Brissac Castle

Europe’s most haunted castles

It’s Halloween and we’re taking a look at some of Europe’s spookiest castles. They’re all within reach of Canvas campsites, so it’s easy to add a spine-chilling twist to a day of sightseeing!

1. Brissac Castle, Loire Valley, France
With soaring gothic towers, Brissac Castle is the tallest castle in France and the most haunted! It was owned by nobleman Jacques de Breze and his unfaithful wife Charlotte in the late 15th century. Charlotte was so indiscreet with her affair that on discovering her transgression, Jacques murdered both her and her lover. Jacques was said to be driven so mad by the moaning of the lovers’ ghosts that he soon sold the castle and fled. They say the two lovers can still be heard today, moaning as they roam the castle towers.

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How to watch the Tour de France

Allez allez! The 103rd Tour de France has begun at Mont St Michel and we’re all geared up for three weeks of cycling action and stunning French scenery.

If you’re new to the Tour it can be a confusing blur of French jargon and coloured jerseys. But never fear – whether you’re an armchair fan or lucky enough to be close to the action on a Canvas holiday – our spectators guide is here to translate.

The race
The Tour has 21 stages over three weeks, with 22 teams of nine riders. Each team has a leader, who is supported by his team mates (domestiques) in his quest to finish the race in the lowest accumulated time and win the famous Yellow jersey.

As well as the overall competition there are also several sub-contests happening, such as the sprinters and mountains classifications. This means there’s always plenty of action and intrigue to watch.

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Top 10: Campsites for Theme Parks

Calling all thrill seekers! From Disney to Astérix, gigantic wooden roller coasters to twisting water slides, Europe has a great choice of theme parks to choose from for all the family.

Even better, the best theme parks are close to Canvas campsites, so after a big day out you can relax and let your adrenaline levels return to normal.

Here’s our top ten…

#10 Movieland Park
Camping Butterfly, Lake Garda

Just a 10-minute drive from Camping Butterfly, Movieland Park is separated into two parks. Hollywood Studios is dedicated to film and special effects – go behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio, with stunt shows, special effects and exciting rides for all ages. Aqua Studios is a large water park with slides-a-plenty, including the thrilling Anaconda, a twisting waterslide.

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Top 10: Campsites with tents

We’re all about outdoor living at Canvas. And for the ultimate outdoor holiday experience, nothing beats the Maxi Tent.

Sleeping under canvas is a great adventure – you get all the good bits of outdoor living (fresh air, freedom, fun) in a super luxurious tent, with kitchen, electric lighting and proper beds.

Our holidaymakers tell us there really is no other holiday like it! Here’s ten of our favourite campsites with tents…

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A champagne visit to Reims

‘Tis the season to drink champagne! And what better time to venture beyond the bubbles of this favourite festive tipple to visit Reims, deep in the heart of Champagne country… and well worth a visit.

The Champagne capital
Along with Épernay, Reims is the most important centre of Champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, including Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Tattinger and Pommery.

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