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?
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?
Looking for a family adventure this summer with your kids? Something for everyone to enjoy? Yet is safe but offers a little challenge too? So why not see what Split in Croatia has to offer on their combined Sea Kayaking & Cliff Jumping Adventure with Red Adventures....
Ever considered Sea Kayaking? If you're exploring Dubrovnik with a Family soon, maybe it's time to give Sea Kayaking a go? We're hoping we can reassure you that it's suitable for those with and without previous sea kayaking experience. So imagine seeing Dubrovnik's Walls on those crystal clear waters or visiting those secret places only accessible by sea kayak.... a real family adventure! And if all that doesn't convince you, then why not check out our short video below (in partnership with drone videographers 'Aussies on Tour')
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'
In a year when we've hiked into volcanoes, cruised Norway's fjords, searched for the Loch Ness Monster & even found time to experience the thrill of a bobsleigh at Lillehammer... we're always keen to see if we can add new experiences for our adventurous young daughters.... So where better to try and find some than during our visit to Exeter!!
If Valencia sparkled in the November sunshine, allowing us to bike the city, visit the Bioparc and enjoy paella at one of the many beach front restaurants... Alicante has offered even better weather, with the mercury in the thermometer rising to a healthy 24ºC so we've decided to try out the campsite at La Marina's . With it's star attraction for families... the Polynesian inspired WaterPark. Spread over 6,000 sqm, there are various levels / challenges and slides... but more importantly it just offers a great safe environment for kids to have fun!
For those that have never explored this amazingly varied coastline... you'll never forget that moment that you crest the hills that line the Med... to be met with that dazzlingly alluring blue of the Mediterranean Sea.... so even after seeing it numerous times across our Year in Europe (350+ days and counting in our trusty Adria motorhome...) we're still in awe!
For those that are familiar with places such as St Tropez or Cannes... you'll know the glitz and glamour that goes with these destinations... but push on a little outside of these areas and you'll turn up 'gems' such as Frejus or Théoule sur Mer.... these off the 'beaten tracks' destinations also have the added benefit of the truly stunning backdrop of the 'Fôret Dominale de l'Estérel' but offer almost deserted 'coves and bays' that provide the perfect opportunity to grab another family adventure... snorkelling!
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