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.

A cheese lover’s guide to France

One of the greatest pleasures of a holiday in France is tucking into the delicious cuisine. It doesn’t get much better than French cheese!

It’s believed there are 365 varieties produced across the country, so whether you like yours mild or truly stinky, there’s a cheese out there for everyone. For a deliciously simple lunch, grab a baguette, open a bottle of wine and dive in!

With so many cheeses to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve picked some of our favourites from regions which also have a Canvas campsite. Most campsites have food markets in surrounding towns or villages; so sampling the local delicacies is easy.

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Spotlight on the Vendée

The Vendée is one of the most popular destinations for camping holidays in France. Every year, visitors from all over the world are drawn here for the remarkable sunshine record and magnificent beaches.

The many miles of safe sandy beach and long sunny days, combined with lively resorts, fishing ports, delicious food and excellent water sports give the Vendée its universal appeal. However, what many visitors don’t expect is the beautiful countryside found inland. The scenic marshes, plains and wooded hills are steeped in legend and history.

For some, a holiday is all about relaxing and taking it easy, while for others activities are a must – the Vendée has all bases covered! The beach and water sports are the main draw, however walking and cycling are well catered for too. Canvas Holidays offers a choice of seven campsites in the Vendée, all perfectly located to discover the region and neighbouring areas.

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Spotlight on the Loire Valley

Known as the garden of France, the Loire Valley is a lush green land of undulating countryside, where rich vineyards are interspersed with charming towns and magnificent châteaux.

There are over 300 châteaux in the region. Some of the best include Château de Villandry with its superb Renaissance gardens, romantic Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord, the largest and most extravagant of them all.

But there is more to the Loire Valley than châteaux. Explore the lively cities of Tours and Orleans, and the delightful towns of Saumur, Amboise and Blois. The climate is perfect for outdoor activities too. Walk or cycle through beautiful gardens or take to the water for a jaunt down the river. And of course, no visit would be complete without sampling the excellent local wines.

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Top ten… Campsites for teenagers

Summer is the ultimate time to be a teenager. Schools out, exams are done and there’s nothing better than chilling out with new friends, swimming, and sampling a fantastic choice of sports and activities.

Whether your teens want to unwind on the beach, relax with a good book or get active at FamilyExtra sessions, we’ve put together our list of the top ten campsites for holidays with teenagers.

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Off the beaten track – exploring Europe’s hidden gems

It’s pretty obvious why some places are holiday destinations. Spain offers a glorious combination of sunshine and sandy beaches, Rome is the hub of the ancient world’s greatest empire and Paris is a million different things to a million different people.

If the thought of holidaying in the busy hot spots of Europe fills you with dread, do not fret. There are still plenty of authentic destinations left to explore. Ever considered a holiday to Swiss Alps? How about the Black Forest? Read on to find out why you may want to rethink your next holiday.

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Getting there is easy: the lowdown on ferry travel

Taking the ferry is increasing in popularity as the transportation of choice for many airline-weary travellers. With airport security rules and long queues making air travel less palatable than it used to be, many are seeking more relaxed ways to travel.travel by ferry

Ferries have improved over the years. They have restaurants, comfortable lounges, shops and entertainment for all ages from games rooms to cinemas and even spas, so you’ll never be bored. For those seeking extra comfort, there are options to book private cabins, especially useful on the longer overnight trips.

There are plenty of benefits to travelling by ferry. For one, you can take your own car, packed with all the things you need without having to worry about luggage weight or carryon luggage restrictions. With the introduction of the budget airlines, ferries have had to drop their prices to stay competitive and attract customers back, so it can also be a very economical option.

There’s a variety of routes available from all around the UK and Ireland. Canvas Holidays can arrange ferry travel from the UK or Ireland, including Landbridge crossings, to France, Spain & Holland. For more information on routes, take a look at the travel option pages on our website.

If you’ve never travelled by ferry before, don’t let the fear of the unknown put you off. We’ve pulled together our best insider ferry travel tips – from what to think about before you go to how to disembark as you set foot in Europe.

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