The Best 3 Island Destinations for a Campervan Rental

campervan august

It's late in the summer season and many tourists are already out and about. So, where to rent a campervan during the summer? How about a change of scenery and check out these top island destinations for a campervan rental. Head to Corsica, Sardinia and Ireland!

A campervan rental in Corsica

Corsica, a Mediterranean island, offers varied landscapes to its visitors. It is 183 km long and 83.5 km wide. The length of your trip will determine which places you will have time to visit. For a road trip from north to south, we recommend that you stay there for a fortnight. Whether you're arriving by ferry or renting a campervan locally, here are the must-see places to visit in Corsica.

Road trip in Corsica: departure from Cap Corse

After passing through Bastia, take the road north towards Macinaggio. The port of the city is the start of the Sentier des Douaniers, a 19km route in the heart of the unspoiled nature of Cap Corse. If you want to do the entire trail to Centuri, it takes a little over 8 hours.

from Macinaggio to Barcaggio: between 3h and 3h30,

from Barcaggio to Tollare: 45 mins,

from Tollare to Centuri: 4 hours

After the hike, take the direction of Saint-Florent, to slow down and relax. Indeed, Saint-Florent is known for being the entry point to the Agriates desert, renowned for its beaches ranked among the most beautiful on the island. Before reaching Saint-Florent, stop at Nonza. For some, it would be the essential spot in Corsica with its black pebble beach.

On the way to the west of the island aboard a van

Head for Calvi! You can enhance your route with several stops such as the "île rousse" but also Pigna, a small village in the mountains giving a breathtaking view of the sea. Once you arrive in Calvi, visit its citadel, its cobbled streets and its typical shops.

Further south, discover the creeks of Piana. Hiking and swimming are to be expected on the program. The panoramic view is breathtaking.

Continue your campervan rental and make a stop in Ajaccio and discover the city of Napoleon Bonaparte. Board a boat to visit the Sanguinaires Islands, an archipelago of four islets of volcanic rock. Wild and untouched nature is yours!

Corsica by campervan: the south

Hello Propiano! This seaside resort located between Ajaccio and Bonifacio offers many activities, especially aquatic ones. Apart from swimming in the magnificent beaches of the bay, try your hand at diving, sea kayaking or even canyoning. For history buffs, go to the Neolithic site of Filitosa where menhir statues 2 to 3 meters high, carved in granite and shaped with human faces will welcome you. Even if we know that it is a religious center, these alignments are reminiscent of those of Carnac or Easter Island.

To finish this road trip, head to Bonifacio. Located at the southern end of the island, this town is truly of rare beauty. Built on spectacular limestone cliffs, it majestically dominates this little piece of Corsica.

As Bonifacio is only a few kilometers from some of the most famous beaches in France which are Rondinara, Santa Giulia and Palombaggia. Take the opportunity to end your stay by enjoying the jewels of this beautiful island.

A campervan rental in Sardinia

Located in the south of Corsica, head to Sardinia! The average temperature is 30°C in August.

Let yourself be carried away by the Sardinian environment and culture, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and shepherds watching over their flock. The landscape will surprise you with its forests of cork oaks, its granite blocks with improbable shapes.

With its 2000 km side, Sardinia is the ideal destination for a campervan rental, to discover the diverse scenery.

Welcome to Cagliari!

Located in the south of the island, Cagliari and its ideal Mediterranean climate attracts many tourists. Cradle of the Nuragic civilization, you will find the National Archaeological Museum and several unmissable historical monuments: the 2nd century Roman amphitheater, the San Saturnino basilica and the fortified historic district of the “castello”.

Road trip to Alghero

Alghero is a city in the northwest of Sardinia. Its historic center is one of the richest and most fascinating on the island. Heavily influenced by Spanish rule in the past, the city still maintains a strong connection to Catalan culture, architecture and language today. With its many shops and restaurants, Alghero is a city with a developed nightlife.

lop. Opt for a walk on the ramparts at sunset!

The city directly overlooks the sea so no need to go on a long excursion to swim. The downtown beach is Lido San Giovanni. To reach the most beautiful beaches, take the road north towards Porto Conte. You will then find the famous Le Bombarde beach and Lazzaretto beach with beautiful coves with transparent waters.

Olbia and northern Sardinia

The Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast in French is a real corner of paradise which extends over 55 km. The city of Olbia is at the heart of this coastline where the blue of the sea and the green of the forest intermingle. Admire 19th century buildings like the Town Hall and the Church of San Paolo. Lose yourself in the steep streets of the historic center. End the day lounging on the best beach in Pittulongu.

Take the road north towards Golfo Aranci where you will be charmed by the natural beauty of the beaches on the coast. Stop to take full advantage of the superb coves, such as Cala Moresca. You can also take a boat trip or try your hand at hiking.

Discover our entire Sardinia itinerary by motorhome.

By motorhome on the roads of Ireland

August is an ideal month to travel to Ireland and visit this country steeped in history. The average temperature is 20°C in August, a perfect temperature for visiting and hiking in complete freedom. Ireland does not have the same influx of tourists as England, so you will be more relaxed there. As with many other similar countries, the trend is more towards short stays in Dublin and its surroundings. Yet Ireland has so much to share with you, from east to west and from north to south.

 

What to visit in Ireland?

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is a fun, vibrant and bustling city with Georgian period architecture. The city is home to many museums and monuments, some of which are not to be missed, such as Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick Cathedral, the National Museum, Trinity College and its library. You can't go to Dublin and not go to Temple Bar, the historic city center with its small pedestrian streets, bars, restaurants and shops.

If you're taking the time for a longer stay, take the road west towards Galway. Take the time to visit the city, Eyre Square, the central square of the city then join the atmosphere at the heart of the city with its small colorful houses with flowery facades which give a wonderfull charm to this small city center. Experience Galway's nightlife and hit the pubs every night to dance and listen to the traditional artist's performing.

Galway is located south of the Connemara National Park, a must-see place. It's a paradise for fishermen and hikers enjoying the Irish nature and the seas and lakes.

For nature lovers, head further south to the famous Cliff of Moher and visit the famous cliffs.

Since the return of peace to Northern Ireland, tourists are rediscovering the entire country and Belfast will offer you many cultural and historical heritages such as the famous silhouettes of Samson and Goliath, the Queen's Bridge and Donegall Square and its library.

On the north coast, you will also find steep and impressive cliffs as well as the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986.

The winning outdoor activity: climbing

The country is known to be a paradise for hikers and cyclists, but other outdoor sports are possible. Several places suitable for climbing, among the best known: Mount Hungry (690 m above sea level), Mont Gabriel (400 meters) and Croagh Patrick (760 meters). The month of August is ideal for a climbing holiday.

Find an idea of ​​Road trip in Ireland for 7 unforgettable days in a campervan.

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Ready to visit your next island destination? Rent a campervan or motorhome anywhere in Europe to experience a getaway at your own pace and discover all these island's have to offer.

Joseph T

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