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!
Eidfjord nails the kayaking today..... just a shame we had to gift a GoPro to the Norse water gods...
After a welcome rest after a few days of non stop travelling and exploring…. we settled down for a quiet day at the campsite near Malaga.
Ending time to reflect on the time we have left and th things we still wanted to see…. it soon became a frantic search through guide books and websites to check our next few movements…
It looks like Ronda, Arca les Frontiers and then Seville…. but we may squeeze in Cadiz beforehand…
The lure of orange groves in Seville, the cathedral and the promise of flamenco all proved too much…..
So after a period of catching up on the girls diaries (and spellings…) we headed out to the pool for a swimming lesson with Mummy.. great to see Lottie making such progress with her ‘butterfly’ whilst Libby continues to be more fish than person when in the water…
After a spell on wave dodging on the beach, this time a black beach! We returned backed to the van and a BBQ of salmon fillets and carbonara sauce…
And then out of nowhere, we spoke again with a lovely couple who we had spoken to since we arrived. It transpired that not only were they lovely people, the man (George Rock) had a world record for rowing the Atlantic (both 4 and 2 person) in the fastest time…. The girls were amazed and in awe of the tales of these journeys and the various anecdotes that go with it…
We even hada chance to look at the articles on his epic adventure
So the girls are now fully ‘paid up’ members of the ‘we want to become world adventurers club’ and now want us to trade in the van and buy a boat and sail the world…..
Youngest ever sisters to sail the world… has a nice ring to it!!! Surely we wouldn’t……… would we???
The sun is still set to shine for the foreseeable future… time to go and enjoy it!
A non work day so we headed into the stunningly Andalusian town of Nerja…. white washed walls, tropical palm trees and a supermarket!!!! Slightly concerning how pleased we were to see a shop full of fresh food!!
Once the fridge (and every conceivable space in the van) was fully stocked! WE headed back past Maro to the beach from yesterday…. After another relaxing lunch / breakfast of fresh mango, we started the descent down to the ‘clothing optional’ beach….. Suffice to say ours stayed on….
After the midday sun passed, we headed over to the rocky outcrop that was supposedly full of fish…. After an endless series of checks of masks, flippers and the new GoPro (with pole mount!) - we finally managed to get into the water and head out to see some of the aquatic wildlife…
The water was crystal clear (although the GoPro may tell a different story) and the fish were fabulous. Flat fish that were bigger than a large plate, back and white striped fish that would certainly not look out of place at an aquarium and any number of smaller fish…. It really was great to spend some fun time as a family and we took the opportunity with both hands….
After sunning ourselves dry (well perhaps beyond what was necessary!!), we packed up, strolled up the cliff path and headed west towards Malaga….
We haver chanced upon yet another lovely site tonight, on the beach with some fantastic Swedish neighbours…. Yet another language for Lottie and Libby to pick up and also some free Yoga and Spanish lesson are promised tomorrow via the campsite…. We may even stay and get the bikes out….
Perhaps I should finish with the wifi, it is near on perfect and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is on in the van with 3 girls glued to the TV whilst a BBQ cooks outside….
Al Fresco living or Strictly Come Dancing - it’s a hard choice…..
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