Faro up to Cherbourg (1 Viewer)

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Will be starting out long haul back from the Algarve to Cherbourg in a day or two, Any favored routes from you guys? Don’t mind the odd toll road.
 
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Did similar last week, Tavira to Caen, depends on if you want to get there as quick as possible or do a little sightseeing.

We did N135 to Badajoz, free Aire, Palencia, free Aire with services & electric if lucky, buy fuel across road.

Long day to Blaye, campsite inside citadel but Aire outside, use A63 toll road, the toll booths can be avoided but not worth the effort in my opinion.

We used A and D roads to St Nazaire because we have a static van there and called on to drop some stuff off but a more direct via Nantes and a choice of toll or non toll roads, after Nantes all autoroutes are free via Rennes and onwards.
 
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Thanks for that. We’re in no rush to get back to Cherbourg, and want to do some sightseeing and nice stops on the way. We have to find a good vet near Cherbourg to get our Spaniel sorted with the necessary treatment for entry back into the UK.
 

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There are actually some lovely places to stop near Cherbourg

Portbail - large free aire, short walk to picturesque village/town,
Cracking restaurant by the causeway (to Marina)

Grand Camp Maisey similar to above a bit bigger nice harbour and free aire

Barneville Carteret, nice little town and Marina, drive through town as far as you can go past Marina to free aire (car park) good restaurants, can get busy.

And if your in that neck of the woods go to the Overlord Museum at Colleville-sur-Mer, fascinating way to spend a few hours learning about the Normandy landings, cheap and large car park.

Loads of places to stay, get water and dump waste (supermarkets etc) all around here. I spent a week just noodling about mainly because I have always just passed it by on route somewhere.(y)
 
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Did similar last week, Tavira to Caen, depends on if you want to get there as quick as possible or do a little sightseeing.

We did N135 to Badajoz, free Aire, Palencia, free Aire with services & electric if lucky, buy fuel across road.

Long day to Blaye, campsite inside citadel but Aire outside, use A63 toll road, the toll booths can be avoided but not worth the effort in my opinion.

We used A and D roads to St Nazaire because we have a static van there and called on to drop some stuff off but a more direct via Nantes and a choice of toll or non toll roads, after Nantes all autoroutes are free via Rennes and onwards.


You can cut down the trip between Badajoz and Blaye using Hendaye as a stop over (ACSI sites there) the Aire at Blaye was 3€ a night last year as long as the machine works if it doesn't then it's free (watch out for a French man with a tube of super glue and a 2cent piece )
The campsite at the Citadelle is nice but access is tight for larger motorhomes (like ours )

Not been further South Westwards in Spain and Portugal so can't help
but we do take ages to go from Twin Lakes from our static to Calais and it can be done without paying any tolls

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