the national award winning 'Folly Farm' might just be the place to visit! Situated just outside the impressive Bluestone Resort, close to some fantastic family experiences and fine beaches lies this family friendly Adventure Park & Zoo. If you regularly visit the south-west corner of Wales (a little north of Saundersfoot and Tenby), you've probably already heard of this fantastic family friendly attraction. But if you haven't, it's well worth every second of the visit...
Find all about our latest Roadschooling Experience as we teamed up with 'Wild About Pembrokeshire' and enjoyed a 'Sea Shore Foraging & Wild Cooking' experience that our kids absolutely loved!! Situated close to the pretty city of St Davids (the UK's smallest city with just under 2,000 residents), you can find the beautiful secluded bay of Caerbwdy (signposted to Trelerw). The perfect opportunity to grasp a family 'foraging & wild cooking' experience that echoes American writer Dale Carnegie's famous quote "Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind."
Just how you condense all of the amazing European sights we've seen into a simple 'Top 10 European Views'? It sounds like an impossible task...!! Especially when you consider that we've only just added the Ardéche to the list of areas visited. But as the Gorges de l'Ardèche is made up of a series of vertiginous gorges and is know locally as the "European Grand Canyon" perhaps it was always going to be worthy of consideration.... But more of that list of 'Top European Moments' later on as we thought we'd jump in the van, start the dash cam and give you a little taster of what you can find on your bike, in your van or even on a kayak!!
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.
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