We really do love them. Modern, comfortable and dare I say it, luxurious. A stay in a Safari Tent really is 21st century glamping. Luxurious, I hear you cry. But isn’t it a tent? Well yes it is, but this is a tent like no other. There’s a toilet AND a shower inside the tent. And…Details
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.
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.Details
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.
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.Details
Our digital marketing executive, Matthew Shippin took his first Canvas Holiday to Cambrils Park in August 2014:
“Joining Canvas holidays at the beginning of 2014, I decided to take a trip to Cambrils Park with my girlfriend at the end of August that year.
What’s my feelgood? It’s easy really. Chilling out and spending time with my family. My twin boys are 15 months old now and the time has gone so fast – everyone said it would but somehow you don’t believe them! Last summer, I took them to Berny Riviere on their first (I hope of many)…Details
The swinging sixties – a decade of mini skirts, flower power and Beatlemania – and the dawn of Canvas Holidays.
In the 1960’s Britain became a truly affluent society – vacuum cleaners and washing machines were in most homes, and cars and fridges became the norm. And for the first time – foreign family holidays became common place.
One of these new ‘explorers’ of foreign shores was Jim Cuthbert and his family. Like many in the 1960’s, the most affordable way for the Cuthbert family to explore Europe was by camping. It was on one of these holidays that Jim Cuthbert found sound inspiration. Whilst waiting on the cross Channel ferry in Ostend he observed many other families crammed into cars filled to the brim with camping equipment and other holiday essentials – and thought how helpful it would be if all this could be provided at the campsite.
With this inspiration and a great love for the essence of the camping holiday, Jim Cuthbert set out to make camping abroad easier. And so Canvas Holidays was born in the spring of 1965 and transformed the world of continental camping as we know it. A total of 25 of the best quality tents that money could buy were erected in Northern France, equipped with camping essentials plus cookers and gas. Holidays were sold at 10-17 guineas a week for six people and in the first brochure holidaymakers were promised that on arrival everything would be “ready for the first cup of tea”.Details
Standing on top of a mountain or hill, there’s no better feeling than having hiked up and getting to enjoy the view. Add in a flask of tea and some cake and you’ve pretty much got my perfect day! I spent a few years living in Vancouver, Canada where an outdoor lifestyle is part and…Details
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.
Drink your way round Europe
With the festive season well and truly in swing, to get you in the party mood we’ve put together this guide to Europe’s national drinks.
It’s not just for Christmas though! During the summer, European cities take on a festive atmosphere and the social aspect of drinking can be a great way to get to know the local culture. Why not toast your way through Europe next summer?Details