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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 6:41 pm   #1
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Default Driving to Algarve from UK

What is the best route please, the speedier the better as will have dogs in tow. I have looked at farries to Spain but at £600 that's a little steep.
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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 6:43 pm   #2
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I think £600 compares fairly favourably with the cost of a channel crossing, plus tolls, plus petrol, plus at least one, and probably two, nights in hotels.
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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 11:41 pm   #3
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Would agree with Pulaski, we have done Calais to Algarve many times but next year we have booked boat to Santander. By the time you factor in all the costs, not withstanding just how knackered you are if you are time limited, it makes sense to us to shorten the drive.
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Old Oct 23rd 2017, 1:32 am   #4
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We have done it a few times now and quite enjoyed the experience.

Last time we took the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe arriving around 2pm then drove 300 miles to Poitiers in France.

Day two on to Valladolid in northern Spain, about 500 miles so eight hours or so.

Day three onto Tavira another 460 miles.

Two overnights which you can do for about €40 per night but we spent about €80 because we wanted somewhere we could enjoy. Two and a half tanks of diesel about €125 and about €70 for the ferry. We didn't keep a log of the tolls, but I would guess at €100.

We just treated it as part of our holiday, enjoyed seeing some new places along the way. As long as you don't mind driving and have a comfortable car, would say it is more pleasurable than the Bay of Biscay.
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I done the ferry last winter after and after taking into account hotels, road tolls & fuel, it was a no brainer to do the ferry, costs we almost exactly the same and the ferry is stress free and enjoyable. Perhaps in the summer with high prices I would re-consider. I assume 600€ is return?
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Old Oct 28th 2017, 7:27 pm   #6
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Thannk you for the comments! If I did the ferry to Santander, is it then driveable to Tavira in Portugal or would it need an overnight? If the latter, where would be equidistant please?
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Thannk you for the comments! If I did the ferry to Santander, is it then driveable to Tavira in Portugal or would it need an overnight? If the latter, where would be equidistant please?
it's about 900 km , doable as a day drive as the roads are excellent via Salamanca. If you want to stop probably Caceres just over half way may be an option. Gives you an easy drive the next day
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It's do-able in a oner, depends on your arrival time and how well you slept on the crossing. We are going down next week via Santander and considered heading straight to the Algarve after a mid afternoon arrival, but decided to stop in Salamanca because it's only another 6 hours or so the next day and we like Salamanca as the pet friendly IBIS is only a ten minute walk from the fantastic Plaza Major and next to a park.
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I have done it many times to Lagos and averaged 11 hours with 4/5 stops for tea and pee.
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