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Hi Folks,

We will be arriving late from tunnel crossing. No way am I staying on the aire at Le Plage again. Last time I got into a row with a 300lb German witch, whose English repertoire was based on seriously foul language. Wifey is not keen on the parking at Cite Europe (security issues). Was reading about the aire at Wissant, but looks a trot from the terminal. Can I have your comments and suggestions please?

Cheers,

Keith :cool:
 

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We usually stay at Gravelines aire - 20 minutes or so east.

Had a unsettling experience at Calais with a few car loads of teenagers late one night at the marina parking area.

Would never stay at Calais again.
 
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Gravelines(y) I know it's the wrong way but nothing to touch it for us, always our first and last stop when we go over, but cite europe is quite safe , security on all night and only five minutes drive.
 
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We usually stay at Gravelines aire - 20 minutes or so east.

Had a unsettling experience at Calais with a few car loads of teenagers late one night at the marina parking area.

Would never stay at Calais again.
Cross posted there, but gravelines is like a holiday in itself for us , daft as it sounds one of my favourite places in France.
 
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Because her towel is still in her spot :D:rolleyes:
Sounds ironic, but that was the basis of the row. She thought the space I was pulling into should be hers - even though she was already parked up. She threw a major wobbler!! Then she drove off at 11:00pm shouting F****** English dog. Charming lady, full of the motorhome spirit!!
 
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We stayed at Citi Europe and perfectly safe with regular security drive past.

Kath

Thanks Kath, think Im gonna persuade wife to go for Cite Europe, so easy for breakfast and shopping in the morning.

Cheers,

Keith(y)

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I never realised Frau Merkel had a motorhome.

In Calais there's also the Bassin Ouest MH parking area just off the Boulevard de la Resistance (50.960438, 1.844408) - we've never had any bother there.

The Gravelines aire can get busy at weekends, depending on time of year obviously.

Wissant is 30 minutes down the road from Calais Port - if you're satnavving you'll probably be taken down the D244 for part of the trip, which is a country road but it's not hard to manage.
 
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I was in Calais 10 days ago and loads of gangs of lads wandering about. Looked a bit scary and was unnerving.

I couldn't find anywhere that looked safe to overnight so drove back to Citi Europe. About 15 campers so safety in numbers :)
 

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We usually stay at cite de Europe, plenty of security around, just keep your van locked.
Good for shopping in shopping centre, and great Chinese restaurant downstairs

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Depends which way you are going in the morning. Bergues aire is great if heading east/ belgium / lux / germany, an easy drive 40 minutes from calais. No thrills, no Ehu but lots of space with 5 minutes pleasant walk into attractive town or Leclerc down road for supplies
 
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Parking at Wissant is free (but no services) and generally full, especially if you arrive after dark. But, the village is a short walk away, there are a couple of great restaurants there and a really good boulangerie.
A few minutes outside Wissant are a 3 sites belonging to a local farm and overlooking the channel. Very quiet and the bread van arrives around 0930!
See HERE GPS co-ordinates for the 3 sites are in the link
We use "La Fleur des Champs" almost everytime we get to Calais late.
Allan
 

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We've stayed Wissant couple of times now. Not much there so it's quiet and free! Also in right direction for us. We like Gravelines too but at weekends it's hit and miss.

Sorry but personally wouldn't touch Cities Europe with a bargepole. Too many undesirables around despite police station overlooking it.
 
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We've stayed Wissant couple of times now. Not much there so it's quiet and free! Also in right direction for us. We like Gravelines too but at weekends it's hit and miss.

Sorry but personally wouldn't touch Cities Europe with a bargepole. Too many undesirables around despite police station overlooking it.
We stayed at cite Europe before xmas , never saw a soul only the security bloke.
 
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Why I always use Dunkirk . Even the illegals walk away from
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We stayed at Citi Europe and perfectly safe with regular security drive past.

Kath


I agree..with the proviso you check under van and behind bike rack before moving on in the morning!

a friend picked up two unofficial hitchhikers, only discovered at eurotunnel gas check
 

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Was at Cité Europe on 6th Jan, no probs, pint in the Black Bull pub, free wifi in Carrefour, and decent food in the food hall, not bothered by anyone and felt perfectly safe, not exactly sure what some people want in a night halt!
 
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I agree..with the proviso you check under van and behind bike rack before moving on in the morning!

a friend picked up two unofficial hitchhikers, only discovered at eurotunnel gas check

As the OP is on their way to Europe any hitch hikers would find themselves further from the UK :) Plus we don't have a bike rack! Joking aside we are both very security conscious and found Citi Europe ok and as others have said its handy for the shops for stocking up for the trip. It's very well lit and as only a few mins from the Eurotunnel terminal. We started off the next day relaxed and ready for the holidays.


Kath
 

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Pikeman doesn't say how late is late. We've got in a bit of a routine of Cite Europe if we travel by night. (Set off at 10:00pm, easy round the M25, train about 2:00am, head down within 15 minutes of arriving in France and easy access to the motorways first thin in the morning.) We've never had any problems when staying there.
If we travel during the day -and we're going in that direction- then somewhere like Le Crotoy is only about an hour away.
Like some others we use Gravelines on our way home, but often arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the town and the walks. It's one of our favourite aires.
We found Wissant fair but the lack of disposal facilities put us off, especially before our return home (what's done in France stays in France).
The Plage at Calais was just too noisy, there's too much going on there.
Lots of choices, depends what you're after.
 

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I never realised Frau Merkel had a motorhome.

In Calais there's also the Bassin Ouest MH parking area just off the Boulevard de la Resistance (50.960438, 1.844408) - we've never had any bother there.

The Gravelines aire can get busy at weekends, depending on time of year obviously.

Wissant is 30 minutes down the road from Calais Port - if you're satnavving you'll probably be taken down the D244 for part of the trip, which is a country road but it's not hard to manage.


The Basin Ouest site is where we had the car loads of "herberts" arrive around midnight (n)

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