Sometimes going the extra mile, or in our case 1,750+ miles across Scotland, really does pay dividends. However, we realise the thought of racing around Scotland in winter might not be for everyone... yet the pull of seeing snowy mountains towering over crystal clear lochs proved too much for us.... and we weren't disappointed by the epic roadtrip adventure that awaits you the moment you depart the shores of Loch Ness.
Britain has a rich tradition of seaside towns which is largely seen as dating back to the Victorian era but have you ever considered exploring the delights of one of Britain's oldest seaside resorts in September? Well, if you're in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales, look no further than Tenby. Clearly an all year round destination that's been around since the 13th Century, it plays host to a range of beautiful coastline/beaches and plenty of activities to entertain kids and adults alike... A real hidden gem to match others like Holkham in Norfolk or Robin Hoods Bay or Staithes in North Yorkshire.
Whether you're island hopping along the Croatian Coastline, punting down the canals of Venice, speeding down the Lillehammer Bobsleigh or sipping a coffee in a Viennese cafe. Europe offers plenty of iconic experiences to enjoy. So how does the North of Spain compare?
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.
Heading for Mid Wales with your family soon? It's been a firm family favourite of ours for over 35 years so you might just love these 'Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids'. This unspoilt region of Mid Wales is so varied and scenic, that one mountain roadtrip between Rhayader and Devil's Bridge is even going to make it into our 'Top 10 Scenic Drives across Europe' So if you want to find out how this area stacks up for motorhomers, campers or families with kids then read on below...
Many consider Brittany one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in France (perhaps only rivalled by the famous Cote d'Azur). You’ll find over 1,780 miles of amazing coast, sandy beaches, hidden coves and oodles of French myths and heritage. Because it’s one of the few areas in France without a toll motorway, Brittany is perfect for a driving holiday. So with a fair-weather forecast and our hopes high after our scenic trip through Normandy, we set off to discover the ultimate road trip in Brittany.
On our circumnavigation of France last October (see here), we'd heard that 'Normandy is often described as the Devon of northern France, with Brittany as the corresponding Cornwall' Fortunate to have a few days to spare before we head south towards the Charente Maritime... we thought why not explore more of Normandy and where better to start than 'Vieux Port' near Honfleur.
The Cuckoo Clock has its origin in the heart of the Black Forest (Germany), having been invented here in Schoenwald in 1737. So having left the shores of Lake Constance, we've headed into Germany's Black Forest. The Black Forest region in Germany spawned more than just fairy tales like Hameln; it also served as home to the first cuckoo clocks. Black Forest craftsmen have been making cuckoo clocks since the 1600s, and they are still making them today. So we thought where better to get a Design/Technology 'Roadschooling Lesson' on gearing, pulleys, cams..... than in the cuckoo clock capital of Europe!
Perhaps it's more luxury alpine camping due to the cost and facilities at this tastefully decorated campsite... but camping in the high mountains is truly something special. Imagine spending the evening on your pitch, breathing in the clear mountain air while you enjoy the spectacular views all around you at the award winning AlpenCamping in Austria.
So with Austria treating us to an Alpine Pass on the Gerlos Alpine Road (see full blog here) and a chance to hike up the Stubai Glacier (see full blog here), we've moved across to the Tiroler region of Austria.... and a chance to stay at a campsite with its own cable car at Tiroler Zugspitze! So not the normal facilities you might find at a campsite, but then again nor was the Volcano at Camping Solfatara in Naples, Italy (see full blog here). But read on to find out just why this campsite is rightfully the best campsite in Austria
It seems almost impossible to take a road trip without stumbling upon yet another wonderfully scenic journey in Austria.... a country we've enjoyed visiting, especially our time in Vienna. However 'stumbling' might not quite describe it accurately... as the wonderful Gerlos Alpine Road website conjured up some exciting images that meant we simply couldn't miss a scenic drive through the raw, rugged natural beauty of the Austrian Alps.
They say you should visit Croatia in late spring or the end of summer to explore the inland National Park of Krka or the Velebit mountain range. Considered a great hiking country you'll find plenty of opportunities in Croatia on the islands such as Korčula, whilst others might prefer to sail the archipelago of the Kornati islands National Park.
But have you ever considered a Buggy Safari? No? Well, nor had we until we until we chanced upon Buggy Croatia's fantastic 'adventure tour' at Vransko Jezero, Biograd. So if you fancy a day filled with views of emerald lakes, azure blue seas, islands galore and a little adrenalin filled fun... then read on!
Ever felt like it's time to hit the open road in your motorhome? What's your favourite scenic drive in Europe? Here's a few of ours ( click here )
But we reckon you could pick pretty much any coastal drive in Croatia and be satisfied. It may not be an alpine pass where you see the whiteness creeping into your knuckles on each vertiginous hairpin bend... but those coastal landscapes are sensational! So here's a few pictures from our journey south from Camping Šimuni to the Leading Camping's site of Zaton Holiday Resort.
Experiencing Europe by motorhome, we've compiled a list of some of our favourite driving routes (click here) So as we meandered southwards enroute to another visit to Camping Šimuni, we spent the journey south discussing which routes could possibly better 'Highway 8 (E65)' alongside the Croatia Dalmatian Coastline. So if you also love gripping the steering wheel that little tighter as you enjoy some stunning natural coastal scenery, you'd love this blockbuster drive. Taking you past sleepy seaside forts, 'picture perfect' islands, national parks teeming with wildlife or long stretches of isolated bays/headlands where your feet are the only ones in the crystal clear waters. It's worth grabbing some dash cam footage from (We used a Nextbase 512G which has proved brilliant all trip)
Here's one from our new feed on our Instagram Account - Top 100 Travel Tips from Across Europe (click here to find it) Here's our 🇭🇷 Travel Tip #59 🇭🇷 on where to find a spectacular roadtrip in Croatia this summer... If you love finding stunning new harbours, coves or 'city islands' around every corner... Why not check out what Highway 8 has to offer in Croatia. Running the length of the Adriatic Coastline...
For those who've visited Croatia... you'll have probably visited the famous Plitvice Lakes? But if you're visiting again soon, don't discount the idea of spending a few days in Krka National Park.... maybe even swim under it's famous waterfalls if you dare?
Some say it might just be the best European National Park you've never heard of.....and if you're heading for Split then it really is a very easy daytrip or perhaps even combine it with one of our other favourite places on the Adriatic coastline, the historic island of Trogir.
If you missed yesterday's post, where we tried to discover a little 'Croatian Island Hopping Adventure'... you can see more by clicking here
But for those of you who love a decent 'dash cam' version of the day, then hopefully you're going to love the below video (take with our Nextbase 512G Dashcam)
They say that 'Island-hopping is an easy and affordable way to explore some of the 400 islands scattered along Croatia's coastline'... so we've given over 3 weeks of our European Roadtrip to try and discover the best islands, the most scenic drives and the best campsites enroute... Today's adventures saw us leave Krk and head for another of the larger islands at Pag. Opting to take the (5 euro) toll bridge with a view of that spectacularly blue water...
Although we've absolutely loved every second of our time in Central Portugal, easily finding things to add to our newly created 'Portugal Mini Guide'... we still can't decide whether we prefered Tomar to Batalha.. or Nazaré to Obidos...but time waits for no man, so we've pushed on northwards to find out what awaits in the 'Norte' of Portugal... along the famous Oceanic Atlantico route
Having enjoyed our first day/night at Natur Park (ValeParaiso) we've decided to halt the horses and stay an extra day... maybe it was the lure of the campsite's facilities and a chance to expend some energy in the many sports facilities (sadly no pool but this aerial pic makes us want to return next summer!) or maybe it was the extraordinary amount of places to visit within 30-60mins ...
It's hard not to overstimate just how stunningly beautiful this stretch of the coastline really is... from Sagres to Lagos you're hit by one highlight after another.... ochre cliffs that hold grottos/secluded caves only accessible by boat or glorius wide expanses of sand that seem to stretch beyond the horizon they are that long! This region to the south of Alentejo (an area famed for its wonderful cuisine) is a well kept secret as most people flock to the warmer waters near the packed tourist resort of the South of the Algarve... but Portugal's magic is never more abundant than in places like Ponta de Piedade... where better for a family road schooling there way across Europe to find opportuntiies to see subjects like Geography in Action!!! Coastal processes caused by erosion and deposition were everywhere as the children leapt into action with their new found friends, the Banks children!
If you only had one week to explore Southern Portugal, you'd be hard pushed to fit it all in... There's Faro and the magnificent Parque Natural da Ria Formosa. So perhaps a day of roman floor mosiacs, moorish oil lamps and the views of the Sé from the cathedral's bell tower..followed by a cruise of the nature reserve on the lagoon?
Or you could consider heading out like we did towards the Sagres peninsula, a short drive on the N125 from Lagos. Visiting the imposing fort, stand over the pebble wind compass and be amazed at the isolated headland with it's rocky crags and crashing waves.. Windblown doesnt do it justice! but I guess if you arrive on the 31st November you can't expect to enjoy the summer warmth of the waters off the Martinhal beach..
Nestled snugly into the mountainous backdrop of the Sierra de Albarracín Comarca.. the fortified town Albarracín sits astride massive rocky outcrops that dominate the area... much like the types of rock you see at the Gorge du Verdon in France. It's small with only 1075 inhabitants but the truly stunning vistas are obviously enjoyed by plenty of tourists each year..
Trying to locate the best route for a motorhome over the Pyrenees proved to be a harder task than we first thought... should we try to head across towards La Mongie and the scene of last October's adventures at Pic du Midi or should we try the infamous D953 and it's truly scenic, if narrow roads... or should we try a tunnel through the Pyrenees much like the one we tried last month under the Alpes and Mont Blanc.
Always on the hunt for new potential routes to make our journeys through France that little more interesting... we decided to opt for a more central route rather than following the tried and tested 'French Atlantic Route' towards Spain... Leaving last night's base in Pont de l'Ache we headed towards the D154 / N154 on the basis that this is the most obvious route South.
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