Road trip from Santander (Spain) to St Malo (France)
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jul 21, 2013 8:58 AM Last Post By: hclb
Feb 6, 2013 3:19 AM
Just me and my husband - no kids, we're interested in art/street art/graffiti, surf beaches/kite flying, pretty old towns and villages with galleries/churches/castles/markets/harbours, etc. Would like a bit of city action - thinking of getting this in Santander/Bilbao/Bordeaux. My husband's a vegetarian and we're not interested in wine tasting;-)
Any advice welcome on routes/itineraries, great places to visit, lovely laid back camping spots (not interested in big campistes with swimming pools and club houses, more low key campsites on or close to beaches or in the countryside/mountains/near rivers/lakes etc).
Not due back at St Marlo until 18 June.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!
Feb 6, 2013 7:14 AM
1From SpHallo Salreay,
Recently this site with aires was published in some previous thread:
stooped by the mods, try without link (in French)...
The westcoast of France is covered. It has a magnificent tool to find out about the 'panorama' of your spot.anish/French border to Bordeaux some suggestions about aires or campsites including wished venues. I recommend:
1. Dax (aire + town)
2. Pyla camping: great view on or doing parapenting activities and kite flying
3. Bordeaux (camping Bordeaux-de-Lac, easy cycling to Porte de la Lune etc.)
Continuing north you want to do it more quickly, maybe more inland e.g. crossing Tours (and some detouring Loire Valley)?? E.g. campsite in Neung-du-Beuvron.
Feb 6, 2013 7:45 AM
2????Apparently my first answer with link in the first sentence was not accepted?????!!!! Above repeated without that French link, sorry text a bit confusing.
Here's an imo also useful site to find campingcar parkings/aires etc.: http://www.campercontact.nl
I liked the French one more but maybe BritishBC daughter TT does not.
Feb 6, 2013 7:51 AM
Just add fr/ to above incomplete link
Feb 6, 2013 10:57 AM
4If you want to avoid the massive parking lot near the Dune du Pyla visitor center, there is a smaller raodside one, about 500 m before (from Arcachon, on the right side). From there a narrow forest path will take you to the side bottom of the dune for a much quieter (but steeper, and no steps!) ascent to the top.
Feb 6, 2013 11:39 AM
Welcome to TT!
Planning to spend sometime in Northern Spain in Santander and then travelling along the coast towards Llanes, up into the Picos de Europa, then along to San Sebastian
I think you realize you are someway backtracking (going West first to go East after it) but just in case.
How many time do you have for the Spanish leg of your trip?
Would like a bit of city action - thinking of getting this in Santander/Bilbao/Bordeaux.
Santander is pleasant for promenades, popular for its beaches but it doesn't have many sights.
San Sebastián would be a good option for city action.
surf beaches/kite flying
I'm not an expert neither in surf nor in kite flying but the town of Mundaka is well-known for surf.
pretty old towns and villages with galleries/churches/castles/markets/harbours
I'll wait to know how many days you have for the Spanish leg of your trip to make suggestions.
Apr 10, 2013 4:09 AM
6Thanks for the responses - sorry for the delay in replying! We're going to keep our options open with regards to how much time we'll spend in Spain vs Atlantic Coast of France, as it will depend on the weather! However, we both speak decent Spanish and not so good French so we're hoping to spend more time in Northern Spain (maybe 14 days) than France (maybe six days).
We've already spent a fair amount of time in Bilbao, including a visit to the Guggenheim, etc, on a previous trip so we won't be going there this time round, but do plan to spend time in San Sebastian for some city action - can anyone recommend a nice relaxed, pretty campsite nearby please?
Also any advice of wild/free camping in Spain? Thanks for the link to the Aire Services in France (in French) very useful, does anyone know of anything similar for Spain? In particular we're wondering about wild/free camping (in our campervan) in the Picos de Europa - any recommendations - and also any advice on how the Spanish feel about this sort of thing in general?
Thanks again x
Apr 10, 2013 7:50 AM
7Also any advice of wild/free camping in Spain?
It's forbidden in most places. There are some specific places where you can camp with you campervan but if you look at a web showing this type of places in several European countries, you'll find they are less of them in Spain although they've increased in number in the last years.
In particular we're wondering about wild/free camping (in our campervan) in the Picos de Europa
The Picos de Europa are a national park so camping out of designated areas is absolutely forbidden.
Jul 21, 2013 8:58 AM
I hope you enjoyed your trip! My boyfriend and I are looking to do a similar trip next week, although in reverse starting off at St Malo and heading down to Northern Spain, probably only as far as bilbao. You list very similar interests to ours and we too are more interested in smaller, more rural campsites and perhaps wild camping. Is there anywhere or anything in particular that you would recommend?
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