Read our favourite blog posts for travellers looking for active holidays and adventures. Let our stories of kayaking in the Italian lakes, paragliding in the Alps and cycling in France inspire you.

Top ten campsites for a sporty holiday

Even with all the best intentions it can be hard to be as active as you like in your every day life. That’s why holidays are perfect for getting your sweat on while having fun! Chances are the weather will be more likely to play ball abroad too.

Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière, France

This Canvas favourite really does have it all and sports fans will not be disappointed. Its location, close to Paris, makes it a great base for spending a day at tennis’s French Open or catching the closing stage of cycling’s Tour de France. Plus, on site you can take part in a wide range of activities, from football to fishing, or table tennis to trampolining. Check out the FamilyExtra programme onsite for slightly more obscure sports – waterwalkerz anyone?

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Anyone for tennis?

Wimbledon fortnight kicks off today. And that means I’ll be glued to the games, pondering whether it’s time to dust off my dusty racket.

While I don’t get much time to play these days, I do enjoy a game while I’m on holiday. And OK, campsite tennis courts aren’t exactly the centre court at Wimbledon – but there are advantages. You don’t have to wear white (although it is good for showing off a tan) and the nation won’t collectively hold their breath if you miss a key shot. Mind you, there’s no hawk-eye to resolve in/out arguments either…

Here’s my top 3 sites for a game of tennis. Pass the Pimms…

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Adventures in the rain – a Lake Garda special!

YOU can still have awesome outdoor adventures in the rain.

Being adventurous is simply a mindset – a determination to overcome obstacles and squeeze every last drop of fun out of any situation.

And that is the approach my brother Adam and I have taken to the first three days of our trip to Lake Garda with Canvas Holidays.

The weather has been, well, dramatic – thunder has roared, fork lightning has flashed and torrential downpours have soaked everything in sight. But the adventure show has continued. While other gloomy holidaymakers have wrapped themselves in blankets, looking up from their sun beds accusingly at the grey skies, we’ve been out exploring the best Lake Garda has to offer. Mountain trekking, lakeside walks, refreshing swims and paddle boarding have been on the adventure menu – and every tasty course has satisfied our hunger for outdoorsy excitement.

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Great spots for a cycling holiday in France

Whatever terrain you prefer, cyclists are spoilt for choice with Canvas. That’s one of the best things about a camping holiday, you can stay in lovely rural spots where there are plenty of cycle paths just a stones throw away. Our Côte d’Azur sites are ideal for mountain bikers, or if you prefer more leisurely adventures, our sites in the Loire Valley offer gentle cycling on a wonderful network of marked cycle routes.

Loire Valley

When people think of cycling in France their minds turn almost automatically to the Loire Valley. Discover a lush green land of gently undulating countryside with rich vineyards, interspersed with charming towns and magnificent fairy-tale châteaux. The region is ideally suited for cycling, offering a wonderful variety of history and culture which is easily toured by bike on cycle paths, tracks and quiet roads.

An impressive network of 800km of cycle tracks knows as the Loire à Vélo run for the most part alongside the Loire River, stretching out westwards to the Atlantic Coast. The signed trails are designed for cyclists of all levels and are made up of quiet country roads and purpose built tracks.

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Walking Holidays in Europe

A Canvas holiday is all about the great outdoors. And one of the best ways to explore the wonderful scenery that Europe has to offer is under your own steam. Pull on your walking boots and hike along hidden trails. Here we highlight some of our favourite locations, ideal for walking and cycling holidays.

The French Alps

The French Alps is an area of snow-capped peaks, dense forests, alpine meadows, waterfalls and sparkling turquoise lakes. This stunning region has four national parks which add to its appeal as one of the best walking areas in France. Thousands of kilometres of well-signposted and maintained paths allow you access to almost every meadow, valley and glacier in the region. Walkers of all ages and fitness levels will find something here to suit them – from relaxing valley trails amongst the woodland to more demanding treks in the peaks. 

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Game set & match – the French Open

I love watching tennis. It’s the only sport my husband and I agree on, and we’ve always wanted to watch one of the Grand Slams live. Australia and the US Open are a little out of our price range, and we hadn’t been organised enough to enter the ballot for Wimbledon tickets. The French Open however, seemed like a possibility. Tickets were easy to buy online, so we decided to combine our trip to the tennis with a holiday at the campsite at Berny Rivière, around an hour north of Paris.

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Spotlight on the Dordogne

Imagine all that’s fantastic about France condensed into one area. With stunning natural scenery, dramatic castles, gourmet food to enjoy and medieval villages to explore, it’s easy to see why the Dordogne is a favourite holiday destination.

Dordogne  RiverLocated in the south-west of the country and known to the French as the Périgord, the region is divided into four areas, each named after its diverse landscape. Périgord Blanc (white) for the limestone hills around the capital Perigueux; Périgord Pourpre (purple) or the wine growing regions around Bergerac; Périgord Vert (green) for the forests of the northwest; and Périgord Noir (black) for the dark oak forests around the Vézère Valley.

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