Trip of the Month – Santander back to base
As the long school summer holidays come to their close I wanted to reflect on some of the epic adventures GlamperRV customers have enjoyed this summer from escapades to the outer Hebrides, more sedate journeys down to the South West and Cornwall and many off to explore the Continent taking in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain (not necessarily all in one trip although one family made a jolly good stab it!). We have had many great tales this summer with lots of new ideas of places to visit and stay, ready for those planning similar adventures in 2018. Please do remember that 2018 bookings open on Sunday 10th September and I know from conversations with potential customers that key school holiday dates, festivals and motorsport events will book up early.
If you would like to see GlamperRV in person we are going to be at the Kop Hill Climb the weekend of 16/17th September so please do come along, say hello and have a tour. If you are unable to make those dates but would still like a peak inside you may like to take a look at our brand new automated fly through (click here) which gives a great feel for GlamperRV’s luxury interior.
Getting back on track and sharing ideas for a trip, this month we follow a family on their journey from Plymouth to Santander (by ferry) and back to our Buckinghamshire base taking in a wide range hot spots through Spain and France. Using a range of campsites (Pitch Up and Cool Camping both have good suggestions), France Passion stops and Aires they worked their way up the Spanish and French coastline.
Starting with the port of Santander they ventured through the Santander Santona National park, where they enjoyed the panoramic view from their driving seats for a scenic drive before stopping in Bilbao for some culture – ‘the Guggenheim is a must see attraction’. Their next stop was San Sebastian ‘a beautiful place with great beach and restaurant’ from where they took a detour inland to Pamplona where they were pleased to have missed the bull run however enjoyed this beautiful, historic city. A stunning drive across the Pyrenees took them into France where they enjoyed the beaches of Biarritz and the fabulous sand dune filled coastline of ‘Les Landes’ up to Bordeaux which features the Dune Du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe which no surprise was a big hit with the children!
No trip through France’s most famous wine region would be complete without a stop in St Emilion which was recorded as ‘so pretty, historic with great wine and food’ before cruising onwards up the Brittany coast. Visits included La Rochelle (nice coastal city, lots to do), Rochfort-en-Terre (our favourite place on the whole trip, stunning village), Auray (lovely historic quarter by the river, nice spot for dinner), the walled Breton town of Dinan (an historic place on a large scale, worth a whole day) and then the infamous Mont St Michel – (a truly amazing experience).
The Normandy coast hot spots were the next to be ticked off with stops at Omaha Beach, Colleville-sue-Mer (American Cemetery with 9,800 heroes buried there), Bayeux (home to the infamous tapestry), Beauvron-en-Auge ‘pretty little village, lovely restaurant – le pave du auge, Rouen (historic city with stunning Cathedral), Lyons-la-Floret (beautiful little village with 3 restaurants – all Michelin star!) and Giverny to view Claude Monet’s famous lily pad garden.
After all that culture, history and landscapes our GlamperRV adventurers made a detour inland to pacify the children and parked up at Disneyland Paris which proved a great end to their epic adventure.
That was quite a tour and our unlimited mileage policy allowed them to enjoy the flexibility to visit such a wide range of stunning locations. Others on European adventures have told me how easy GlamperRV is to pack up and get going making it truly superb for touring. With many more European adventures lined up for the autumn we look forward to sharing many more trip ideas with you.