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P&O ferry in Calais

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Short breaks by car to France

We have taken one of P&O short breaks to Northern France on the Dover Calais route.We choose the 3 day offer for £37 we sailed at round 1 pm on a Sunday.We returned at about 4 pm on the Tuesday there was plenty of room on the ferry as it was the first week in March.

With us only having a couple of days you do not want to waste time driving to far.So we booked into an Ibis hotel in Boulogne sur mer a 30 minute drive down the A16.We had B&B for a cost of £83 so with the ferry £37 and about £100 for fuel a cheap break.

One of the snack bar areas on the ferry

Dover Calais ferry Dover Calais ferry

There was plenty of room to have a coffee.

Ibis Hotel Boulogne Sur Mer Outreau

Ibis hotel Boulogne sur Mer

Our choice of hotel for this trip would not suit everybody you find a lot of negative comment on Tripadvisor type sites against budget hotels.This hotel is next to a large Leclerc supermarket and several other large retail outlets.Most of the stores were shut by 8 pm.

So to the plus point the room was clean and had everything you needed for a couple of nights including free WiFi.A good breakfast friendly staff safe parking it is about a mile to the centre of Boulogne where you can easy spend 2 days. Logo_ibis_120x90

The hotel is just a mile from the A16 the main motorway for this coast which is another plus.there are a lot of seaside towns and village just a short drive away.

Update

The hotel as been knocked down for a KFC drive through.So we will have to find another Ibis hotel in the area

Straight after breakfast we headed down the A16 towards Calais to the Cite of Europe shopping centre. You turn off the motorway at junction 41 about a 15min drive. Most of the shops open at 10 am the Carrefour supermaket opens earlier.So the first job was to get some French bread for the picnic

Cite of Europe

Inside the Cite of Europe

City of Europe shopping centre City of Europe shopping centre

Cite of Europe


Maison du Monde this is my Wife`s favourite shop in the centre

Cite of Europe

We spent about 3 hours in the centre and then it was on to the A16 to the seaside town of Wimereux.The weather was bright and sunny and really warm for March.We parked overlooking the beach for our picnic lunch.After lunch we had a walk along the seafront and in to the town centre.

Then back to the car and along the coast road to Boulogne.Where we stopped off in the old part of town just behind the Citadel there are several narrow street to explore.

The beach at Wimereux

Wimereux beach

Photos of Wimereux

Wimereux Wimereux

Wimereux beach

On the second day of our short break we spent the morning at the very large Auchen supermarket a short drive from Boulogne.The first job was to fuel the car diesel is about 25p a litre cheaper than the UK petrol is about the same.Food prices are simular to the UK but better quality and taste.We purchased about 300 euros of food cheese, ham,eggs,jam,honey fresh vegetables and walnuts.In the past we never brought clothes or shoes they were a lot dearer than the UK.However prices have come down and we brought two pair of shoes.

auchan supermarket near Boulogne sur mer picture

So after finishing shopping that left us with 4 hours to pass before our ferry sailed.We were only 25 miles from Calais so we drove up the coast to the village of Wissant 12 mile away.Parked up next to the beach and had lunch the village is usually quite at this time of year.It was such a warm sunny day the village was quite busy and more of the shops and restaurants were open.

Sadly it was time to leave our 2 full days were up we have enjoyed our short break.We were very lucky with the weather hope we have given you some ideas for a trip to France

Photos of the seaside village of Wissant

Wissant


Wissant Wissant

Wissant

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