Routes through France to Spain
We know that many of our clients enjoy touring Spain in the comfort of their own cars. The ferry services to Santander and Bilbao are very popular, but if you are choosing to take the shorter crossings to France, we have some excellent suggestions for routes and hotels across France and down to the Spanish border.
Route 1Taking you down the west of France, you can factor in visits and stays at wonderful locations like the beautiful Loire Valley, the chic coastal town of La Rochelle, wine tasting in Bordeaux and the famous seaside resort of Biarritz.
Art Hôtel: (Rochecorbon – approx. 4 miles from Tours)
- Approx. 3 hours’ drive from Le Havre (211 miles) and 5 hours to Biarritz (340 miles)
- Rooms from £134 - £284 per night.
This 4 star hotel is not so far from the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. Its historic exterior belies the contemporary décor within and you invited you to appreciate the chic “black and white” decoration found in all of the hotel’s bedrooms. Whether it’s relaxing in the sauna/hammam, renting a bike to visit the area around the hotel or going for a pleasant walk along the river, we are sure you will find charming ways to pass your time in this lovely hotel.
Chateau de Pray: (Amboise – approx. 18 miles from Tours)
- Approx. 3 hours’ drive from Le Havre (220 miles) 5 hours to Biarritz (350 miles)
- Rooms from £154 - £278 per night.
This quiet and charming 16th century hotel is set in a beautiful 12-acre park. In summer months you can cool off with a dip in the swimming pool and afterwards enjoy a lunch, prepared by esteemed chef Arnaud Philippon, on the vast hotel terrace of the hotel.
For more information please call our team: 0800 160 1013.
Le Clos de la Ribaudière: (Chasseneuil-du-Poitou – approx. 6 miles from Poitiers)
- Approx. 4 hours’ drive from Le Havre (268 miles) and 4 hours to Biarritz (284 miles)
- Rooms from £107 – £213 per night.
This is a quiet and charming 19th century hotel set in beautiful surrounding gardens. The seasonal outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and you can enjoy fine cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant.
For more information please call our team: 0800 160 1013.
Résidence de France: (La Rochelle)
- Approx. 5 hours’ drive from Le Havre (317 miles) and 4 hours to Biarritz (238 miles)
- Rooms from £137 - £282 per night
This exquisite 5-star hotel is located in the heart of the old town in La Rochelle between the cathedral and the 19th century market hall, and only an 8-minute stroll from the “Vieux Port” harbour. La Rochelle is situated on the west coast and is ideal for enjoying the beautiful French coastline and pleasant neighbouring island of Ile de Ré.
The upper floor of the hotel offers you a wonderful view of La Rochelle and you can enjoy traditional food and regional products from La Rochelle and the nearby islands.
La Maison Bord’eaux: (Bordeaux)
- Approx. 6 hours’ drive from Le Havre (426 miles) and 2 hours to Biarritz (128 miles)
- Rooms from £132 - £169 per night
Located in the heart of the city of Bordeaux, famous for the delicious wine produced in the surrounding region, this intimate space is the combination of contemporary and old architecture with a decor based on simplicity and comfort. La Maison Bord’eaux can help organise tours of the city and the vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Médoc available in a number of languages.
Hotel Château de la Tour: (Cadillac – approx. 26 miles from Bordeaux)
- Approx. 6.5 hours’ drive from Le Havre (447 miles) and 2.5 hours to Biarritz (124 miles)
- Rooms from £116 – £152 per night
This charming 3-star hotel is only a few minutes’ walk across the bridge to Cadillac with wonderful views of the castle and offers a comfortable stay only 30 minutes’ drive from Bordeaux. The hotel takes pride in its restaurant and wine cellar and serves delicious dishes lovingly created by the in-house chef.
La Villa d’Ô: (St Loubes – approx. 9 miles from Bordeaux)
- Approx. 6 hours’ drive from Le Havre (418 miles) and 2 hours to Biarritz (137 miles)
- Rooms from £141 – £169 per night
This charming 1850’s residence is set in the wine country and offers a tranquil countryside stay. Enjoy the relaxing nature of its surroundings or partake in leisure activities within the hotel itself or at the seasonal outdoor pool.
Château du Clair de Lune: (Biarritz)
- Approx. 8 hours’ drive from Le Havre (548 miles)
- Rooms from £163 - £227 per night
Chateau Du Clair De Lune is in a 19th-century manor house located 4 km from the centre of Biarritz. Guests are invited to enjoy Chateau Du Clair De Lune’s 8-hectare park or enjoy delicious Basque cuisine in the “Arosta” bistrot, an independent restaurant located on the hotel’s estate.
La Réserve: (Saint-Jean-de-Luz – approx. 11 miles from Biarritz)
- Approx. 8 hours’ drive from Le Havre (553 miles)
- Rooms from £242 - £447 per night
For a bit of luxury and wonderful views onto the ocean and the beaches of Saint-Jean-de-Luz stay a night or two in this cliff-top hotel which is surrounded by a three-hectares of parkland and looks out onto the horizon. The hotel offers genuinely breath-taking views onto the Bay of Biscay. The restaurant terrace has panoramic views and a selection of rooms enjoy wide bay windows with a balcony or terraces looking onto the sea.
Route 2: Heading through central France and towards the south eastern coast, this route is perfect for exploring beautiful areas of France such as Monet's Garden near Giverny, the natural beauty of Auvergne, the coastal town of Montepellier and the Pyrenees and Catalan border.
Domaine de La Corniche (Rolleboise – approx. 6 miles from “Monet’s Garden” in Giverny)
- Approx. 1.5 hours from Le Havre (85 miles) and 11 hours to Barcelona (658 miles)
- Rooms from £90 – £153 per night
Situated in Rolleboise overlooking the Seine Valley, this early 20th century building has an interesting history, it is rumoured to have been commissioned by King Leopold II of Belgium as home for his mistress. The building was converted into a hotel in the 1920s and over the years was popular with fashionable Parisian crowds and the Domaine de la Corniche maintains a stylish atmosphere. Bedrooms are decorated in a colourful contemporary design and some have balconies. The contemporary features include a seasonal outdoor pool, and indoor pool and a spa complex.
The Domaine de la Corniche has two restaurants; “Le Panoramique” enjoys wonderful views of the Seine Valley and features high quality gourmet cuisines whereas “The 20 du Domaine” is a restaurant/bar with a bistro menu offering a relaxed atmosphere and excellent wine selection.
This hotel is well located for visits to Monet’s Garden in Giverny where you can enjoy the place that inspired many of the artist’s works and learn more about Monet himself.
L’Hostellerie du Château Les Muids (La Ferté-Saint-Aubin — approx. 18 miles from Orléans)
- Approx. 3.5 hours from Le Havre (212 miles) and approx. 8.5 hours to Barcelona (548 miles)
- Rooms from £82 – £164 per night
This quiet and charming 18th century château is located in a 33 hectare park between the towns of Orléans and Bourges to the south of Paris. The peaceful hotel has plenty on offer to provide a relaxing experience with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant serving excellent cuisine using fresh products of the region.
Le Château du Bost (Bellerive-sur-Allier — approx. 5 miles from Vichy)
- Approx. 5.5 hours from Le Havre (366 miles) and approx. 6.5 – 7 hours to Barcelona (416 miles)
- Rooms from £73 - £173 per night
With only 8 bedrooms and mini-moat, a stay in this charming château feels very exclusive. Its grand exterior contrasts with the comfortable modern décor and each room is individually decorated with some enjoying views onto the neighbouring park. Château du Bost’s restaurant invites you to discover its excellent cuisine based on seasonal products from the farm beside the Château.
Le Manoir de la Manantie (Lezoux — approx. 20 miles from Clermont Ferrand)
- Approx. 6 hours from Le Havre (384 miles) and approx. 6.5 hours to Barcelona (390 miles)
- Rooms from £105 - £150 per night
At the heart of Auvergne, half an hour from Clermont-Ferrand and 45 minutes from Vichy, you will find this authentic neo-classical manor house that dates back to the early 19th century. Le Manoir de la Manantie is located in a romantic park and surrounded by century-old trees, perfect for an evening walk.
Bedrooms are decorated with antique furniture and feature bold, yet classic décor. You can enjoy a meal in the onsite restaurant with a menu that features homemade wine from local vineyards.
Château de Labro (Onet-Le-Château — approx. 100 miles to Montpellier)
- Approx. 8 hours from Le Havre (525 miles) and approx. 5 hours to Barcelona (289 miles)
- Rooms from £87 - £319 per night
At the heart of a beautiful, quiet and green area, the 16th century Château De Labro opens its doors and invites you to explore its rich history. Each room of this exceptional ancestral home has been decorated in a stylish, yet classic, fashion with objects specially purchased by the owner of the Château, who is passionate about antique furnishings. In addition to the main bedrooms in the château, for an extra special stay you can book the ‘La Cabane’ treehouse which has wonderful views of the surrounding park. The hotel has its very own relaxation area with a Jacuzzi and sauna and the hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool. Enjoy a dinner in the on-site restaurant “La table de Labro” using fresh regional products.
Hôtel Spa de Fontcaude (Jurignac — approx. 6 miles from Montpellier)
- Approx. 8.5 – 9 hours from Le Havre (573 miles) and approx. 3.5 – 4 hours to Barcelona (224 miles)
- Rooms from £95 – £160 per night
The Hôtel Spa de Fontcaude is a stunning, modern complex with a 4-star hotel, a spa, a fitness centre, a bistro-restaurant and a seasonal outdoor and an indoor swimming pool. Whether you wish to explore the grounds, relax in the spa or enjoy the friendly atmosphere and delicious food of the on-site restaurant, you can do it all in style at the Hôtel Fontcaude.
Grand Hôtel du Midi (Montpellier)
- Approx. 9 hours from Le Havre (577 miles) and approx. 3.5 hours to Barcelona (214 miles)
- Rooms from £103 – £199 per night
The Grand Hôtel du Midi is a beautiful 4 star hotel located in the famous “Place du la Comédie” in the historic city centre of Montpellier. Stepping through the doors of this century-old building you are welcomed by grand décor, reminiscent of a theatre or opera, with rich reds and dark woods creating an impression of luxury and grandeur. Rooms have been designed with comfort in mind with décor complementing the rest of the hotel’s decoration. The hotel’s ideal location enables you to explore all that Montpellier has to offer.
La Villa Duflot Perpignan Hôtel & Spa (Perpignan)
- Approx. 9.5 – 10 hours from Le Havre (643 miles) and approx. 2 – 2.5 hours to Barcelona (119 miles)
- Rooms from £111 - £295 per night
Despite the “Art Deco” spirit which influences some of the décor throughout the luxurious La Villa Duflot, the hotel’s Mediterranean architecture and furnishings are thoroughly modern and provide an atmosphere of tranquillity. Room enjoy views onto the patio, seasonal outdoor pool and neighbouring parkland. Relax by the pool or in the hotel’s spa which features a hammam, a sauna and balneotherapy area and enjoy gourmet cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant.
Hôtel Le Mas Trilles (Céret — approx. 21 miles from Perpignan)
- Approx. 10 hours from Le Havre (657 miles) and approx. 2 hours to Barcelona (112 miles)
Rooms from £82 - £209 per night
Situated close to the Spanish border, the hotel Le Mas Trilles is a typical Catalan manor house which dates back to the 14th century. Rooms are decorated in a simple, Mediterranean style, many of which feature a private terrace and the hotel features include a heated outdoor swimming pool and secure private parking.
The hotel is ideally located to explore the Pyrenees Mountains or the south-eastern coastline. You can also visit a number of Catalan towns and cities such as Figueres (with its famous Dalí museum) and the charming coastal town of Cadaques.