Hi , I am planning a three month trip to southern europe in 2014 with my wife and two kids (10 and 12). PLanning July 1 to October 1 2014. Looking at splitting the vaction into three and basing ourselves for a month each in three locations. We plane to Lease a car and then travel from these locations to nearby attractions. (maybe buy a tent and some camping gear)
At this stage we are planning a month in Portugal, then Southern France, then Italy.
We want to be based in smaller towns away from the tourist hype, but within travelling distance of the coast and other areas worth visiting.
From Portugal, we plan to visit parts of Spain (hopefully catch the stages of the tour de France in the Pyrenees), From France we want to travel into Paris and see the CoteD'azur, and from italy we want to travel down the coast but also hopefully get accross to Croatia.
I am looking for advice on suitable villages / regions to base ourselves in, or any travel tips.