A Day Trip to Piran, Slovenia


Piran is one of Slovenia’s most popular towns, and not without good reason. It remains one of the best-preserved historic towns in Europe and has a picturesque charm that frequently proves impossible for visitors to resist. Clinging to the northern peninsula of Slovenian Istria, the Venetian influence on the architecture is immediately noticeable; with the [...]

Top Water Sports On Lake Garda

Sailboats on lakeside

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Whilst it boasts some charming lakeside towns and some of the finest restaurants in the region, one of the main reasons that people visit is to make the most of the huge range of outdoor activities on [...]

Tour de France 2013 – Al Fresco Camping Along the Route

Tour de France

Planning to watch the Tour de France 2013, which is set to prove more spectacular than ever in this its 100th incarnation with tougher mountain challenges than ever before? Well, Al Fresco has the country pretty much covered, north to south, side to side, with luxury parks in no less than ten different regions. So [...]

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia – part 3

Image of plitvice national park in Croatia

Part 3 of Nick Rigg’s visit to Croatia  in May where he explores one of  Croatia’s natural wonders… Spectacular waterfalls at Plitvice park Plitvice National Park I had decided to finally visit Plitvice Lakes this weekend as a counterpoint to all those islands  and olive groves. Plitvice is Croatia’s foremost national park and a UNESCO protected attraction around 3 hours drive [...]

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia – part 2

Slatina bay

Part 2 of Nick Rigg’s recent visit to Croatia and he sample’s some of Croatia’s campsites, coves and culinary delights… Zaton campsite Campsite Zaton is a large powerhouse of a campsite rivalling Union lido in size and scale. It lies 11 km from Zadar and 25 minutes from the airport; Ryanair fly in from Liverpool and Stansted; I [...]

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia

The square of 5 fountains, Fosa

Nick Riggs, Managing Director at Al Fresco Holidays reveals some of Croatia’s stunning secrets following his recent visit… Part 1 of 3 Croatian words of wonder For many years I’ve been put off by the exotic and slightly foreboding letters “ć, Ž, č” you see in Croatian words. Sometimes vowels are missing from their place names and you are [...]

‘Happy Monday’ Competition Winner Reviews Chateau Des Ormes

Eleanor Barnard won a holiday with her family to our Chateau Des Ormes parc in August for our ‘Happy Monday competition’.  Check out what she got up to and what she thought of the parc in her review below: “We visited Chateau Des Ormes in the middle of August for an outdoor family holiday in [...]

The Breathtaking Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Guggenheim and Bilbao

Towering majestically over the Bilbao sky line, sits a piece of modern day architecture like no other.   With an outer skin of over 33,000 treated titanium sheets, giving the building a scale like sheen and a structure of glass and sandstone; it is no wonder that since opening the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has attracted over [...]

Le Viaduc de Millau

millau bridge

Whilst driving through the French countryside past vibrant green fields, cattle grazing and the expanse of vine yards, make sure you take a detour past a miracle of man made design; The Millau bridge. Officially named Le Viaduc de Millau, the tallest bridge in world (343 metres high) was opened in 2004 to carry the heavy high season [...]

Cirque de Navacelles, the Natural Wonder of Languedoc

Cirque de Navacelle backdrop

Forget photographs of half built sand castles and dad snoozing of the beach; if you want holiday snaps that will really make the in-laws gasp, then head to Languedoc with Al Fresco and experience the giant oxbow basin of the Cirque de Navacelles. Formed by the meandering Vis River, the Cirque de Navacelles was originally [...]