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  1. tyrangie1

    tyrangie1 Read Only Funster

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    Hi all and Happy New Year in advance.

    And now I would like some advice, we have booked a ferry for 6th Jan for our first trip to Spain going through France have worked out a route avoiding Toll roads and our intention was to take our time getting to Malaga area :Smile:. After looking at the long range forecast the weather is not looking too good :Sad: and we wondered if anyone had travelled on this route in bad weather conditions and if there is snow, are the roads cleared etc. I am probably worrying for nothing but I don't want to be put off as we were hoping to do the same yearly.
    Any advice appreciated and Thank you in advance.
    Hope you all have A Happy and Prosperous New Year :Smile:
     
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    Went over to N France 2 years ago at easter and it snowed badly, a good 6 inches, got going in the morning and even the side roads were cleared, it was amazing.
    So if that is the norm you should have nothing to worry about.
    Have a good trip and Happy New Year
     
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    We went to Spain one year towards the end of January. It started snowing just outside Boulogne and stayed with us until we went around Barcelona. We used the N roads where possible and had planned to cross the Pyrenees near Andorra but the roads were not good enough so we continued down to the Med and went along the coast road to Marbella.

    Generally the roads were cleared quite quickly and we only had to use the snow chains twice. It is illegal to use some mountain roads in winter unless you have snow chains on board. We always carry chains even in the summer! :Smile:

    Phil.
     
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    In My opinion there are only 2 ways to cross into Spain this time of year,

    1/ Cross at Biarritz, south, west France, this involves going over some mountains but the are normally kept clean of snow and the roads are all motorway

    2/ Cross at the south east of French / Mediterranean and there are no mountains there, plus the coast road down to Malaga is also not on mountains.

    Out of the 2, I would use the East crossing as there are not the potential problems with mountains.

    Doug...
     
  5. nomadic

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    Hi Tyrangiel,

    We came over 15/12, and the snow caught up with us, and we could see the reaction of the French roads maintenance units....very very good. It was apparent the toll roads do get some priority. We did encounter a problem on the D704, on the most extreem day, and did opt for the toll road, that day when we arrived at the N20. It was awaiting treatment, in our area, and the tolls seemed fair for the progress we made in such conditions.

    After that, we did encounter high winds for a day, but after that it was sunshine all the way.

    Enjoy your trip, its part of the holiday.:thumb:

    Nomadic
     
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    Sorry cant offer any advise because we havent as yet ventured abroad in the M/H, but all I wanted to say was have a good time on the CDS and I hope the weather is good when you get there. We usually go to Benalmadena at Xmas but decided to use M/H in the uk this year instead.
     
  7. wanderer

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    Hi
    We travelled both ways last winter back home from Almeria in Dec and back again at the beginning of Feb. We used non tolls going home and tolls to return and found the conditions quite depressing especially in France dark,wet,snow and cold.not many sites open and most of them were being used as overnighters. A lot of the aires were deserted and did not feel the same as the summer/spring/autumn. Sorry to sound so depressing but if its warmth your looking for get as far south as you can as quickly as you can.Both east and west crossingsof the Pyrennes were fine and the worst snow we encountered was north of Madrid.
    Hope you have great trip
    Wandererer
     
  8. Kon tiki

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    Wouldn't bother taking your time whichever route you go. Went a year ago today & found France really cold, had some snow at Oradour-sur-Glane but they seemed to clear the main roads pretty well. Stayed at Frankies (yodeli) at Toulouse & had a warm welcome despite the snow. Didn't see much of the sun until we got to the Spanish border. Didn't find any aires especially in the north that had the water turned on so make sure you plan to have enough.

    We are off on 19th Feb & this time we are going down towards Biarritz then on the Portugal. Hoping to get to the Spanish border in 2 to 3 days max.
     
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