We know a thing or two about holiday travel. Read our camping holiday travel tips for making the most of your camping holiday in Europe.

8 hours in Amsterdam

If you’re holidaying at Camping Duinrell in Holland this summer, the obvious choice for a day trip is Amsterdam. Easily accessible from the campsite, either on Holland’s super-efficient bus and train network, or by car (though we’d suggest park and ride rather than driving into the city), there’s loads to see and do.

While it would be impossible to cram everything in to one day, it is possible to see a lot as the city centre is fairly compact.

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10 reasons to visit Austria

Camping Bella Austria is a glorious sanctuary if you are literally looking to head for the hills. But if you’re curious about what else Austria has to offer, here’s our top 10 reasons to visit.

#10 Adventure

With a dynamic landscape that boasts majestic mountains, luscious forests and crystal-clear lakes, Austria offers a natural playground for adventurers and explorers. Trails for hiking or biking are in abundance, while you can take part in some forest climbing at Gröbming Adventure Park, Styria.

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My favourite campsite: Nautic Almata, Costa Brava

Canvas Holidays’ sales consultant Nicki Ferguson has enjoyed seeing most of the world throughout her career in travel. For pleasure, however, it’s Nautic Almata in Rosas, Spain, she loves returning to. Here, she shares why this beach-based campsite holds such an enduring appeal for all her family.

  1. What is it about Nautic Almata that appeals to you?

The campsite is laid back and very relaxed with direct access to a fabulous long sandy beach that runs for miles around the Bay of Roses. The location of the site is fantastic for exploring the Catalan region – from Figueres and down to Barcelona.

There are lots of water sports available and a full animation and entertainment programme. We normally prefer smaller campsites but Nautic Almata has such a relaxed atmosphere, plus many of the people who stay there are repeat customers. We’ve visited the site four times. 

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What is a camping holiday actually like?

Nicola McKay, one of our lovely contracting team members, sheds some light on what a camping holiday is really like.

A straw poll of friends and family (excluding my camping industry pals obviously) showed that some of them didn’t actually realise what a modern camping holiday is like. So in an effort to clarify I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts about it.

1)     First of all we’re talking about camping holidays in Europe so the vast majority of the time, the weather is going to be a lot better (if you’re reading this from the UK!). Less of the wringing out of smalls and making a mad dash from tent to toilet block and more of the al fresco dining and glass of wine watching the sun go down.

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The gourmet guide to the Dordogne

Regularly described as France’s gastronomical heart, the Dordogne region is a natural larder for some of the finest ingredients you can hope to sample in Europe.

Whether you are looking to indulge in gourmet specialities like black truffle or foie gras or prefer the simplicity of in-season strawberries or locally grown walnuts, your tastebuds will be exposed to an exciting range of flavours exclusive to the Dordogne.

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Spotlight on the Dordogne

Imagine all that’s fantastic about France condensed into one area. With stunning natural scenery, dramatic castles, gourmet food to enjoy and medieval villages to explore, it’s easy to see why the Dordogne is a favourite holiday destination.

Dordogne  RiverLocated in the south-west of the country and known to the French as the Périgord, the region is divided into four areas, each named after its diverse landscape. Périgord Blanc (white) for the limestone hills around the capital Perigueux; Périgord Pourpre (purple) or the wine growing regions around Bergerac; Périgord Vert (green) for the forests of the northwest; and Périgord Noir (black) for the dark oak forests around the Vézère Valley.

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Top 5 holidays for toddlers – NEW!

Way back in May 2013, I wrote this blog post rounding up our top 10 sites for toddlers. I thought I’d add to the list, with my pick of the top 5 sites for toddler holidays out of our exciting new sites for 2015.

As a mum of toddler twins, I know how daunting the idea of travelling with a baby or toddler can be. The great thing about taking them on a camping holiday with Canvas is it’s (relatively) stress-free. While we can’t promise to do anything about teething and tantrums, we can make your holiday as relaxing as possible with some fantastic, child-friendly campsites.

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