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David in Cheshire

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  1. We went out late August to Bilbao, no checks , turned left and crossed into France didn't even have to stop.Same back into Spain. returned last weekend, only checks were at Portsmouth presumably looking for illegals. Could have taken what wanted but didnt
  2. Update Arrived at the check in at 15:45 7th October but was not allowed to check in until 7:30 following morning. A person who challenged it was tolds variously it was due to Covid or Brexit, he rang BF about the misinformation on their website but got no sensible answer. However were about 20 others and we had a quiet night in the queue
  3. This has been covered before but can a regular traveller remind me of the best time to arrive for a morning grossing the following day. Thanks
  4. I think the number of newcomers to the pastime may be a contributing factor. Many have been sold on the idea by advertising and even promotions by the clubs with words like "Freedom and Roam" liberally used and they have made the mistake of believing it , where nothing could be further from the truth in this country.
  5. I took an overnight to Caen once and we hated it. Not because its overnight we are regular North Sea Ferries users but it departs too late for dinner arrives early as you described for the Spanish crossing and I ended up parked up in a laybye mid morning for a sleep, quite horrible.St Malo is civilized as is the Bilbao arriving midday.
  6. Its an inconvenience for us but no more we normally take a couple of ready meals to tide us over until we shop and milk and butter frozen which helps keep the fridge cold on a 24 hour crossing. However we traveled in the Foot and Mouth year with nothing but tea bags and survived . Plan is to take some sort of pasta sauce and if we cant get a restaurant meal on our first night just use that.
  7. Thanks very much for that. I am working on the assumption we will still need a pre departure test and am thinking about spending a couple of nights in Burgos and get it done there. Burgos to Bilbao should be fine for an early afternoon arrival at the docks. Thanks again
  8. That is very good price especially as its daytime out. Its 5 years since I did that crossing but it was more than that even with an afternoon "caravans go free" outbound. The site vouchers are looking like the sort of deal we used to get with camping cheques ie cheaper to take them than not.
  9. Apologies if asked before but is it ok to park at the docks for a morning departure.
  10. Hi there I have done this route several times but have not gon via Madrid for it. Unless Madrid is somewhere you actually want to visit I would go west of there. My preferred option being: Bilbao - Burgos Burgos Monfrague (or Caceres) Monfrague to Malaga either via Cordoba or Seville. If you do still favour Madrid and want to avoid the worst of the city traffic use the M50 that swings out to the airport as a by-pass, it adds about 10 miles but IMO worth it. No problem with inclines either way as the motorway up from Bilbao to the central plateau in the direction of Burgos is well graded and no problem
  11. I dont use the tunnel or Calais but from South West France I would agree with others here. Urrugnee Camping Larrouleta Monfrague or Caceres Conil de la Frontera, Camping Rosaleda or others there. I have described routes to that area here https://sites.google.com/site/caravaneurope/home/routes
  12. There are going to thousands taking holidays in Spain and how many can you see searching out €100 tests when they can get a lateral flow?
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