Road trip to Spain and Mallorca

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  1. zed4

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    Hi,

    I’m planning a road trip next year in my new car. Really want to go to Spain, for a few reasons. Particularly to check the place out, as I’d like to relocate to Mallorca with work for a bit in the near future.

    But it is a long way away! The ferry is expensive, and if I want to get my car over to Mallorca it’s another long ferry trip. I’m wondering if it’s all a bit too much driving and too many ferry trips!

    My thoughts are,

    Portsmouth to Bilbao.
    Bilbao to Barcelona and stay for a couple of days.
    Then ferry to Palma, Mallorca and stay there for 4-5 days.
    Ferry over to Valencia and stay for a couple of days.
    Then explore a bit of Spain. My friend has a place in Malaga we can use, but that’s a very long way away!
    Then drive back through the middle of Spain to Bilbao for the ferry back.

    We’re thinking of leaving early on a Friday, returning in two weeks on the Sunday, so that’s 17 days away, which will give us plenty of time, I think!

    I keep thinking it’s so much cheaper to fly out there, but I really want to explore the mountain roads and the different marinas and bays in my car. Plus this looks like fun!
    The greatest driving road in the world?...


    And I’d really like to explore mainland Spain in the car.

    Has anyone done anything similar? Any route recommendations, or any specific towns you recommend we visit? We have a pretty clear plan at the moment, so we can go anywhere and do anything we like. We don’t need to go down to Malaga, if we decide it’s a bit too far out of the way.

    We’ll be doing it in a 981 Porsche Boxster S, just my girlfriend and I, so some fun driving roads and good scenery is a must!

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
  2. imightbewrong

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    > But it is a long way away!

    How can it be too far in that scenario? :) We drove down to the Med a few years back - didn't exactly go the direct route i.e. via Switzerland. And we have four small children.

    There's also a road trip thread here:

    Road Trips: Routes, Photos and Videos!
     
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    2500+ miles
    £500+ fuel

    A lot of wear and tear - but well worth it :)
     
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  4. zed4

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    Thanks. I’ll have a look through your thread when I get home.


    I don’t think we’ll drive through France, probably get the ferry to Bilbao. We’re near Portsmouth, so have quite a drive over to Dover, and I’ve already driven through France before.


    Plus it’s probably £400 of fuel to go to Dover and then drive through France, plus a couple of nights accommodation. Ferry is £800 and means we can do more driving in Spain.
     
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    Sevilla is an absolute must. I go to a different city in Spain every year, Sevilla is superb
     
  6. imightbewrong

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    It's not my thread - but there are quite a few road trips in it.
     
  7. mjn

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    Driven through a dozen European countries, clocked up more than 30k miles abroad, seen all the weather conditions and loved every mile.

    Loads of my stuff in the thread linked above.
     
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    This thread is more appropriate in Motoring as @mjn linked to, let’s see how it progresses there or perhaps ‘travelling’ but not GC.
     
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    Road trip with all those ferries? Pah.....

    I find it enjoyable to drive to Spain, but drive to Spain...Dover/Folkstone to Calais and make your way south on the route du Soleil. Or if you have more time then take the west coast route.

    From Calais to Begur was about 10 hours driving for us. With a young child in the car, setoff at 9pm...

    And yes the ferries aren't cheap, not sure I'd like to combine that either....Plenty to see and do on the island to warrant flying in and renting a car...
     
  10. zed4

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    Oops, forgot there was a motoring section. Put it wherever you see fit!
     
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    Well, that’s my thoughts.

    Is it better to just fly to Mallorca and rent a car?! Seems like such a long time sat on ferries! But I really want to drive the mountain roads, and also mainland Spain in my car.

    I was thinking about driving through France. Sorry to generalise but my girlfriend doesn’t get on well in France. She has severe food allergies and she always has reactions in France, hence wanting to skip it. They don’t exactly take food allergies very seriously over there!!
     
  12. mjn

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    Get the GF to fly out and meet you in Spain. It'll be a lot more peaceful in the car :D
     
  13. zed4

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    I think looking at the cost of fuel, plus one or two overnight stop overs, it’s going to work out cheaper and quicker to get the ferry to Bilbao.

    Dover to Calais ferry (or tunnel) is around £150, plus around £450 of fuel (return trip) plus at least two stop overs £250 is £850. It will take two complete days, may even need another stop over on each journey, meaning four hotels, not two.

    The Portsmouth to Bilbao ferry is around £800 and takes 24 hours, rather than two days. Plus Portsmouth is much closer to home and easier to get to than Dover. That way we have more time to spend driving in Spain, rather than France.

    It will be 5 hours of travelling before we even get to France, short period driving in France, and then a hotel. Then it’s a massive drive down to Spain, probably too much to do in one go, so probably another hotel half way down to break it up, meaning more time and money.

    At least with the ferry I'll be asleep for a good chunk of it whilst still travelling!
     
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    Spain is doable in one day, just like Italy and St. Tropez in the Med. But it's a long drive.

    And don't forget the tolls in France. You're looking at around £100 each way to go from Calais to the other end of France.
     
  15. zed4

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    I'm growing to quite like the idea of the mini cruise to France, rather than the economy ferry. Might be quite nice to relax for an entire day with nothing to do! I don't ever get the chance to just do nothing!
     
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    Although only driven as far South as Rochefort in France we have done it many times via Dover and once on the high speed service from Poole to St Malo, stopping off in Guernsey and Jersey return and have enjoyed both ways to travel and drive there.
    The Poole ferry to St Malo gave us more time to spend at Mont Saint Michel rather than pushing directly from the tunnel.
     
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    So its not a road trip then :p

    PS. No need for an overnight stop...Don't it many a time to Spain without that..
     
  18. zed4

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    No way I could for 12 hours without stopping! The fast ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg could work, as it would save me the horrible drive to Dover!
     
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    So, looks like the Portsmouth to Cherbourg fast ferry would work well.


    The Portsmouth to Santander ferry leaves Friday night and arrives Saturday night, which is a shame as we lose a day of the holiday. Arrives at Santander in the evening, so we will have to get a hotel and drive to Barcelona on Sunday morning, arriving midday ish on Sunday.


    The Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry leaves Friday morning and arrives Friday lunch time. We then drive to Bordeaux for 6 hours and get a nice hotel. Then leave Bordeaux early in the morning on Saturday and drive to Barcelona, arriving midday ish on Saturday.


    Therefore arriving a whole day earlier, and saving quite a lot of money too.
     
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    I think that Mr and Mrs dejongj might share the driving, so it's not 12 hrs "non stop".
     
  21. zed4

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    Was wondering about getting my girlfriend insured on the car to share the driving.
     
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    Just booking the ferries now.

    Outbound:

    Portsmouth to Cherbourg (fast ferry)
    3 hours, from 09:00 to 13:00 on the Friday.

    Then drive for 5-6 hours through France and find a nice chateau to stay in with a good restaurant. Up early in the morning, breakfast, then drive to Barcelona.

    This option means we can make the most of our time off work, leaving early on Friday morning.

    Return:

    Santander to Portsmouth (24 hours) cruise ferry
    This ferry works perfectly in terms of timings. Leaves on Saturday night at 20:30, arrives Sunday night at 19:45. Means we can make the most of Saturday in northern Spain.
    Get a cabin, sleep on the ferry.

    Back to work on Monday!

    Looking forward to it now!
     

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