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I will be driving from Calais to Rennes for my holidays and am looking for somewhere to stop off in the Caen area. We'd like a place that's easily accessible from the A13 / A84 where we can stop off and eat early evening, perhaps with some nice scenery or culture to take in. Any suggestions very much appreciated as we do not know the area at all!
Thanks, I'll check it out!
I'm also a great fan of Bayeux however it is pretty far north of your travel route. You could pop up to either Deauville or Cabourg more easily. They aren't as historic, of course, but they are on the sea and you can walk the beaches and enjoy the resort atmosphere. Cabourg has the Grand Hotel right on the beach and it is spectacular, including the tea room. It would make for a great dinner.
Obviously, Deauville with the casino would have more in the way of night life and possibly more to do in the evening.
If you just want to relax and take in a bit of culture, I'd recommend Cabourg.
Type all these places into the VT Search Window and see the photos that have been posted and read the Tips to see what catches your fancy. If you don't mind the extra travel and extra time, Bayeux is an excellent suggestion but if I were on the A13, I'd save Bayeux for a future trip when I could take the time to really explore it.
Whatever you choose, have a great trip.
Thanks for all the really helpful replies! We actually have a slight change of plan which means we may want to stop earlier as we need to swap a driver between cars. I'm thinking somewhere between Abbeville and Neufchatel-en-Bray on the A28 would be ideal. Any ideas around there?
Also as I am unfamiliar with French roads in general it would be great to know about the general accessibility of service stations on the toll roads. Are there lots of them and how might we easily identify a service station in advance if we chose just to meet at one of those?
Many thanks again,
If you have a Michelin map or road atlas, look along the AutoRoutes and you will see at intervals small half circles on either side of the road. There are green ones with picnic tables in them; blue ones with gas pumps in them as icons to identify services available.
On the other main highways, the fuel icons are in small blue boxes on the map.
Obviously, there are other stops available, but the map gives you a good idea of what to expect.
Enjoy your trip.
Thanks everyone for your very useful replies! Feeling much better informed about it all now :) Jenni