You don;t say whether you intend coming down west coast or east coast of France. Here are some suggestions from my "might come in useful some day file" Aviator has given some very good advice and recommendations. I can't credit some of the posters as I haven't kept their names - sorry in advance. Bee
The Accor group own a range of hotels that allow you to take a pet into your room for 1 or 2 euros extra. The cheapest is Formule1, then Etap, then Ibis, then Mercure and the most expensive is Novotel. Depending on what you want and how much you want to pay. They are often on the same complex
At busy times book your hotel in advance (can be done up to 100 days in advance) and choose ones that are near the Motorway
by Aviator » Thu May 15, 2014 8:23 pm
We travelled from the UK via the Eurotunnel at the end of April. £79 for the 'Chunnel', €1.26/L diesel in France, €1.259/L for diesel in Zaragoza (Eroski). Spent our 1st night in the IBIS Poitiers Sud (€79 including dinner + charge for our dog) and 2nd night in the TULIP hotel Zaragoza (€64 including dinner + dog). The Tulip hotel is very good value, large room and higher standard than the IBIS. We used some toll roads but our overall spend on tolls was €36.
From Aviator July 2017
We travel between the UK and Playa Flamenca with our dog twice a year. We prefer the Eurotunnel because it is quick and the dog remains in the car with us. Normally, we catch a train around 07.30 a.m. and drive as far as Poitiers on the first day, arriving at the Ibis Sud hotel around 16.00 hrs having stopped three times en route to exercise the dog/have a break/eat/etc. On the second day we drive south through Angouleme and join the motorway just north of Bordeaux. We then stay on the motorway as far as Irun (Just over the Franco/Spanish border) where we take the N121A to Pamplona. From Pamplona we take the motorway to Zaragoza where we make our second overnight stop. We usually stay at the Tulip Hotel which is conveniently located near the motorways and is very good value for money. On the third day, if we leave Zaragoza around 07.30 a.m. we arrive at our house in Playa Flamenca before 01.00 p.m.
We have tried taking different routes, three overnight stops, one overnight stop , etc, but the above arrangement suits us best. I would recommend arriving at your overnight stop no later than 04.00 p.m. as this gives you plenty of time to exercise the dog, have a drink outside in the sun before going to your room to shower/change and get ready for dinner around 07.30 p.m.
The above info should enable you to estimate the overall cost of driving from Calais to the Torrevieja area for comparison with the ferry option. We travelled via Rouen, Chartres, Tours, Poitiers, Angouleme, Bordeaux, Irun, Pamplona, Zaragoza, Teruel, Sagunto, then the free inland motorway to Elche and La Zenia (1170 miles).
» Fri May 16, 2014 11:45 am
Agree with aviatiors as a good route but I now use from Pau over the pyrenees(fantastic views) via Somport tunnel(free) then following Zaragosa signs to Valencia on the A23 around 450 miles never have stop apart from breaks, great roads when you get away from the mountains, total toll cost zero.
We have never booked a hotel always just turned up, we try to use Ibis if we can as their pet charges are really reasonable