help with France route

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  1. june123

    june123 Read Only Funster

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    Starting to plan our next visit to France. Have about 3 weeks. Any advice on favourite places from Calais to foothills of the Pyrenees or thereabouts - perhaps via Morbihan in Brittany and calling at La Rochelle enroute.

    Favourite aires appreciated with emphasis on adjacent easy flat cycling.

    Also, any house/van insurance problems if we want to be away a month?
     
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    All along the Garonde river between La rochelle and Bordaux there are good aires with flat cycling they can be found in the vicarous aires in France book. We have stopped at most of them over the last few years.Some charge at a machine around 8 euros per night and some in the harbours have wifi included.
     
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    Presqu'ile de Guerande just round the corner from Morbihan, highly recommended. Aires all round the coast and many sites. Le Croisic ,La Turballe,Piriac sur Mer, Mesquer/Quimiac all smallish and picturesque, the coast is beautiful and if you want French chic try La Baule, very popular and busy with the French in Summer. If you like bird watching the Briere is one of the major marsh areas in France.
     
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    There are dozens of great aires all along the Atlantic coast ..

    one of our favorite places is Mimizan Plage.. a great aire, right on the beach, with EHU, close to local shops and with good cycling paths into the main shopping center at Mimizan and the surrounding forest.

    Google map of Mimizan Plage aire plus a lot more we have used and recommend

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=207590977793691629247.00045c1ab0c50bf957c9d&msa=0&ll=44.309109,-1.138458&spn=0.420103,1.056747&iwloc=00045c1b874d79c2a44be
     
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    Hi,
    I can second these aires all very nice and the area briere national park is nice.
    Well worth a visit is the Ile de Re, lovely island loads of cycleways great beaches , also all along west coast plenty of aires most good for cycling Check out my photo albums , The Landes region is great for beaches ,cycling all pine trees / forests and sand dunes , biscarrosse sanquinet & gastes aires all very nice lakeside aires plus many more on the coast.
    we usually stop on our way south west at La Mailleraye sur seine (small charge) or st Nicholas de Bliquetuit (free) which is just up the river both riverside aires then onto either Chateau Gontier (free) 2 aires one each side of river or Fougeres again free.
    any other help just ask.
    Terry:sin:
     
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    A couple of questions, starting with when are you going? In summer months the coast and coastal routes can be very crowded. Next is whether in your previous touring you have been through rural France, where you can see something of the real France, with routes to the Pyrenees going through the Loire valley and on through Limousin, Dordogne and the Lot. Sensational scenery, and no need to be cheek by jowl on overcrowded aires and campsites.
    Wherever you go have a great time in this beautiful country.:Smile:
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    ile de rei is great for cycling as is most of the coast from soulac sur mer all the way down to biaritz
    futher inland you could visit the gorge du tarn just north of the milau bridge not good for cycling though, we just wander and see what we find most of the time strange how in france you can wander but in england you seem to always need a destination
     
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    We'll probably go late May. We have spent a lot of time in France and have always avoided the motorways to see more of rural France. The south west side is probably the part we have seen the least of so thought we would meander down that side of the country. Personal recommendations are always useful and would be gratefully received.
     
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