19 AUG 2022
The summer holidays are the time we all look forward to, when our bodies and minds need a break, far from the daily routine and, why not, also from the swarming crowds of people and busy traffic we encounter every day.
We therefore decided to gather some useful tips in this article for planning your next trip to a few destinations that will keep you far from madding crowds this summer!
One thing a short summer tour of Scotland can’t help but include, among other things, is a stop in the country’s famous capital city, Edinburgh. Lose yourself in the streets of its charming old town, which still admirably retains its original ancient layout, and feel like part of the world's most famous royal family by planning a visit to the city’s various royal residences: Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.
Once you have set off again in your Ducato-based motorhome, we recommend a short stop in Saint Andrews, one of the most characteristic villages in Scotland. Today an important university town, it once had the honour of being named a royal borough thanks to an edict issued by King James VI. Here, stand still and let yourself be captivated by the impressive and majestic ruins of the Cathedral. Built back in 1318, its location, so close to the sea, makes it even more intriguing!
For anyone who goes to Scotland, a short stop at Loch Ness is a must. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of its famous, fearsome monster!
On the other hand, if you want to admire one of the most captivating landscapes in the entire region, you should head for the Highlands. Its vast expanses in an infinite variety of greens stretch as far as the eye can see... But don't forget your waterproof windbreaker: this is also one of the rainiest areas in Scotland!
Interesting fact: Scotland is one of the easiest areas to visit in a motorhome, thanks to the fact that you can stop almost anywhere. There are plenty of campsites, but there are also plenty of public areas where you can stop off, so you can choose the best option for your trip. For an even more immersive experience, we recommend trying BritStops: an overnight stay on private land - you could even choose to stay in the grounds of a whisky distillery run by the locals. This way, besides finding an alternative solution for your stopover, there’s a good chance you’ll also meet some very interesting characters!
Located in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe, it is considered the cradle of early Christian civilisation, a theme still perceivable there today thanks to the large number of monasteries and small churches scattered across its mountains.
If you are looking for a quiet holiday aboard your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome, some short excursions, meditation and serenity, look no further: Armenia is just the place for you and your soul.
Of all its sacred sites, one you simply can’t afford to miss is the monastic complex of Noravank, located 122 km from Yerevan, nestled between the mountains at the top of a gorge of the Amaghu River. Its location will give you the chance to explore one of the most unique areas in the entire region. The sheer brick-red mountain faces right in front of the monastery will leave you breathless!
If you adore this kind of landscape, we also recommend you discover the monastery of Montserrat (April news on Catalonia).
One of the top destinations not to be missed is the small village of Garni, located in the heart of Armenia. This town became famous thanks to its archaeological complex housing the only Hellenic-style temple in the whole of Armenia.
From Garni, we recommend heading north in your Ducato-based motorhome to the capital, Erevan. Known worldwide as the Pink City because of the colour of its buildings, it is mainly characterised by its impressive Soviet architecture. Take a stroll as far as Republic Square and enjoy the spectacle of its musical fountains.
If you are looking for an experience that will take you back to your childhood and plunge you into a fairytale world, the obvious choice is to travel through Slovenia in your Ducato-based motorhome. Its varied landscape leaves room for different types of scenery: from deep caves and glistening lakes to lush green forests.
Don’t miss the Postojna caves, the karst cave system described as the most fascinating in the world! Make sure you at least visit the most famous caves: the Ottocco Cave, the Pivka Cave, the Black Cave and the Planina Cave.
After this fascinating visit, head towards Lake Bled and its castle. The Slovenians themselves will tell you that if you want an insight into the history of their country, stopping here is essential. As in any self-respecting fairy tale, Bled Castle, also a symbol of Slovenia, rises above a white cliff on a steep drop above the green lake. Ideal to visit during the summer months, when the views from the panoramic terraces are unforgettable!
Also read our article CELEBRATING THE EUROPEAN DAY OF PARKS TOGETHER: HERE ARE SOME UNMISSABLE PARKS TO EXPLORE TOGETHER WITH YOUR DUCATO-BASED MOTORHOME! To discover other fairytale places on our planet.
However, you cannot leave Slovenia without visiting its capital: Ljubljana. Just think: it is one of the smallest capitals in Europe! It bustles with students all year round and its roads are dotted by its many green parks. Pay a visit to the city market, a hub of the local folk traditions, and lose yourself in the lanes of the old town. You could also take a boat trip on the Ljubljanica river, which divides the old part of the city from the more commercial neighbourhoods, offering you a completely new perspective of the entire city.
Choose the destination that suits you best, pack your bags and get ready to enjoy your next holiday aboard your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome!
Enjoy your adventure!