Exploring Europe with your motorhome, caravan or campervan

October 16, 2023

Are you itching for an adventure that’s off the beaten track, but don’t want to sacrifice your creature comforts? Consider taking your motorhome, caravan or campervan on a road trip through Europe!

Thanks to DFDS, you can hop on a ferry from the UK or Ireland and cruise over to France in style. Not only will you get to experience different cultures and landscapes, but you’ll also have the convenience of travelling with your own familiar vehicle and accommodation. 

In this blog, we’ll cover several destinations you could visit, some tips for travelling with a motorhome, caravan or campervan in Europe, and our two special offers exclusively available for these vehicle types. So pack your bags (and your fridge and your bed) and let’s hit the road! 

Top 5 Destinations for a Caravan Holiday

Ready, get set… Explore! 

Once you’ve crossed the Channel on one of our convenient Dover to France routes or our newest route to France from Rosslare to Dunkirk, what should you explore first? Here are a few destinations to consider: 

Normandy, France: 

Rich in history, Normandy is home to the D-Day landing beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the mesmerising Mont Saint-Michel island. You can also indulge in its world-renowned cheeses and ciders. 


Black Forest, Germany: 

Known for its dark woods, cuckoo clocks, and fairy tales, the Black Forest in Germany is a nature-lover’s paradise. Take a scenic drive through its winding roads, taste the local Black Forest ham, and try some authentic Kirschwasser cherry brandy. 

Black Forest

Lake Garda, Italy: 

The largest lake in Italy is surrounded by charming towns, medieval castles, and lemon groves. Take a boat tour, go windsurfing, or simply enjoy a leisurely meal with a view. 

Lake Garda

Costa Brava, Spain: 

The rugged coastline of Costa Brava offers beaches, cliffs, and hidden coves. Don’t miss the vibrant city of Barcelona, the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, and the fresh seafood paella. 

Costa Brava

Ardennes, Belgium: 

A hidden gem, the Belgian Ardennes is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Its dense forests, rolling hills, and deep valleys offer a beautiful backdrop for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Discover picturesque villages like Durbuy and La Roche-en-Ardenne, explore historical World War II sites, and savour the region’s famous Belgian beers and hearty cuisine. 


Tips for Travelling with Your Leisure Vehicle 

While travelling with your motorhome, caravan or campervan can be a lot of fun, it does require some planning and preparation. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Check the driving regulations and toll fees for each country you’ll be visiting. Some roads restrict the size or weight of the vehicle, and some require a special permit. 
  • Invest in a good GPS or map, and check your route beforehand for any low bridges or narrow lanes that may be difficult to manoeuvre. 
  • Book your campsites or parking spots in advance, especially during peak season. You don’t want to be driving around at night looking for a place to stay.
  • Bring a toolkit, spare parts, and essential maintenance items such as oil, water, and bulbs. You never know when you may need to make a small repair. 

For more guidance on taking your vehicle to Europe, check out our guides to driving in Europe. 

Sailing to France with DFDS: Your Route Options 

DFDS offers a variety of excellent routes for your journey from the UK to France, granting you the freedom to embark on your European road trip just the way you desire. 

For a quick and convenient voyage from England, you can choose between the Dover to Calais or Dover to Dunkirk routes. The trip takes approximately 100 minutes to Calais and just under 2 hours to Dunkirk. Both destinations serve as gateways to Europe, with Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands just a short drive away. Calais is renowned for its captivating lighthouse and Rodin’s iconic Burghers of Calais statue, while Dunkirk is known for its expansive sandy beaches and rich history. 

Alternatively, our newest UK route from Rosslare to Dunkirk offers a delightful overnight journey lasting approximately 24 hours. It will transport you to the enchanting port town of Dunkirk, nestled in the beautiful region of Normandy.  

Regardless of the route you choose, you’ll enjoy the comfortable facilities onboard and the convenience of traveling with your own vehicle, making your journey to France a breeze. 

Get Your European Trip on the Road 

Travelling with your motorhome, caravan or campervan is a fantastic way to explore Europe on your own terms. With DFDS’s ferry routes and special offers, the trip is more affordable and convenient than ever. Whether you choose to visit Normandy, Black Forest, Lake Garda, Ardennes or Costa Brava, or go off the beaten track to discover hidden gems, you’ll have the freedom to travel at your own pace and create unforgettable memories.

So what are you waiting for? Get behind the wheel and hit the road!

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