The mornings are dark, the nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, so the chances are you’re beginning to crave a little bit of sunshine and turning your thoughts to your next holiday. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably pondering a winter sun holiday in a motorhome and idly looking at long range weather forecasts on the continent.
Offering more flexibility than your average off-season package deal, a winter holiday in a motorhome gives you the freedom to roam whilst still giving you all the comforts of home. There’s no better way to beat the winter blues than to pack up your bags and hit the road for an off-season break.
Whether you’re a seasoned snow bird or a first-timer planning to head south to warm your bones, deciding where to motorhome in the winter can be a tricky task! With this in mind, the team at Cornish Motorhome Hire have put together a list of our 5 favourite motorhome friendly destinations to help inspire your travel plans.
Location, Location Location
From our base near Liskeard in Cornwall, we’re a short drive from Plymouth ferry port, meaning warmer climes are within easy reach, including:
The Algarve, Portugal
The destination of choice for golfers and explorers alike, the Algarve in southern Portugal offers sunshine, moderate temperatures and stunning scenery. The region offers a wide range of activities and attractions for all kinds of winter motorhome holidays, whether you want to relax or pursue an active getaway. With dozens of wineries in the region, you could explore vineyards and sample the local vinho to your heart’s content (As long as you’re not driving, of course!). Plus, there’s a huge selection of delicious food to try, such as pastéis de nata, bacalhau à brás and the hearty caldo verde.
The Costas, Spain
From the unspoilt coastline and deserts of the Costa Almeria to the bustling tourist hotspots of the Costa del Sol, the Spanish Costas offer a wide range of destinations to suit all tastes. Whether you want to ski in the Sierra Nevada mountains, work on your handicap in one of Malaga’s numerous golf courses or cycle around the Costa del Azahar, there’s no shortage of things to do in the Costas. With temperatures averaging at around 16°c from October to February, it’s easy to see why Spain has become the destination of choice for a winter sun holiday in a motorhome!
The Côte d’Azur, France
If you’re looking for sun, sea and sand without the crowds, then the Côte d’Azur is a perfect choice for you. On the Mediterranean coast of south eastern France, the area is a popular tourist destination in the summer, but is less frequented in the winter. Renowned for its temperate climate, delicious cuisine and stunning landscape, the region is a perfect winter motorhome holiday destination. Whether you want to explore the cosmopolitan cities of Marseille, watch the Monte Carlo Rally or dance the night away at Nice Carnival, there’s plenty to see and do in the South of France!
If you’re planning a longer trip, then why not consider travelling down the length of Italy to Sicily? The island is abundant with natural wonders such as Mount Etna and the beaches on the Southern coast, as well as dozens of historic buildings that can be explored. With six hours of daily sunshine throughout the winter months and temperatures averaging at 13°c from October to February, you can be sure to escape the winter chill. Plus, because you’re taking a winter sun holiday in a motorhome, you can move around the island at your own pace – perfect for restless types!
Offering a decidedly different winter sun experience, the Peloponnese region of Greece is an ideal choice for motorhomers looking for a European destination that’s a little further afield. Soaked in history and with breath-taking landscapes, the region has bustling cities (Kalamata and Patras), snowy mountains, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, drawing in visitors from around the world. Average winter temperatures sit at around 10°c – slightly cooler than traditional winter holiday hotspots -, but we think it’s worth the journey for the history, wine and food alone!