Caravanning in Europe – Towergate’s top five destinations

One of the beauties of owning a touring caravan is its spontaneity and the ability to travel around our own country with little hassle. But when you’ve invested in a caravan, it’s also a great idea to take it further afield. With Europe just a short ferry ride away, if you want to take in somewhere a little different while still enjoying some of the comforts of your own home, taking your caravan to Europe is fantastic adventure.

When it comes to towing a caravan abroad, our touring caravan experts have put their heads together to come up with a list of their favourite places in Europe. Look out for the handy tips for driving in each country, plus any additional caravan insurance advice along the way.

Towergate's caravan insurance team's top five touring caravan destinations in Europe

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When considering our top five, it was very easy to start filling the list with amazing places to take your caravan in France, from Normandy, through Aquitaine to the Cote d'Azur to name only three. But we wanted to be a little different, and give you some ideas a bit further afield.

Driving on the right hand side of the road is the law when travelling to and in each of our top five destinations, except for in the Republic of Ireland where most driving laws are the same as in the UK.

Croatia

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The furthest away of our team's recommendations, there are 1309 miles between Calais and Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia, but towing your caravan there will take you through some wonderful landscapes and there is much to see along the way.

Recently rediscovered as a tourist destination, Croatia, set on the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, is beautifully unspoilt, with quaint fishing villages, vineyards and tranquil pine forests waiting to be explored. And while Dubrovnik is arguably the most southerly that you may wish to go, it is worth the effort for its history and culture.

Close to Italy, you'll recognise many similarities - from its simple charm to the food on offer (fresh seafood and pizza and pasta are regular favourites!).

There are a number of caravan sites in Croatia to choose from and the Caravan Club and Camping and Caravanning Club both have information on towing to and camping in Croatia.

When driving through Europe to Croatia, it is a requirement to carry a first aid kit and a high visibility vest. You will also need to have a warning triangle easily accessible, and for Croatia you will need two of these when towing your caravan. In Croatia it is also a requirement to have your lights on during the daytime between the months of October and March.

Switzerland

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With around 490 miles between Calais and Berne - the Swiss capital - this compact but distinctly beautiful and clean country is within a fairly easy driving distance. From snow capped mountains to crystal clear lakes and pretty towns and villages nestled between, Switzerland has a wealth to offer its visitors. Whether you like to take in scenery, be active or even adventurous, Switzerland is not just all about the slopes. Average temperatures range from freezing in mid-winter to maximums of around 25°c in July and August.

There are many good touring caravan sites to choose from across Switzerland, and your choice should be based upon want to see on your visit. Wherever you choose, you cannot fail to be stunned by your surroundings.

As with all European destinations, third party insurance is mandatory for driving in Switzerland, as are seatbelts for all passengers in the vehicle. It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle within your vehicle and recommended that headlights are kept on during the day, and definitely in the many tunnels along the way.

Italy

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Whichever season you choose to take your touring caravan holiday in Italy, there is a wealth of attractions for you to enjoy. Around 1,000 miles between Calais and Rome, in the centre of Italy, you will only need to navigate through France and Italy itself to get here.

With the breath-taking scenery and sporting benefits of the Italian Alps, further south you will find fine art and fashion, culture and history, as well as a stunning shoreline and fantastic food.

Try Lake Garda in the North for relaxation among mountains clad in pine woodland, olive groves and vineyards, or Venice in the east for romance and intrigue. Or travel south to Rome and the Vatican City for their world-renowned history, religion and ruins. Wherever you choose, there is a good deal of great caravan sites for you to choose from.

When driving in Italy, it is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and high visibility vest and to keep your headlights on, even during the daytime.

Spain

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With a wealth of sites on the east coast of Spain as well as for those wishing to travel inland, Spain is a great place for caravanning. Barcelona is around 800 miles from Calais and the southernmost tip of Spain around 550 miles further still with many attractions along the way.

For many, a holiday in Spain is all about the beach, and with over 5,000 miles of amazing coastline, it's easy to see why. But the country also boasts a rich tapestry of history and heritage - from the flamencos and matadors of Andalucía to the castles, rolling plains and mountains of Central Spain - the home of the Spanish capital, Madrid.

Spanish cuisine is as varied as its other offerings - from tapas and cured meats to a rich mix of seafood and possibly Spain's most renowned dish - Paella.

In Spain it is obligatory to drive with high visibility vests, as well two warning triangles (only one if you're not towing). While headlights are not compulsory during the day, these need to be switched on when driving in tunnels. It is also worth noting that you must fit marker boards for outfits measuring over 12m.

The Republic of Ireland

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With spectacular scenery across the whole country, the Republic of Ireland is a stunning place to tow a caravan and a destination which is right on our doorstep, as well as one which our caravan insurance team quite simply could not leave out of their top five list.

From vibrant towns and cities such as Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Waterford, to the mountains that will keep you busy for days, you will be warmly welcomed in Ireland. A country of myths and legends, delicious dining experiences, and a real passion for music, dance and conversation, you will make memories to last a lifetime here.

And it's not just in the north of Ireland that you will find amazing and dramatic landscapes. Caravanning in Ireland offers you the amazing opportunity to explore the Burren, made up of miles of layers upon layers of limestone, cut through by streams, lakes and caves.

Most motoring laws and regulations in the Republic of Ireland are the same as those in the UK, while you will find speed limits are measured metrically.

What about caravan insurance?

At Towergate our touring caravan experts are focused on your needs and we are winners of the best local call centre from Caravan Magazine.

We offer a range of levels of cover to suit all needs, from our top of the range 'Select' policy with 365 days worldwide cover, through to the Choice policy with 365 days European cover and our Lo-Cost option which features 30 days of European cover.

Plus there's our unique 'Green' caravan insurance allowing you to offset the CO2 emissions from towing your touring caravan at no additional cost to you.

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