This is how you create the sunniest road trip ever: South West Europe here we come

Posted on 11/03/2019 by Spaceships Crew


Planning a Europe road trip? Or having a few weeks to spare to see the most iconic European sites? Here is what we suggest you could do when campervanning in Europe for a month. This suggested itinerary will definitely give you plenty to brag to all your friends and family about. Check it out.

Day 1: from London to Calais

Pick up your campervan or motorhome from the Spaceships depot in London and head straight to Dover for the ferry crossing into Calais, France. If you prefer and don’t mind spending a little extra – take the Eurotunnel from Folkstone, Dover. It is quicker and a unique experience under the English Channel.

Day 2 - 4: bonjour Paris

Head to Paris, the city of love, Eiffel tower, Louvre, Arc De Triomphe and all those Parisians. Spend 2 days here admiring the sites, eating French cheese and delicious baguettes available on every turn.

Day 5 and 6: from Paris to Bordeaux

Head south-west towards the Bay of Biscay to the town of Bordeaux, home to the famous wine made since the 8thcentury and UNESCO listed. Here is an opportunity to visit a winery and taste test a few of France’s finest. Take a full day to explore this town.

Beach near Bordeaux

Enjoy the beach lifestyle in France on your South West Europe road van tour

Day 7 and 8: coastal route France

Keeping along the coastal route of the Bay of Biscay, head to San Sebastian and you have entered Spain! San Sebastian is a beautiful little seaside town with a plethora of restaurants, bars and beautiful beach which can produce surf. Laze away after a long car trip since you left for a day.

Day 9 and 10: 3 countries in one day

Heading from San Sebastian, through Bilbao for a lunchtime stop then a long drive to Porto and Portugal! That’s three countries in 3 days, pretty good huh. It’s now time to relax and wander through Portugal’s second largest city. UNESCO heritage listed, home of Port Wine and with ex-Roman Empire outpost, marvel at the architecture.

Day 11 - 13: enjoying Lisbon, Portugal

Drive a short trip today to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. Now spend 2 days discovering St. George’s castle, Praca de Comercio and Belem Tower – a short tram from the centre, check out some Portuguese pastries at the bakery. You will know which one by the huge line. If you have time take another day to Sintra, awesome castles about 2 hours from Lisbon.

Day 14 and 15: time for the beach

To the beach! – head south along the coast to Lagos, Portugals premier destination for beach and party. Stop along the way on some of Portugals and Europe's best beaches.

Day 16: to Seville, Spain

Head to Seville, just off the coast and back into Spain. Check out the Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar.

Plaza de España in Seville

A must-see in Seville: Plaza de España or Spain Square

Day 17 and 18

Off to the Spanish Capital of Madrid. Here you will find the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and stand back and watch the Spanish go about daily lives in this busy capital.

Day 19: to Valencia

We head to the Mediterranean sea towards Valencia and enjoy some stunning Spanish architecture.

 

Day 20, 21 and 22: en route to Barcelona

Hug the coast and head North West towards Barcelona. The home of the 1992 summer Olympics is in our opinion in the top 3 must-see European cities to visit. On a fabulous stretch of coastline perfect for swimming, make sure you stroll through Las Ramblas, the old Olympic venue and a Sangria on two in a fantastic climate.

Day 23 and 24: back to France

Head to Marseille, while still hugging the coastline and back into France. This old seaside port is a fascinating insight into the History of France.

Day 25: we'll always have Paris

Head back towards Paris with a night stopover in Lyon and another UNESCO world heritage site. Have a wander through the streets known for good shopping and restaurants.

Day 26, 27 and 28: slowly back to London

Make your way through the centre of France towards Paris and onto Calais. If you missed out on a winery tour in Bordeaux then here is your chance to go to a winery and taste what some regard as France’s best export – wine! At Calais head onto Dover via ferry and sadly back to our depot.

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