Hi all,i have never driven abroad before but would like to have 7 to 10 days in france,somewhere nice and close to beach.but i would like suggestions for any nice sites reasonably close to ferry ports in case i have any issues on driving front.artfish.
Have no fear of driving in France. The roads are excellent and ther is very little traffic once clear of the towns. Just take it easy and pay attention to what is going on around you. It will become easier as you go along and in the course of a couple of days, you will wonder what all the fuss was about. The only problem, really, is overtaking on a single carriageway. If your front seat passenger is a driver and can be trusted, you are in with a shout. If the passenger is not a driver and you have doubts as to whether it is safe to go, don't. It is better to be delayed and get there than chance it and come a cropper. A trick I use and I'm sure many others use, is to move over into the gutter and have a look up the near side of the vehicle in front at what is coming the other way. Again, if in doubt, don't go.
When you get nearer the time to go, let the Forum know and they will fill you in on documents, insurance, recovery, legally required equipment etc.
As for sites, there are plenty around the Normandy and Brittany area which are close to beaches but I would sugest, if you feel brave enough on a first foray, that the Atlantic coast is far more attractive.
If you really don't want to drive to far, there are some lovely sites, and really good places to visit within a couple of hours of Calais - we have stayed on 4 or 5 over the past few years, and had a smashing time, although the weather isn't as warm and nice as further south.
As for the driving? Take it steady, keep alert to the scene around you, and you'll have no problems.
Hi Art, Stayed here this year, not feeling very adventurous, www.camping-des-dunes.co.uk, 30 Min's from the Euro tunnel, most of it straight on the Motorway, or less than that from Dunkirk, with it's mega cheap ferry deals. Beach?, walk through the campsite, a break in the dunes and you're straight on it. Good sized pitches, well got ours on there, and thats no lightweight, water at about every other pitch, electric on all. going out?, Calais and all the wine shops just down the road, go the other way and you are in Belgium in about the same time. Nice little bar and takeaway on site, book your spit roasted chicken though, they sell out mega quick. Would I go here again?, yup, without a doubt ;D
Senator 6 Wyoming, Jeep Grand Kareeoke, Full Wine Cellar, but still keepin' it country.
The first time I went to France I was petrified with the thought of driving. When we got off the ferry, it was simple to follow the vehicle in front. After a few miles it felt as though I had been driving on the right all my life. I would agree with Dickers if you feel confident about it then the Atlantic Coast.
The first time we took our caravan to France, I had never driven on the wrong side of the road. However, as we always share the driving when towing over here, we didn't see why I shouldn't during our first French holiday. Its amazing how accomplished you can become when your experience is half way to the Pyarnees and back! Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that there is far less pressure when driving in France. the main thing that struck me was the absence of traffic and the almost total lack of trucks!!! It was great!!!
Denise and Him (that's Tim, or Mothy, LOL) Lili the Swift Corniche 12/2 + Honda CRV
I would rather tow in France than the UK any day, seriously, wider lanes, clearer roads, better roads... The list goes on. People even seem to know how to overtake properly and pull back in after overtaking rather than hogging the middle/outside lanes (Sorry - Pet hate)
My only piece of advice would be to get an oversize nearside towing mirror, such as the Milenco oversized ones... Visibility is bad on that side for overtaking otherwise.
And NO I don't trust my other half to watch for me as she was mostly asleep...
Olympus 546 (2010) towed with 2007 VW Touran 2.0 (140) DSG Sport (Just!).