We put the spotlight on some of the best holiday destinations in Europe. Find inspiration with our blog posts about our favourite camping destinations. All packed with holiday ideas and inspiration.

Spotlight on lakes & mountains

Avoid the hustle and bustle of city life and soak up the scenery on a lakes and mountains holiday. Enjoy walking, cycling, swimming or any type of water-based activity you can think of – a visit to the lakes or mountains can be as hectic or laid-back as you want it to be. Discover beautiful alpine country and glorious shimmering lakes, where the climate is perfect during the summer months.

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Spotlight on Brittany

Brittany is one of the most distinctive and beautiful regions in France with a unique character, intriguing history and 1,200km of dramatic coastline. Each year, over a million holidaymakers hop across the Channel to enjoy the stunning scenery, Breton lifestyle and charming hospitality.

St Malo

The landscape in Brittany is diverse, with a rugged northern coastline, sophisticated beach resorts in the south and beautiful offshore islands to explore. Bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, Brittany is gently warmed by the Gulf Stream, giving it a very mild climate – perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy the elements and invigorating sea air on miles of coastal paths – walk or cycle as you admire the surrounding scenery.

Brittany’s strong cultural heritage is key to its appeal – a mix of Celtic traditions and medieval history. And of course, no visit to Brittany would be complete without sampling the delicious cuisine on offer. Specialities include seafood and crêpes – both can be washed down with a glass (or two) of tasty Breton cider.

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Spotlight on the Côte d’Azur

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.

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Venice

Getting to know Venice and the Adriatic

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!

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Rescue boat at San Vincenzo

Under the Tuscan Sun: Tuscany’s best beaches

White sandy beaches may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Tuscany. The region is usually associated with art and culture, or cookery schools and delicious Italian cuisine. But as well as being a fantastic base for cultural and country pursuits, Tuscany also shares 250 miles of beautiful coastline with the Tyrrhenian sea making it a great base for an all-round enjoyable holiday.

Here’s our pick of the best beaches:

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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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Finished tiramisu

Canvas Loves…. Italian food

One of the first things that springs to mind when thinking of spending time in Italy is the delicious food that the country is famous for…pizza, pasta, cannoli…the list goes on. A favourite Italian dessert has to be tiramisu. The flavours all combined together are simply scrumptious!

Tiramisu translates from Italian as ‘pick me up’ and this traditional dessert certainly does that. The lovely flavours of coffee, amaretto, chocolate and cream combine to make the most delicious and indulgent treat.

We had a go at creating this amazing dessert from Gino d’Acampo’s quick tiramisu recipe.

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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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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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