Travel to Costa Brava

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  1. madbluemad

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    This is bit long winded but please bear with me.

    We are planning a trip to Llfranc which is in the Costa Brava.

    We have two weeks holiday and are finding it difficult to plan our journey so that we have a reasonable amount of time at our destinition.

    It all seems to be just driving which isn't what we want.

    We live in Birkenhead on the Wirrral, google tells me that it will take 5-1/2 hours to Dover, this means 8 hours driving at 55MPH.

    If we leave Thursday morning 8am we will be in Dover for 4pm, room for error 5pm. Take a 6pm crossing and arrive at Calais 7pm approx.

    By this time we will need sleep but will have to find somewhere to sleep and not having been to Calais before we dont know where to go. We will likley get lost.

    Get a nights sleep around Calais on Thursday night and on the road Friday morning bright and early.

    Drive for 6 hours and book in to a site on Friday night for more sleep. Possibley stay over on Saturday to rest up. On the road Sunday and drive to the Costa Brava.

    Arrive Sunday night and go to bed.

    Monday we are at our destination and starting our holiday which really should have started when we left our house in the m/h but because we have just been driving to a destination and have been tired it hasn't been possible.

    We have the same thing to do on return, 4 days of travel to get home, 8 days of just travel within our 14 day holiday period.

    Is this all a bridge to far. Whats the poit of a m/h holiday if we are forever driving and tired.

    Would it be better to limit ourselves to somwhere in France that we can reach by Friday/Saturday.

    I know most of you guys have been about in France and Spain so Please Help.

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  2. keith

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    Quote from Jims signature

    "A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu"

    Maybe this will answer your question. We usually take our time through France, it's a nice country in places, so why not enjoy it. :BigGrin:

    You may not reach Spain, but that can wait for another time when you will have the experience of travelling through France. :thumb:

    The only time we rush to Spain is in the winter when the weather can be bad. :Eeek:

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    Have you thought of crossing from Plymouth to Roscoff. Bit more expensive but there is a free camper stop at Lee Mill with a Tesco/fuel within 3/4 mile (mind it may be cheaper oin France) The crossing is 6 hrs to France and you will then be fresh for a long drive down the West coast and should reach NW Spain in one go. Not too far then to the C Brava Do you have an ACSI card? if not try Vicarious Books on the web.and it will same you a few bob:thumb:
     
  4. keith

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    madbluemad

    Sorry I also forgot to say, you can stay on the ticket office car park at Calais, many motorhomes do. :thumb:

    We have done this trip evry winter & found this to be the best way as we can be on the road early & get well down France on the first day. :thumb:

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  5. madbluemad

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    Yes Jims philosophy is a good one and thats the way that we are starting to think. Maybe just wander around France.

    We havent looked at the Plymouth option but will do.

    We did look at Portsmouth to Bilbao. This is a two day ferry crossing but it is on a cruise ship with a double cabin, pools, bars, entertainment etc but again its not a m/h holiday.

    Food for thought.

    Thanks

    Guys:Smile:
     
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    Thats excellent info Keith. That was one of our main worries:thumb:
     
  7. olley

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    Hi Calais to Llfranc is about 800 miles so doable in two days, we have done this twice in the last few years, once to Perpignan and once to Playa De Aro, both times Via millau.

    For me thats about 10 hours driving with rest stops per day, never bothered with sites on the way, just parked in the services, we thought it was worth it because your almost guaranteed the sun.

    Unless you intend to go close to Calais you will still spend a day driving to say the Atlantic coast.

    We always use the Calais Plage aire, which is on the other side of the ferry port, I can give you directions and GPS if you want. You can also park in the ferry port, but I am not sure where.

    Olley
     
  8. Jim

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    It really does depend upon you but you should remember that the travel should be one of the most enjoyable parts of the holiday. That said:RollEyes:, last August and sick of the bad weather in the UK we crossed to Calais at around midnight. It was raining ,we parked up just outside the docks (turn right out of the terminal and in 600 yds turn right again into a small lorry park) We slept till 6 it rained all night.

    At 7am we headed south and in the late afternoon we pulled into the Aire at Disneyland Paris. It was raining hard. We had a meal in the Disney Village but did not enter the park, it was too wet.

    The next day we left Disneyland in the Rain at about 6am and I said I was not going to stop driving until we were in sunshine. We had to cross the Pyrenees before we saw the sun, we pulled on to a campsite in the Costa Brava and had time for a beer before the sun went down.

    Would I recommend a dash for Spain, No, France is too nice and should not be hurried through and driving that long is hard and probably dangerous, But I just hate the rain. That's what 4 years in Wales does to a man:BigGrin:
     
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    Why does it always take a simple mind to fix the most complex problems, your all trying to fix the wrong thing:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
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    Take a MONTH off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:thumb::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
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    Hi we took a month off and travelled through France to Spain in August 2006 and I must say that it did rain at least once everyday, sometimes very heavily with thunder other times just a short shower!

    I was speaking with a Frenchman on a site on our way back at Arcachon and as I understood it he said that August was always bad in France it was always much better in September!

    Regards Pat
     
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  11. madbluemad

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    This is exacltley the area that we would like to be in. We have been there many times before and its great. Any info on places to park are appreciated.

    There again as Jim said, whats the point of breaking your neck to get somewhere only to turn around and come back.

    The sunshine is a must after hanging around here all winter and so its a toughie:Doh:
     
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    Good Point Geo
     
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    Its September when we are going Pat. It starts to get a bit cool in The Costa Brava in September, the nights are drawing in and you can feel the summer starting to come to an end which is why we didnt automatically choose France, the weather!!!

    Jim
     
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    Hey Geoff what is an ACSI Card?

    Jim
     
  15. Lindy-C

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    Blimey, that brings back some dim and distant childhood memories :Laughing:

    We used to holiday at Camping Cala Gogo at Playa de Aro in the early 70s, it was a great site back then although I bet it has changed since then...........I'll never forget those hairpin bends though :Eeek: Grandad's old Austin 3 litre overheating with an Eccles Caravan on the back and the petrol stations giving away "Asterix" books - those were the days! :Cool:

    ACSI card............. CampingCard ACSI - Your low season discount card!
     
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    If only life were that simple, were off to morroco for a 3 week tour plus a week in either direction with a gang from here and we have stolen 5 weeks to do it in whilst others are taking months out to do the same trip, Some may not even come back!!!!!!!!! how goods that:BigGrin:
    Good luck with your plans and remember your holiday starts with the Motor Home ignition:thumb:
    Geo
     
  17. Lindy-C

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    Why Geo? What have you got planned? :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:

    Not thinking of trading Pammy in for a camel are you? :Eeek: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
  18. Geo

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    Whats the exchange rate :RollEyes:
     
  19. artona

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    Hi Geo

    Whats the exchange rate would you like one hump or two SIR, why stop at a month, make it a lifetime. Go on what are you waiting for.................................:Smile:

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  20. JayDee

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    Hi Madbluemad,
    Just done a bit of 'research'....
    Birkenhead to Plymouth is 300 miles. Can you overnight it? :Mellow:
    Plymouth to Santander gives you loads of time to relax.:Cool:
    Santander to Llfranc is about 500 miles and could take you through some lovely countryside, so say two days or maybe even three (it is part of the holiday, after all).
    Not familiar with Girona but can heartily recommend a trip to Barcelona, but not with the MH, better take a train:BigGrin:

    And yes I know that the Plymouth Santander route is quite pricey:Eeek:

    John
     
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