Wintering in Spain

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  1. Andy Grisswell

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    My wife and I are planning to winter in Spain, leaving the beginning of January 2017 and returning in March, although we have driven down to Spain before it was some time ago in the summer of 2003 so I just wondered if any one on here was planning to go down around the same time and maybe we could hook up and travel down together, only never traveled to Spain in the winter it would be nice to have some seasoned traveler on hand.
     
  2. boroboy

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    It is easier than you think, as long as you prepare properly there is nothing to worry about. We did it at that time of the year and it was simple, taking the ferry to Santander will also make less driving but of course at a cost. Just go and enjoy, help is always on hand via Motorhomefun.
     
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    We normally travel down early,Feb and return at the end of April
    The weather can be vairiable.
    Some years we've needed snow chains and, like this year it was really mild.
    Just go prepared for all seasons and you won't go far wrong.
    Enjoy.
    You never know, we might bump into eachother along the way.
    If not us I'm pretty sure you'll bump into a number of other funsters, we usually do
     
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    We have not over wintered in Spain but many do. We have travelled back in Early December and out on early March.

    You can still get a fair bit of snow in March in the North and central Spain on the hills but the roads have always been open and clear.

    Our return in December saw -3.5c in Burgos and thick fog in the mountains on the way to Santander in Northern Spain.

    The roads in Spain are not busy like the UK and the driving standards/courtesy in my opinion are much higher.

    You might need/want to book your site if you want to stay in some of the more popular "Costa's".

    ps: If you decide to go via ferry to Spain - be prepared for it to go "up and down" a fair bit. I have been a bit green during our last two crossings.
     
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    Booked our Ferry to Dunkirk to start our Tour starting mid Jan and Returning March .. We have toured France last two years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience so I have time now to prepare for Spain and as boroboy said in his post this Website is the best to ask for advice.
     
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    Should anyone be watching this posting, should l be looking to have snow chains at hand ?
     
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    I would say no.
     
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    There is enough Posted Material on fun to assist you and ensure you have a good winter stay. Driving in convoy really is not necessary, choose a ferry, pick a route and enjoy yourselves....there are so many open campsite and camperstops on or around the costas that you will find a place.....some are full just now but arrive early in the day to secure a place.....so relax and do what we all do during wintertime,,,ENJOY MOTORHOMING.
     
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    I say yes - at the point where you need them they may be not be easily available.

    We plan to start our trip to Portugal in early Feb returning home at the beginning of April. Spain for us will just be an en-route but we may meet, who knows?
     
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    I say if you've got chains take them if it makes you feel more secure, but I wouldn't bother buying some. If there's a lot of snow and roads are blocked you may be delayed and have to hole up somewhere, but we've found they generally close the motorways until they're cleared, which doesn't take too long, unlike here where we wait until there's gridlock with abandoned vehicles and piles up.

    You can get a map of road incidents and traffic cameras here.
     
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    We're heading south beginning of January, but taking our time. You really don't need to travel with anyone, just do a little planning each evening for the morrow. Remember in mid-northern France very few campsites open and most aires have the water turned off.
    If you route Bordeaux and SW coast of France you won't need snowchains - even crossing Spain the roads are generally kept clear although in 4 consecutive years we've never encountered snow. Phils route above is fine.
     
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    If you decide on chains there are some quite cheap ones around www.Mytyres.co.uk were quite good.
     
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    Great and thanks to all for sharing your thoughts and experience.. We have recently upgraded our MH and as you all know they are an expensive piece of kit to having standing around so being recently retired we are looking to venture out beyond our normal limits. I'm a keen cyclist so I do hope to get to ride on drier and warmer areas than the UK we will be away for 8 weeks so will keep a log on our day to day adventure .. Can't wait!
     
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    @DAVWOD Good luck and enjoy it you'll wonder how you ever found time to work I'm now into my fifth year and loving every minute of it(y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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