Discover places to go and things to do on your next camping holiday. Read our tips for making the most of your camping holiday in Europe. Find the best ice cream parlours, things to do with kids, haunted castles and more.

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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5 Reasons to return to a campsite

We love hearing stories from your holidays and were curious to know what makes some customers return to the same campsites time and time again.

A lot of people have a holiday destination that holds a special place in their heart. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint exactly why you love a place so much but sometimes it’s harder to put it into words – it can be a feeling, a smell, a person or simply fantastic memories. We put it out to our lovely customers on Facebook to find out what it is that makes them return to certain sites each year. Here’s what they said…

 

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My first trip to Berny

After circling Paris Charles de Gaulle airport approximately six times while trying to locate the exit from the car rental place, we cheered as we finally got onto the motorway and en route to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont.

As the sun started to set, we drove through miles of French countryside and excitedly chatted about what we were expecting when we arrived at the campsite. To be honest I was maybe a teeny bit apprehensive due to not having taken a holiday like this before. I needn’t have worried though. We were met by a friendly courier and as we unloaded our bags into the cosy lodge, I felt real excitement creep over me about the next couple of days.

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10 things you didn’t know about Bastille Day

Bastille Day on 14 July is one of the most significant dates on the French calendar. You’ll find public celebrations throughout France, with the biggest taking place in Paris, where a spectacular fireworks display lights up the Champs-Élysées and an impressive military parade marches through the streets.

The annual celebrations mark an important piece of French history. On 14 July 1789, a group of French peasants stormed the Bastille – a state prison – intending to seize the arms and ammunition held there, prompting the start of the French Revolution and symbolising the end of the monarchy.

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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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Spain versus The Netherlands

As Spain and The Netherlands battle it out in the FIFA World Cup, Canvas puts the two nations against each other to see who comes out on top as a camping holiday destination.

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Spain

Canvas Holidays operates in no fewer than eight campsites in Spain, spread along the Catalonian coastline from Girona to Tarragona. One of our top sellers, Cambrils Park, offers quirky Aloha Bungalow accommodation for a glamping-style break in the sun. All our Spanish campsites are within 1.5 miles of a beach, and are well equipped with fantastic pools, perfect for cooling off from the Spanish sun.

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