Calais Aire

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  1. MikeD

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    We stayed in the "aire" by the Calais marina last night on the way home from Switzerland.
    We got charged 7 euro's for the pleasure by the Calais council and had a gang of youths hanging around till nearly 2 am.
    Not causing trouble or anything but noisy.
    Not a lot of fun:Eeek:

    Not sure I could recommend this aire to anyone especially for use at weekends!!!!!
     
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    it is free round the corner

    It is free round the corner at Cite Europe in the aires area by the police station.

    Bob:Blush:
     
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    we stayed on the Aire in Brugge the night before we caught the ferry. It was 15E but included electricity and was only a 10 min walk into the town which was nice to walk round & eat in. only a short drive from Calais.
     
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    ... and we usually stay in the 'sans billets' area at the port ... :Smile:
     
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    sounds expensive

    €15 sounds a tad expensive to me for an air.. can get a site using the ACIS book for less with electric thrown in and water. There are several sites just down the road in West-Vlaanderen on the N34 coast road very close to Ostend... especially in Westende village right on the sea front.

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    IMO .. Calais Aire has always been a dump , best avoided overnight (as you discovered) , but useful for dumping and filling up

    Better place is Citi Europe, where there is a dedicated motorhome parking place

    GPS 50.932854,1.811134

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=shopping+centres+and+large+stores+near+Calais,+France&hl=en&ll=50.932864,1.811051&spn=0.001728,0.005203&sll=50.913857,1.840553&sspn=0.055306,0.166512&oq=shopp+Calais,+France&t=h&hq=shopping+centres+and+large+stores&hnear=Calais,+Pas-de-Calais,+Nord-Pas-de-Calais,+France&fll=50.932915,1.812154&fspn=0.001728,0.005203&z=18&layer=c&cbll=50.932864,1.811051&panoid=P7zRuRZWNi0EKpphTJkDcg&cbp=12,89.64,,0,0

    First pic us in the coach park (too big for the aire)
    Second pic shows aire
     

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    We have stayed there very many times and to date have never had any problems. I think you may have just been unlucky on this occasion, unless anyone else knows differently?
     
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    We did not go there but our neighbour advised it was full. He also said that they have reduced the area you can park in.
    I would have moved to it else.
     
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    We stayed there on the way out, Wednesday but arrived late and boy did it rain that night.
    No problem then:thumb:
     
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    Yes, they're working on a section of it at the moment but we've never had a problem finding space there... :thumb:
     
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    I stayed on the Citie Europe aire on Wednesday and it was almost empty.
    The restaurants in Citie Europe stay open quite late, so I often go in there for a meal.

    Moules marinière and Chips €9.95. delicious.

    Yes it did chuck it down a bit. Wall to wall rain from Antwerp to Calais and quite a few incidents on the Motorway.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    Likewise - we use the Bassin Ouest Marina parking area as a second choice if the aire by the port/beach is full. Only problem we had was when they put a fun fair all over it one Easter and we had to drive to Gravelines instead.

    Both Calais aires are run by the Camping Municipale next door to the port aire, so you're expected to pay for Bassin Ouest.
     
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    stayed there on Friday night Lashed down later in the evening but no problem there. Caught the tunnel at 0750. Only problem was we were so intent on finding the booth etc in the lashing rain, that we did not see a sign for the dog passport office.:Eeek: Likewise with two other couples who hadn't seen any sign Has anyone had this problem as the signage may need sorting out?
     
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    Where??

    where is Cite Europe?? I have stayed on the Aire at Calais before but begrudge payng E7 for the privilage.>
     
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    Scotjimland posted earlier in this thread:

    IMO .. Calais Aire has always been a dump , best avoided overnight (as you discovered) , but useful for dumping and filling up

    Better place is Citi Europe, where there is a dedicated motorhome parking place

    GPS 50.932854,1.811134

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=shopp...=12,89.64,,0,0

    First pic us in the coach park (too big for the aire)
    Second pic shows aire
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    Hi Mike, and other users of this and other aires please do leave a review on our aires site. Thanks. http://www.frenchaires.com/. :thumb:
     
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    They must be quite old pictures, because I haven't seen a height barrier on that Aire in the last few years.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    Oct 2008 Pete .. the date is on the picture.. last time we came back in the RV

    i see the Google image date is also 2008
     
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    Has anyone had this problem as the signage may need sorting out?[/QUOTE]

    Last year (2011) September first time for us returning to UK with Toby, our dog and we missed the Dog passport control area, so had to drive through checkout and go back out to dog control area, you need to look up at the signs far right, bit mustard coloured Paw print, they have their own car park big enough for motorhomes and cars, once you know it's there you can't miss it.

    Also Cite Europe shopping centre is very big, lots of restaurant's, we have twice used the chinese one, 3 courses for 8.50 euro's, bargain
     
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    OK. Just in case anyone is worried about a height restriction, there isn't one.:Smile:
    There is a very slight slope though, but not enough to stop your fridge working.:Laughing:
    Just follow signs for Bus parking and you'll find it.:thumb:
    Pete:Cool:
     
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