Routes to Spain

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    Hi all

    Well it's now looking good for our second trip to Spain for a couple of months leaving early March. We went down last year through France to Narbonne and then followed the coast south into Spain. We returned through the Pyrenees and the Viela Tunnel which was a wonderful experience.

    Would the Viela be a sensible route in early March? I'm thinking it might not be. What other options are viable in early March for crossing the Pyrennes?

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    depends where in spain u r off to really
    but you can try the route that takes you around bordeaux and then down to zaragoza its a good route but there are tolls after bordeaux but shouldnt be to costly
     
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    Thanks Bill and Linda...we're probably looking at hitting the coast somewhere between Barcelona and Valencia. Is that the E7 road then that you refer to? Pau to Huesca?

    I'm just trying to get a general feel for the best route. The Vielha was great in May but I would not fancy the roads on either the French or Spanish side during winter. Dave
     
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    I have a house in Javea and travel twice a year. Have tried all the routes and the one I stick to is via Bordeaux, Zaragoza, Valencia. Never had a problem at on any winter trips, the Spanish are much better at snow clearance than we are!

    On the French leg you can go motorway all the way to the Spanish border, or use the N roads after Rouen, via Chartres, Evreux, Angouleme, etc. takes a bit longer but if time is not a consideration makes sense.

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    Thanks Mike, this is the route that I was hoping might be possible and looks the most direct. The link will be studied as well. Last year we used mostly non-toll routes but realised this was not always the best option. I'm sure your link will help in finding a good balance of both toll and non toll.

    Dave
     
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    Looks like I'll be running through France to Spain on Tuesday instead of the ferry.
     
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    The route we use mainly avoiding tolls and heading for the Valencia area is basically the N10 in France crossing into Spain south of Bayonne.
    Calais - Rouen - Chartres - Tours - Bordeaux - Bayonne - Irun - Zaragoza - Valencia.
    I would recommend using the toll road around Bayonne to the Spanish border as the Bidart - Saint Jean Du Luz road can be very congested and extremely slow.
    There are substantial stretches of Motorway and Dual Carriage Way on this route and some reasonable Aires for night stops.
     
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    Thanks for those Michelin routes...spot on!

    Dave and Ginny
     
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    Would strongly recommend route via Rouen, Paris can be a pain.:cry:

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