At The Luxury Travel Book, we anticipate the most popular way to visit Europe this summer will be by car, so below we have outlined routes and websites to assist in planning your visit. Featured are tempting choices of city apartments in major cities, stunning villas in the countryside, and along the coast.
When you are planning, bear in mind that there is not a direct ferry between the UK and Portugal, so the available options are via the channel tunnel to Calais, or by ferry to northern France, or Spain. The channel tunnel (Le Shuttle) from Folkestone to Calais is the quickest route, just 35 minutes and with over 60 crossings a day, while the ferry options to Calais take approximately 1 ½ hours.
The France option will require a longer drive to get to Portugal, but the northern Spain option is the longest ferry trip operating 3 times per week and taking approximately 24 hours from Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander.
Regardless of which route you take, it requires a long drive, but by planning in advance, and breaking up the trip, it is a great way to explore parts of France, Spain and Portugal that you may have not had the opportunity to previously.
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