OUR TOP SITES FOR CITIES AND SIGHTS
Whilst every Al Fresco holiday park features magnificent pools, eateries and attractions just a flip-flop stride away, many of them are within easy distance of some of Europe’s finest cities. Whether it’s shopping in Paris, soaking up the atmosphere of Barcelona, or just enjoying the amazing history of Rome or Florence. These amazing destinations feature truly remarkable architecture, art, cuisine, customs and colour, that simply cannot be found elsewhere on earth - leaving visitors with memories that will stay forever.
Nearest parks:La Croix Du Vieux Pont
This city is packed with iconic sites to visit – The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame cathedral, shops of the Champs Elysees and the world famous art of The Louvre to name but a few. But If that isn’t enough for you there’s always the underground network of Catacombs – deep below Paris is network of tunnels lined with the skulls of Parisians dating back to the 13th Century.
The beautiful town of Verona is home to Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s house) with its celebrated, tiny balcony that inspired Shakespeare’s ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ scene, in Romeo and Juliet. After all that romance you’ll need a gelato! Piazza Bra is a huge square lined with pretty, pastel-coloured shops and countless cafes, perfect for pizza and a serving of the cold stuff!
With museums dedicated to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, The Dutch capital is an art lovers dream, but it also has plenty for everyone else. History lovers should visit Anne Frank’s House, to see first-hand where she penned her diaries in WWII. And those wanting to take a tour should jump on a bike to see Europe’s most bike friendly city the local way - start at Dam Square and explore.
Barcelona is the perfect place to embrace being a tourist - whether it’s enjoying a jug of sangria on Las Rambla, touring Barcelona FC’s iconic Camp Nou ground, taking an open top bus tour or visiting Guadi’s masterpiece the Sagrada Familia cathedral. This family friendly city also has a zoo and aquarium and plenty of places to eat including great indoor market, The Boqueria.
The very words St Tropez conjure up glamour. This French town has come a long way from its fishing village origins – as the yachts in the harbour will testify. Place des Lices, St Tropez’s central square is the perfect place to watch the world go by with a cold drink – every Tuesday and Saturday it’s also home to an amazing market, selling everything from fruit to antiques.
Nearest park:Camping Village Fabulous
Rome, once the centre of western civilisation, is filled with awe-inspiring sights round every corner. Take in St Peter’s basilica, the mighty Colosseum and the beautiful Trevi Fountain, then move on to Vatican City to enjoy Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the stunning Renaissance artwork. Like all of Italy there are fantastic restaurants everywhere, so don’t forget to eat – after all, when in Rome!
Nearest park:Norcenni Giralsole Club
The cathedral (Il Duomo di Firenze) is simply staggering with its fabulous architecture and works of art, featuring works by Giotto to Donatello. Nobody goes to Florence without taking in the Ponte Vecchio – the ‘old bridge’ spanning the Arno, which still features shops and stalls to entice souvenir-hunters. The Palazzo Vecchio is also a must-see, with priceless works of art by Michelangelo.
Nearest park:Les Prairies de la Mer
Whilst France is full of historic buildings, the magnificent ‘marine village’ of Port Grimaud isn’t even a century old yet. Rising handsomely out of the sand dunes in only 1966, this ‘Venice of the Cote d’Azur’ has since become one of the main attractions in France, a must-see for both natives and tourists alike, if only to see a place where each house has mooring instead of a driveway!
Seeing Venice by gondola may not be the cheapest way to get around but it is perhaps the most romantic – this beautiful city built on canals is filled with amazing historical buildings like St Mark's Basilica and The Bridge of Sighs. It’s hard to be in Venice without imagining you’re in a film, with every canal ‘street’ offering that perfect holiday photo.