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All the Aires Mountains

This unique guide covers the Spanish and French Pyrenees, including Andorra, the Alps includes Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland, sections of Bavaria in Germany, Sicily, Tenerife, the Sierra Nevada in Spain, and LPG stations in all countries.
 
The guide has a total of 191 Aires and 81 campsites.
Experienced skiers and fulltime motorhomers Andy and Sue Glasgow inspected most of the sites during the 2008/9 and 2009/10 ski seasons. Naturally, the guide focuses on ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, but summer and winter campers are catered for with details of walking, biking, skiing, and swimming.

The layout of the mountains Aires guide is the same as All the Aires Spain and Portugal and All the Aires Benelux and Scandinavia. There are country maps at the beginning of each chapter and the sites are listed numerically against their corresponding map reference number, with two sites per A5 page. Each site has colour photos, on-site GPS, full directions, site descriptions and local ski and leisure information.
 
Countries covered and number of mountain stopovers:
  • Austria: 42 entries - 11 stelplatze, 31 campsites.
  • Germany: 49 entries - 37 stellplatze, 6 campsites, 6 motorhome/caravan Aires.
  • France Alps: 58 entries - 47 Aires, 11 campsites.
  • France Pyrenees: 31 entries - 30 Aires, 1 campsite.
  • Italy: 50 entries - 33 Aires, 12 campsites, 5 motorhome/caravan Aires
  • Sicily: 3 entries - 1 Aire, 2 campsites.
  • Spain: 9 entries- 4 Aires, 5 campsites (1 in Andorra)
  • Switzerland: 34 entries -  15 stellplatze, 9 campsites, 10 motorhome/caravan Aires.

£12.99

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 Welcome to the open for dogs

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Welcome to the Open for Dogs website, powered by Dog Friendly. This site includes all places that are part of the Kennel Club's Open for Dogs campaign and is the UK's largest database of places to stay and visit that will welcome you and your dogs.


France made easy

I know from your letters and emails that you enjoy touring in France as much as I do, so be sure to take a look at a great new free-to-use website, called France-Voyage.com, that can help you get even more from your next tour.
It includes an itinerary feature - simply enter basic details of where you'd like to travel, and your interests, and it will come up with a selection of sights and locations along the way. It even includes a suggested length of time that you might want to spend at the location, and details of nearby campsites in the area, too.
Then, simply click on the relevant link to create your own mini guidebook, which can be printed out; alternatively, clicking on a different link will send all the co-ordinates straight to your sat-nav. Simple!
To begin creating your itinerary, just go to
www.france-voyage.com/en/
 


New regulations

If you live in another European Union member state, and the United Kingdom covers the cost of your healthcare, the UK may be responsible for the issue of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from May 1 2010.

SEE THE WEBSITE

Country-by-country guide

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A NEW STOPOVER FOR 2010

The Black Horse is located in the picturesque hamlet of Monks Horton, which nestles beneath the North Downs in the East Kent Countryside. The surrounding area is mainly agricultural and affords incredible views of the "Garden of England". The Pub complements its surroundings perfectly, a picture postcard property that is the epitome of what a country pub should be. It has an extensive beer garden to the rear, which looks out onto countryside, with an enclosed children's play area - an ideal spot for both customers and their children. Inside the country theme continues with exposed brick floor in the bar area, exposed beams throughout and enormous inglenook fireplaces. If you need to work away from the office we are wi-fi enabled at no extra charge.

The Black Horse Pub & Restaurant
Fiddling Lane
Monks Horton
Ashford
TN25 6AP
Tel: 01303 812182

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Welcome to Brownfools.co.uk - Your first choice for Motorshenanigans and Motorgroans

Whether you are experiencing our ineptitude for the very first time or are a serial glutton for punishment we are confident that, once you have visited our flagshit site - Brownfools of Screwup, Lots - you will keep coming back, in the mistaken belief that you will eventually receive the customer satisfaction that our advertising promises.

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Autogas map of Spain
Autogas locations in spain  WEBSITE

 Service Areas and Parking for Motorhomes in Europe WEBSITE 

Service Areas and Parking for Caravans in Spain WEBSITE 


 

The all-new Motorhome Nightstop Scheme

Practical Motorhome has joined forces with the Motor Caravanners' Club to bring you a great new, inexpensive UK stopover scheme

WEBSITE


EU 'Duty Free':  There is of course no longer any such thing as a duty free allowance when travelling within the EU but there are new guidelines about what you can "reasonably bring back" with you.  There are continuing arguments about the legality of all this but many travellers believe that UK customs are currently using these guideline quantities as 'limits'.  A recent court case has resulted in the cigarette limit being raised from 800 to 3200 but be aware that special conditions still apply in Spain for quantities over 800.

See www.hmce.gov.uk/public/yourcust/yourcust.htm for further info but here is the main gist ...

"You can: Bring back into the UK as much EU duty paid tobacco and alcohol as you like as long as it is for your own use, which includes: • Bringing back goods for your own consumption. • Bringing back gifts for family and friends.

You cannot: Bring back goods for commercial purposes, which includes:  • Bringing back goods for payment, even payment in kind.  • Bringing back goods for friends and family if they are paying you, giving you the cost price or paying for some or all of your travel costs.  • Bringing back goods for re-sale.

If you bring back large quantities of alcohol or tobacco goods and are stopped by Customs you may be asked some basic questions about your trip and purchases and the purposes for which you hold the goods.

This particularly applies if you have with you more than the following amounts

 • 3200 cigarettes

 •  10 litres of spirits

 •  400 cigarillos

 •  90 litres of wine

 •  200 cigars

 •  20 litres of fortified wine

 •  3kg of smoking tobacco

 • 110 litres of beer

These are only guide levels based on European law and Customs do NOT enforce any absolute limits"

"If the Officer is satisfied the goods are being brought into the UK for a commercial purpose, and are not for own use, the goods, along with any vehicle used to transport them, will be liable to seizure and may not be returned."  You have been warned!


WHERE CAN WE GO

Britain's What's On Event Guide WEBSITE


 THE 12VOLT SHOP

"12 Volt, the ultimate online store for Motorhome, Caravan, Camper, RV, Marine, Beachhut, Houseboat, Horsebox, Narrowboat, Adventure and Outdoor Leisure Accessories - adding comfort to your dreams"

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MILLER FIELD MOTORHOME CAMPING

SECURE MOTORHOME CAMPING IN THE CENTRE OF AMBELSIDE

BASED ON THE FRENCH 'AIRES' SYSTEM. 

CHARGES

THE COST PER NIGHT IS DEPENDANT ON THE LENGHT OF

YOUR MOTORHOME; REGARDLESS OF THE NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS.

UPTO 6 METRES = £6.00 PER NIGHT

ABOVE 6 METRES = £8.00 PER NIGHT

FOR BOOKING AND ENQUIRIES THE PREFERRED METHOD OF CONTACT IS BY EMAIL TO mfmcambles@hotmail.com

 ALTERNATIVELY PLEASE RING 07708 310986 FOR ACCESS DETAILS.


 

  Sewerby

The Ship Inn, Cliff Road, Sewerby, YO15 1EW
Right at the end of Cliff Road overlooking the cliffs between Bridlington and Flamborough Head.

The motorhome parking is on the pub car park.
Water and toilet disposal available. 5 motorhomes only.
Contact 01262 672374 (11am to 9pm only)
www.shipinnsewerby.co.uk

 


 

ALL THE AIRES SPAIN AND PORTUGAL.


As it says in the title this is all the Aires in Spain and Portugal. Not only the Aires but also all the LPG outlets in Spain and a good selection in Portugal.

Vicarious Books published all the Aires Spain and Portugal in 2009. Chris and Meli the Partners of Vicarious Books carried the research in the autumn 2008. All the Aires Spain and Portugal is unique as there is no other guide in any other language.

Key Features
* Totally unique no other guide available
* Aires and LPG inspected autumn 2008
* 3 pictures per Aire, 2 entries per page
* All the LPG outlets in Spain
* Onsite GPS coordinates
* Key to symbols also in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian and French.

t the beginning of each section there is an overview map with the Aires/lpg marked on. There are 39 listing in the Portuguese Aires section, 4 of these being good beachside parking areas and 6 being Barragems (inland reservoirs). All the other listings are municipally provided serviced motorhome stopovers that are mostly free.
The Spanish Aires section has 85 listings, 2 of these are daytime only parking areas and 5 are motorway services that have motorhome service points though overnight parking is not recommended. All the other listings are municipally provided serviced motorhome stopovers that are mostly free.

All The Aires Spain and Portugal 

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Travelling in Europe: your health insured abroad

  


Travelling in Europe: your mobile phone

 


Travelling in Europe: driving licence and car insurance

 


EU Health Insurance Card - Don't go on holiday without it!


Destination Europe!


Accommodation is available at The New Inn, Cropton and we also provide free camping and caravanning in the grounds of the brewery. Booking is advisable, as space is limited. As well as the ale we also have live music on every day. Food is also avaliable all weekend.    


 

 


 

 

 


 Calais

Local area map:

  

Cap Gris-Nez, a bird-watchers paradise
The cliffs on the French Channel coast, less than 30 km from England, lie opposite Dungeness. Here you have an ideal vantage point to watch seabirds, particularly in autumn when the flocks from Northern Europe and Siberia migrate towards the Atlantic over the Channel and the North Sea.

Gannets, sterns, skuas, puffins as well as wading birds large and small, sea ducks and penguins fly past the Cap from mid-August to mid-November. Later, at the first signs of approaching cold in the North, you can spot the loons, geese and ducks as they flee to the warm south.

 

Calais region.
http://www.calais.ws/CalaisRegion.htm

Parc Saint-Pierre and Calais war museum
http://www.calais.ws/ParcSaint-Pierre.htm

The Watch Tower

http://www.calais.ws/LeTourDuGuet.htm

 

  


On site
On the road
L'accueil Office or reception. Carrefour Crossroads.
L'eau Water Poids lourds Heavy vehicles.
Eaupotable Drinking water. Rond-point Roundabout.
Eaunon potable Non drinking water. Sortie Exit.
Eauvidange Water emptying. Prendre Take.
Eauusees Waste water. Suivre Follow
Jeton Token. Tout droite Straight On
Horrodateur Ticket machine. Centre ville Town Centre
Poubelle Rubbish bin. Flechage Arrows/Signpost
Ordure Rubbish. Plage Beach
Etape Stopping place. Ouest West
Camping-car Motor home. Est East
Camping-cariste French Motor homer. Peage Toll
Parkinggratuit Free parking. Autre directions Other Directions
Emplacement Pitch or site. Toutes directions All Directions
Ouvert Open. Travaux Road Works
Ferme Closed.    
Campinginterdire Camping forbidden.    
Mairie Town hall.    
Billet Ticket.    
Tirez Pull.    
Poussez Push    
Pacques Easter    
Ete Summer    
Hiver Winter    

 

important (Stellplatz and motorhome-related) German expressions and their English translation:

On site

On the road

Wasser

Water

Kreuzung

Crossroads

Rezeption

Reception

Lastwagen (LKW)

Heavy goods vehicles

Trinkwasser

Drinking Water

Kreisverkehr

Roundabout

Kein Trinkwasser

Non drinking water

Ausfahrt

Exit

Abwasser

Waste water

Stadt

City, Town

Ausguss

Sink

-zentrum

… centre

Parkuhr

Parking meter

Wegweiser

Signpost

Parkschein

Parking ticket

Strand

Beach

-automat

… machine

Norden

North

Müll

Rubbish

Nördlich

Northern

Abfall

Rubbish

Westen

West

-tonne

… bin

Westlich

Western

Parkplatz

Parking place

Süden

South

Stellplatz

Stopping place or pitch

Osten

East

Wohnmobil

Motorhome

Richtung

Direction

Reisemobil

Motorhome

Alle Richtungen

All directions

Campingbus

Campervan

Andere Richtungen

Other directions

Alkoven

Overcab

Baustelle

Construction site

Kostenlos (Kostenfrei)

Free of charge

Geldautomat

Cash dispenser

Offen

Open

Lebensmittel

Groceries

Geschlossen

Closed

Bäcker

Baker

Kein Camping

No Camping

Metzger (Fleischer)

Butcher

… verboten

… forbidden

Tankstelle

Petrol station

Rathaus

Town hall

Apotheke

Pharmacy

Ziehen

Pull

Arzt

Doctor

Drücken

Push

Zahnarzt

Dentist

Ostern

Easter

Werkstatt

Garage

Sommer

Summer

 

 

Winter

Winter

 

 

Herbst

Autumn

 

 

Frühling

Spring

 

 

Chemietoilette

Chemical toilet

 

 

Abwassertank

Grey water tank

 

 

-entleerung

… emptying

 

 

Waschmaschine

Washing machine

 

 

Wäschetrockner

Tumble dryer

 

 

Dusche

Shower

 

 

Behinderten-

… for disabled people

 

 


  The Moray firth is home to about 130 Bottlenose Dolphins.Where to see them

The best places to see the Dolphins are on land.
There is an excellent Dolphin and Seal Watch Centre just north of the Kessock Bridge where you can observe and listen to them, in the narrows between North and South Kessock.

http://www.dolphintripsavoch.co.uk/

SEE THE DOLPHINS


 

Mémorial Pegasus
Celebrating the first hours of liberation, the Pegasus Memorial is dedicated to the men of the British 6th Airborne Division, the first to land in Normandy during the night of 5th/6th of June 1944.

Centre Juno Beach
Built on the site where the Canadians landed on D-Day, Juno Beach Center relates the Canadian's role during the military operations. Visitors can discover the contemporary canadian society, culture and values.

Musée du Débarquement
Based on the very place of the landings, this museum is dedicated to the extraordinary artificial
port built by the allied forces in 1944. It will help you to understand how this huge piece of
work made the Normand Victory Happen.

Arromanches 360°
At Arromanches 360, you are in the thick of the action. "Le prix de la Liberté", an outstanding film,
is shown here 9 screens in a circular theatre. Combining pictures of the 1944 landings and Normandy
as it is today, this 360° film show is an unforgettable experience.

William the Conqueror founded the city 1000 years ago and changed Caen's destiny for ever.
The city has an exceptional historical heritage. The Castle, the Men's Abbey and the Ladies' Abbey figure among the jewels of Norman architecture.

The Men's Abbey
Built in 1063 by William the Conqueror, the Men's Abbey contains
the abbey church of Saint-Etienne as well as the monastery buildings
which today house Caen City Hall.

The Ladies' Abbey
Founded by Matilda around 1060 and magnificently restored today,
the Ladies' Abbey includes both the abbey church dedicated to the Trinity
and monastery buildings.

The Château
Built in around 1060 to house Duke William's residential palace,
the Château of Caen remains one of the largest fortified enclosures in Europe.


 

PassportTravel Documents

Documents can seem such a small matter when  arranging holidays but if you don't take care to make sure you have the correct ones, it can cause real problems later!.  We've all heard horror stories of people arriving at the airport without their passport, but you will also have trouble if you are stopped by the French police and don't have the correct documents for your car, or if you have an accident without a European accident claim form.

 

           European Accident Report             Passport

              E111                          Passport

 

 

Important Travel Documents:

Get them together a few weeks before your holiday in case you cannot find any!  Check they are valid (your passport needs to have at least 6 months until expiry). We recommend you take:

  • Passports + tickets

  • Driving Licence

  • Car Registration Document V5

  • Car Insurance

  • European Vehicle Recovery Insurance

  • European Accident Statement form

  • Travel Insurance

  • Form E111**

  • Travellers cheques


2 Euro CoinMoney in France

Like most EU countries the Euro is the national currency. Be careful not to run short of money on a Friday as the banks close from Saturday to  Monday inclusive.  Be especially careful around public holidays when they also close.  We met someone in the Dordogne on a Friday afternoon when everything had shut for a national festival….they faced the prospect of making it through to the following Tuesday without any cash!


Using credit and/or debit cards  Only use cards for cash in an emergency.  It's OK to use them for meals, hotel bills etc..  Debit cards can often be used - HSBC debit (switch) cards will work in any ATM showing the "Maestro" sign.  You need to know your pin.  Your account will be debited immediately and you will be charged a handling fee and possibly a commission.


About travellers cheques: Consider taking some travellers cheques as they are generally safe and often insured. The only limitation is that you have to take time out to visit a bank or bureau de change to get them cashed and there is a trend for banks not to cash them - ATMs are the order of the day!  We were charged £1.75 when we made a withdrawal with our Maestro card which seemed reasonable and the exchange rate was fair.

Exchange Rate: Very roughly 1.4Euros = £1.  An accurate calculator is offered by Travelex.


EHIC and health advice for travellers

This section tells you how to get medical treatment abroad, including information on the European Health Insurance card, or EHIC - the replacement for the E111.

rench government's new decision on access to the French healthcare system for inactive citizens from other EU countries

Published: 17 December 2007

Following representations made to the French government, we can confirm that the French Health Ministry has modified its decision regarding access to the French healthcare system for inactive citizens from other EU countries already residing in France.


Prepare your vehicle and journey in advance

While road safety requires appropriate driving behaviour, it is also essential to make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy (in good working order) and to prepare your journey in advance.

Preparing your vehicle

Take your vehicle in for regular servicing by professionals and verify the general roadworthiness of your vehicle, including:

  • Condition and pressure of tyres 
  • Lights (make sure that the bulbs are placed in pairs) 
  • Battery 
  • Levels of different fluids: water, windscreen washer fluid, oil, etc. 
  • Cooling circuit 
  • Windscreen wipers 
  • Brakes

Make sure that you have a supply of complementary accessories (sunglasses, flashlights and cleaning cloths) and clean the windscreen and headlights regularly, as good visibility is also a safety requirement.


LPG refills

Until recently (winter 2004/5) it has been difficult, if not impossible, to get fixed LPG tanks refilled in spain. The situation has now changed and the following is a list of LPG stations that are reported to be able to fill LPG tanks

Date Location
Feb 05 Alicante
No problems getting lpg tank filled in Alicante, filled up at Repsol depot on road to Elche, think its jct 72 N332, auto gas on r.h.s. of road. English fitting on hose & refillable bottles filled also.
Jan 05 Barcelona
Filled LPG tank at the large 8 pump dedicated LPG station just outside of Barcelona
   

Repsol's list of LPG stations
Whether motorhomes may refill LPG tanks at these stations is not known - reports appreciated!

GASAUTO DE ALBACETE
Dirección: Faquisal. Carretera Madrid-Alicante, km 252. ALBACETE
GASAUTO DE ALICANTE
Dirección: Avenida de Elche 170. ALICANTE
GASAUTO DE BARCELONA
Dirección: Calle K Sector C, Zona Franca. BARCELONA
GASAUTO DE BENAVENTE
Dirección: Carretera Alcubilla (Benavente-Malaneses) km 1,5. Benavente (ZAMORA)
GASAUTO DE CÓRDOBA
Dirección: Carretera del Aeropuerto, km 1,7. CÓRDOBA
GASAUTO DE LA CORUÑA
Dirección: Lugar de Mesoiro 8-10. LA CORUÑA
GASAUTO DE GRANADA
Dirección: Carretera Antigua de Málaga, km 4. Pago de Fatinafar. GRANADA
GASAUTO DE HERNANI
Dirección: Mutauto. Carretera Hernani-San Sebastián, km 8. Hernani (GUIPÚZCOA)
E.S. DIEGO Y CIPRIÁN, C.B.
Dirección: Carretera N-634, km 196. Hoznayo (CANTABRIA)
GASAUTO DE JEREZ
Dirección: Ctra. Jerez-Algeciras, km. 2,2. Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)
REPSOL SITE, JUST OFF THE MAIN ROAD. THERE IS A REPSOL GARAGE ON THAT ROAD AND THE ATTENDANT WAS HELPFUL IN SHOWING US THE LOCATION.
GPS N 36.66398 W 6.11331
(Nov 2006)
GASAUTO DE MÉNDEZ ÁLVARO
Dirección: C/ Méndez Álvaro s/n, cruce con M-30 km 11. MADRID
GASAUTO DE SAN ISIDRO
Dirección: C/ Ermita del Santo 80, esquina Vía Carpetana. MADRID
GASAUTO DE MURCIA
Dirección: C/ del Naranjo 1-3. Orilla de la Vía. MURCIA
GPS N 37.97361 W 1.11649
GASAUTO DE OVIEDO
Dirección: C/ Peña Santa 61. Pol. Ind. de Silvota. Llanera (ASTURIAS)
E.S. JOSÉ L. ANELO
Dirección: Carretera El Puerto-Rota, km 0,3. El Puerto de Santa María (CÁDIZ)
GASAUTO DE SEVILLA
Dirección: Avenida Roberto Osborne 16. Pol. Ind. Carretera Amarilla. SEVILLA
GASAUTO DE VALENCIA
Dirección: C/ Gremis 10. Pol. Ind. Vara de Quart. VALENCIA
GASAUTO DE VALLADOLID
Dirección: C/ Bronce, s/n. Parcela 153. Pol. Ind. de Argales. VALLADOLID
GASAUTO DE VIGO
Dirección: Camino del Caramuxo 21. San Andrés de Comesaña. VIGO


About CampingCard

Once again you can enjoy bargain camping with CampingCard ACSI in 2008! By showing your CampingCard you can once more enjoy an inexpensive holiday in the early and late season for 10, 12 or 14 euros per night!

The choice this year is greater than ever, something we are proud of! You are welcome with your CampingCard ACSI at no fewer than 1332 camp sites in 19 countries!  And the good news for you is that, by showing your CampingCard you will always pay less than the lowest rate that the camp site offers in low season. This discount can be anything up to 50% off the regular price!

Just as nice as in the high season!

The campsite itself is just as nice as it is in the high season, the owners guarantee the same level of hospitality and service. Most of the facilities are available in the low season as well, you just pay less. A lot of campsites will even give you extra discount the longer you stay.

 The advantages of the CampingCard ACSI are:

  • Search for the camp site of your choice
  • Use the handy route planner on our website for your outward journey
  • You have no administration to carry out or payments to make at home 
  • Show your card on arrival at the camp site
  • Enjoy your inexpensive holiday at the camp site for as long as you want, within the periods of acceptance
  • Show your card again at the reception before paying your bill
  • Settle your bill using the bargain CampingCard rates of just € 10, € 12 or € 14

Our CampingCard is first and foremost a discount card. Money saved by camping in these bargain periods can be used for any number of enjoyable pursuits. However, another reason for camping outside the high season - and for some the biggest advantage is relaxation.

You avoid congested roads, the sites are quieter, you rarely need to reserve a pitch and the staff have much more time and attention for you. Additionally the local sights and museums around your camp site are less crowded.In other words: everything you need for a relaxing and carefree holiday awaits you. We hope you will make the most of it!

When you show a valid ACSI CampingCard at an ACSI CampingCard campsite, two people can spend the night for only EUR 10, EUR 12 or EUR 14.

All campsites in this scheme charge one of these prices. One thing's for sure: you'll be paying far less than the lowest price the campsite normally charges in the low season. The reduction may even amount to up to 50% of the normal price a night for two people. The reduced prices each campsite charges are given in the ACSI CampingCard guide and on this website.

The price is also clearly displayed on the ACSI CampingCard sticker in the reception area on the campsite itself.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION LOOK IN OUR LINKS PAGE.


Weight Explained
Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM)
Maximum Vehicle Weight, Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), and
Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM) all refer
to the legal maximum loaded weight including all occupants of a
motorhome. Converters of motor caravans can have the vehicle weight
re-assigned both up and down. The MTPLM should not be confused
with the Gross Train Weight (GTW) a higher figure that specifies the
maximum combined weight of the motorhome when towing a trailer.