Overnight stop near Calais or Bolougne

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  1. sealski

    sealski Read Only Funster

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    We are doing our first European trip on Thursday (14/7/2011).

    Our final destination is only Picardie France, but as we do not arrive in Calais until after 10pm, I was hoping that someone could advise where to stay within 30 minutes of hitting French turf.

    Cite Europe have emailed me back and said that we are welcome to stay there overnight at no charge, but I have heard differing stories about safety and I am therefore wondering if we should travel further down the A16.

    Any advise will be appreciated
     
  2. Theonlysue

    Theonlysue Funster Life Member

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    Hi, the park up at Calais is very safe, well lit, no facilities and next door to the police!!

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    N50'58.037 E1'52.108

    Its just a few minutes away from when you get off the ferry.... Have stayed overnight without any problems,

    S
     
  3. weekenders

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    We have stayed overnight at Cite Europe at the end of May,when we came off the tunnell train, it is right next to the police station, and plenty of room in the carpark, they were all english motorhomes and is quite safe just for a stop over
     
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    As theonlysue says.;
    Just stay on the Ferry terminal ticket office car park.... This is assuming your on the ferry.
    We always have a late crossing then a 5 min drive and bed down.. It's a little noisey but well lit and next to the police offices so pretty secure.. You get lots of motorhomes and caravans stay there travelling both ways..

    As you come out from the "customs" point take the right turn signed for town centre. Left at roundabout and then double back at the next one as if your going back on a ferry. Follow signs to ticket office..
     
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    The Calais Aire is really good for a one nighter.:Smile:
     
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    i second this, we use it all the time, or the carpark infront of the marina just before you go over the swing bridge towards the aire
     
  7. lorger

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    Hi we have also used the cite europa and found it ideal for overnight.
    Also just noticed your profile about the refereeing, i was on the senior list in Scotland for 7 years before falling out with the establishment.

    Gerry
     
  8. wasp

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    We used to stay on the Nausica car park in Bolougne but they have built an aire just up the hill out of town ot stayed there so can`t comment
     
  9. Reallyretired

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    If all you want is an overnight stay, then CiteEurope is fine and safe though not exactly scenic.
    We have stayed at Bergues which is about 8 miles from Calais and closer to Dunkerque, no facilities and room for 50+ vans just outside a very nice walled town (a few hundred yards to town centre - excellent cheese shop). It does get quite full though and you are arriving quite late.
     
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    Here is a aire on a farm a short drive from the ferry or Chunnel. Nice views very quiet.

    Sat Nav. 50.86188, 1.64815

    On Google maps :-'Feme de L'holodge'
     
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    Been there many times...on the top field..the Aire is in the book all the Aires in France under(Northern France page 295 old book page 449 new book under TARDINGHEN.. cords N50'51.771' E001'38.955').(he also had a triangle field just above his farm that you could stop on and collect water and empty at the farm better views...BUT he has been having problems with the Mayor and villages for many years so the top field was closed the last time we looked about 2 months ago) IT IS NOT FAR OFF THE MOTORWAY ONCE PAST CITE EUROPE....some of roads are quite narrow but are not a problem....the Farmer is very nice maybe a touch over sociable he normally tells you when the markets are on and where...he has a very friendly dog a bit like a pointer...and you could get free wifi if you sat near his back door to the farm house (with a booster you may get it from your van)....he also has a gite..you park at the back of the barn looking down the fields and woods, you are also allowed to walk down the paths at the side of the fields........good site.

    Mel
     
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