New to the world of campervans? I was too until last summer when we rented the VW California Ocean from VanBreak Malaga. It’s a great van for taking to the beach or for short journeys in the warmer months. Our second time around though, we opted for the large, better equipped motorhome City Car Burstner for our little offseason road trip to Toledo and Segovia. Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case, especially with the cooler weather, it was a lot better!
If you’re thinking of renting one of these larger campervans, possibly in the off peak season or winter months, here are 10 reasons that’ll give you that final push you need.
1/ Feel the warmth
The motorhome Burstner City Car comes fully equipped with a special heating system that allows you to use it even when you’re parked. No need to worry about freezing overnight! You can easily adjust the temperature to suit your needs, and it runs on a separate battery than the car engine too.
2/ Sleeping in a high-quality bed
Our bed was extremely comfortable. Probably better than half of the hotels we have stayed in to be honest. There was plenty of space in the bed area, with lights and charging ports. There are two double beds in this van which you can adjust the height on. It’s great to be able to drive with the bed already made and ready to dive into after a long day of driving!
Perhaps the biggest advantage this motorhome has is the built in toilet and shower system. The toilet uses the water tank to flush, and a curtain pulls over the toilet while you have a shower. Yes, the van has a hot water system, which is incredible for use in the winter months. You can also open the window on top of the bathroom to allow the air to flow freely. Don’t worry, there are mirrors in there as well! The waste is very easy to dispose of too, and there are indicators inside the van showing how full all of the tanks are.
4/ Driving in comfort
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the seats in this car. They’re incredibly comfortable for driving in and made of quality leather. They are easy to adjust and have armrests too. Even as a passenger you won’t find yourself moving from time to time trying to get in a more comfortable position. There is also a set of two seats in the living room area in case you have 4 people in the van. The front seats turn around so you can all sit in the living area together too when it’s parked.
5/ Lighting system
Normally lighting systems aren’t all that interesting, but the ones in this van are great. In the evening you have the option of turning on the overhead lights throughout the van, or you can add a bit of ambiance and use the floor ones instead. There are also individual lights for the bathroom, on top of the sink, and above the table and beds.
6/ Fully equipped kitchen
Both the California Ocean and the City Car have kitchen, but this one is much nicer to cook in. There are two gas burners to use in this kitchen, and a lot of storage space for your food. It comes equipped with kitchen supplies too. The big difference is the size of the fridge, which is significantly larger and has shelves in it, making it easier to store everything. There is also an extra part to the countertop that folds away so you have more space to prepare your meals.
7/ Living area
The living space in this van is a huge bonus. As I mentioned earlier, the front seats turn around to create the living area, which will have four seats in total. There is a table which can be taken down when you’re driving in case you have guests sitting in the backseats. There are also electricity plugs and USB ports under the table for your convenience. If you don’t want to sit outside in the cold weather, it’s a great space for eating in and very comfortable, with an extendable part to the table as well.
8/ Storage space
What’s a mini motorhome without storage? The City Car motorhome has a lot more storage than the California Ocean, which is good for those of us that like to overpack! As previously mentioned, there are lots of drawers in the kitchen, but there are also storage cupboards above the living area, under the fridge, and next to the bathroom. Underneath the bed you can also find lots of room to put bigger items or your luggage. It’s great to be able to unpack all of your belongings and have a place for them to go rather than falling over them!
This technically counts as storage, but I think it needs a special spotlight. If you’ve ever rented a smaller campervan, you’ll know the struggle of finding places to put larger pieces of clothing such as your coats and jackets. The wardrobe is a great addition to this mini motorhome, and even with your coats hung up there is still a lot of room to put other pieces of clothing too!
10/ A little bit of assistance
As if this van wasn’t incredible enough, it has a little bit of a hidden gadget too. With the press of a button located next to the kitchen, a small step slides out from below the van to help you get inside. So if you have any problems getting into higher vehicles, or if you travel with children, this van’s got you covered.
If these 10 reasons aren’t enough for you, why don’t you try one of the City Car’s out for yourself! I can guarantee you’ll love the ability to travel the open road with the fitted luxury of hotel amenities.
4 reasons (from many) why traveling in a Campervan is super fun!
If you could live anywhere, wouldn’t you want to live everywhere?
A little while ago, my French friends who had just started their company VanBreak Malaga came up with the best idea. They asked me to test one of their newest campervans, the Volkswagen California Beach for a road trip from Malaga (Spain) to Faro (Portugal)…a route along the most beautiful coasts of Europe. A verrrry welcome break after some intensive hikes so I didn’t need much time to say YES :).
The days before I left I couldn’t think of anything else then driving around in my bikini all day. Dreaming of camping on beaches and gathering around a campfire while drinking beers under the stars.
Guess what? The reality was e-xac-tly like this. What an experience! It was hard to say goodbye to my new “home” after 6 days of living like a gypsie. This way of traveling perfectly represent exactly what I am about; flexible travel, finding your own way, getting an authentic and fulfilling travel experience, traveling with – and making new – friends.
There’s no freer, more satisfying feeling than packing your (few) belongings into a van and taking off on the long open road, with nothing but some good tunes, good friends or lover and the tarmac for company. And…road tripping in a campervan is not only for hardcore adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. With a shower on board (cold, but this will warm up during the day), a little kitchen, and a pretty comfortable bed, this way of traveling is suitable even for the less experienced camper.
This is absolutely the best reason and the beauty of road tripping in a campervan. You can go wherever you want to. Just so long as there’s a road and you’ve not run out of petrol you’re perfectly fine. You are completely free to go and stop & sleep where ever you want! Today you’re in Paris, tomorrow you sleep at the beach in Spain and in a week you’re checking out Rome! Navigated to a place but you don’t really like it? Don’t worry and look for that perfect spot! Even sleeping in the middle of a city is possible (and saves you loooooot’s of money on expensive hotels). #your home is where you park your van 😉
2. You sleep on the most exclusive places
There are few five star hotels in the world that will offer you as unrivalled immersion and breathtaking views in nature as a van will. You can literally sleep on the beach, feel the breeze of the sea and hear the mesmerizing sound of rolling waves (which made me pee a lot, but hey that’s part of the deal). Come the morning, it will just be you and the birds watching the sun rise over the horizon. Waking up with the sunlight in your face is the best feeling in the world!
Yes, it can be a bit creaky and a little less comfortable than a five star bed but that’s the charm!
3. It’s a cheap way to travel
Camping in a van is the cheapest way to travel (not counting a tent and a bike, but you’ve got to be bloody fit and feel like it to cycle around with a tent). It’s accommodation and transport all rolled into one, so if you’re looking for adventure, it’s the way forward.
When I stay in a luxurious hotel resort, I get so bored after a couple of hours near the pool that the only way to entertain myself is to go shopping or to order food and drinks, and more drinks, and more food. When you do a road trip, you will be grateful for all your adventures and beautiful views, so you won’t need much entertainment. The most amazing moments are the mornings when you have your freshly brewed coffee while enjoying the sunset from your bed, and pick nicks on the beach with stinky cheese, some bread and cheap ass wine. This way of living saves you at least one bottle of Moet a day.
Stock up with snacks, water and other drinks from supermarkets instead of getting them from the service stations on route. You will save lots of money.
4. Everyday is an adventure
From deciding where you’re going to sleep, eat and shower, from one day to the next, it will never be the same! Each day, a new road will take you to a new place, a new view, a new community and a new way of life. Each day you will be lucky enough to meet new people from all walks of life, and learn things without realizing.
Camping in a campervan definitely takes you off the beaten path. While looking for cool places to stay, we often drove into small roads, not knowing where to end up…and found the most beautiful places. In addition to hotels booking up, a lot of places you end up with your campervan in the search for a beautiful spot are very rural with few hotel options, especially the areas near or, even better ON the beach. With a campervan you avoid driving to and from your hotel every day, allowing you to spend more time in these beautiful off-the-beaten-path places where accommodations are limited.
I loved the sense of freedom that came with this road trip. The idea that you can head for the horizon and never come back. I might consider living like this for the coming few years…;)
For more info contact VanBreak Malaga
TARIFA : Kitesurf and Campervan
Looking for more fluidity in your stay? Discover another way to travel with VanBreak and Freeride Tarifa by combining the Andalusian tour with sports activities such as kitesurfing. This is what we offer you to ensure you a seamless journey. Pick up your van in Malaga and come directly to Tarifa to start your kitesurf experience during 5 days to become a intermediate rider.
After Tarifa you will be free to continue your trip and stroll to the sandstone of your wishes and if there was any lack of ideas you can follow our suggested itinerary to lead you to the discovery of some fascinating and unusual places: surfing session at El Palmar, enjoy a mojito for the sunset at Caños de Meca… As life is a ride, you will decide “when” and “where” you want to take the road.
Kitesurf camp in Tarifa, from March to November
Highlights Camp :
- 20 hours of kitesurfing lessons
- IKO certified instructors
- Level: beginners, intermediates riders
- 2 persons per instructor
- Brand new Naish kitesurf equipment
- Volswagen California T6
- Camper Van for 2-4 persons
- Van Camp available from 12 days
- 5 days to visit the countryside
KITESURF – Agenda
Your daily scheduling includes one kite session of 2 hours in the morning, a break for lunch time to take energy and an other kite session of 2 hours during the afternoon.
You will learn kitesurfing through 3 main stages which are kite controle, boddy drag and waterstart. We will teach you the self-rescue technique to become an independente rider. No experience is needed for this activity, you just have to be able to swim.
VANBREAK: Ride & Stay
Come enjoy this trip in Califonia Beach Van to live the best road trip ever, driving the Volswagen California T6.
This Camper Van owns a large living space and a big safe. Equipped with 2 double beds, an indoor lounge, the Beach Van is perfect for family and group of friends to visit the countryside and have a total onboard comfort. We provide you all necessary equipment to live in complete autonomy.