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Château de Chambord

Spotlight on the Loire

Known as the garden of France, the Loire Valley in the centre of France is a lush green land with rich vineyards, charming towns and magnificent châteaux.

There are over 300 chateaux in the region- far too many to visit in one holiday. Choose a few, take your time and really enjoy them. 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.

Once you’ve had your fix of châteaux there’s plenty more to see and do in the Loire Valley. Explore the lively cities of Tours and Orleans, and the delightful towns of Saumur, Amboise and Blois. The mild climate is perfect for outdoor activities too. Walk or cycle through beautiful gardens or take to the water for a leisurely jaunt down the river. And of course, no visit to the Loire would be complete without sampling the excellent local wines. 

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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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10 tips for making the most of bad weather on holiday

We’re a nation of weather obsessives, and no more so than just before we go on holiday, particularly if you’re going away at a time of year when sun is a little less guaranteed.

However the sunshine needn’t make or break your camping holiday. A spot of rain shouldn’t stop you from getting out and about and exploring or enjoying quality time with your loved ones, and as for the sun tan, you can always fake that!

Here are some of our suggestions for making the most of your holiday if the weather isn’t quite on your side.

  • Have a picnic indoors

Baguettes

If you had your heart set on lots of al fresco eating during your holiday but grey skies have made the prospect risky, create a picnic indoors. The kids will love it. Stock up on lots of goodies from the local supermarket, chuck a blanket over the table, and voila, you’re all set. Copious amounts of bread and cheese tastes just as good indoors, and you won’t have any nasty flies to contend with.

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Great cycling routes in Europe

With the Tour de France set to start on 2 July, we take a look at some great routes in Europe. We know that not everyone is going to be a natural Bradley Wiggins but cycling is something that the whole family can enjoy together whatever their abilities. Getting the whole family out together to explore the stunning countryside and to enjoy the fresh air is what holidays are all about.

For the cyclist who likes to focus on fun!

For families with younger children or the type of cyclist that likes to hop on a bike and just go off and explore then we have the perfect route for you. The Loire à Vélo is a cycle network covering 500 miles from the Atlantic coast of France to just outside Nevers in Burgundy. Now, we’re not suggesting tackling this all at once but why not try a section. The great thing about the Loire à Vélo is that it is wonderfully flat – you could cycle for days without coming across an incline.

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Camping with twins – part one

“You’re going camping?”
“To France”
“With twins”
“Are you MAD?”

Something I’ve heard a lot over the last few weeks. And potentially yes, I am mad. However, as I’ve spent many years as part of the Canvas Holidays marketing team, it seems only appropriate for our first family holiday to be a Canvas one. So while husband Dave got excited about which campsite we should go to, I started to worry about the practical things. Just how many vests do two seven month olds need for 10 days? (Technically 40, but lets not go there!) Can you buy our brand of formula in France? (Yes, but we’re taking our own just in case). Is it OK to ask my parents along to help? (YES, YES, YES). How many nappies will we need (I’m really not going there. Let’s just say a LOT!)

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