As the days start to get colder and darker, we’re beginning to reminisce about those warm, sunnier days which are fast becoming a distant memory. With winter coming, we need motivation to get through, and what better way than planning a spring break!
To get in the (early) holiday spirit we’re looking at the best places to head for that getaway as soon as Europe starts heating up!
Start soaking up the Vitamin D!
If you just want to relax and get your intake of vitamin D then head for the south coasts of France and Spain. The gorgeous sandy beaches of the Languedoc-Roussillon have fantastic temperatures that range from 21°c to 26°c. Be sure to pack your sun cream! The Languedoc is also home to some fantastic towns and cities which will be quieter outside the peak travel months. The lovely towns of Carcassonne, Montpellier and Béziers are well worth a visit – that’s if you can tear yourself away from the beaches.
I want to lie by the pool!
Ok, hands up who’s chosen their holiday on the basis of the swimming pool? We love swimming pools and waterslides! Some campsites may only have one pool open until peak season hits but others make the most of all the facilities all season long. Our picks of the best pools open all season are:
- Camping Norcenni, Tuscany.
The pool complex at Norcenni has the most beautiful views over the Arno Valley. It’s a fab site for adults and young ones with two regular pools and a shallow water area with a wild river water slide.
- Camping Bella Italia, Lake Garda
The pool complex or rather complexes are huge which means plenty of space to sit back and relax. The temperatures sit between 18°c and 24°c which is rather nice! Kids are really well catered for here with lots of small waterslides and aqua-play areas. There’s a lap pool if you want to get some lengths in.
- Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière
For families with young children this campsite pool is fab. There’s plenty of space to splash around in the water, race down waterslides or float around the lazy river. One of the pools and the waterslides are covered so that you can enjoy them whatever the weather.
Let’s go sightseeing!
Visiting major cities such as Rome, Venice and Paris outside peak season is a brilliant experience. Everywhere is that little bit quieter and with it not quite the summer, temperatures are much nicer for having a good wander around.
Three of the Spanish campsites (Nautic Almata, Camping Cypsela, Cambrils Park) are open during May, with the rest opening at the end of May. Cambrils Park and Camping Internacional de Calonge are the closest campsites to Barcelona.
Rome is such a striking city any time of the year and in May and June it’s that little bit quieter, meaning you can enjoy things at your own pace. It’s still advisable to book ahead if there are some things that are on your must do list. Camping Fabulous is less than an hour from Rome on public transport or easily driven in half an hour.
Such a cosmopolitan city, in Paris there’s just so much to see and experience. There are two campsites – Berny Rivière and Les Etangs Fleuris close to Paris. Both sites are also near to railway and metro stations so you can park up and hop on public transport to get right to the heart of the city.
If fairytale cities were real then Venice would be one. It’s the perfect place to simply wander around and take in the atmosphere. From the stunning architecture of Doge’s Palace and the Basilica di San Marco to the intricate little bridges crossing the canals. For a great vantage point over the city, head up St Mark’s Campanile – it’s a little on the pricey side but the views make it worthwhile.
This brilliant city has lots going on all year round and early summer is a great time to visit. Slightly quieter but with the same electric atmosphere – hire a bike and zip around the city like a local.