After five glorious years of summers in the European sun, 16-year-old Daniel Hoyle our guest blogger from Edinburgh considers himself a Canvas Connoisseur – in the following guest post he reviews some of his recent holidays with Canvas, followed by some top tips about keeping the whole family happy on holiday from Team Canvas.
“Our first Canvas holiday was spent in Brittany, France. Although I was only 11, I can still remember the beautiful sandy beach of Raguénès Plage, the excellent pool and water slides on offer at Camping Les Deux Fontaines, and the hours spent in the sun at FamilyExtra, which included many murder mystery games, water-zorbing and of course, a chocolate party.
“In 2015, our next holiday was enjoyed in Camping Marina di Venezia, Italy. Situated a short drive and even shorter boat journey to the floating town of Venice, this was certainly one of my favourites. This was one of the larger campsites we visited, although we were located in a nice quiet area of the campsite. We stayed in a Canvas Holidays Plus mobile Home, which was comprised of two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and convenient two bathrooms. With lovely Canvas Reps another great Kids Club to suit all ages, there was never a dull moment here.
“The following year we visited Spain for the first time. I can confirm that Camping Park Playa Bara on the Costa Dorada proved to be my all-time favourite holiday. With its great nightlife, stunning weather, awesome pool complex and entertainment for all, this was the king of campsites. I find the accommodation to be pleasant and spacious, although with everything to see and do on site and in the surrounding area, there is rarely any need to be inside. If I had to choose one campsite I would like to return to, this would definitely be it.
“Last year, we decided to spend another summer in Spain, this time at Camping Cypsela, a slightly smaller but just as lively campsite. With another large pool complex, poolside bars and restaurants, this was a lovely and welcoming site. Although I had by this point stopped attending the on-site kids clubs ran by Canvas, I still always enjoyed talking to the friendly reps in their unmissable orange uniform.
Canvas Holidays top tips for travelling with teenagers:
• Involve all the family in deciding where to go and researching options / areas.
• Make sure you book a big enough mobile home – everyone gets along much better if they have their own space.
• Plan some days out away from the parc and explore the local area.
• Don’t nag – it’s a holiday for everyone, so if someone wants a long lie, let them – more time for you to chill on the deck with a coffee.
• Choose a large campsite with lots to keep teenagers amused, the bigger the site more chance they will make friends with kids from other countries.
• Travel in high season so that the full range of activities / clubs etc are open to get best experience and keep everyone occupied.
Finally, before booking research the site, some of our sites are jam-packed with activities for young people and teenagers – if you want some advice from our knowledgeable call centre team (many of whom have travelled with teenagers too) then give them a call on 0345 268 0827.
Other great sites for teenagers are: Duinrell, Domaine des Ormes, Sirene, Beach Garden, Bella Italia, Domaine de Chalain (great for water sports). You can browse the options www.canvasholidays.co.uk