Top 10 Places We Visited in Our First Year of European Motorhoming

Top 10 Places We Visited in Our First Year of European Motorhoming

Next week marks the first year anniversary of picking up our European motorhome. I am never one to let the opportunity to mark an occasion pass by so over the next few weeks I thought I would put together a few “listicle” posts about what we have learned and what we have loved in our first year.

Any other ideas for lists are welcome but here’s what I am planning:

  • Best modifications to the motorhome

  • Best motorhome accessories

  • Our favorite things about our first year

  • And this post - Our top ten favorite places we visited this year so….. here goes!

Top Ten Favorite Places Visited in Our First Year of European Motorhoming (in no particular order)

England’s Peak District - This was the first proper trip we took in the motorhome after picking it up and getting it equipped. Neither of us had been to this lovely area before. What we experienced was amazing hiking, fantastic cycle-ways and lovely country pubs. All of it was just idyllic.

Giethoorn, The Netherlands - A place so picturesque that when I look back at the photos it doesn’t seem real. The town has no roads so you wander around on foot or by boat. The surrounding area has endless cycle paths and bike ferries when there’s no other way across. And, to top it off, the campsite we were in was one of our favorites so far.

Beautiful walking in England’s Peak District

Beautiful walking in England’s Peak District

Picture Postcard Giethoorn

Picture Postcard Giethoorn

Germany’s Baltic Coast / Rugen Island Who knew there were beaches in Germany. Of course looking at a map you realize there must be but a sandy shoreline doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of Deutschland. We had a fabulous time cycling, wandering the impeccable towns and seeing a shanty choir with a guest drag artist. We almost managed to avoid nudists, but not quite!

Whitby, Northern England. What a picture perfect location, part typical British seaside with fish & chips and Mr Whippy ice creams and part stunning scenery and amazing coastal walks.

Baltic Beach Bonfire

Baltic Beach Bonfire

The stunning Yorkshire town of Whitby

The stunning Yorkshire town of Whitby

Zeeland, The Netherlands. Very flat, very windy, but lots of fun. We cycled our little legs off here and Iain discovered his new found love of fish in the form of Kibbeling.

Berlin, Germany. It’s always fun to visit a capital city and especially one as vibrant as Berlin. Fittingly, we probably had the most varied activities here visiting the Bundestag German parliament and having fish tacos at Stone Brewing all in one day.

Mussels and Kibbeling in Zeeland

Mussels and Kibbeling in Zeeland

Being German politicians in Berlin

Being German politicians in Berlin

San Sebastian, Spain. A destination that has long been on our lists, we finally made it to this scenic and gastronomic heaven. We walked, we cycled and we ate lots and lots of Pintxos. I think we may be back in this town once more before we head north towards Scandinavia for the summer.

Moselle Valley, Germany We had the most amazing two weeks traveling very slowly down the Moselle river. We cycled as much as we drove, drank wine (obviously) but saw fairy-tale scenery that looked like it was created on a Hollywood lot. It was an unforgettable experience.

Pintxos galore in San Sebastian

Pintxos galore in San Sebastian

The oh so scenic Moselle Valley

The oh so scenic Moselle Valley

Andalucia, Spain. There’s so much to love about Andalucia and we have only just scratched the surface. The fantastic city of Malaga, which currently tops our list of potential future homes, the whitewashed villages and towns and the endless beaches with no-one on them in Costa de la Luz. The elegance of Seville, the fun of the Cadiz carnival. Too many things to count in just one place. This is one region we are sure too come back to again and again.

London It may seem odd that a place we have visited a gazillion times before and we thought we knew well would make it to the list. But maybe it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder and there are always more corners of London to explore. We had a wonderful birthday weekend in the city with our motorhome parked within public-transport distance of the center.

Beautiful white town of Andalucia

Beautiful white town of Andalucia

Always fun to be had in London

Always fun to be had in London

There are other places that could make the list, and so many more to come. The next twelve months will bring new places. The Italian lakes, Southern France, more Germany and our epic plan is to drive “over the top” of Europe up through Finland and back through Scandinavia. I think epic is not an overused adjective on this one, it is probably a trip we’ll only ever make once. We can’t wait to see what makes next year’s list.

Finding a Lovely Little Corner of Spain: Costa de la Luz

Finding a Lovely Little Corner of Spain: Costa de la Luz