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.Details
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.
- 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.Details
Known for its combination of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle coupled with the ease of getting there, it’s obvious why Spain is a holiday favourite with travellers from the UK. Catalonia Catalonia is located in the north east of Spain, bordering France and Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west, Valencia to…Details
If you’re planning a camping holiday in Brittany, you’re probably looking forward to lazy days on the beach and exploring quaint seaside towns.
But while you’re away, don’t forget your taste buds! Brittany is famous for tempting food and drink. With the freshest sea food in France, crepes and galettes galore, washed down with delicious local cider, what’s not to like!Details
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.Details
Ah French swimwear rules and regulations. Always a topic that is interesting shall we say? For years customers have been baffled, amused and downright confused by our Gallic friends’ quirky demand that male swimmers abandon baggy swim-shorts in favour of the more tight-fitting trunks (affectionately nicknamed “budgie smugglers”). Skimpy swimwear in France is nothing new.…Details
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.
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.Details
For a day trip to Paris with a difference, let your stomach be your guide…
We asked Paris-based pâtissier and food writer, Frances Leech, to share her favourite culinary adventures in the City of Lights. Her travel philosophy is for every tourist or cultural activity you do, there should always be a corresponding food stop! Now there’s an idea we can get behind! So put on your walking shoes and most stretchy trousers, and get set for a day of tasty treats…
Best bread and croissants
Breakfast is an important start to the day, so no one should start a day’s sightseeing on an empty stomach. For one of the best baguettes de tradition in the city, head to Gontran Cherrie in Montmartre (22 Rue Caulaincourt). They also offer flaky croissants and speciality breads like black squid ink, or fig and lemon. Walk down to the Montmartre cemetery afterwards to peek in the old tombs.
For those of us living in the UK, Easter celebrations mean a few things – firstly, that there will be chocolate eggs – loads of them – and secondly, that the period of Lent will be over.
Of course, not everyone shares the same traditions. Travel abroad this Easter and you may find that the holiday is marked very differently indeedDetails