France - Motorhome Holiday

Motorhome Hire in Europe is always exceptionally popular with British holidaymakers, the mix of complete freedom and a relatively low cost attracts those seeking a break, seeking sunshine and seeking culture. With motorhome stopovers (known as Aires) being easily accessible across the Continent, indulging your international wanderlust has never been easier. Therefore, Priory Rentals brings you a small insight into some of the most popular countries in the continent for motorhome holidaymakers.

Countries to Visit in Europe

With Europe being such a vast expanse, we have broken it down into individual countries to be able to give you everything you will need for your motorhome get away.

Ireland - Motorhome Holiday

Ireland in a Motorhome

Ireland has long been a country people visit to be able to enjoy the rigid landscape and the thriving historical importance. Having been at war in the past with the Normans, Britain, Vikings and a range of other enemies from across the continent, the old Irish tribes and the Irish republic have a wide array of history and culture on offer.

Attractions

Many religious and historically important attractions in the country boast both intellectual and aesthetic benefits. Holy Cross Abbey is one of the most significant religious sites outside of the capital and brings in thousands of visitors year up on year. Having been built in 1168 and surviving a total of 850 years so far, it is certainly a vocal point to Christianity in the country that is here to stay and is well worth a visit for anybody who has an interest in history or the religious significance of Ireland.

Then there are the militarily based historical attractions, the castles. The Rock of Cashel and Bunratty Castle are both very impressive castles and boast a very impressive view with a wide array of history on offer to the intrepid visitor. With bunratty looking over the port of limerick and being a dominant figure for the English Crown through the 14th century. Then there’s the rock of Cashel which was used as the capital of the Kingdom Of Munster, which was a Gaelic tribe in the south of Ireland and seen a lot of battles and warfare in their time.

Getting There

Getting to Ireland is made easy by the quick and simple ferry connections leaving from both Holyhead and Liverpool. Both of these locations are within a short drive of our branches in Cheshire and Lancashire, making Priory Rentals the number one choice for your Irish motorhome getaway.

National Speed Limit in Ireland

The national speed limits in Ireland are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph or 31 mph for built up areas
  • 80 km/h or 50 mph for local and regional roads
  • 100 km/h or 62 mph for national routes
  • 120 km/h or 73 mph or 75 mph for motorways

France - Motorhome Holiday

France in a Motorhome

France is very popular when it comes to the British motorhome tourism, its endless vineyards, rolling hills and beautiful scenery makes it one of the most beautiful places in the world. This combined with the close proximity of the country and the fact it is cheaper than many other places in Europe, make it the perfect motorhome holiday location.

Attractions

France has a wide array of attractions, which range from cultural, geographic and historical.

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most culturally significant monuments in the world and takes its position in the centre of Paris, France’s capital city. Since its completion in 1889, it has still maintained its position as one of the most dominant buildings in Paris and is still to this day the tallest buildings in Europe standing as a mighty 1,063ft tall.

Then there is the opportunity of heading to the Alps and enjoying the landscape and aesthetics of Val d’Isere. With lots to do in the way of piste bars, skiing and snow sports through the winter and a range of mountain biking, horse riding and paragliding in the summer. There is a little something for everyone all year round.

Getting There

Getting to France could not be easier with travel links coming through the ports of Dover, Portsmouth, Plymouth and the channel tunnel running through Folkestone to Calais. These amazing links mean that you can cross the Channel in less than an hour and continue your journey into the amazing country of France and to the rest of Europe if you wished.

National Speed Limit in France

The national speed limits in France are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 90 km/ h or 55 mph on two lane roads
  • 110 km/h or 68 mph on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

Brussels - Motorhome Holiday

Belgium in a Motorhome

Belgium is a modest country in comparison to the other nations in Europe in terms of size and sits on the coast of the English Channel with the country bordering France, Germany and the Netherlands. Belgium is world famous for its high-class luxury goods and amazing range of chocolates, which have gained their reputation through years of perfection.

Attractions

Cuisine in Belgium will more often than not come to a very high level as standard, the country is world famous for its high standards in food and for this reason the majority of the restaurants will always maintain a high quality of service, food quality and hygiene. Belgium is also world famous for its very sweet teeth, in turn you can usually get any form of chocolate, cake or sugary snack whilst on holiday here.

Belgium is also famous for is extensively exquisite art range, there is many exhibitions through Antwerp and Bruges that boast pieces from Peter Paul Rubens and Antony van Dyck. These late renaissance artists were the revolutionaries that have brought Belgian art to life, with Belgium now boasting many modern art exhibitions and have a lot of more modern artist up and coming within the industry. There was also a very large renaissance music industry in Amsterdam, which has helped boost the high quality of culture in the country.

Finally, there is the aesthetics of Belgium, if you prefer a holiday that is relaxed and allows you to be able to take your time and explore beautiful scenery and picturesque villages; this is most certainly a country that you will want to be visiting. There are some amazing villages and quiet cities that are a must if this is the reason for your trip; these include Bouillon, Burbuy and Roche fort, all of which boasts a picturesque and relaxed nature.

Getting There

Travelling to Belgium in a Priory Rentals Motorhome is quick and easy from the UK as there are several ferries departing from Dover to Ostend. However, if you want to make your holiday a little longer, you could always get a ferry to one of the other countries on the ferry routes, such as France, Netherlands or Denmark. This gives you the chance to see what these other countries have to offer you on your way, maybe even stop for a night or two on your route and explore.

National Speed Limit in Belgium

The national speed limits in Belgium are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 90 km/ h or 55 mph on two lane roads
  • 120 km/h or 74 mph on four lane express-ways
  • 120 km/h or 73 mph on highways

Itally - Motorhome holiday

Italy in a Motorhome

Italy in a motorhome is one of the most popular locations for motorhome holiday makers in Europe, with Italy’s wide range of attractions, low costs and beautiful scenery it makes an amazing location for just about anybody. The country even boasts diversity in weather, with the more northern regions boasting mountains and snow capped glaciers and the more southern regions boasting coastal attractions and hot weather as you head more south into the Mediterranean.

Attractions

Italy was once the home of the Roman Empire and for this reason holds many amazing structures and monuments throughout the country that dominate the landscape and would have installed a sense of fear and order into the population. These include buildings such as the Piazza Della Signoria and the coliseum, both of which are infamous for their huge size and vicious pasts. Rome is also home to the Vatican City, the capital of Christianity and home of the pope. The Papal States are within the city of Rome and attract thousands upon thousands of visitors to their walls each year to be able to try to get a glance of religiously significant figures or to be able to see the infamous Swiss Guard.

The Italian weather offers a wide range of diversity dependent on location due to its narrow yet long size from south to north. The south of the country boasts a wide range of beaches and is a very common tourist location for millions each year who want to be able to enjoy the beautiful coastal villages and Mediterranean beaches.  Then to the North there are the Alps, which offer skiing and a wider of colder and winter like activities, some of which are available all year round due to the glaciers that a large amount of these mountains hideaway through the summer.

Getting There

Getting to Italy can take a very long time, although is easily do able in one day if you are willing to stick to the road for a prolonged period. In total, the journey to the border alone will take 12 hours, so reaching another region in the country will vary this time respectively.

National Speed Limit in Italy

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 30 km/ h or 18 mph in built up areas
  • 70 km/ h or 43 mph on two lane roads
  • 90 km/h on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

Austria - Motorhome Holiday

 

Austria in a Motorhome

Austria has long been a place of skiing and alpine life and in the past, motorhomes simply have not had the facilities to be able to cope with this cold weather. However, now skiing in a motorhome seems to be a much more viable option, Priory Rentals have a wide array of motorhomes on offer and all of these have more than enough instillation and strong enough heaters to easily tackle this cold Austrian weather and make your whole experience more enjoyable.

Attractions

With the many sports that take place in the country of Austria, skiing seems to be at the forefront, with a huge alpine lifestyle and over 100 ski resorts dotted around the Austrian Mountains and glaciers. It is safe to say that if you like skiing, this could be your perfect paradise.

Salzburg in Austria is a capital of culture and was the birthplace of Mozart himself followed by a castle and a wide array of museums and old renaissance era buildings. This in turn means that if the history of Europe and the cultural backbone of modern day life interest you then you will be able to see one of the main contributing factors into the renaissance period.

Getting There

Getting to Austria can sometimes be a little difficult depending on the location you are driving to. You will need to travel through both France and Southern Germany to be able to reach the cities such as Salzburg; however once you are there, it is very easy to relax. Our Northwich branch to Salzburg takes 16 hours and is exactly 1,000 miles there and 1,000 back. This in turn means that if you are considering this journey you probably should really consider hiring a motorhome with us as many other companies may charge by the mile or have a mileage limit.

National Speed Limit in Austria

The national speed limits in Austria are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 100 km/ h or 62 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h   on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

Sweden - motorhome holiday

Sweden in a Motorhome

Sweden is located in the Nordic region of Europe and offers a wide range of colder activities; these include things such as sledging and in some of the more mountainous regions, skiing. The country its self was home to the Viking Dynasty and has a lot of history and museums within the country from various wars that it has either fought in or supported.

Attractions

The attractions in Sweden are usually fairly based on their traditions; this includes things like sledging and hiking in the snow, which in turn brings you to be able to experience the Nordic life style at its full and see what made such a beautiful country the way it is today.

There is also a wide range of historical attractions such as the 17th century warship that sunk just off the coast and has been saved, the ship its self capsized and landed unshaved. This means that when it was recently salvaged and brought back to the service to be placed in the Vasa Museum. This means that you can go and visit the original 17th century warship that was once one of the most powerful warships in the world.  The cities in Sweden also boast a high level of art and culture with many people flocking to these cities to be able to experience the life here. The city includes many culturally significant buildings with Stockholm palace, the world’s biggest convertible stadium and a range of other attractions.

Getting There

Getting to Sweden can prove difficult due to its location and can take a while. However, you can cut a significant amount of time off your journey if you were to travel via a ferry from Newcastle to Holland. This is then followed by a shorted drive up the coast having shaved a few hours off your journey.

National Speed Limit in Sweden

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 30 km/h or 18 mph in built up areas
  • 90 km/h or 55 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h or 62 mph on four lane express-ways
  • 120 km/h or 73 mph on highways

spain - motorhome holiday

Spain in a Motorhome

Travelling to Spain in a motorhome is an amazing adventure that will take you through the French scenery, the Andorra mountains and finally into this beautiful sunny country. The country it’s self is a mix of hot and cold climates with mountains to the north and sunny beaches and coastal resorts in the south, this in turn makes it an amazing location for a wide variety of families and holiday makers who want to make the most of the sunny climate.

Attractions

The Spanish conquest and exploration of at least one location on every continent on the globe means that the country its self can have a lot on offer in the way of culture and history. With goods being sold back to the country and it being one of the biggest super powers in the world at one point, it is safe to say there is a little something for everyone in the range of international museums on offer. Spain also has a large history of military conflict and battles, with the Roman, Gaelic, Moorish invasions and the sheer size of the military of the country during the renaissance period.  It in turn means that if you have an interest in medieval war and battles then Spanish museums would be a perfect environment for you to be able to learn a lot more and harness that passion.

Spain also has a wide range of activities for holidaymakers to be able to become a part of, with various beaches, water parks and other activities available for families and sun lovers. Its well worth heading to this coast if you think this could be for you. There are various hot spots for this sort of holiday, which include places such as Banyalbufar, Pedraza and Besalú.

Getting There

Getting to Spain is an easy task in terms of travelling Europe. You simply head through the channel tunnel before heading south through France and over the Spanish border, all in all the drive takes 16 hours to reach the Spanish coast and it takes even longer to reach the southern regions so adjust your timings respectively. You may benefit from stopping for a night in Paris or Orleans as you will be passing within a few miles of these cities anyway, so stopping for a night and exploring for a few hours will give you time for a break a bonus location on your motorhome getaway.

National Speed Limit in Spain

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 50 km/h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 90 km/h or 55 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h   on four lane express-ways
  • 120 km/h or 73 mph on highways

german - motorhome holiday

Germany in a Motorhome

Germany is a country that is certainly to say the least a significant location in Europe, with its high amount of culture in the countryside, history with the Germanic tribes, holy roman empire and the world wars plus its high level of unique cuisine and specialised taste, Germany certainly holds an array of options for just about anybodies tastes.

Attractions

Germans high level of culture if shown through its many monuments throughout the city of Berlin and the rest of the country. A great example of this would be the Reich Stag, the national museum and the Brandenburg Gate in the Mitte district of Berlin. All of which are very old buildings indeed that have had significant renovation but still hold a high level of German life and culture about them.

Car lovers also seem to love Germany, with the BMW museum, Mercedes museum and the Audi Museum. All of which highlight the past of the individual brands and show you the past and present automotive breakthroughs such as the Benz Patent Motorwagen, Audi R10 TDI and the Audi Quattro, which in short simply makes this any car lover’s dream.

The darker side of Germany’s history is still available to be able to see throughout the country with various museums, monuments and ruins that allow you to be able to learn a significant amount about the life during the war and the role that a wide range of the Germans played within the war. The most famous of which are Check Point Charlie, The Berlin Wall and Dachau concentration Camp.

Getting There

Germany is a simple drive as you only need to catch the ferry from Harwich to Hook van Holland and take a small two-hour drive into the country. Keep in mind that this two-hour drive only takes you to the border and you will need to give more time depending how far into the country your destination it.

National Speed Limit in Germany

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 100 km/ h or 62 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h   on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

amsterdam - motorhome holidays

Netherlands in a Motorhome

The Netherlands can be a wonderful place filled with cheerful nature and a lively atmosphere. The main attraction to the Netherlands is simply the nightlife and the atmosphere of the cities as millions of people flock to the city each year to be able to experience what this has to offer. However, there are other attractions, which can be equally as attractive to somebody coming to the country from abroad.

Attractions

Festivals and summer life seem to be a huge attraction in the country, with huge festivals such as dance valley and mystery land taking place through the summer and attracting thousands of listeners and visitors throughout the whole of Europe to the small country. This in turn makes for an amazing atmosphere and in turn helps the countries bustling reputation for amazing festivals.

The country is also famous for its wide ranges of cheese, with its high farming output this is no surprise, however if you are a fan of cheese then visiting is a must. With cheese, having been made in Netherlands for thousands of years, if practise does make perfect then the Dutch must be pretty close my now.

Finally, there is the landscape and the simple nature of the countries countryside. With 26% of the countries land under sea level and the entire country only actually having one mountain, it is safe to say the entire countryside is virtually an endless array of farms, cannels and picturesque villages. Well worth travelling through to find a relaxing spot and camp for the night.

Getting There

Getting the Netherlands is possibly one of the easiest locations you could travel to, all you need to do is head to Newcastle and catch a ferry directly to Amsterdam, the countries capital city. In total, you will spend around 3 hours on the road and the rest will be spent boarding and unboarding the ferry itself. However, do remember that if you are travelling outside of Amsterdam to another part of the country then you may have to add time to this respectively.

National Speed Limit in Netherlands

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 80 km/ h or 49 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h   on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

Denmark in a Motorhome

Denmark - motorhome holidays

The country of Denmark is one of the only countries in the EU to use the Danish Krone. This means you will have to more than likely get some euros for the journey followed by Krone for when you reach your destination. Apart from that, a holiday in Denmark is usually completely stress free.  Denmark is where the Nordic countries meet the European countries and in turn, it offers a mix of cultures and a little something for everyone in terms of attractions, styles and cuisine.

Attractions

The main attractions in Denmark are usually focused around the whole family and taller to demographic making it an amazing location to take the children. There are a lot of very impressive theme parks and gardens that offer rides for everyone from children to adults; these include places such as Lego Land and the Tivoli Gardens allowing you a perfect family break.

There is also a range of culturally significant attractions with various locations such as Kronborg and the Frilandsmuseet both of these attractions show people what the various aspects of life in Denmark would be like as the Nordic lifestyle meets the European. Well worth a visit if you have a keen interest in the Viking expansion of the life of the francs.

Denmark also has a wide range of attractions when it comes to rigid and untouched landscape, low population and a high level of care taken in the environment means that a lot of Denmark’s coastline and regions that are more rigid are left virtually untouched and any signs of human interaction are kept to a minimal. In turn, this means that you can really get out and enjoy your surroundings a great deal, if you travel here in a motorhome.

Getting There

Getting to Denmark is made easy due to the ferry passageways to Amsterdam followed by the northeast coastal roads. This in turn means that you can easily travel from Amsterdam via the route 1 northeast and the route 7 north, in turn making the entire journey from our Northwich branch only take 14 hours to the Denmark border.

National Speed Limit in Denmark

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 80 km/ h or 49 mph on two lane roads
  • 80 km/h on four lane express-ways
  • 130 km/h or 80 mph or 18 mph on highways

Switzerland - motorhome holidays

 

 

Switzerland in a Motorhome

The Swiss Franc the currency in Switzerland as the country does not have a seat in the EU. This in turn means that you may need some Euro’s for the journey as well as some Swiss francs for your destination.

Switzerland has a lot to offer the humble explorer, with a wide range of terrain giving the motorhome holidaymaker everything from rolling fields to the tallest glaciers and a huge alpine skiing scene. It is safe to say that Switzerland has something for everybody from the relaxed holidaymaker to the family, which wants to be involved in winter sports.

Attractions

Skiing is a huge part of the tourism in Switzerland, with the alpine scene, bringing thousands of people to the Swiss Alps year after year there is no doubt that it is the biggest source of tourism for the country and in turn makes the entire range perfect for any ski lovers. The priory rentals motorhomes can easy cope with the alpine weather due to their quality heating and high level of instillation so if you want to go skiing in a motorhome holiday, priory rentals is perfect for you.

Getting There

Getting to Switzerland could not be simpler, with the route being a simple crossing of the channel tunnel and a short drive through the Nord-Pas-De-Calais and the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine regions of France. This brings you to St Louise, which is on the border of Switzerland and gives you the chance to be able to head to just about any area of the country.

During the summer, the snow levels begin to rise up the mountains and fall back to the glaciers, opening up all new possibilities in terms of hiking and other exercises and sports within the range. This means that if you want to be able to participate in something more relaxed like horse riding or simple hiking there is certainly a wide range available in the mountains. Then on the other hand, there are still the more thrilling and breath taking sports such as pot holing, gorge walking and even Downhill Mountain biking available in the Alps during the summer. This wide array of diversity in tastes and seasonality makes the Swiss Alps an amazing place to visit all year round in a motorhome.

National Speed Limit in Switzerland

The national speed limits in Italy are as follows;

  • 50 km/ h or 31 mph in built up areas
  • 80 km/ h or 49 mph on two lane roads
  • 100 km/h   on four lane express-ways
  • 120 km/h or 74 mph on highways

As you can see, Europe has a wide array of locations that are available to you in your next motorhome holiday and there is a wide array of attractions in each country. Why not book your next motorhome get away with Priory Rentals Motorhome Hire Services to be able to make the most of these attractions with our unlimited mileage and the Drop It > Set It > Collect It scheme.