SCENIC DRIVES IN EUROPE

They say it’s not the destination that counts, it’s the journey to get there. Whilst there is some truth in that, I suspect that the people who say it have never spent 5 hrs queuing to get out of the Trafford Centre at tea time on a Saturday! 

Whilst we love our destinations – with their amazing pools and fully kitted out mobile homes – we know that there is plenty to see on the roads to your Al Fresco holiday park. After all, every new country you visit is an opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and smells and top up your Instagram feed! We’ve mapped out a few routes we think are perfect for getting a closer look at your holiday destination.

CORSICA 

Aeroport de Bastia Poretta to Solenzara

Drive time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Taking a drive down the east coast of Corsica is a great way to kick off your holidays journeying down to one of our 4-star parks. It may lie next to Sardinia, and belong to France, but Corsica very much has its own identity. There are plenty of opportunities to stop off along the way in coastal communes like Aléria and Ghisonaccia for a quick bite, or a leisurely long lunch! Then let the seafood settle as you take in the ocean views or catch some rays whilst watching the waves! 

LAKE GARDA

Brescia to Limone Sul Garda

Drive time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A short drive around the tranquil waters Lake Garda gives you the opportunity to see stunning views of the Italian Alps, also known as the Garda Hills, from multiple angles and elevations. Travelling over from the city of Bresica with its stunning architecture and cathedrals across to the shores of Lake Garda and up to the quiet and quaint bay in Limone sul Garda which puts you right at the water’s edge. We have some amazing parks around Lake Garda, so it’s easy to find one which is perfect for you.

COTE D'AZUR

Menton to Nice

Drive time: 1 hour 10 minutes

If you’ve ever wondered where exactly the Cote d’Azur or French Riviera are, this stretch of Mediterranean coastline along the south of France is it! Enjoy the way in which it winds past sun-soaked beaches and bay side vistas all the way up to cliffs with expansive ocean views. Along the way, you can stop off in Monaco to stroll along the marina and over to Larvotto Beach or drive around the twists and turns of the streets spotting ornate buildings like Saint Nicholas Cathedral and pretending to be in an F1 car at the Monaco Grand Prix. Maybe that’s just us then…

HAUTS-DE-FRANCE

Compiegne to Noyon

Drive time: 50 minutes

If Robin Hood was planning a driving holiday in France, he’d start with this stretch! Driving between these two picturesque French towns takes you through both the Laigue and Ourscamps-Carlepont forests, with direct routes through the heart of each you can enjoy the shady scenery without ever having to get out of your car! Although I suspect Robin would, if only to practise his archery!

NORMANDY

Le Havre to Rouen

Drive time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This route takes you through a variety of French landscapes, from coastal towns to national parks to country villages. Normandy is special for so many reasons, from its connection to the D-Day Landings of WWII to the amazing  Cathedral, Church of St Ouen and Church of St Maclou, in the capital, Rouen,  which are a treat for fans of gothic architecture.