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.

Spotlight on Lake Garda

Crystal clear swimming waters, vineyards, olive groves and snow-capped mountain views…

Lake Garda is not only Italy’s largest lake but also one of the most scenic and action-packed holiday spots in Europe. Take your pick from water sports, Roman ruins, theme parks, and amazing food and wine.

Lake Garda lies in a deep valley in northern Italy between Venice and Milan. The ladle-shaped expanse of water is 50 miles long and 11 miles across it’s widest. The southern part of the lake features rolling hills with olive and citrus groves fringing the shores. Heading north, the hills give way to majestic mountains.

The lake was formed during the last Ice Age by a massive glacier that flowed down from the Dolomites, cutting through and gouging out the valley. Eventually the ice glacier melted, resulting in the freshwater lake of today.

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Barcelona

A day in Barcelona

Barcelona is the dynamic, vibrant and colourful capital of Catalonia. The city is an absolute must-see on a visit to this area for its stunning architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Architecture

The pride of Barcelona is the famous architect Gaudí who is responsible for many of the city’s amazing buildings. The most famous of these is the incredible Sagrada Familia (the sacred family) which was consecrated as a Basilica in November 2010. Remarkably, it’s been under construction since 1882, when the first stone was laid but there is talk that it may be completed by 2026 – just a 144 year project. Other notable buildings displaying the unique designs of Gaudi are Casa Batlló, which has a wonderfully colourful and curvy façade and Casa Mila which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. No visit to Barcelona would be complete without spending some time in Parc Guell. The vibrant colours and wonderful shapes make this park truly unique.

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Roman Amphitheater – Tarragona

An insider’s guide to the Costa Dorada

Laura Brasó, our former Spanish campsite specialist and Barcelona native, gives us the lowdown on some of her favourite places in the Costa Dorada and shares her insider tips on making the most of this region.

What’s your favourite campsite?

In the Costa Dorada, Playa Bara has an amazing pool complex, Tamarit Park is located right on the beach, next to a gorgeous Castle and Cambrils Park has first-class facilities and a very cool accommodation type: the Hawaiian-style Aloha Bungalows.

Top must-sees?

In the Costa Dorada, Tarragona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see, as is the medieval walled town of Montblanc with the nearby Cistercian monastery of Poblet (founded in 1151). The Ebro Delta Natural Park is a protected wetland reserve that’s comparable to the Camargue in France. And of course, there’s PortAventura theme park.

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Camping in Cambrils

Our digital marketing executive, Matthew Shippin took his first Canvas Holiday to Cambrils Park in August 2014:

“Joining Canvas holidays at the beginning of 2014, I decided to take a trip to Cambrils Park with my girlfriend at the end of August that year.

I was curious to fully experience what Canvas had to offer, and how it compared to the information back in the office. My first Canvas holiday lived up to the hype – Cambrils Park was great. It had everything you could have asked for in a holiday. 10 minute walk to the beach, 30 minute walk from the lively town of Salou and 45 minutes from the seaside town of Cambrils.The campsite was great too.
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The grass roots of Canvas Holidays

The swinging sixties – a decade of mini skirts, flower power and Beatlemania – and the dawn of Canvas Holidays.

In the 1960’s Britain became a truly affluent society – vacuum cleaners and washing machines were in most homes, and cars and fridges became the norm. And for the first time – foreign family holidays became common place.

One of these new ‘explorers’ of foreign shores was Jim Cuthbert and his family. Like many in the 1960’s, the most affordable way for the Cuthbert family to explore Europe was by camping. It was on one of these holidays that Jim Cuthbert found sound inspiration. Whilst waiting on the cross Channel ferry in Ostend he observed many other families crammed into cars filled to the brim with camping equipment and other holiday essentials – and thought how helpful it would be if all this could be provided at the campsite.

With this inspiration and a great love for the essence of the camping holiday, Jim Cuthbert set out to make camping abroad easier. And so Canvas Holidays was born in the spring of 1965 and transformed the world of continental camping as we know it. A total of 25 of the best quality tents that money could buy were erected in Northern France, equipped with camping essentials plus cookers and gas. Holidays were sold at 10-17 guineas a week for six people and in the first brochure holidaymakers were promised that on arrival everything would be “ready for the first cup of tea”.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations around Europe

New Year’s Eve is always a time for celebration and reflection. The excitement of what the new year may bring, mixed in with the feelings of the year gone by. It’s a great time to have some fun, celebrate with loved ones and look forward to whatever the future may hold.

Here in Scotland, New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay as it’s known, is a really big deal. It seems like the world descends on Edinburgh to take in the fantastic atmosphere of the world-famous festivities and street party. The fun starts on New Year’s Eve with a torchlight procession through the middle of the city, before rounding the evening off with an amazing fireworks display. At Hogmanay, the city centre comes alive as thousands of people descend on the streets to enjoy live music, mulled wine and the world famous fireworks as the clock strikes 12.

Across Europe, lots of cities have their own traditions that makes New Year’s Eve so special.

New Year Edinburgh

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Drink your way round Europe

Drink your way round Europe

With the festive season well and truly in swing, to get you in the party mood we’ve put together this guide to Europe’s national drinks.

It’s not just for Christmas though! During the summer, European cities take on a festive atmosphere and the social aspect of drinking can be a great way to get to know the local culture. Why not toast your way through Europe next summer?

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