The British summer has been and gone, such as it was, and the long winter months cast a dark shadow ahead. But all is not lost for motorhome owners who can just pack up and go. Here we will take a look at some of the best places to go in Europe for that all important winter sun.
The Spanish climate is very diverse, affected by mountainous regions and the surrounding seas, with northern Spain having a very different winter climate to southern Spain. In winter months the south will have an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day and generally low rainfall. Andalucia, for example is still fairly warm in mid-December, with an average temperature of 17°C and still in double figures – just – in January and February. Nights are fairly cold though with temperatures down to single figures.
Gibraltar and Faro in southern Portugal have a mid-December temperature of around 20°C with mild nights.
In the south of France, St Tropez and Nice are likely to have 5-6 hours of sunshine a day through December, January and February with temperatures around 10 or 11°C.
Central and northern France, along with Germany, Holland and Belgium has very similar winter weather to the UK but if you’re going to have colder weather, you may as well be somewhere new and exciting!
If you want to travel a little further afield for winter sun, southern Italy temperatures are generally around the 13-16°C range. Although northern Italy with its mountain ranges can be cold and snowy in winter, Palermo in Sicily has been known to boast a winter temperature of 20°C.
Campsites with winter opening
If you decide to head for Spain or Portugal you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of sites which open during the winter months.
Camping at La Cascade in Le Bourg-d’Oisans
A beautiful site,La Cascade is set in the most picturesque of countryside locations, is full of facilities including bars, a launderette, electric hook-up points and free wi-fi. With two free heated pools it offers a huge array of sporting facilities like the aqua gym, table tennis, archery, and horse riding, canoeing and golf nearby, to name just a few. There is so much to do and you can take the dog too and enjoy the surroundings.
Camping Cabopino at Malaga
In a similar vein, this is a site which offers so many facilities and set in a sunny coastal area. It has electric hook-up points and a motor-home service point plus toilet facilities for people with reduced mobility. The heated swimming pools are free but the wi-fi is not. Dogs are allowed, with restrictions.
Camp Park Lijak in Sempas
A smaller site in hilly countryside surroundings with luxury facilities and the usual sports and leisure activities. Again, wi-fi is to pay for and pets are welcome in some parts of the site.
Evora campsite in Portugal
For those who want a shorter stay, perhaps on a touring holiday, this is a good example of a traditional, basic site which is close to Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage town. It offers a basic shop and small supermarket, older style wash block and restaurant and bars. Dogs are allowed.
Zarautz near Bilbao in northern Spain is another good stop-off site especially for those who travel to Europe via the Bilbao or Santander ferry. This is another site which offers basic facilities for tourers.
With the advantage of the Eurotunnel and cheap tickets to the continent, Europe has never been more accessible. If you decide to head there for some winter sun you will find that there is no shortage of places to take your motor-home. If you are interested in buying a motorhome so you can enjoy a variety of different holidays in the comfort of your own space, get in touch with Premier Motorhomes. Winter sun is only a few clicks away!
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