Route to Spain

Old Jun 17th 2007, 5:10 am
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Family are coming over in August by car - Dover - Dunkerque - going to stay one night in Barcelona and then down to Benidorm. Can anyone help with a route through France please? Many thanks in anticipation.
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Originally Posted by SueG
Family are coming over in August by car - Dover - Dunkerque - going to stay one night in Barcelona and then down to Benidorm. Can anyone help with a route through France please? Many thanks in anticipation.
Try viamichelin.
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Thanks Keith will suggest they do that.
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You could try aa or rac routefinder which will give you a detailed route which you can print off.
We have travelled down several times.Around Paris was a bit of a nightmare but otherwise quite good.
There are toll roads which are quicker but can be a bit expensive.These can be avoided for a more scenic route.
Depends how much time is available.
Driving down through the costas in Spain can be lovely stopping overnight wherever takes your fancy (cheap pensions are everywhere)
It is very enjoyable if time is not an issue.
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Family are coming over in August by car - Dover - Dunkerque - going to stay one night in Barcelona and then down to Benidorm. Can anyone help with a route through France please? Many thanks in anticipation.
We done that but in reverse and not the Barcelona bit...Bourdeax, poitiers,tours, orleans, Paris, Lille, Dunkerque...yours will be different as your coming from Barcelona so really this is useless info for you
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We done that but in reverse and not the Barcelona bit...Bourdeax, poitiers,tours, orleans, Paris, Lille, Dunkerque...yours will be different as your coming from Barcelona so really this is useless info for you

That was a non toll route was it?
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That was a non toll route was it?

No we paid loads of tolls and stuck to main drag all the way.
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No we paid loads of tolls and stuck to main drag all the way.

Oh .... OK ... I'm looking for the best non toll route to Calais
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Oh .... OK ... I'm looking for the best non toll route to Calais

We stuck to the tolls for the most direct route as we were very tight for time. If you go onto the aa or viamichelin you can do a planner but tick the option to avoid tolls.
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We stuck to the tolls for the most direct route as we were very tight for time. If you go onto the aa or viamichelin you can do a planner but tick the option to avoid tolls.
Yes I've done that, just after personal recommendations as even Michelin can be a bit ...... err .... strange in its choice of route sometimes
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Yes I've done that, just after personal recommendations as even Michelin can be a bit ...... err .... strange in its choice of route sometimes

and misleading with, time, toll and petrol prices as we sadly found out

we done that route in 16 hours as we had a ferry to catch.
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Thanks for your responses have passed them onto my Brother. I would hate to do all that driving but he doesn't seem to mind!!!
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Thanks for your responses have passed them onto my Brother. I would hate to do all that driving but he doesn't seem to mind!!!
It's only 1800 KM/16 hours..
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Thanks for your responses have passed them onto my Brother. I would hate to do all that driving but he doesn't seem to mind!!!
I drove from Birmingham to Oliva (south of Valencia) in one hit with one other driver ..... 24 hours from start to finish, coffee every 3 hours, red bull every 3 hours, it was an experience that took several days to recover from ....... and then we had to drive back
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It's only 1800 KM/16 hours..

we drove from Spain and crossed the border to France, that was our French time. In total we left at 4.00pm tues Cartama, crossed the border at 2.30pm wed, arrived in Dunkerque at 7.30 am thurs. We had a big Iveco filled to the brim, two dogs, a child and stopped for 5 hours, got lost 3 times, once in Madrid, once in Paris and once in some small little French village while looking for a cashpoint.

All in all quite a hectic journey sorry if it wasn't fast enough Perhaps in a nippy car we could have done it faster
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