Weekend escapes

Sometimes you need time out. The chance to leave everyday stresses behind. A short break is a great way to visit new destinations and experience different things without breaking the bank. Just a few days away can make the world of difference.

Imagine getting back to work with stories of sipping a cocktail while the Mediterranean waves lap nearby, or strolling down the Champs-Elysees, stopping for a French pastry along the way. Sure beats spending the weekend cleaning the house!

Camping might not be the obvious choice for a short break holiday. But with easy access to airports and ferry ports, lots to do and plenty of places to explore; it’s time to think again.

A hop, skip and a jump

The key to a stress free short break is convenience. You don’t want to spend ages just getting to your destination. Flying can cut down your travel time and, for a short stay, you can often avoid checking in baggage, saving both time and money. If you’re close to a ferry port, travelling by sea can be quicker than flying. With no lengthy check-in or security procedures to worry about, you can be in mainland Europe before you know it.

No matter which option you choose, with many campsites situated close to airports and ferry ports, you won’t spend lots of time travelling once you get to the other side.


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Camping Duinrell, set in the lush woodland surroundings of a nature reserve with its own theme park, is just 25 miles from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport. Flight time from the UK is around one and a half hours.

Camping la Bien Assise is just ten miles from Calais ferry terminal. It’s a peaceful site, with an excellent restaurant. Ferry crossing is approximately one and half hours from Dover.

Facilities on your doorstep

For a short break you’ll want plenty of activities close at hand to really make the most of your stay. That’s where camping offers a unique experience that hotels, villas and apartments can’t match. All our campsites have fantastic onsite facilities, from swimming pools, bars and restaurants to golf courses, bike hire and spas, so you won’t need to go far to find something to do.

Camping Marina di Venezia, Venice  is a large and lively campsite with a fabulous pool complex and plenty of activities from pedaloes to scuba diving. In the evening stroll along the beachside promenade, where you’ll find a choice of shops, bars and restaurants.

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Spa facilities at Les Alicourts Resort

Les Alicourts Resort in the Loire Valley has a luxurious spa centre offering treatments including massages and Turkish baths, as well as a 9-hole golf course. You’ll find something for everyone without even leaving the campsite.

Thrills and spills

If you’re only holidaying for a few days it can be a good idea to focus your stay around a particular attraction like a theme park. Most theme parks offer 1 or 2 day passes, perfect for a short break. Spend your day hurtling around on Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Resort Paris or ride Europe’s highest rollercoaster at PortAventura. Then retreat to the comfort of your accommodation to enjoy a glass of wine or two at the end of the day.

Camping les Etangs Fleuris near Paris is a quiet haven in the depths of rural countryside. Just a 25 minute drive from Disneyland Resort Paris, it’s an ideal base for theme park lovers.

Only a 10 minute drive from PortAventura is Cambrils Park. Here, you’ll find first-class facilities with a lagoon-style swimming pool complex as its focal point.

City slicking

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Rome from the rooftops

If you prefer to explore the bright lights of the city, then we’ve got something for you! Visit the ancient city of Rome where highlights include the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Vatican City. Or why not soak up the cultural atmosphere of Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world?

For Rome, try Camping Fabulous. This attractive campsite has a wonderful pool complex and the ancient city is easily accessible by public transport. There is also a long, sandy beach just a short drive away.

Camping Norcenni Girasole Club is perfect for visiting Florence. Just 30 minutes south of the city, this lively site offers first-class facilities in a stunning setting. You could also try a day trip to nearby Pisa and Siena.

Whether it’s a long weekend or a midweek getaway, a short break is a great choice for escaping from it all for a few nights. With a minimum stay of just 3 nights it’s easy to get away with Canvas Holidays. So why wait? Find your perfect short break destination today!

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