Motorhome Break – Top Destinations

September 12, 2019

Thinking of your next motorhome break but not sure where to go? Take a look at some of our recommendations, from countryside retreats to city breaks, classic camping spots to hidden gems in France, Belgium and beyond.

Normandy

Visit the picturesque port town of Honfleur, with the colourful timbered houses and natural landscape which influenced famous painter, Claude Monet. For history lovers, the WW2 landing beaches and military museum at Dunkirk is a stark reminder of our recent past and for those of you who love the great outdoors, there are a range of nature reserves and parks to explore in your motorhome. There are plenty of campsites in Normandy, with many close to our ports in Dunkirk and Calais.

Brittany

Easily accessible on DFDS routes from Dover or Newhaven, Brittany’s sweeping coastlines, historic towns and culinary delights are a joy to discover in any season, and with your motorhome you can explore even more. Visit the famous Mont St Michel, try local oysters in a seafront restaurant and step back in time when you visit the region’s historic towns and castles.

Brilliant Belgium

The countryside of Belgium is a delight to discover. The forested Ardennes is a popular area for camping and it’s easy to see why with its towering trees and peaceful pastures. The quiet roads are ideal for motorhome touring and if you fancy an alternative mode of transportation, canoeing or kayaking down the The River Semois in the heart of the forest is a uniquely exhilarating experience. For further tranquillity, a visit to the town of Spa is a must – a place so famous for its health benefits, it gave its name to every other spa on the planet.

Once you’ve had your fill of fresh air and countryside, head to Bruges to discover the winding canals and historic streets. Explore by boat or hop on a horse and carriage for a tour around the city. It is thought that Belgium once had more breweries than churches so it would be rude not to sample some at one of the many brewery tours across the country.

If you’re heading to the capital, the unique comic book trail of Brussels offers hours of fun for the family. See unique illustrations on the sides of buildings all across the city, following the trail, spotting famous characters such as Tin Tin.

City Breaks and Champagne

Who says city breaks aren’t for motorhomes? Stay in a campsite on the outskirts of Paris and travel in for the day to explore the cosmopolitan capital city. Stroll the Champs Elysees, climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Notre Dame and browse the books in the famous bookstore Shakespeare and Co on the Left Bank of the Seine.

After you’ve popped to Paris, a visit to Epernay is a must. The home of champagne, there are over 200 million bottles of the fabulous fizz chilling in cellars beneath the town just waiting to be popped. Stay on the outskirts and travel in to sample some of the world’s best bubbles.

Basque Country

Situated on the south west coast, Biarritz has a distinctively Basque cultural identity. Pack your surfboards and head to the home of some of the best waves for surfing in Europe. Give it a go yourself at one of the local surf schools or sip a cocktail on the seafront if that’s more your style.  Explore more of Basque country by driving across the border to Spanish Saint Sebastian and experience the subtle differences in French and Spanish Basque culture. Bayonne is also close by, and if you’re visiting in July you must catch the Bayonne Festival, to see locals dress up in red and white and parade through the streets on floats, celebrating their Basque heritage. The train from Biarritz to Bayonne takes just 11 minutes so leave your motorhome at the campsite and hop onboard. This avoids trying to find a space in the busy city and also means you can sample some delicious French wine! Parfait!

Alsace Loraine

If you want to see more of Europe, Alsace Loraine is located close to the German border and the merged French and German influences can be seen across this area. There are some amazing walking and cycling routes in this area and its variety of vineyards are great to explore too. Drive across the border to neighbouring Germany to explore the nearby towns of Freiburg and Baden-Baden.

St Lary Soulan

This charming town, nestled in the Pyrenees, greets hundreds of skiers each winter for the ski season. But a visit in spring and summer is a joy too. Explore the historic town, unwind in the thermal spa, hike, mountain bike or even paraglide from the mountains, taking in the stunning scenery of the Pyrenees. A true hidden gem, St Lary Soulan has all you could want for a winter break or a summer holiday, with beautiful scenery to boot. There is one campsite in the town and several surrounding it if you’re after an even more idyllic stay, further from the action.

The joy of travelling in your motorhome means you can take things at your own pace, soaking up the rich cultures of Europe and with DFDS you could be on the continent in as little as 90 minutes. Find out more about our routes here and plan your next getaway. You know you want to…

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