As a writer for Birmingham Mail and The Sunday Mercury, Steve Wollaston and his family are seasoned Eurocampers. In this blog they relive some of their favourite Eurocamp memories and explain why they haven’t given up on their summer holiday to Venice just yet.
The world has bigger problems than whether I get to go on my annual European jaunt, but I really, really hope I still do.
Even as a journalist who writes a lot about travel, I was probably a little bit late to the Eurocamp party.
It was about six years ago that I first drove down to Portsmouth with the family to take the car and the clan over to France for a camping break. I say camping, it was a very nice holiday home with everything we could possibly need, even air-conditioning.
Our first trip was to the St Malo area of Brittany and it was the start of a real love affair with affordable holidaying in Europe. Beautiful French villages and culture, and endless places to visit. It was the trip that started it all for us and I have been writing about a different Eurocamp experience every year.
The parks are packed with things to do for young children, teenagers and adults, you simply don’t have chance to get bored. The accommodation has always impressed me and the locations are perfect with or without a hire car.
We got more adventurous the next year, heading further down the coast so we could visit the wonderful seaside resorts around the area of La Baule.
Our love of theme parks and family fun took us to Salou the next year for our first trip to Spain. From here we had day trips to Barcelona, and a couple of great days at Portaventura – a place to go if you love your rollercoasters.
Our last Eurocamp adventure was our busiest with a stay at St Louis in Cannes, very hot, very busy, and lots to see and do. There is the scenic beach resort of Nice, the wonderful harbour of Monaco, and the sheer opulence of Cannes and Monte Carlo.
Ever the adventurers, we also took a drive down to Italy on our wedding anniversary, just because we fancied pasta from the Italians as a treat.
There was also a walk through the Alps that led to us finding a wild swimming paradise at the bottom of a ravine.
This is what I have loved about our family stays at Eurocamp, the variety it allows us. I genuinely enjoy writing about what people can discover in the surrounding areas to the resorts, I like visiting places that aren’t the obvious ticklist, in addition to those that are. I think they are the things that really make a holiday.
We have seen and done so much by using our accommodation as a base for adventure. Everyone should try it.
Our next trip is to the Venice area, we can’t wait for that one, and hopefully we won’t have to!
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