Planning a trip overseas, (France/Spain)
NB: This information was updated on 16/11/2009.
Toll each way will be approx. 125.80 EUR for
a car, Toll 166.30 EUR for a
car/caravan, and Toll 97.20 EUR for a motorcycle.
From departing the Channel Tunnel there is a route that is called the E15, which takes you all the way to Alicante. Basically follow this route all the way, as below. However best to avoid the Périphérique near Paris at peak times! That road is a little crazy!
This journey can be done in 2 days on a motorbike, but I'd recommend doing it in 3 days, as approximately 1,200 miles (1,900Km), is rather a long way. It's up to your preference, so 2x600 mile or 3x400 mile days.
Be prepared for very strange weather, fog approaching the mountains, also heavy rain in places. When it rains, it seems to explode in to torrential rain, so have waterproofs at the ready if riding on a motorcycle.
The speed limits in France on the motorways vary, but chiefly it is 130Km/h (81MPH) in the dry and 110Km/h (69MPH), good idea! Their roads are more interesting that our motorways, more countryside, mountains, and they appear to be much more bendy than our motorways, the sharpest gradient was about 4%, and in France this is signposted (though not in Spain), some bends were surprisingly sharp for a motorway, but signposting in France was very frequent and clear, so there were no excuses for missing anything.
Of course, one does not need to use the Toll roads, but they are quicker, easier and a much better quality of road, however many of France and Spain's non toll roads are of a much higher quality and the majority of roads here in the UK, however much more congested in places, and will add 33-50% onto your journey time. This annoys me, as I'd like to know what our Government here in the UK spend the huge amount of tax they rake in on petrol and our annual road licence fund, as our roads do not seem to show much for it, we have breaking up road surface, potholes, you name it, all hazards to two wheeled road users. In my opinion I feel that we in the UK have a much more inferior road network than those in Continental Europe, many of their motorways may be only 2 lanes, but where it is needed they are 3, 4 and 5 lanes, shame really, as here in the UK our road network could do with some REAL investment like they appear to have done in France and Spain.
If you want any more information regarding this, let me know,
I'd be more than happy to answer any questions.
The house, the beautiful sunset, and beach a mile or so away.