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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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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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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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Camping with twins – part two: the journey

If you read my previous post, you’ll know I was not exactly looking forward to the journey to France. Five hours in the car from Fife to Hull, an overnight ferry crossing, then a three hour drive from Zeebrugge to Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière. With two seven month olds.

While it wasn’t a breeze, it was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be! Honestly.

We allowed plenty of time for the drive – it’s a five hour journey, but we knew we needed to allow a couple of hours more to give the boys time out of their car seats. I planned ahead and found somewhere we could stop and let them have a wriggle about which wasn’t miles off route.

We also timed our journey so we would be able to get straight on to the ferry when we arrived in Hull as it would be their tea time and I couldn’t bear the thought of sitting in a queue with two screaming babies! We were in luck – sort of –  most of the screaming happened in the final bit of the drive when they decided enough was enough!

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Guess whose dog deserves a holiday…

In April we launched a really exciting competition here called ‘Does your dog deserve a holiday?’. We wanted to encourage more people to take their four-legged friend away for a relaxing break.

We have 39 campsites offering dog friendly holidays, so thought it only natural that we give the most deserving pooch £250 in Canvas Holidays vouchers as a prize. All entrants had to do was write a blog post telling us why their dog deserves a holiday, and include a cute or funny picture of course!

So whose dog did our judges think most deserved a holiday? We’re very pleased to announce that the lucky winner is Chloe and her adorable dog Baby!

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The Rules of Travelling Abroad With Your Dog

Dogs on holidayWe all love holidays, but for some of us, no holiday is complete without our furry friends. Leaving your pet at home whilst you go on your jollies can be heart-breaking, but with a little preparation, you can bring your dog with you to one of Canvas’ dog-friendly campsites!

We’ve tried to make life as simple as possible by gathering together all the information you’ll need if you’re planning to take your pet abroad. Whether you’re travelling to or from an EU or non-EU country, you need to make sure you have the following things in place, or you could end up having to leave your dog in quarantine!

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