Top ten campsites for toddlers

First time travelling with the little ones? Fear not – many of our campsites are great for under 4s, offering plenty of space and a safe environment. You’ll find everything from children’s pools, play parks, toddler facilities and safe beaches.

We asked our customers and staff to recommend the best campsites for toddlers. Here are our top ten sites:

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Off the beaten track – exploring Europe’s hidden gems

It’s pretty obvious why some places are holiday destinations. Spain offers a glorious combination of sunshine and sandy beaches, Rome is the hub of the ancient world’s greatest empire and Paris is a million different things to a million different people.

If the thought of holidaying in the busy hot spots of Europe fills you with dread, do not fret. There are still plenty of authentic destinations left to explore. Ever considered a holiday to Swiss Alps? How about the Black Forest? Read on to find out why you may want to rethink your next holiday.

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Getting there is easy: the lowdown on ferry travel

Taking the ferry is increasing in popularity as the transportation of choice for many airline-weary travellers. With airport security rules and long queues making air travel less palatable than it used to be, many are seeking more relaxed ways to travel.travel by ferry

Ferries have improved over the years. They have restaurants, comfortable lounges, shops and entertainment for all ages from games rooms to cinemas and even spas, so you’ll never be bored. For those seeking extra comfort, there are options to book private cabins, especially useful on the longer overnight trips.

There are plenty of benefits to travelling by ferry. For one, you can take your own car, packed with all the things you need without having to worry about luggage weight or carryon luggage restrictions. With the introduction of the budget airlines, ferries have had to drop their prices to stay competitive and attract customers back, so it can also be a very economical option.

There’s a variety of routes available from all around the UK and Ireland. Canvas Holidays can arrange ferry travel from the UK or Ireland, including Landbridge crossings, to France, Spain & Holland. For more information on routes, take a look at the travel option pages on our website.

If you’ve never travelled by ferry before, don’t let the fear of the unknown put you off. We’ve pulled together our best insider ferry travel tips – from what to think about before you go to how to disembark as you set foot in Europe.

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The truth about camping holidays!

What do you think when you think of camping? Is it cold nights on rough ground, soggy socks and pitching tents in the rain? Well think again. A camping holiday with Canvas Holidays couldn’t be more different. We give you all the freedom of camping without the feeling of having to rough it. Picture yourself relaxing in comfortable accommodation, surrounded by beautiful countryside, enjoying a glass of local wine while the barbecue sizzles and the children play nearby…

Canvas knows camping

Canvas Holidays was the first tour operator to offer package mobile home and camping holidays to Europe 50 years ago. Today we consider ourselves camping experts, with a variety of hand-picked campsites across Europe. Our campsites combine all the features of a luxury hotel-style resort, with fantastic pool complexes, bars, restaurants and shops. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy from children’s clubs and tennis courts to golf courses.

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The Essential Autoroute Playlist

It’s not too long for me to wait until I begin to spend sizeable chunks of my summer traversing the French autoroute network, so allow me (if you will) to indulge myself a little and spend the next few moments reminiscing about some of my favourite cross-channel musical moments. So why not grab a quick glass of rosé, a crusty baguette and a healthy helping of morbier before sitting back and imagining yourself topping up the driver’s tan…

1. Nino Ferrer – La Rua Madureira

Nino Ferrer was a French-Italian singer who shot to fame in the late sixties on the back of a number of bossa-nova inspired singles. The street in the title can be found in the centre of Rio De Janeiro and the lyrics contain other references to the area which inspired the music itself.

 

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5 Top Tips for driving in France

I’m delighted to be able to introduce a guest post from Michael Smith from Sanef Tolling UK.  Since 2008 Sanef UK have provided télépéage tags for UK residents planning on driving in France, as well as any more information you may need about driving abroad.

Apart from driving on the right hand side of the road, driving in France is largely the same as driving in the UK. In fact, most Brits enjoy driving in France! The roads are looked after privately which tends to mean that they’re not as hard-going on your suspension as their British counterparts!

Once you have acclimatised to being on the wrong side of the road, there are still a few road customs and laws that you should be aware of. Here are five of our most popular tips.

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Top 5 historical attractions in the Vendée

The Vendée on the Atlantic coast of France is a great location for a family camping holiday with miles and miles of sandy beaches, marked footpaths and cycle tracks.But there are also some lovely historical sites to visit in the area, here are a few of our favourites:

The Abbey of Nieul sur l’Autise or Saint Vincent as it’s also known, was founded in 1068, and was granted royal status by Eleanor of Aquitaine (then Queen of France and mother of Richard I of England). The abbey is one of the few remaining monastic churches which still contain a church, cloisters and monastic buildings almost intact, and it houses the only remaining Romanesque quarter in France. During the high season months of July and August there are tours in period costume for children and music events every Friday.

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Pasta pasta pasta!

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino with a simple dressing of olive oil, garlic and chilli, big fat rigatoni with a chunky tomato and meatballs sauce or penne with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, clams and parsley – I cannot get enough of pasta! I would be shockingly bad at keeping to any form of low carb diet but fortunately I live in Italy so have plenty of opportunity to indulge my cravings. And as my Italian sister-in-law once said when choosing what to eat in a restaurant “well, I’ve not had pasta yet today…”

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