A taste of Italy – classic pizzas

As I often travel abroad alone when working, a pizza is a convenient but tasty solution to grabbing something quickly to eat whilst on the move. Indeed its history, as Nicola mentioned in a recent post, began as humble street food in the back streets of Naples. The essence of Italian pizzas is ‘less is more’. In my view the best pizzas are thin based, cooked in a traditional wood burning oven, lipsticked with a rich, deep-red tomato sauce, and topped simply with fresh ingredients. Whilst I think some of the enormous americanised cheese-filled crust experiences available in the UK have their moment (usually after 2 a.m.), they don’t come close to the authentic Italian.

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A local’s guide to Sardinia

Former Canvas Holidays employee and Sardinian native Marisa Casu shares insider tips on what to do and see on a camping holiday in Sardinia.

Sea breeze, pine scent and the sound of the Launeddas (a Sardinian musical instrument) are immediately brought to mind when I think of Sardinia. Characterised by an unspoilt wild nature, this island I call home possesses a unique culture developed through a fascinating history and mysterious legends. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a holiday that connects with nature and tradition in peaceful surroundings.

When and where to go

The best time to visit Sardinia is during May and the end of September. During these months, the temperature is perfect for taking trips around the island. Renting a car is highly recommended. The main provinces are Sassari, Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano, and recently four new ones have been added: Carbonia-Iglesias, Medio Campidano, Ogliastra and Olbia-Tempio. It’s also worth visiting small towns, such as the medieval villages of Bosa and Castelsardo.

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A champagne visit to Reims

‘Tis the season to drink champagne! And what better time to venture beyond the bubbles of this favourite festive tipple to visit Reims, deep in the heart of Champagne country… and well worth a visit.

The Champagne capital
Along with Épernay, Reims is the most important centre of Champagne production. Many of the largest champagne-producing houses, known as les grandes marques, have their headquarters in Reims, including Veuve Clicquot, Mumm, Tattinger and Pommery.

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Duinrell: a half-term hot spot

Ask any child what they like best thing about being at school and they are likely to reply “the holidays!” Ask any parent what they like least about their children’s school days and they might very possibly reply with the same answer. But the school holidays can be fun for all the family.

With October half-term descending upon many families in England, Wales and Scotland, the challenge of keeping the children entertained presents itself again. But this time of year should definitely not be overlooked for planning a getaway. It can be a great time to travel – prices are lower, the weather is still mild and a holiday can break up the sometimes drab British autumn and winter season.

A real half-term favourite with Canvas holidaymakers is Holland campsite Duinrell located a short walk from the pretty village of Wassenaar, and only 20 miles from Amsterdam. Duinrell is also quick and easy to get to, just 25 miles from Schiphol airport and 40 miles from Rotterdam ferry port, so if you only have time for a shorter break it’s the ideal destination for a family holiday.

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A cheese lover’s guide to France

One of the greatest pleasures of a holiday in France is tucking into the delicious cuisine. It doesn’t get much better than French cheese!

It’s believed there are 365 varieties produced across the country, so whether you like yours mild or truly stinky, there’s a cheese out there for everyone. For a deliciously simple lunch, grab a baguette, open a bottle of wine and dive in!

With so many cheeses to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve picked some of our favourites from regions which also have a Canvas campsite. Most campsites have food markets in surrounding towns or villages; so sampling the local delicacies is easy.

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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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Spotlight on the Loire Valley

Known as the garden of France, the Loire Valley is a lush green land of undulating countryside, where rich vineyards are interspersed with charming towns and magnificent châteaux.

There are over 300 châteaux in the region. 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.

But there is more to the Loire Valley than châteaux. Explore the lively cities of Tours and Orleans, and the delightful towns of Saumur, Amboise and Blois. The climate is perfect for outdoor activities too. Walk or cycle through beautiful gardens or take to the water for a jaunt down the river. And of course, no visit would be complete without sampling the excellent local wines.

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