Calais to Arcachon

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  1. Rob

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    Hi all

    Planning our first ever trip to France in MH this July and have chosen to stay at a campsite at Arcachon for around a week. Plan on taking it slow on the way down from Calais so was after any recommendations on where to stay on the way there and back again?

    Also any advice on the best route options would be appreciated. How much would the tolls be , or is there a decent toll free route ?

    Thanks in advance

    Rob
     
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    Cheers John
     
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    Would that be the campsite in the pine forest?, if so stayed there about 5 years ago, great place and a nice walk up a bloody great sand dune on your door step,


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    A couple of years ago we stayed at a campsite called La Cigale in Aras in Arcachon and was very impressed.
    We always set our satnav to avoid toll routes and just take our time so we see more of the country and just stop on aires when ready.

    Enjoy your trip.
     
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    Oh and the other side of the Dune

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    And from the Cap Ferret side

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    You can paraglide off Pyla Dune too.
     
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    Sorry cant help with directions and tolls as we went up from the south but in case you don't know buses are really cheap from outside the dune campsites into Arcachon and the cycling paths are fantastic too. Meal at the market cafe. Have a great time.
     
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    Beware the ferry from Royan across the estuary to where you want to be. If you think crossing the Channel is expensive bearing in mind the distance across it - you ain't seen nothing yet! LOL
     
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    Hi Rob,
    You don't say how long your trip is, or how long you are staying at the campsite.
    Are you OK to use aires on the way there & back, are you thinking of 3 or 4 days done and back.
    What sort of mileage do you want to do each day. journey is somewhere between 550-- 600 miles.
    I (personally) only like driving about 200 max a day( but then I'm in my late 60's & tire easily) driving over there is very easy, we dont use peage roads (toll)
    what time do you arrive in Calais & how far do you want travel first day.
    as Carol say's avoid royan ferry expensive.
    heres a couple of ideas of what I'd do.
    3 night St Nicolas de Bliquetuit (avoiding Rouen),Saumur, Angouleme ( la couronne), Arcachon.
    2 night Gace, Couhe, Arcachon
    hope this helps Terry
    ps when you are down there you must visit La dune de Pyla 100 metre high sand dune , as posted by drexxer
     
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    I went there years ago and can't remember which campsite it was although it was in the pine forest but I found the sand dune intimidating Wouldn't stop me going there again though.
     
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    To think I drove right past that wonderful site and didn't stop :mad:
     
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    It's a big dune!
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    Dune du Pyla I believe there is an aire actually there at the dune in the car park ( not free)
     
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    If you drive down via Limousin pop in the Parc Verger. Bob and Di run a lovely peaceful site and there are usually always a Funster or two there.

    http://www.parcverger.com/
     
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    Bit of a trek up the dune, but the slide back running down is fun!!
     
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    You can drive south from Calais, avoiding Paris and the tolls down to Limoges are less than half the price of going via Le Mans.
    Turn right at Limoges, you could stop over at Parc Verger, then continue via Brantome. There's an autoroute to Bordeaux or you can go on the smaller roads which are all fine for Motorhomes and pick up the autoroute on the toll free part. South at Bordeaux ( Arcachon signposted from the motorway) It's an easy drive., though Calais to Parc Verger would be a long day. Plenty of Aires on the way though.
    Arcachon is a lovely area, very popular with the French who live inland
     
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    A 'Dune Phoon' ! LOL
     
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