Aires Biarritz/Bordeaux/Poitiers/Rouen/Calais

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  1. Happycampers1

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    Sadly our winter in Portugal has been cut short by illness so we have to travel back home at the end of January. Our route will take us into France near Biarritz then on to Calais (can't do ferries so taking the tunnel). We have a week to do it in and have stops planned in Portugal and Spain but no idea of aires in France along this route. Anyone any suggestions please?
     
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    That's tough..safe trip .

    http://en.airecampingcar.com

    Easiest way is to save these sets of files ( Aires and csmpsites etc...) on a sat nav or device, makes travelling far less stressful....
     
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    Look in the resources section.. My route to Benidorm will have what you want.

    I will add the link later, currently on my ipad and it has a stupid paste problem stopping me from adding it...
     
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    Yes that's the best idea....
    find tonka's info..
     
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    There is an Aire at Biaritz which is usually pretty busy. At Poitier we stop at Futuroscope , a theme park,where there is a large aire which can accommodate upwards of 100 vans.
    Brisey.
     
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    A place that never gets mentioned on here, except by me is Blaye just above above bordoux , free , on the coast right in the town.
     
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    Went to Blaye before Christmas but the Aire was closed because they were doing construction work (looked like they were building a new ferry terminal)
    Didn't ask whether the Aire was to be reinstated but the lady at the Tourist Info. shop in the Citadell gave me a map showing at least 12 vineyards in the immediate Blaye area that welcome Motorhomes.
     
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    Here it is.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/resources/tonkas-western-route-to-spain.99/

    Chaser, I think the reason places like Blaye (not been there) dont get mentioned is that often people are travelling through and just need an overnight stop not to far from the main route... Sure that instead of allowing 2/3 days to transit France and maybe taking a week or more those sort of stop overs would be ideal...
     
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    If you are travelling North on the non toll route there is a nice one just South of Angouleme at Nersac, had free water and electric when we were there. Also further North one at Chateaudun but not used it and another just past Chateaudun right by the side of the N10 at Marboue and a couple just North of Rouen off the N27 one at Cleres and one at Montville, if you head for one of these it takes you easy peasy through Rouen and is the route we used when the bridge was closed (open by now I guess). Further North still some people have used the aire at the Baie de Somme services.
     
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    Hope it is , might they be putting toilets and stuff in as well , if they do you will have a job to get on it, not in any of our books but as you say large citadel just up from it , boats on the other side ,large market two days a week , right in the town , not large but quite a few bars and cafes and shops, we have been a few times and hardly ever see UK vans there, must hold thirty and last time we went in September we were the only english on there.
     
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    You can actually park inside the citadel, all set out with taps and grid but looked at the prices and didn't bother:Eeek: never seen anyone in there
     
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    Just had the new alltheaires drop through the door and lo and behold Blaye is in this new one.
     
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    Marboue is very good and popular and its only about 100yards from the main road. We have stopped there at least 4 times.
    The aire faces a park and the main road is no problem.

    John
     
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    Tanks everyone. Quite a few to choose from.
     
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    We've stopped there a few times too. We've noticed that a lot of Brits try to apply the 20ft rule (well, maybe it was 10ft). One French campingcariste, in frustration, parked 1ft from a Brit who was taking up two places!
     
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    Its always been busy when we have stopped there, I counted 22 vans once with many parked in the car park adjacent and the
    layby along the lane.

    John
     
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    Biarritz: Ave Milady (south of centre) has EHU, Anglet Boulevard des Plages (north of centre) is quieter but no EHU.

    Poitiers: Parc Futuroscope at Jaunay-Clan (north of Poitiers) - The park is closed until early Feb but we stopped in their huge MH parking area (on the right as you go in) when it was closed in the autumn. The access barrier is apparently left up on the approach road to allow service buses through. It's got a 3.5m height limit. Service point still works when the park's shut.

    The Wissant aire (30 minutes short of Calais) is free and quiet.
     
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    Biarritz Ave Milady aire now has gated access and is €12 a night inc hook up
    we were here last week
    Aire at Vendome had closed and tow away signs last week
     
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