Driving to Tarifa

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666
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Anyone ever driven down to Tarifa? I've just got my self a new camper van and fancy heading south after xmas for a couple of weeks, How long did it take you? AA route planner says 20hrs from calais so i was thinking 2 x 10hrs days driving?
ade p
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I did it a few years ago in a car. That's about right I'd say. Other option is to go to Caen. Bit more expensive on the ferry but misses out a big chunk of bad traffic round Paris.
The Russian
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I've done it once, years back - also via Caen - took x3 days (stopping overnight) - 20hrs could be possible. Make sure you get AA Euro breakdown cover - it was money well spent in my Mk1 Golf!
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I also have a new camper and was thinking exactly the same! Spooky :shock:
I was thinking boat but at that time of year the sea may be rough and that bay of biscay can be very rough, so that option is out, it costs a fortune as well and my camper is biggish so cost is silly,
I was thinking stop half way down through France, la Palmere has a good reputation for kitesurfing, 3 square mile sea lagoon, waist deep, but as yet I can't find a camp site open in jan/ feb or march,
So both locations are still in my book as there are camp sites open in tarifa but the distance is wild, and after driving down there 2 twice before it fills me with dread as the drive is boring as hell, on one trip in a car the 5 hour stint on one motorway holding the throttle open on cruise control at high speed resulted in a full engine strip to renew my burnt out high pressure fuel pump, the car had two pumps, that particular pump sits inside the engine and cost 4k to fix, and we had to limp home for days at 50 mph on the low pressure pump,
On another trip on my motorbike I needed a bum transplant when I got there and a new bum transplant when I got home, it hurt a lot, it's an epic trip but so dreary,
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The west coast of portugal would be Epic as well at that time of year
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What did Nigella say this week?

"France? Isn't that the irritating country you drive through on the way to Italy?"

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kiteingcolin wrote: resulted in a full engine strip to renew my burnt out high pressure fuel pump, the car had two pumps, that particular pump sits inside the engine and cost 4k to fix, and we had to limp home for days at 50 mph on the low pressure pump, ,
Wasn't a Renault was it Colin?
kiteingcolin
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paulie_amoose wrote:
kiteingcolin wrote: resulted in a full engine strip to renew my burnt out high pressure fuel pump, the car had two pumps, that particular pump sits inside the engine and cost 4k to fix, and we had to limp home for days at 50 mph on the low pressure pump, ,
Wasn't a Renault was it Colin?
Flipping well was, a 3 ltr diesel espace,
paulie_amoose
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They are well known for it. The high pressure pump gives out and sprays metal all through the engine. Great design! :)
kiteingcolin
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paulie_amoose wrote:They are well known for it. The high pressure pump gives out and sprays metal all through the engine. Great design! :)
Really :shock: well that explains why the engine very soon after my 4k bill started to smoke on wide open throttle, so glad I traded it in for a new car, and glad it went to a garage and not to someone looking for a reliable car,
The Russian
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Have to say for x2 weeks only, there is no way I'd drive - I remember driving along so knackered I was halucinating !!

Maybe for a month or more I would drive again - the west coast of Portugal has waves, but Tarifa it isn't !
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Done it loads of times in a motorhome but found ferry to Bilbao or Santander is much much easier. Can do it in 12 hours from there but you get to Northern Spain early am so you can get there in the evening. By the time you factor in fuel and toll roads through France it's worth the extra on the ferry (Although it has been Force 9-10 on 3 occasions which is not very pleasant. Sometimes it's totally flat all the way). I initially took the route straight through the centre of Spain (via Madrid) but found if you go West down through Salamanca it's a much nicer drive with less traffic. Although it's possible in a day I found it much less stressful to do it in two days.
One time I though I'd drive back through France and as time was not an issue I went the entire journey avoiding the toll roads. Got all the way to Northern France and got stopped for speeding which cost more than the toll roads would have !
Just be careful where you stop, the free motorway stops in France are famed for being places to get robbed - I know so many people that have been that I wouldn't ever sleep at them now. Sometimes it's worth finding a camp site. If you want to stop in the middle of Spain then plan it first as there are not that many camp sites signed from the main roads. Let me know if you need more info and also on best place to stay in Tarifa area.
Cheers.
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Thanks for the info, I only live 40 mins from eurotunnel so I think it makes sense to cross there. Any info on campsites would be appreciated.
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