Maiden voyage france/spain

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  1. Hayleylulu

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    .planning our first trip abroad. was thinking of tunnel/calais then heading through france via rouen/orleans/millau/pepignon-girona then onto the costa brava. anyone done this route. even so i would appreciate some advice. the earliest i can go is around the 3rd week in june due to commitments and returning before the end of july. how busy will it be on the aires . what is the weather like typically/ we are really looking forward to this and had hoped to go earlier. but wondered if we should wait until early sept. all/any info much appreciated
     
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    About blooming time, have a fantastic trip and don't get stuck in a low tunnel:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    It's about as busy as it will get in July due to Continental school holidays.

    By end first week of September all the French are back to work with most of the sites if required still open.
    I believe that September will will ideal in Spain as not roasting as in July.

    Think your route depends on whether you want to see particular things and if you travel motorways or non motorway, or a combination of both.

    Eurotunnel have high demand times and dates, so play around with different times on the days you choose as the prices can differ greatly.

    Whatever you do it will the holiday of a lifetime as a first overseas trip.
     
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    Good route, which can be done without tolls except of course for the Milau bridge which you must cross (e9.50 last year).
    The Aires are likely to be busy but avoiding the tourist towns and cities should help.

    Just do a little research on where not to overnight such as Motorway Aires etc. and you'll be OK.

    The weather is likely to get hotter as you go south and very hot in Spain but not unbearable, as a rule.
    The first time is always the best as it is an adventure all the way.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    Now you 2 better stop at my place !!! I am waiting for you . I will be at home in June and July so take your ticket for Toulouse please!!:BigGrin::BigGrin::Wink:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Wink::thumb:
     
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    First time in France

    :BigGrin:I did most of that route 2 years ago in May. We started off slightly different by going down to the Loire stopping at Louches near Tours. We then took the N943 to Clermont Ferrand. Then joined the toll free A75 via the Millau viaduct to Montpelliep. From there we joined the N613,N609 to the Spanish border. There were plenty of camp sites long the way and i would advise getting a ACSI camping card to save on site fee as most sites accept them in June but not in July and August. We then stayed at Estartit at Les Dudes on the Costa Brava. Overall we thoughly enjoyed the whole trip and plan on doing it again in 2013. Take time to stop in Maliau Town, plenty of Acsi camp sites near the river and well wrth a visit.:BigGrin: Enjoy:BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Martin.

    Be prepared for the heat.

    We usually go in May and again in October and it is very hot then. So it will be really hot in June and July.

    We stay on campsites so can't advise you on Aires.
    Driving on the right is a doddle so you won't have a problem with that.
    Roads are so much better than in England and less traffic.

    Call in and see Frankie, we did and she really does know how to make you welcome. She cooked us a fabulous meal. Great hostess.

    Are you taking your dog with you?

    We took our three dogs for the first time last October. They soon got used to the heat and spent most of the time asleep underneath the van.
    We went the tunnel way and came back tunnel way because of the dogs being with us.

    You will love it and want to do it again.

    Have fun

    Lesley

     
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    lol snap!!!!!
     
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    The French school holidays start around 5th July for 2012 so you may miss the traffic going down BUT I anywhere down that way will be busy in July.. We did it once to Santa Susanna in July NEVER AGAIN.. just managed to "squeeze" into the spot they gave me and the place was packed... Cant comment on aires but usual info for that time of year is get on early ie 3-4pm...and have a back up plan.

    Now September.. !! Far more civalised and we often go as soon as the kids go back to school here in UK.. sites and aires are all a lot quieter, camp fees go down and the weather is still great..

    The route is fine, done it loads of time and you can also go down the A20 route and via Toulouse. Which I prefer, very little in time or distance using either route.
     
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    OMG​


    You had me worried there for a moment Martin...

    I thought you might get near to my paradise and spoil the calm with your cavorting and late night drinking sessions... but I see you are staying well away...


    PHEW!​


    JJ :Cool:

    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    lynn tells me we have to get as far as we can keep a look out
     
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    If going to Costa Brave I would suggest the last week in May and first 3 weeks in June and then leg it out of there. I stayed at a nice little site near l'escala in June a few years ago for 100 euros for the week. Right next to the beach . Not right in a resort but a pleasant walk round the cliffs gives you bars and promenade. There are about 5 local bars though.

    Have fun:thumb:
     
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    I'm not sure if they let "Scallies" into Spain.

    Doug...
     
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    I think they do and plenty of them.

    I was in the Costa del Sol about 10 years ago on a lads break and it was a bit of an eye opener. I was "introduced" to Tony Sibson ( ex boxer) even though I didn't ask to be :Eeek:
     
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    Aren't relations with our EU cousins strained enough ?
     
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    Lynn & Martin you will both love it, enjoy:thumb:
     
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    Sea France learn Yosser Hughes is on his way to France and immediately go into liquidation...:Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:

    PS... I have stayed many, many, many nights on French motorway service stations and never had any hint of trouble...

    ...anyway... Tilly would frighten any bad person away...
     
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    Wont you need to apply to the magistrates first for your passport back?
     
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    are you determined to go tunnel? Caravan club is offering 29 GBP each way Dover Dunkirk again this year, and it covers all days, and most sailings from what I can see. If you are not members it is worth joining just for this offer...

    David
     
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    They rarely let Yosser join any clubs...:Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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