Travelling to France and then Spain

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  1. CUJIMI

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    Hi,

    we're looking to travel down through France to Nice and then down Spain maybe to Benidorm. I have a couple of questions. Has anyone any idea of where we can stay before we get the ferry over to Calais. And does anyone have any suggestions of decent campsites on the way down and maybe good ones near Benidorm. We've been down before and stayed at Folkstone site, but we just need to stay for one night on the English side. We're also thinking about going through Belgium to avoid all the toll roads in France. We are just going to take our time so don't need to be getting anywhere fast. Joys of being retired. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Theres the Caravan Club site at :-

    Bearsted Caravan Club Site
    Ashford Road, Maidstone, Hollingbourne, Kent, ME17 1XH
    Tel: 01622 730018

    We tend to stay on Aires through France and avoid tolls by keying that into the Sat Nav. The road surfaces in Belgium are atrocious and it would cost you more in fuel to go North from Calais, when in fact you want to be heading South. If you have to go into a campsite then you would be wise to get the Acsi Camping Card which offers good discounts at this time of year.

    http://www.campingcard.co.uk
     
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    Best advice , don't stop on this side , get the tunnel , go round to cite Europe car park, stay there the night and be ready for off the next morning, save yourself £30
     
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    Loads of good aires the way you are going, that's the way we go.
     
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    You can stop at Canterbury New Dover Road park and ride it costs £3 for 24 hours and that allows you and any passengers, up to 5, free travel into town and back. There is a nice pub just on the corner and the ferry is just 20 minutes away.
    We always stop here before catching the ferry, it is secure and quiet.
     
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    Another vote for Canterbury P and R which is great if you have to stop this side of the channel.
     
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    There's no need whatsoever to use toll roads in France, especially if you are in no hurry! There's always a good route usually following the m'way (or rather, the m'ways follow the original RN).
    On our regular 360 km. trip to Dieppe we always take the cross-country route. It takes the same length of time as the toll route and is every bit as relaxed, at a comfortable 90kph. ......
    There's only 1km difference between the toll route & the non-toll route, 1227/1228 but the Reims/Dijon route is only 1180kms.
     
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    The Drum Inn Stamford North just off J11 M20 charge £10 last time we used it including elec
    Sat Nav: 51.104840, 1.040630.
     
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    I would recommend you get a cheap late evening crossing and stay in a aire in France.

    Gravelines for us. Far enough away (20 mins) from Calais to avoid the troubles.

    Parc Verger in the Limousin is open all year and always gets great reviews in MHF.

    France is such an friendly country to motorhomes so an off motorway meander would not be a problem. :xThumb:
     
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    Couldn't agree more , love gravelines , but suggested cite Europe as an absolute non brainer, don't even have to get on the roads , literally around the corner, maybe 3 minutes, what's the point staying this side for £30 when in half an hour you can be in france, for free
     
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    Spoke to them today . £18 ehu in january. Gone up a bit !
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Our first trip (to The Loire) was easy but if you travel via Rouen watch out for 'LOW BRIDGES' !! :france::france:
     
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    We barely need to slow down going through Rouen - except for the speed-limits obviously, straight through no problems any time of day or night. No need to go anywhere near tunnels, bridges etc. :xblink:
     
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    Apparently, a certain bridge was closed causing havoc and it was Le Mans week !!
     
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    We found the motorway surface through Belgium awful when we tried that way last year - absolutely clapped out at the time, for mile after mile. Thought I was going to need a dentist to get new fillings. :xwink:

    Mike
     
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    Thanks we've been down the west and fancied the east this time, maybe go up to Bruges and down to Luxembourg and on from there. We're not in any rush, but I take your point.
     
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    Thanks for info this is definitely one to think about.
     
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    We headed through Belgium to Luxembourg, and once we crossed the country border we thought we were driving on a magic carpet, compared to the Belgian roads - the contrast in Luxembourg could not have been more stark from our perspective - lovely and smooth. :xThumb:

    Edited to add - cheapest fuel in Western Europe there too!

    Mike
     
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    Co-ordinates for cite Europe anyone please
     
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