Using Santander/bilbao Ferry To Access South Of France

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  1. Adbt

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    Have just used Santander ferry to access the North Of Spain , now considering using similar crossing to access South West of France .
    We have a 8M van so want a fast /easy / safe route over / around the Pyrenees, is this feasible ?
    P.s toll roads are not a problem
    Thanx in advance !
     
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    IF you land in France, then just about your ONLY route (without going back into North West Spain) is over the Pyrenees N1-A8-A15 to Pamplona?. The older N121 is/was usable 2003. And may even have been "improved" (with help from my Taxes!!) But ill advised winter time!. Other routes take you (back) further west. Largely dependant on your ultimate destination in Spain, Really.

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    Have you looked at Portsmouth to St Marlo ?, may be a better option.

    Eric
     
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    Have you read my message ? :)
     
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    That journey by road is the very thing we are trying to avoid !
     
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    just follow the coast back to france . its a nice interesting road . avoid the main routes apart from bilbao . thats best on main road to get through. .
     
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    I would go via Calais, cheaper and possibly not much slower.
     
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    Time is of the essence for the near future so pootling along the coast is not an option .
     
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    then just use the motorway. thats an easy route. straight out the port turn left and keep going .
     
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    Cheers ! Think that will be the way to go !
     
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    Mattyjwr,

    Do people actually read the original posts on here ? :) :) :)
     
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    I think folk were thrown by your question! Open a big map or atlas and look at the ground. The route using your criteria should jump out of the map. Drive east along the coast then depending where you want to go head for Toulouse and perhaps Montpellier. Easy.

    You could of course take a more interesting route through the Pyrenees but it would take longer.
     
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    Mattyjwr - you say South West France, Hendaye, St Jean De Luz, Bairitz etc that is only 80 miles from Bilbao! If you really mean South East France ( Mediteraenan coast) then from Bilbao take E70 to Bayonne then A64 to Toulouse then A61 to Narbonne (about 360 miles) - the whole Med coast is the in front of you (we have done this several times) From St Malo to Narbonne is 570 miles but the ferry crossing is much cheaper :)
     
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    Hi @Teuchter , it wasn't me who was looking for the route, I just made a suggestion as it appeared that a safe, easy and fast route was wanted. As @DBK commented, the route from Santander to SW France (I'm presuming some where like Bordeaux) is so obvious from a map, I assumed that it had been rejected, hence the question being asked and my suggestion being given. I guess from the responses given, the OP has their own reasons for wanting to spend two or three times as long getting there and paying much more for the privilege; maybe the extra 4 hours of driving time is more of an issue than travel time and money. Maybe the cruise is part of the holiday? What ever the reason, turning left out of the port and following the road East until France and then heading North should be easy enough for them :)
     
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    Thanks for all your replies people !
    We like the idea of a leisurely boat trip and then a " moderate " drive to South Western France ( ? Carcassone)
    Thanks again !
     
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