There are so many flavours to choose from at Fenocchio, Nice, France
Whenever my family and I go away, one of our favourite holiday treats is to indulge ourselves in a little ice cream - especially the kids! Whether you're by the beach, in the countryside, or enjoying a city break, a delicious ice cream is just the thing to cool you down, and give you a little pick-me-up burst of energy on a hot afternoon.
Italy is obviously the home of ice cream, but that's not to say that you can't find a decent scoop elsewhere. So, if you're planning a trip to Europe this summer with
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
, why not visit one of these top ice cream parlours from around the continent!
Fenocchio, Nice, France
Since 1966 when it first opened, the Fenocchio family have been putting smiles on the faces of ice cream lovers in the South of France for generations. They opened their first ice cream parlour on Place Rossetti in Nice's old town, and have an impressive 94 varieties on offer - 59 different flavours of ice cream, and 35 sorbets.
You will be spoilt for choice with all the classics on offer, as well some more unusual options including cactus, beer, verbena and chewing gum! So why not treat yourself on a sunny afternoon, pull up a pew and admire the beautiful Nice Cathedral as you tuck in to some frozen goodness!
Giuseppe Ricci, Madrid, Spain
In the height of summer, Madrid can get pretty hot so it's important to find ways to stay cool. And if you were to ask any of the locals for tips, they would no doubt point you in the direction of Giuseppe Ricci - just be prepared to queue!
Treat yourself to an ice cream after a hot day of touring the sights of Madrid, such as La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Following the techniques of the very best Italian artisans, the ice cream at Giuseppe Ricci is traditionally made using only the finest ingredients. Their extensive core menu uses fresh milk and cream for the ice cream, and only natural fruit juices for the sorbets, without adding any artificial colourings. And they even have a variety of flavours made for specific dietary requirements, which don't contain any dairy or sucrose.
Eis Fontanella, Mannheim, Germany
Mannheim may not be at the top of your list of places to visit in Germany, but if you happen to be near the city, it is definitely worth making a pit-stop for refreshments. It's always good to get out of a hot car and stretch your legs, particularly when there's a treat like the ice cream at Eis Fontanella available!
Spend a relaxing afternoon in the park in Mannheim, and enjoy a delicious ice cream
The Fontanella family have been in the ice cream business for over 100 years, hailing from Italy's Veneto region. The family business, Eis Fontanella is now run by Dario Fontanella, who took over from his father almost 30 years ago, keeping the tradition alive. Ever the innovators, the Fontanella family are famous in Germany for having created 'spaghetti ice cream', in which ice cream is pushed through a spaetzle press and topped with strawberry sauce and white chocolate shavings - delicious!
Travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
The quickest, most convenient way to get your holiday started is to set off with
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
. With services running up to four times an hour, 365 days a year, you're guaranteed to be able to travel at a time to suit you. And as it takes just 35 minutes to cross the Channel from Folkestone to Calais, you can be on your way to your favourite ice cream parlour in no time! What a treat!