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Family driving & cycling holiday west & SW France

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phoebemcpeepee · 31/12/2019 10:32

We've had an invitation to stay at a friends villa for a week in northern Spain (northern costa Brava) and have this idea of driving down but over the course of a week and getting out on our bikes and seeing some of the countryside.

Our dc (tweens & teens) are very active and capable cyclists and I've cycled in France before so no concerns about the actual cycling but not really sure which route to take (Calais or dieppe) , where to stopover and how exactly to plan the trip without it costing us an arm and a leg! We are on a budget but this is meant to be an adventure so more interested in quirky than luxurious!
Any recommendations on where to travel, cycle or stay or general tips much appreciated.

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Thunderpunt · 31/12/2019 10:46

Carcasson/Maubuisson is lovely. Huge lake about 10km inland from the Atlantic - separated by beautiful pine forests with amazing cycle/walking paths. You have the calm of the lake (which has beaches all round and never gets deeper than about waist high) and the huge waves for body boarding/surfing or watching the experts do it.
A bit further south is Arcachon (I think) which I have heard is also lovely. Not sure if these are far enough south for you though?
(Bordeaux area)

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Thunderpunt · 31/12/2019 10:48

Also meant to say the pine forests have campsites some with lodges I believe so you don't have to take your own tent !

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phoebemcpeepee · 31/12/2019 11:01

Thanks we already had Archachon down as a possibility if we could figure a route and Carcassonne looks like a good final destination distance wise - we're aiming for no more than 250 miles driving in a day so these work really well. Just need to work the first few stops hopefully taking in some of the Loire velo route which is brilliant for family cycling.

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