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Agree the Picos are marvellous. There is actually a campsite at Fuente De, no booking though, just turn up and hope they have space. It's well hidden but is a magic place.
I love this site. In September we camped amid the autumn crocus.
Was the great dane still there?!
You could camp here and walk from the site for at least a week without struggling.
Would love to go back but too many new palces to go first.
 
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Thanks again everyone. I'm looking forward for to some quiet time at the weekend, a coffee, map of Spain and the Internet!
 
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Hola!! It's January and all being well our new van will be built next week. Getting through the January blues with our holiday planning. A Scottish trip is planned late Spring and we've just booked a ferry crossing in the summer from Portsmouth to Bilbao (returning Santander to Portsmouth). This is going to be our first foreign road trip as a family and I'd love to hear about any experiences people have had on their Spanish road trips please. Any tips? Any do's or don'ts? Any amazing experiences that you've had? Would just love to hear about travelling around Spain.

We've bought the 'All the Aires Spain'. Any good advice for finding ad hoc campsites would be great too. We don't really want to set an itinerary by booking in advance if we don't have too. Hoping to go with the flow.

Gracias :happy
Hi, want a good top tip? Don't do the aires in and around the Mediterranean Coast. They still have a lot of crime around the coast in summer and the police dont recommend them.
Any part of the northern coast through to Galicia is nothing short of amazing. Visit picos de Europa, Cantabria region, Leon, 'las medulas' are in Leon and are amazing to see especially from the top of the nearby mountain, lake 'carrucedo' for staying over the night is fantastic.
If you want to try further inland, the Rioja region is great with the monasteries of 'Yuso' and 'Suso' in the small town of San Millan are amazing with free overnight parking, with a mountain backdrop and a cafe and restaurant next door. Municipal Campsite also next door with swimming pool and grass area.
Let me know if you want specific info re any of the above.
 
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Aidy p how much was the ferry . My wife and I are planning to drive to menorca for her birthday don't know weather to get ferry to the end of Spain or drive through France , Has anyone got any suggestions .
 
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Ferry is £450-£600. Eurotunnel + péage + fuel is close to that.

Can be a nice enough drive thro France if you're going at a nice time of yr, tho French motorways are a bit dull.

I just came back from a full cross continent trip across France and Spain and had a great time especially in Spain. Only northern town we stopped in was Durango (recommended). Big cities can be tough to find parking in if you end up in e.g. Madrid for example.
 
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Aidy p how much was the ferry . My wife and I are planning to drive to menorca for her birthday don't know weather to get ferry to the end of Spain or drive through France , Has anyone got any suggestions .

Return trip 2 Adults & 2 Kids with Cali and a outward facing room in July with Brittany Ferries was £1100. Portsmouth to Bilbao & Santander to Portsmouth on the way back. This was with their better ferries (there is a budget one but we wanted the facilities for the kids). Usual getting fleeced because of school holidays timings I suspect :( I looked for discounts but couldn't find them. I've only paid the £35 deposit though if I've missed a deal though??
 
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Ferry is £450-£600. Eurotunnel + péage + fuel is close to that.

Can be a nice enough drive thro France if you're going at a nice time of yr, tho French motorways are a bit dull.

I just came back from a full cross continent trip across France and Spain and had a great time especially in Spain. Only northern town we stopped in was Durango (recommended). Big cities can be tough to find parking in if you end up in e.g. Madrid for example.

Thanks Fred. This is our first foreign trip planned for us in the new van and as my kids are young I wanted to avoid the dull motorway slogs and the "are we nearly there yet?!" THey seem more excited about the ferry than the road trip though!
 
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We've paid for the vast majority of the cost of our last three ferries to/from Santander and Bilbao with Avios points. Worth considering if you're a big Tesco shopper.
Excellent dog-friendly cabins on Brittany Ferries too.
 
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Aidy p how much was the ferry . My wife and I are planning to drive to menorca for her birthday don't know weather to get ferry to the end of Spain or drive through France , Has anyone got any suggestions .
Book you ferry in "ferries week" we saved a fortune last March :thumb
 
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What's that? Do you get direct discounts from Brittany Ferries?
Check out this link!
We got 50% of one of ours and we bought camping cheques through the cc club at the same time. Our ferries plus 5 nights camping was nearly half the price of the original ferry which we were on the brink of booking. All this happened at the caravan and camping show at the NEC last March!

http://www.discoverferries.com/content/national-ferry-fortnight
 

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