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Top 5 Suggestions for Motorhome Destinations

If you are looking for some inspiration for your Motorhome holiday this year, then we offer a small collection of places that we think are must visit Motorhome Destinations in Europe. I have personally visited all of the destinations in my own Motorhome and therefore can vouch for each place and the beauty it has. If you choose to visit any of the below, why not send in your pictures to share with us and give your opinions on each location.

I hope you enjoy your Motorhome Holiday

German Wine Road

The German Wine Road is the oldest of Germany’s wine routes and is located in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. Established in 1935 due to record wine harvests the villages came together to boost wine sales and the title “an der Weinstrasse” was added to village names which were on this route. The German wine road is the oldest wine route in the world.The route begins in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the French border with the imposing ceremonial gatehouse named the German Wine Gate, or Deutsches Weintor, and ends in Bockenheim an der Weinstrasse.

The route is marked by a yellow sign with a stylized bunch of ten grapes and the name of the route.The wine growing region of Palatinate is the second largest in Germany and stretches across 23.400 acres of land. The climate is the warmest in Germany with over 1800 hours of sunshine per year which also allows the cultivation of crops such as figs, lemons and kiwis, also flowers such as the Oleander, alongside the acres of vines. Sheltered by the forest, and at the foot of the Haardt Mountains, this is one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes. I

Lourdes, France

Lourdes in France is a small market town, nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees. Although home to a large fortified castle that rises out of the rocky cliffs, the town is famous for its eighteen apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous. The town has has been home to many miraculous heeling’s and is therefore a very important Roman Catholic Pilgrimage location. Due to the amounts of people who flock to Lourdes each year, Lourdes is second to Paris for hotels per square KM, with over 270 hotels taking in the annual 5 million visitors.

Lourdes is overlooked from the south by the Pyrenean peaks of Aneto, Montaigu, and Vignemale, while around the town there are three summits which are known as the Béout, the Petit Jer (with its three crosses) and the Grand Jer (with its single cross). The Grand Jer is accessible via the funicular railway of the Pic du Jer. The Béout was once accessible by cable car, although this has fallen into disrepair. A pavilion is still visible on the summit. As Lourdes is pretty central, the River ‘Gave de Pau’ winds its way through the towns heart and past the Grotto.

Cinque Terre, Italy

The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare,VernazzaCornigliaManarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre is a very popular tourist destination.

Local trains from La Spezia to Genoa and the rest of the region’s network connect the “five lands”. Intercity trains also connect the Cinque Terre to MilanRome, Turin and Tuscany. The tracks run most of the distance in tunnels between Riomaggiore and Monterosso.

St Tropez, France

St.Tropez can be dated back to ancient times when it is believed to have been a fishing village established by the Phoenicians. The town took its name from Torpes, an important Roman nobleman who converted to Christianity and was later martyred in 68AD. His body came ashore here (accompanied by a rooster and dog, the rooster who flew off to give Cogolin its name), he gave the town and the bay a patron saint who is still celebrated in festivals to this day.From the middle ages to modern times, St. Tropez has produced fine sailors, navigators and naval strategists, it even had a French Naval Shipyard which produced one of the finest in the line.Perhaps this had something to do with the decision to populate and defend the town with people from the famous Italian maritime town of Genoa in the 16th century, a decision which was rewarded in 1637 when the small St Tropez army fought off a fleet of 21 Spanish galleons that tried to lay siege to the town. The Genoese built very sturdy defences, such as the Citadel, which remains standing to this day.

The harbour here was also one of the safest in the area and often provided shelter in stormy weather.Despite being heavily bombed during World War Two, many of the town’s buildings escaped serious damage,and in the latter years of the war it was used as an allied landing site. In 1892, Paul Signac moored in the harbour, taking shelter in bad weather and he was struck with the quality of the light and immediately fell in love with the town.He bought a house and opened the ‘Salon des Independants’, a gallery where every budding artist dreamed of exhibiting their paintings, and so it became ‘THE’ place to be in the artistic world.

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the American musical and film The Sound of Music, which features famous landmarks in Austria. The musical was a partnership between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. 

The capital city of the State of Salzburg (Land Salzburg), the city has three universities. It has a large student population who add liveliness and energy to the area, and the universities provide culture to the community. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps. The mountains to Salzburg’s south contrast with the rolling plains to the north. The closest alpine peak—the 1972 m Untersberg—is only a few kilometers from the city centre. The Altstadt, or “old town”, is dominated by its baroque towers and churches and the massive Festung Hohensalzburg. This area is surrounded by two smaller mountains, the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, which act as the green lungs of the city. Salzburg is approximately 150 km east of Munich, 281 km northwest of Ljubljana, and 300 km west of Vienna.

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