We all love hot and balmy summer evenings – and the wonderful memories they leave us with. The last of the day’s warmth, the scent of bougainvillea on the breeze, the gentle clink of wine glasses…they are all part of that holiday magic. And, next summer, we’d heartily recommend you choose a holiday destination that’s as seductive by night as it is by day.
We have selected some of our favourite activities in our places of choice – all within reach of Eurocamp parcs and including everything from leisurely strolls to musical extravaganzas, to help make your nights extra-special. Because, you know what they say…Summer days, drifting away, to, oh, those summer nights….
There is something truly amazing about open air opera – and where better to enjoy a production than in one of Italy’s most historic theatres? With its beautifully preserved Roman ampitheatre, Verona is hard to beat as an opera destination, and the sights, sounds and spectacle on display in this pink marble building are something to behold. The summer schedule includes firm favourites like Tosca and Aida, played out in lavish detail. Performances can stretch over several hours so take a tip from the locals – rent cushions and bring a bottle of Italian wine.
Nearest parc: Cisano San Vito
Paris has always been a great city to explore on foot – but taking an evening stroll offers a new perspective on its classic skyline. Coulée Verte René-Dumont (once known as the Promenade Plantee) is a unique walkway built on an old viaduct, high above the city centre. Starting at the Bastille Opera House, the three-mile path is flanked by vegetation as it winds its way above Daumesnil to the Jardin de Reuilly then through trenches and tunnels to the Porte Doree to Bois de Vincennes. It is free, accessible and open until 9:30pm in the summer months, making it a relaxed way to end the day.
Nearest parc: International Maisons Laffitte
Sit back and relax with some al fresco jazz, funk and hip hop…Lisbon is famous for its entertainment and during the summer, the city’s Out Jazz festival includes a series of great evening concerts. Taking place on the last Saturday of every month (from 7 May – 24 September) performances start at 5pm and are hosted at a range of different venues – including public spaces and gardens. The early start and friendly atmosphere make these intimate gigs ideal for families looking to soak up some culture or explore the city by night.
Nearest parc: Guincho
Sample a sundowner with a view to remember in the medieval seaside city of Alghero. This natural beauty spot has a fascinating history and was once inhabited by Spanish-speaking residents. Their influence can still be seen in the city’s cathedral, where locals and tourists gather at the city walls to watch the sun go down over the Mediterranean.
Nearest parc: Bella Sardinia
You can never have too much shopping and if local produce in a stunning rural setting is your thing, then a trip to one of Brittany’s evening markets is a must. Alongside traditional morning and daytime markets, the region offers extended trading hours during the summer months. With stallholders staying as late as 11:00pm there is plenty of time to wander and browse for everything from food to local crafts and bric a brac. Happy shopping!
Nearest parc: Domaines des Ormes
Known for its medieval history, the ancient town of Sarlat in the Dordogne is also a great place to sample some seriously delicious food. Its distinctive summer truffle markets offers shoppers a chance to try out new and traditional regional flavours. Tastings take place in the Places Des Oies, every Tuesday from 6pm, during July and August. If you are feeling adventurous, stick around and take the glass lift up into the Santa Marie bell tower – a recently addition to the fourteenth-century tower. For ten Euros you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the town by night, more truffles and a glass of local champagne. Bon appétit!
Nearest parc: La Palombiere
Forget everything you thought you knew about firework shows…Cannes’ breathtaking ‘Festival D’Art Pyrotechnique’ is in a league of its own. Join the crowds sipping rose or families enjoying a late dinner on the Croisette as they wait for the festivities to begin. The first displays light up the night sky at 10:00pm and with several scheduled throughout the busy summer months, there is something to light up most holidays.
Nearest parc: L’Etoile D’Argens
Looking for a new night-time challenge? Fancy exploring a forest in the dark? If you are feeling adventurous, the evening forest course in Annecy is an ideal way to test your nerve and climbing skills and get a bird’s eye view of this stunning region. Starting from a tree-top platform, there is a wide range of outdoor routes to discover, tailored to different ages and abilities and with activities to keep you amused along the way. Courses last around two hours and after working up an appetite, you will be served a selection of local cheeses, sausages and wine when you reach the end.
Nearest parc: La Ravoire
Find out more about Avignon’s hidden histories with a guided, sunset tour. Leaving from the famous bridge (Pont D’Avignon) every day at 5:45pm the leisurely walks offer a chance to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with others. You will be shown Avignon’s secret spots and learn to see the city in a different light – literally – as the sun plays on the ancient walls, in a place that was once ‘the centre of Christendom’.
Adult entry is nine Euros, while children under eight can join the tour for free.
Nearest parc: Les Rives du Luberon
Its magnificent, vivid sunsets are just one of the reasons visitors keep coming back to the Costa Brava. And if you are looking for somewhere special to watch the sun going down, the Castell de Tossa de Mar, on the edge of the medieval walled town of Tossa de Mer, will not disappoint. Whether you are strolling along the beach below or keeping an eye on the sky from the walls up above, we can guarantee you will be amazed and inspired.
Nearest parc: Cala Gogo