Can you help us plan a route through France to Roses in Spain please?

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  1. Rita and Andrew

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    So we leave in less than 2 weeks and are heading to the Bay of Roses in Spain. We only have 14 days so we plan on 2 days of 4/5 hour drives from Calais. Any help with route and sites would be fab..
     
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    Mas Nou is a lovely site at Empuriabrava. Three miles into Roses...Rouen down through Orleons., Clairmont .Millau Bezier. Perpigan .Spain,,,,Two nights on the road should do it...Enjoy. BUSBY.
     
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    I misread your post and was going to attached a link for Spain, hence the two links referred to above. However, you may find it useful for future planning so here it is.
    http://about-spain.net/travel/map.htm
    Further to Scotjimlands post, it's going to be a two day drive from Calais, to get to the Spanish border (If you can do this over a weekend there will be less HGV on the road).
    Alternatively, you could consider Brittany! there in a day from Calais and you could even bolt on the D Day beaches and museums which is a must see/do trip.
    Either way, enjoy your trip and have a safe journey,
     
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    Unless you are set on using the tunnel why not get an overnight ferry from Portsmouth?

    You leave UK at around 10.30pm and arrive "slightly" refreshed at around 7.00am in France.

    One day drive along the mostly non toll motorways to Twin Lakes near Bordeaux. Then onwards and cross into Spain (the tolls are cheaper) and follow the road down towards Roses.

    Would be a long three days driving from Scotland though. Definitely not 4-5 hours a day.
     
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    The standard routes avoid Paris for obvious reasons but that is the most direct route. The fastest, easiest to navigate and dearest is to take the motorway via Reims and Lyon. The other preferred route is to take the RED C route which picks up the good dual carriageways through Central France. You head for Rouen, Evreux,Dreux,Chartres,Orleans, Clermont Ferrand then across the Millau Bridge.
     
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    I realised that, but as usual only after my chance to retract the comment

    FYI you have one hour from posting to change or delete, maybe I should have done just that

    a tip for you, to make a member aware of a comment add @ to the front of their forum name, but they will also be notified if you copy their comment in reply

    It will be interesting to see if you got the same replies to both questions :)
     
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    If you take the faster toll roads, it could cost as much as € 130 each way!
    Most normally allow 3 days to travel from calais to southern Spain, so that would mean 6 days off your hols.
    Perhaps somewhere a bit closer?
     
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    Thank you, we're definitely going to rethink our plans now. We have taken the caravan to the south of France but we did have a longer holiday. I suppose it will all depend on the weather as I think we at just chase the sun :)
     
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    Are you sure about Roses?

    I think there are much nicer places in the Bay of Roses than Roses itself.

    L'escala being one example.
     
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    You have 2 choices when driving in France.

    Motorways are quicker (particularly Sundays with almost no HGV) but can be darned expensive.
    N and D roads, cheaper but a lot slower, probably down to an average of 50/60 kph but you see more of the real France (?), fuel is cheaper, there are more and better choice of aires to stop, more shops if you need anything

    Personally I think you are being too ambitious, as others have said you won't do 800 miles in 8 -10 hours driving (even though the speed limit is 130k most of the time).

    If you cannot take more time then you will have to shorten the journey unless of course you are happy to spend half your holiday driving.

    Stop in France while you still can.
     
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