The best French Aires en routes to North East Spain

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  1. MrsM

    MrsM Funster

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    Despite putting back our departure a couple of days due to work stuff, we still haven't decided on a route through France. Thought we would ask everyone which are their favourite French Aires and see how many we can stay at.

    Would love to stay at the most scenic ones and a smooth pleasant drive down.

    So what's your suggestions? :)
     
  2. bryandh

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    Cahors on the River Lot, great aire (2 of them) well located to visit this beautiful town. In the Aires book if you have it.

    regards, Bryan
     
  3. FIDGET

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    Hi , here's a couple we have stayed at ( Hope these help )
    Terry FIDGET


    SAINT NICOLAS DE BLIQUETUIT (4*)
    ADDRESS: RTE DU BAC

    TEL: 02 35 96 21 53 FAX:

    EMAIL: mairiestnicolas@wanadoo.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ ELECTRIC

    LOCATION: URBAN NO. OF SPACES: 12


    PRICES/ RATES: JETONS from MAIRIE or RESTAURANT

    PARKING: FREE/ 48HRS SERVICES: 2€ WATER or ELECTRIC

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N49.52083 E00.72778

    DIRECTIONS: From YVETOT take D131 SOUTH across SEINE & turn RIGHT to ST NICOLAS. In village takeD40 NORTH to SEINE & AIRE (next to river).

    SITE DESCRIPTION The aire is in a very pleasant position on the banks of the river Seine, about 2kms north of the village of St Nicolas de Bliquetoit, next to a boat jetty & overlooking the Seine & the town of Caudebec-en-Caux on the opposite bank. There are 12 marked parking spaces on tarmac next to the river & surrounded by open farmland, no shade but a very quiet location. Euro-Relais service point with drainage grid.

    REVIEW:

    1) Lovely spot with fine 180 degree views over the Seine & the Pont de Brotonne, absolutely tranquil but a bit remote with no facilities nearby. Picnic area here & cars appear to also use the spaces but it empties out in the evening. Clean borne in good working order. Ideal for a quiet night, footpaths along the river in either direction for a pleasant walk. St Nic is 5 mins drive away & has a small café/ restaurant that sells the jetons for the borne.

    2) "An aire next to the Seine where 12 camping-cars can stay free on spaces separated by hedges." RECOMMENDED CAMPING-CAR MAGAZINE



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    ST NICOLAS DE BLIQUETUIT

    SULLY-SUR-LOIRE (3*)
    ADDRESS: CHEMIN DE LA SALLE VERTE

    TEL: 02 38 36 20 08 FAX: 02 38 36 38 62

    EMAIL: sullysurloire@wanadoo.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ RUBBISH

    LOCATION: RURAL/ RIVER NO. OF SPACES: 35


    PRICES/ RATES:

    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N47.77116 E02.38448

    DIRECTIONS: From EAST take D7 into town. Turn LEFT @ boulangerie (Signposted Aire) & follow road for 200m to AIRE.

    SITE DESCRIPTION This municipal aire is located at the edge of the Loire on the western side of this small town in a large gravel parking area surrounded by grass areas. There is some shade here under trees, the aire is lit at night & it is 1km from the centre of town. Large marked spaces with grass adjacent. There is an Artisanal service point & drainage platform. Good range of shops in town as well as some eating places.

    REVIEW:

    A very quiet location with little shade & about 1km from the centre of this rural town, next to a forest with several walks/ cycle trails. Chateau within 500m. Large gravel parking area, easy to manoeuvre but access is via a narrow chicane bordered by rocks which may present problems to large vehicles.

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    ST DENIS DU MAINE (3*)
    ADDRESS: BASE DE LOISIRS "LA CHESNAIE", off D152

    TEL:02 43 98 40 94 FAX: DITTO

    EMAIL: mairie-st-denis-du-maine@wanadoo.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN

    LOCATION: LAKESIDE/ SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 10


    PRICES/ RATES:

    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: FREE

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N47.96631 W00.53256

    DIRECTIONS: From LAVAL take D21 SOUTH & then D152 NORTH to ST DENIS. As you approach village, LAKE is on RIGHT & entrance to AIRE is RIGHT just before village.

    SITE DESCRIPTION This pleasant municipal aire is situated on the southern side of the small village of St Denis (Pop.400) in a medium sized parking area on the Base de Loisirs, next to a large lake. There are ample parking spaces on hard standing around the lake with some shade in places, there is a play area & swimming is allowed in the lake in the summer. The aire is about 200m from the village where there are few facilities. Artisanal service point with drainage platform.

    REVIEW:

    A very nice lakeside aire just outside the small rural village of St Denis with good emplacements overlooking the lake. The aire has a well designed drive-thru service point with 2 taps. There is a small campsite also next to the lake (closed when we visited). A quiet little village with an interesting 11th century church plus a couple of chateaux nearby. Bar/ restaurant & a butcher in village.



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    ST DENIS

    ORADOUR SUR GLANE (5*)
    ADDRESS: RUE DU STADE, OFF D9

    TEL: 05 55 03 10 01 FAX:

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    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/ BLACK DRAIN / ELECTRIC / TOILETS / RUBBISH

    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 20


    PRICES/ RATES: CASH

    PARKING: FREE SERVICES: 2€ WATER OR ELECTRIC

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N45.93565 E01.02479

    DIRECTIONS: From LIMOGES take N141 WEST & D9 to ORADOUR SUR GLANE. Proceed thru village on D9 (RUE DE LA LANDE) & just before leaving turn LEFT into AVE DU STADE. Then at end of road - turn RIGHT into RUE DU STADE & AIRE.

    SITE DESCRIPTION: The Aire at this historic WWII village & visitor centre is situated at the northern edge of the "new" village (500m from the centre) & about 1km from the ruins of the old village. The aire is a fairly modern purpose built construction (2004) with 10 very large sloping concrete spaces (each taking 2 motorhomes) accessed off a circular tarmac road (reserved for motorhomes), there is no shade but there are toilets, picnic tables, a play area & rubbish bins. The borne is a Raclet with a badly positioned drainage grid.

    In June, 1944, just after the D-Day landings, an SS division (that had been attacked by the French Resistance) entered this small village to make an example of the occupants. The 642 villagers were rounded up, massacred & the village destroyed. The village has been kept in the same state as it was on that day as a reminder of the horrors of war. The ruined village can be visited together with a Centre de la Memoire.

    REVIEW

    1) A well arranged & well maintained aire but not the best of designs -- the spaces are quite sloping (ramps required) & the grey drainage at the borne is hopeless, otherwise the location is quite quiet but not very convenient for the ruins or the Centre de la Memoire. There are WC's & washbasins on the aire (no showers), as well as a barbeque & play area. The aire is signposted in the village.

    2) A good facility in a nice open location overlooking a wooded area, but we found that quite a few of the spaces had been taken by cars when we visited in August. A fascinating & quite moving place to visit.

    3) A good aire but it was full when we visited so we stayed in one of the car parks at the southern side of the new village -- a lot more convenient for visiting the martyr village but no facilities here. Quite quiet at night & an easy walk to the shops & restaurants. Car parks get very full as the day progresses so best to arrive early or late after the cars have gone.

    4) "An impeccable aire in a pleasant wooded environment". CAMPING-CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED


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    ORADOUR SUR GLANE

    BRANTOME3 (3*)
    ADDRESS: CHEMIN DU VERT GALANT

    TEL:05 53 05 70 21 FAX:

    EMAIL:

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN

    LOCATION: URBAN/ RIVERSIDE NO. OF SPACES: 80


    PRICES/ RATES: CASH

    PARKING: 3.5€/ 24HRS SERVICES: 2€ WATER

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N45.36136 E0.64819

    DIRECTIONS: Entering town from SOUTH on D939, take 1st EXIT at ROUNDABOUT & then next LEFT. AIRE is on LEFT after 100m.

    SITE DESCRIPTION This municipal aire is situated close to the town centre in a very large level field in the south west of the town. The field is accessed by a gravel track off the road with some shade under mature trees around the edges & parking also possible next to the river -- all pitches are on grass. The aire is only 300m from the town centre with its good variety of shops & weekly market. Artisanal service point with platform drain.

    REVIEW: 2011 A very large, quiet & popular aire with spaces on grass (difficult when wet). Close to shops. Very picturesque & historic town. Official calls in morning to collect fees.

    2011 "The aire is very pleasant & spacious in a nice environment, close to the village & its shops." RECOMMENDED CAMPING-CAR MAGAZINE

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    BRANTOME(3)
    COULON (3*)
    ADDRESS: PARKING DE L'AUTREMONT, RUE ANDRE CRAMOIS (D123)

    TEL: 05 49 35 99 29 (OT) FAX: 05 49 35 84 31

    EMAIL: info@marais-poitevin.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN/ TOILETS/ RUBBISH

    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL NO. OF SPACES: 20


    PRICES/ RATES: CASH PAYABLE AT OT

    PARKING: 5€/ NIGHT SERVICES: FREE

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N46.32120 W00.58903

    DIRECTIONS: From NIORT take D9 WEST 10km & D1 NORTH over river into COULON. In town centre, turn LEFT onto D123 (ARCAIS) & AIRE is on LEFT after 500m.

    SITE DESCRIPTION: The aire is located in the large gravel parking area on the western edge of town that is used for visitors to the town & tourists who are hiring the boats on the river. The parking is level, mainly on grass, with little shade & is quite convenient; being only 100m from the river & 200m to the centre of town & its shops. Town is very nice & quite tourist oriented -- being a popular place to hire boats on the Marais Poitevin, an area of canals & marshes -- one of the largest wetland areas in France. Artisanal service point with drainage platform is 100m from parking.

    REVIEW:

    1) CAMPING CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED : "Magnificent aire on the banks of the river".

    2) The parking here is very busy, being used by the patrons of the hire boats on the river but it empties out in the evening & becomes a very pleasant location next to the river. A lovely old town with good shops & there is a footpath from the parking to the river & it also follows alongside the river making a very nice walk



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    COULOn

    MORTAGNE SUR GIRONDE (5*)
    ADDRESS: QUAI DES PECHEURS

    TEL: 05 46 90 63 15 (PORT)05 46 90 61 25 (MAIRIE)

    EMAIL: mairie-mortagne@smic17.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN / ELECTRIC

    LOCATION: SEMI-RURAL/ RIVERSIDE NO. OF SPACES: 50


    PRICES/ RATES:

    PARKING: 6€ /NIGHT SERVICES: WATER & ELECTRIC INCL.

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N45.47612 W00.79474

    DIRECTIONS: Exit A10 @ Jcn 36 & take D732 /D6 to MORTAGNE SUR GIRONDE. D6 becomes GRAND RUE in town, carry straight on this road into ROUTE DE L'ESTUAIRE & follow to PORT. AIRE is 1st RIGHT after YACHT MARINA.

    SITE DESCRIPTION: The Aire is in a pleasant location on the Port quayside, with spaces being on grass -- accessed by a tarmac road & having open countryside on one side (behind the parking) & the quay on the other. Parking is level but most spots have little shade & exposed to the elements in bad weather. Each pitch has a hook up & the tariff includes water + electric. Aire is about 500m south of the centre of town, but there are some shops & restaurants nearby as well as a postcard museum. Artisanal service point with drainage platform.

    REVIEW

    1) A top of the range Aire (busy in summer) in a lovely spot - we're parked here under a tree watching the boats sail by, can't be bad. Quiet at night, long lead required for some pitches, basic borne (located behind the Harbourmasters office) but no rubbish bins. Epicerie next to Aire. Harbourmaster visits in morning to collect fees.

    2) CAMPING CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED : "A magnificent place, right next to the water & equipped with numerous electrical points."

    3) CAMPING CAR MAGAZINE -- WINNER OF AIRE OF THE YEAR 2007:

    Comments: "a magnificent aire in the middle of ducks & reeds, a marvellous place…", "it costs only 6€ for a night here including electricity -- rare for a site next to the sea" & "a 3 star site, next to the sea".

    4) "On the Gironde estuary, the parking is shaded & close to nature -- spaces are not marked but up to 100 vehicles can stay here." CAMPING-CAR MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED


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    SANGUINET (3*)
    ADDRESS: BARDETS AREA, AVE DE LOSA

    TEL:05 58 82 11 82 FAX: 05 58 78 66 34

    EMAIL: officedutourisme@sanguinet.fr

    TYPE OF AIRE: MUNICIPAL
    FACILITIES: WATER /GREY DRAIN/BLACK DRAIN

    LOCATION: URBAN NO. OF SPACES: 15


    PRICES/ RATES:

    PARKING: 8€ / NIGHT 01/06-15/09 FREE REST OF YEAR SERVICES: INCL

    OPENING TIMES: ALL YEAR

    GPS COORDS: N44.48556 W01.08450

    DIRECTIONS: From BORDEAUX take A63 /A660 SOUTH & exit @ Jcn 1 onto D216 to SANGUINET. Turn RIGHT @ PLACE DE LA MAIRIE into AVE DE LOSA & follow road for 1km around lake to AIRE.

    SITE DESCRIPTION: Surrounded by a pine forest & close to a large lake (100m) where boating & swimming are possible, this Aire is sited alongside Ave de Losa with parking on grass & some shade from the mature trees. Shops & town centre are about 1km away. The artisanal service point is quite old & really could do with replacing (& only has one tap).

    REVIEW

    2007 Nice location but we thought this Aire was quite old & dirty. Has 15 spaces for motorhomes and a perfectly functional borne. The ground was covered with bark chippings, which wasn't a great idea as they quickly end up inside the van. Ground gets quite muddy in wet weather.

    2007 Aire was quite pleasant, clean & practical but probably awkward for long vehicles. No parking is allowed outside the aire -- the municipal police keep a close watch on it.



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  4. Bertie Bassett

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    Fidget, thanks, another cracking, and very useful post!(y)(y)
     
  5. dabhand

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    Now this really is a brilliant post, as an aside, there are very useful post like this on several different threads, can they not be collated and be made into a resource on the forum? Over to you Jim!
     
  6. DavidG58

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    funnily enough I found just what you ask for the other day

    go to top menu bar / quick links / French aires

    Voila (y)
     
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  7. ojibway

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    On our journeys down to Spain we have stayed several times on the free aire at Laruns in the Pyrenees, just south of Pau. It is absolutely beautiful and the journey on across the mountains is stunning. Try to have breakfast at the summit on the border between France and Spain. Majic(y)
     
  8. Mags52

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    Chusclan Vineyard and Cave near Bagnols sur Ceze just off the A7 motorway. Brilliant! Huge proper pitches, free water, waste drop and the chance to taste local wine. We were there for 2 nights two weeks ago and bought wine from the petrol pump type taps - still enjoying it. Incidentally be careful if you use your sat nav to find it from the co-ordinates in the all the Aires book. Ours took us down single track paths in the vineyards late at night. Very scary. No need to go that way we discovered in daylight. LOL
     
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    Smashing :)
     
  10. Rob and Val

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    I may be wrong but Fidget seems to have 'borrowed' information from the Motorhoming France web site. We paid £12 for a one year membership and it is definitely worth the investment as for that subscription they give detailed information on 1,550 aires and 195 campsites as well as masses of other information re motorhoming in France. Here's the link: -
    http://www.motorhomingfrance.co.uk/
     
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  11. FIDGET

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    Hi Rob & Val, Yes correct Motorhoming France web site. Paid my £12 and try to help others with the advice. Alan who runs that site is most helpful and I think it's a great site so useful.
    By the way I like you avatar , the compass calypso we had one for 7 years loved it.
     
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    Terry FIDGET, great post
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