Somport Tunnel - anyone been through lately?

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  1. PenelopePitstop

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    We're heading north again and planning to go through the Somport Tunnel on Thursday this week. Have to get to Toulouse in a couple of weeks to visit a certain French member :LOL:

    Has anyone been through lately? Wondering about snow - we don't like being cold :(
     
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    I will never again be able to hear about the Somport Tunnel without thinking about @Terry and his trip back from Benidorm

    then you mention not liking the cold, set me off again, sorry to laugh about your troubles Terry, but it was my best read of the year

    Sorry not to answer your question Marie, but thank you for the reminder about the area, we did the pass last October with no problems, so I would reckon the tunnel should be OK

    safe travels (y)
     
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    I'm looking at it as a potential toll free way of getting from Spain to twin lakes? Not sure though....
     
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    Judgemental - Watch this space!!
     
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    Thanks David that looks fine to me! Will be happy to travel that route. Won't stop till we get away from the snow line though ;)
     
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    cant find the Somport tunnel on my garmin :(...is it called something different from Spanish end? or does anyone have Garmin coordinates plse....
     
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    We have been Somport route many times during mid winter and never had any problems. If there is snow about they will have snow ploughs working. Remember this is a main trucking route so has to be open. We came through last March and it was closed for work so had to go up over the col. Very nice overnight spot at top on left first massive lay by.
     
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    Went over the next mountain from Pau with trailer and car on the back no problem ment to go through the tunnel
    but satnav over ruled me but normally go through the tunnel you need to go to Jaco on the 330 john
     
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    Last week of March last year... We went over the top for a change !!!! Roads were clear, just idiot car drivers....
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    6 foot drifts reminds me of Sweden...love it :)
     
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    We drove through 17th march this year, No snow spanish side, and roads clear on French side although there was snow on road side where it had been cleared, No problems then up to pau and beyond,

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    can some suggest nice place to stop either side please....basic Aire will do :)
     
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    A couple of miles after Jaca on the 330, there's a village called Castiello de jaca, I noticed a sign for an Aire, did, nt check it out but it is a pleasant village sure it would be ok for an overnight stop.

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    Oleron st Marie on the French side has an aire.. It's in the book...
    Short walk to town.
    Never stayed on Spanish side as we always start / stop at Zarragosa..

    At Jaca there is an Eroski supermarket up on a hill by the main rd. We often stop for fuel and know trucks do stay there overnight.
     
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    Tonka, where do you stop in Zarragoza as that may do..
     
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    Lovely route.


    That the one opposite the derelict French border hut ? If so I met the wandering cow/bull there.

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    On Spanish side not too sure , apart from on the old road over top as above .lol Actually exiting tunnel on french side there is a big parking area immediately on right where the road from col meets the tunnel road. Also farther down there are 2 or 3 picnic areas of road on the other side by the river that are excellent. You 'll get the occasional artic in them.
     
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    Have a look at my you tube page there is a vid going over the top at somport plus the aire at the top.
    Also Zarragoza truck stop aire. And one of Urdos aire just before the tunnel on the main road,a bit small and a bit on the slant like everything in this area.
     
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