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France - recommendations please!

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anchovies Sat 27-Jul-13 19:46:52

Was hoping to find a holiday for the end of the summer holidays but flights for five are proving to be £1000+ Quite fancy trying France and drove to Disneyland Paris last Christmas from the North West surprisingly easily. Have never been to France (other than Paris) so don't know where to start!

So can anyone suggest an area/region or even better accommodation? Would really like a nice beach but nowhere packed. Defo want a pool and some guaranteed sunshine! Any ideas? smile

hf128219 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:56:24

Poitou Charentes region. Ile de Re, ile d'oleron, la Rochelle - all 440 miles or thereabouts from Calais. So doable in a day and saving on overnight stopsin France. Dependening on your car and fuel efficiency etc tunnel could be £200, fuel £150, tolls £100 - all very approximate.

Or maybe further south towards Bordeaux.

Try websites like, Expedia for hotels.

anchovies Sun 28-Jul-13 07:53:40

Thanks so much, great to just get a ballpark figure on costs. Will check out the places you suggested, great to have a starting point smile

oldwomanwholivedinashoe Sun 28-Jul-13 08:22:15

I have PMd you.

Milliways Mon 29-Jul-13 21:24:05

Matthews Holidays are cheap and have a site in Royan


Go for their larger vans if poss - small one is tiny (but adeqaute - we have stayed in all of them)

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