Traditionally linked to fishing and maritime trade with many iconic ports, the coasts have an air of freedom that seduce many people traveling in a motorhome.
The wild landscapes with superb beaches, coves or cliffs make the coastline a privileged destination for all Europeans.
Here is our selection of the most beautiful European coasts to discover in a motorhome, caravan or van.
1. The Fjord Coast in Norway
Listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Norwegian fjords are breathtakingly beautiful. You probably know the Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord, Lysefjord and Geirangerfjord, but did you know that Norway has more than a thousand fjords, located mostly on the west coast of the country?
Its imposing and steep cliffs, its impressive waterfalls, its bewitching blue lakes … Everything is peaceful, rejuvenating and exotic! Take the time to discover the small villages scattered throughout the valley and explore the various hiking trails. For an original experience, take on the fjords in a kayak, rafting, climbing or through a fishing trip.
2. The peninsulas of the South West of Ireland
The peninsulas on the southwest coast of Ireland offer absolutely spectacular routes, ideal for a trip in a motorhome, caravan or van. Travel the Mizen Head, Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas in the counties of Cork and Kerry.
Let yourself succumb to the charms of its green, cut and wild ribs. Explore the gardens, castles, Victorian mansions, lighthouses and colorful villages. Taste fresh fish, travel to Bursey Island with Ireland’s unique cable car, watch whales and dolphins, gallop on a golden sandy beach at Rossbeigh …. Lovers of great outdoors and nature, Ireland is waiting for you!
3. The Côte Fleurie in France (Lower Normandy)
Nice name given to the coast of Lower Normandy, the Côte Fleurie has many seaside resorts, from the most chic to the most picturesque. With the sea on one side and the countryside on the other, this walk offers a most pleasant panorama. Along popular cities like Cabourg, Trouville and Deauville, these beaches bear witness to the region’s fashion.
Perfect for a simple walk or for swimming, thanks to their fine sand, the Normandy beaches will give you a lot of energy. You will also find, in Trouville, a museum which offers a permanent exhibition of paintings of renowned painters such as Boudin, Mozin or Savignac.
4. The region of Puglia in Italy
Emblematic region of Italy, Puglia is rich in ancestral traditions, magnificent rural landscapes and splendid coasts to be discovered in a motorhome. The heel of Italy is home to many heavenly beaches: turquoise water, fine sand, warmth, everything is there! Worthy of the most beautiful postcards, the decorations and colors will transport you to an enchanted world.
The region is also home to many historic ruins. From Prehistory to Ancient Greece and from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, history buffs can immerse themselves in the universe of these eras and their associated places.
5. The Algarve in Portugal
Emblematic region of surf culture, the Algarve is full of the most beautiful spots in Europe. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you will undoubtedly find your happiness.
You prefer hiking? Then the Algarve is also for you. This region rich in cliffs and natural parks guarantees a trip full of discoveries. Between villages, trails, parks and beaches, you will find something to explore. Begin your adventure by hiking the Sete Vales Suspensos crossing exceptional beaches over 11.5 km. Stop on your way to visit the various castles, cathedrals and churches in the villages. You will be able to learn more about the history and culture of Portugal and in particularly of this region.
6. The French Basque Coast
Let’s go back to France with a very festive destination during the summer. Between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic, you can enjoy many seaside resorts very popular by surfers thanks to the waves in the ocean. The climate is suitable for people who prefer a little freshness despite the sun. You can then stroll by the sea, and go shopping in chic places like in Biarritz or just contemplate the emblematic architecture of the region with its white and red houses, colorful and warm, just like its inhabitants. If you need to rest, take a trip to the thermal baths of Cambo-les-Bains.
This time we’re not talking about a region, but a country full of fascinating islands and places. We cannot talk about Greece without talking about its historical and cultural heritage. If you are thirsty to discover Ancient Greece, there is nothing better than visiting it, or at least its ruins. Visit Athens and its monuments such as the Parthenon.
On this territory you can also take advantage of the Mediterranean climate and bathe in turquoise waters. Don’t forget your masks and snorkels! In this transparent sea you will see the wonders of the Mediterranean marine flora and fauna rich in species and colors.
8. The Costa Brava in Spain
Direction, now, the Iberian Peninsula, the destination of heat and sun. Along the Mediterranean Sea, the Costa Brava will offer you a well-deserved vacation. Ideal for motorhomes, this coastline descends from France to Barcelona passing through sumptuous villages like Cadaquès, known for its pretty white buildings, its beach but also for the former house of the painter Salvator Dali.
For sports enthusiasts, you can take bike rides, hikes through unique landscapes and wild coves to isolate yourself from the more popular seaside resorts.
We hope to have made you travel with these summer destinations and to have given you some ideas for a future getaway to discover these coasts in a motorhome.
Don’t hesitate reading other articles on our blog such as: “Motorhome and surf: the perfect combination” and “A selection of the most beautiful CaraMaps steps 2019“.
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