Holidays in the Côte d’Azur can centre around simply relaxing onsite next to a lovely pool or at one of the many fantastic sandy beaches in the region. But if you fancy venturing out to explore some of the region, we’ve picked three lovely things to make the most of the region’s gorgeous surroundings. 1. Climb the steps of…Details
Find the best camping destinations across Europe. Here’s our blog posts about our favourite camping destinations in France, Italy, Spain and more. All packed with holiday ideas and inspiration.
Simon Marshall is one of our expert campsite finders. Here he tells us about the glamorous hotspots of his favourite region, the Côte d’Azur.
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With over 300 days of sunshine each year, the alluring Côte d’Azur in the south east of France attracts artists, celebrities and sun-seeking tourists in their droves. Also known as the French Riviera, the diverse coastline offers uninterrupted stretches of sandy beaches, sheltered coves and idyllic islands interspersed with traditional fishing villages, chic resorts and tranquil hilltop towns.
One of the main draws of this stunning region is its enviable climate – temperatures rarely drop below 20°c and hover around a lovely 29°c during July and August. If lying on a beautiful sandy beach soaking up the sunshine is your idea of the perfect way to spend a day (or more) then the Côte d’Azur will spoil you – there are numerous sandy spots to relax on, and then the warm, clear Mediterranean sea to cool off in. Must-see Riviera resorts include the exceptional principality of Monaco, glamorous Cannes and equally glitzy St Tropez. Smaller, yet no less charming are the Provençal villages of Antibes, Fréjus Saint-Raphaël and Port Grimaud. Inland you can explore the Estérel forest and spectacular Gorges du Verdon.Details
Regularly described as France’s gastronomical heart, the Dordogne region is a natural larder for some of the finest ingredients you can hope to sample in Europe.
Whether you are looking to indulge in gourmet specialities like black truffle or foie gras or prefer the simplicity of in-season strawberries or locally grown walnuts, your tastebuds will be exposed to an exciting range of flavours exclusive to the Dordogne.Details
Children grown up and flown the nest? Been a few years since you’ve thought about a camping holiday?
You might be surprised to discover many of our campsites offer activities just for grown-ups. From luxury spas and golf courses to wine tasting and city breaks, camping really does offer something for everyone.
Of course not being constrained by school holiday dates means you can take advantage of the low prices available in May, June and September, when you’ll also find resorts are much quieter (but the weather often just as good).
Here’s our pick of the best camping breaks for empty nesters.Details
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.
Located 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.Details
If only we had unlimited time on holiday to experience absolutely everything that our destination had to offer. To help narrow down decisions on what to do with precious holiday time, we’ve put together our three favourite experiences in the Venice region.
Sit back and relax in a Gondola
Possibly one of the most iconic things about Venice, the sleek black gondolas transport tourists up and down the city’s waterways to enjoy all of the sights. During the 17th and 18th century there were between 8,000 and 10,000 gondolas in active service, nowadays there are around 400 and the vast majority are used for tourists. Not just anyone can be a gondolier though – in order to gain their license they must undertake a lot of training and then a comprehensive exam covering topics such as foreign languages, history and landmarks of the city as well as of course, the essential handling of the gondola. Such an iconic tourist attraction will make your wallet a little lighter, but for a tour with a knowledgeable guide on such famous waterways, it really is a unique experience.Details
Venice is one of Italy’s top tourist destinations and after a few moments in this enchanting city it’s easy to see why. A city largely submerged under water, with around 118 islands left to explore, this really is a city like no other. With its unique waterways filled with gondoliers showing happy tourists the sights of the city from the water, to its stunning piazzas and incredible architecture, Venice is a feast for all the senses!Details
As well as being a fantastic haven for water-babies who love nothing more than spending hours out on the water, the South West and Royan regions of France offer a lot to experience on dry land too.
We’ve put together a few things to experience:
The Towers of La Rochelle
The three towers that stand over La Rochelle’s harbour are an iconic sight as they stand tall protecting the entrance from unwanted visitors…well they did back in unsettled times gone by when the city was at war. Visitors can now climb up the towers that date back to the 13th and 14th century to enjoy fantastic views over the water including the nearby islands of Aix, Ré and Oléron as well as over the city. The towers are open all year round, with varying opening hours. Guided tours are also available.
There’s something so wonderfully relaxing and fascinating about aquariums and La Rochelle’s stands out as being amongst the best. You could easily spend a day learning about the sealife around the French Atlantic Coast.Details
Books and holidays go hand in hand. Whether it be emerging yourself in a book on the plane or sneaking a few moments to read once the kids are in bed, escaping into a different world in a book is one of life’s little pleasures. With life being so busy at home, sometimes a holiday is the only chance that you get to really indulge in some reading. Hands up if one of your favourite things to do on holiday is grab a sun lounger in the sunniest spot you can find, ensure you have an ice-cold beverage to hand and then simply stretch out with a fantastic book and while away the afternoon.Details