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Message posted by GSanderson04/1/2014 at 10:45pm
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Hi Everyone,

I'm thinking of driving to the south spain this year with the family. Mrs,3 and 1 year old.

Just looking to see if anybody has done this ? (This Year)

Only taking the car (Will do 30mpg) plus bags ect...... Any idea of a cost and a route to take or stay clear of ?

Any info will help greatly, cheers

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Message posted by themarstonscooper04/1/2014 at 11:06pm
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The easiest way is by far Reims Troyes Dijon Lyon Valence Montpellier and Perpignan to the Spanish border at Le Perthus   You can arguably do that in a long day but it depends how far to the south you want in Spain as you will have to split the journey somewhere. Lyon is a good split but it also doesn't say where you are starting from so the Dover Calais will be a break or so will the tunnel but if like us you are anywhere north of Cheshire then Reims would be enough for the day. many will suggest the Spanish ferry but its pricey. I have done every way there is over the years and find the one above by far the best.      

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Message posted by dianebb7204/1/2014 at 11:08pm
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I have driven to Spain 4 times. The first time we went we stayed at La Croix du Vieu Pont for 3 nights before driving for 12 hours to get to Spain (nightmare). I now drive to Orleans, do an overnighter and then drive the remainder of the journey the next day. From Yorkshire it's roughly a 1000 miles, Orleans is roughly half way. It's 2 long days of driving but worth it for us (plenty of stops and fantastic scenery). I drive the main toll routes so I can drive at 130kph on cruise. We avoid Paris (once was enough) by going via Rouen. Last year we used an APRR tag which made the tolls so much easier and quicker (so recommend one of those). I am the only driver as my husband cannot drive. I think you may have to consider your own personal needs and that of your wife and 2 children, how long can they cope being stuck in the car, how long have you got to get there and how long do you want to spend in Spain when you get there etc. I can't remember cost of fuel but it's about 2 and half tanks (160 ish)

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Message posted by themarstonscooper04/1/2014 at 11:11pm
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Sorry forgot to answer your cost question allow around 120 in tolls   that/s not exact as I'm towing nowadays and some 150 or so in fuel each way. There is a site Via Michelin if you Google will give you more up to dates on price and calculate your fuel    

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You don't say where you are starting from or your planned channel crossing and how far south do you want to go? Spain (and France) is a big place.



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Message posted by GSanderson05/1/2014 at 11:42am
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I've be travelling from the north west, I'm wanting to drive via France and then up to Andorra. Finally stopping in Tarragona - spain.

I was thinking about the Dover to calais ferry, would anybody recommend any other route ?

Thank you for everybody's input so far it's been a great help.

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We live in Yorkshire, and we've done Tarragona (Cambrils Park) several times, and always done Dover/Calais then Abbeville, Rouen, Chartres, Orleans, Vierzon, Clermont Ferrand, Montpellier, Perpignan and over the border into Spain.  We have a first stop on an Aire near Abbeville (Aire de la Baie de Somme but there are campsite alternatives), then an overnight stop in mid-France, then another down on the Mediterranean somewhere, and arrive on site around late lunchtime.  A lot of the route is toll free. 

However, you could do the alternative at Vierzon, and head down the A20 towards Toulouse, and then over into Andorra.  However, Andorra is not a place that I'd particularly recommend - one of the few places that I really wouldn't go back to.  Traffic is bad, the main town is just a series of cheap shops, and the prices are not even particularly low these days!  Unless you've a special reason for going there, then I would so the more straightforward route from Perpignan to La Jonquera (which is similar in a lot of ways to Andorra town!)


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Message posted by Jack+Jon05/1/2014 at 12:22pm
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I've done that route from Calais, the route is Rouen, Chartres, Orleans, Limoges, Toulouse, past Andorra(you don't actually go into Andorra if you don't want to visit)& down to Tarragona. Thats your best route as a compromise of least toll but with reasonably good roads, mostly motorway but not all toll & you can avoid even more toll by using the N or D roads alongside motorway.

Just under 900miles one way on that route. If you look on the map its almost a straight line downwards so shortest route point to point from Calais. Taking a longer ferry route will put up costs & shorten mileage but not nearly enough to cover extra ferry cost compared with going from Dover.

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Unlees you have particular reason for going to Andorra then dont bother, if you are watching the pennies on the tolls then the route Val has suggested is cheaper but the jury is still out for me as the amount of up and down eg higher revs is a heap of extra fuel and its nowhere near as fast so will result in an extra overnight,

Yes I have wanted to do the Milau bridge but now thats ticked off. I used to truck n drawbar out of Aalsmeer Holland down to Gibraltar and its a far slower route than the one via Lyon but tolls are less fuel more.

Most of this now depends on your need to get where you are going or have overnight stops and Andorra   

You may be starting from similar to us being in North West so Dover I am sure you will find is best option if driving as opposed to Spanish ferry

I will always do a decent AM start towing a lump of caravan but a decent car at 4.00 am can make Folkstone for tunnel or Dover for Calais or Dunkirk then Rouen or further for about 4 5 French time.
I bat on close to 70 you can move faster so could get further and thus with a hard slog make the balance the following day. If you go Milau there is little chance of that, but that may suit you better as you may need another stop certainly the 3 yr old will need a few comfort breaks but an AM start whilst asleep and a dvd player will help, the thing you have to decide is how many stops or get there scenario.

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August 2015

My wife, teenage daughter and myself decided last minute to drive to Spain (Murcia) - literally day before !
Left Yorkshire at 12 noon on Weds 6th
Drove down to tunnel and then through Paris to Orleans for midnight - stayed overnight in hotel.
Next day drove 15 hours straight via Barcelona to Murcia.

On way home decided to come back via San Sebastion and west route through France. 14 hours to Tours (hotel)
5 1/2 hours to Calais next morning.

Was worried before I set off that this would be hell but completely opened my eyes how possible this is.

1500 miles each way - Very pleasant experience with stunning scenery and cruise control all the way at 80mph - no braking, no traffic, no road works, lots of services.

Worst part of the journey was arriving back in UK and instantly onto the congested dog eat dog roads stop start traffic and road works.

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Hi DazBlade.
Next time you are contemplating driving 15 hours can you please post your planned route on here so we can all avoid the area!
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Following this, as our intention is to go to Spain next year!

We will be towing, and getting Tunnel. We have relatives in Carranac, and looking at staying just south of Barcelona.

The route looks pretty straight forward, but having only been to Vendee using tolls, not really sure of how to plan the route using least amount of tolls.

Towing a Sterling Eccles using a Galaxy!

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Quote: Originally posted by Craftie2004 on 25/8/2015Following this, as our intention is to go to Spain next year!


The route looks pretty straight forward, but having only been to Vendee using tolls, not really sure of how to plan the route using least amount of tolls.





You open up Via Michelin.fr and ask for a route without tolls.



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Ok thanks :-)

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Quote: Originally posted by DaveS1 on 25/8/2015
Hi DazBlade.
Next time you are contemplating driving 15 hours can you please post your planned route on here so we can all avoid the area!
Daves1



Its OK, he is the driver wandering all over the road as he nods off.

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