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Hi guys realistically how long from Calais to a beech resort in Italy really fancy it,was thinking of south Brittany for next summer hols but people putting us off saying weather will be no god,we are just back from sarlat and had a proper mixed bag of weather plz help ime a Europe newbe

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Calais (Eurotunnel) to Milan is about 630 miles via Mont Blanc tunnel, took us about 10. 5 hours solo when we went last month.

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Hi don't mean to be ignorant but looking for something costal

 

No, I know, it was just to give you an idea, my wife is Italian and our normal trip is via Milan, then on to see the rest of the family down south near Naples - another long days drive solo.

 

Milan is only about 1. 5 - 2 hours in to Italy from Mont Blanc.

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You have basically four routes to get to Italy. The coast is a significant distance, and if you go on down to the Amalfi coast, for example, you are in the long haul league.

 

You either go through Switzerland, above Switzerland through Austria, down France through the Mont Blanc tunnel or right down to the French coast and along. We have done all four at various times, and each has their pluses and minuses. Through Switzerland is probably quickest, but you will be charged to use the roads - and for the van as well as the car. The Mont Blanc tunnel is also pretty costly and spits you out at the top of the Aosta valley so you have to drop down through Turin and Milan. The French coastal route means you have to get to there first and then go east through the joy of tunnels that is Genova. The route through Austria via Innsbruck is pretty but also pretty long and slow, dropping you the far side of the Lakes via Bolzano in the Dolomites.

 

What takes your fancy?

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First decision? South Yorkshire to Dover (Black Horse farm for the night) then tunnel/ferry, which is a full day, a lot of miles, a night and a cheap crossing. Or, Hull Zeebrugge, night on board, fewer miles, but more expensive crossing. Only you can say!

 

Second night Luxembourg.

Third night Austria

Fourth night Italian Lakes

Fifth night Italian coast.

 

So five nights out, five nights back. If you have only two weeks hols, then only 4 or five days in Italy, so perhaps not worth it. Longer than two weeks give me Italy over Brittany any day. .

 

Hopefully Kontiki, David Klyne or Snooks will be on later as they are experts in this route.

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Hopefully russ will be along soon, he knows all the best skips to look in along the way as well! message kontikikid - I'm sure he'd be glad to help or have a look at his website http://swift-kontiki. co. uk

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We towed from Calais to Amalfi area last May. Took 3 overnight stops and some long days in the saddle. ...too long!

 

Its doable to get from Calais to the East coast south of Ravenna) or the equivalent distance West coast venue) with one overnight stop. But as the route (which ever you take) is through some superb scenery it's a shame to rush. When we go next year we will do 2 stops from Calais to N. Italy.

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Italy does have an exceptionally long coast line!!!! I would think the nearest beach to Calais would be near to Venice so you could kill two birds with one stone so to speak. If you don't mind some tolls my preferred route would be as follows. Calais/Chalon/Metz and into Germany. South through Germany on A7 to Reutte in Austria. Over Fern and Brenner passes and drop down to southern end of Lake Garda and then out to the coast at Venice. You can also take a short cut from Bolzano across country to Venice. I reckon a minimum of three days to be comfortable. This route could also be used for beaches on the Adriatic Coast south of Venice. For the eastern Med coast perhaps the above is not the quickest route. Quite a few Blogs on Italy on my website, see link below.

 

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We went down to near Genova a beautiful coast, Portofino. the Cinque Terre. about 3 and a half hours from Milan,we get to Milan with 2 and a half days of good driving, France, Switerzland,Italy. so you could probably get down there in 2 nights 3 days. not sure what coast you want to go to. we stayed at a place called Sestri Lavent, one of the best camps we have ever stayed on.

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Happy feet,

You should take a look at the beaches in Italy before considering the route and going there at the time of year you holidayed this year. There are very few public beaches and you have to pay to go on the rest. The public ones are very, very crowded and not always cleaned every day. The private ones can be quite expensive for a family and tend to be rows of sunbeds for which you pay extra. Of course, you can choose a campsite with its own beach, but that will be reflected in the price. Italian sites become very, very crowded and the price leaps up from about 21st July to late August when all Italians seem to take their holidays. We lived in Italy for 3 years and always avoided the beach sites for that period - we used to leave the beach sites when the prices rose which included the prices in the restaurants.

 

If you are looking for beaches and almost guaranteed warmth, have you considered the western Mediterranean in France or just over the border into Spain. These areas usually have very hot sunny weather and we enjoyed a couple of super holidays at Serignan just to the south of Beziers when the children were younger. We picked a site with a pool that was a 10 minute drive to the beach so we had options on what to do and even went up into the hills to swim in a river when it got too hot. You have already done a significant part of the journey there going to Sarlat although there are different route options, so you could make your own judgement on timing and how it would fit in with your family's travelling ability.

 

We holidayed several times in Southern Brittany and agree that it can be changeable. We had one really warm and sunny holiday and several not so good and a couple of times we ended up heading South into the Vendee looking for more sunshine - we never booked anywhere so always had the option to be flexible.

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Italy does have an exceptionally long coast line!!!! I would think the nearest beach to Calais would be near to Venice so you could kill two birds with one stone so to speak. If you don't mind some tolls my preferred route would be as follows. Calais/Chalon/Metz and into Germany. South through Germany on A7 to Reutte in Austria. Over Fern and Brenner passes and drop down to southern end of Lake Garda and then out to the coast at Venice. You can also take a short cut from Bolzano across country to Venice. I reckon a minimum of three days to be comfortable. This route could also be used for beaches on the Adriatic Coast south of Venice. For the eastern Med coast perhaps the above is not the quickest route. Quite a few Blogs on Italy on my website, see link below.

 

David

 

What about the vignettes in Austria?

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They are significantly cheaper than the Swiss vignette - €24. 80.

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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They are significantly cheaper than the Swiss vignette - €24. 80.

If you are passing through, there and back . ... 2 x 8euros.

Happy feet,

You should take a look at the beaches in Italy before considering the route and going there at the time of year you holidayed this year. There are very few public beaches and you have to pay to go on the rest. The public ones are very, very crowded and not always cleaned every day. The private ones can be quite expensive for a family and tend to be rows of sunbeds for which you pay extra. Of course, you can choose a campsite with its own beach, but that will be reflected in the price. Italian sites become very, very crowded and the price leaps up from about 21st July to late August when all Italians seem to take their holidays. We lived in Italy for 3 years and always avoided the beach sites for that period - we used to leave the beach sites when the prices rose which included the prices in the restaurants.

 

If you are looking for beaches and almost guaranteed warmth, have you considered the western Mediterranean in France or just over the border into Spain. These areas usually have very hot sunny weather and we enjoyed a couple of super holidays at Serignan just to the south of Beziers when the children were younger. We picked a site with a pool that was a 10 minute drive to the beach so we had options on what to do and even went up into the hills to swim in a river when it got too hot. You have already done a significant part of the journey there going to Sarlat although there are different route options, so you could make your own judgement on timing and how it would fit in with your family's travelling ability.

 

We holidayed several times in Southern Brittany and agree that it can be changeable. We had one really warm and sunny holiday and several not so good and a couple of times we ended up heading South into the Vendee looking for more sunshine - we never booked anywhere so always had the option to be flexible.

Totally agree.

 

For us Italy is more about history, architecture and scenery. There are better locations for beach holidays.

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"For us Italy is more about history, architecture and scenery. There are better locations for beach holidays. "

 

That's an interesting thought. We were going to look at the Adriatic side of Italy last year and decided against it for several reasons. One concern was that we had heard it was crowded. However, the Mediterranean coast is a much better bet, all the way from La Spezia to the incredible Amalfi coast. I wouldn't pass up Italian beaches quite that swiftly.

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"For us Italy is more about history, architecture and scenery. There are better locations for beach holidays. "

 

That's an interesting thought. We were going to look at the Adriatic side of Italy last year and decided against it for several reasons. One concern was that we had heard it was crowded. However, the Mediterranean coast is a much better bet, all the way from La Spezia to the incredible Amalfi coast. I wouldn't pass up Italian beaches quite that swiftly.

Having just taken in the Amalfi coast I can say the road is a lovely drive especially at sunset, if you dont mind crazy Italian driving. If you pull over in the laybys to take those spectacular coastal photographs, watch where you tread. ...they are littered with used condoms. ..nice! Maybe that's a bit unfairly jaundiced. ..it's just too busy and commercialised for us.

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If you are more into coastal holidays Spain would fit the bill much cheaper than Italy.

Hi don't mean to be ignorant but looking for something costal

For coastal Spain is a much better bet.
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There are some beautiful beaches in Italy. We went for 3 summers to the Gargano, to the North of Vieste on the Adriatic Coast with fantastic sand, clear water and usually a breeze in the afternoons for the windsurfers who flock there. These are some of the nicest beaches that I have ever been on but in late July and August, they are heaving with people. However, I would never have towed from the UK to go there.

 

The western (Mediterranean) Italian coast tends to receive all the rubbish that drifts around the Med as the prevailing wind brings it ashore and there is pollution from places like Naples. We used to drive at least 30 miles North of Naples when we went to the beach to get cleaner water and we paid to go on a maintained beach. Unless the beach is cleaned at least every morning, they can be very unpleasant.

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Hi all we have decided against Italy with the three little ones we are going to stick with s/Brittany just need a quite little site now maybe a small pool and park for the little ones

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Hi all we have decided against Italy with the three little ones we are going to stick with s/Brittany just need a quite little site now maybe a small pool and park for the little ones

We liked Treguer Plage on the Douarnenez Bay. It is right on the beach and there is plenty of sightseeing for the grown ups. There is more information in my blog.

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Hi - Have a look at Lido di Jesolo - Bournemouth with sun and boats to Venice!

 

As you are South Yorkshire like me, I'd allow three overnight stops.

 

Day 1 - Barnsley (the capital of the world) to Calais and about one hour further on - night stop.

 

Day 2 - to Strasbourg area - night stop

 

Day 3 - Lake Lugano - Switzerland - overnight stop

 

Day 4 - easy drive to Jesolo

 

Yes you are paying for the Swiss vignette, but run via Belgium and Luxembourg - toll free - and also get a tank of diesel in Luxembourg at 96p per litre (today) and it's not worth the Mont Blanc expense.

 

We used to do that journey with one overnight stop with the coaches!

 

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