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After the long trip to Slovenia last year we planned to cover less miles this year, travelling down the west coast of France to the Pyrenees and Northern Spain and returning through central France. The generally rather poor weather made us change our plans as we travelled so we ended up covering a distance of 4700 miles!  

We travelled down to Dover and the Norfolkline crossing to Dunkerque then headed southwest to the Loire valley at Angers. Continuing towards the coast we spent a couple of days in the Marais Poitivin (Green Venice) region then to La Rochelle and the sunny Ile d'Oleron. Travelling through gales and heavy rain for the next few days we arrived in the French Basque region near St Jean de Luz, before heading along the very wet Costa Verde of Northern Spain. 

Looking for hopefully better weather inland 
we passed through the Rioja region and north back through the Pyrenees to France and Lourdes. We continued east then south crossing the Pyrenees again into Spain skirting Andorra and across to San Pθre Pescador on the Bay of Roses.

Turning back towards home our zigzag route took us along the French Mediterranean coast then inland to Carcassonne and northeast to look at the fantastic Millau viaduct before heading through the Lot and Dordogne valleys to the Loire and finally arriving back at the English Channel two months on from our start

Campsites and Aires list

France Spain route 2007
 our France and Spain route 2007

Detailed itineraries:
Channel to West Coast The Atlantic coast
French Basque country Spain Costa Verde to the Northern Plains
The French Pyrenees A Look at the Costa Brava
Languedoc to the Causses The Millau Viaduct - an engineering marvel
From Tarn to Lot Around the Dordogne
To  the North

Special feature - the Martyrs Village at Oradour-s-Glane


Ferry £68 return on Norfolkline (plus £10 amendment fee for change of return date) 
booked through the Caravan Club

Fuel  £574:  758 litres (168 gallons) 4730 miles (about 28mpg)

Campsites: €294 for 23 nights min €8.00 max €19.26 per night
Aires: €49 min free max €7.50

Gas: refillable Gaslow cylinder topped up three times (30 litres) costing €21

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