Is it time to return to the continent?

Amalfi coast

Two years after the UK was plunged into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re asking if it’s time to return to touring on the continent?

Ed Bassett, head of wanderlust at Camptoo, certainly thinks so and he’s selected his favourite places to take a campervan, caravan or motorhome in Europe.

The French Riviera – four days

Follow in the footsteps of film stars, directors and artists who’ve all enjoyed Monaco, Nice and Antibes over the years.

“Boasting warm temperatures and cinematic views, road trips don’t get more glamorous than driving along the famed French Riviera,” Mr Bassett added.

Bilbao to Bordeaux – seven days

Take a week to explore this picture-perfect coastal route, stopping off at surfing spots including Lacanau, Biscarrose, Mimizan, Zarautz and Seignosse along the way.

Food and wine – once the campervan’s parked up – will not be far from your mind, as you travel through famed wine regions and sample delicious oysters and other local ingredients.

The Arctic fjords – five days

Experienced drivers can take to the road and see the breathtaking scenery of Norway firsthand, as the stunning fjords contrast with the rugged mountains.

Reindeer, elk and eagles are all common sights on van trips in this part of the world, making it a must-visit for wildlife lovers.

Rhine Valley – two days

In just two days, you can drive the 65 kilometres of the Rhine Valley, discovering the incredible history and atmospheric castles of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Described as the most romantic road trip in Germany, it’s possible to get lost in your own fairytale for a weekend.

Amalfi Coast – four days

Making your way between Ravello, Positano, Minori and Maiori, and the island of Capri, you’ll stumble across perfumed lemon groves and small fishing villages.

Cap your trip off with a panoramic view of the sunset at Sorrento for the quintessential Italian experience.
Mr Bassett said: “A road trip is a fantastic way to pack in as many sites as possible during your holiday, and a great option for those looking to tick off some bucket list destinations.

“There’s really nothing as freeing as being able to travel where and when you like, safe in the knowledge that you have everything you need with you.”


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