The villa is just 10km from the nearest motorway junction (A9 at Le Boulou), as shown on our map page. We will send out detailed travel instructions to find the house with the booking confirmation.
For crossing the channel there is the Eurotunnel shuttle or P & O and Irish Ferries ferries from Dover, DFDS Ferries from Dover and Newhaven and Brittany ferries from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth.
France has an excellent motorway network, and there are several alternative routes from the channel ports. According to my map Calais to Perpignan is 1158km with an estimated driving time of 12 hours. Depending on how fast you drive, how many breaks you want to take, and whether you swap drivers it is possible to drive from the channel ports in one day - we prefer to be more leisurely and have one overnight stop.
Currently our favourite route avoids Paris and from Calais we go via Boulogne, Abbeville, Rouen, Dreux, Chartres, Orleans, Vierzon, Chateauroux, Limoges, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Cahors, Montauban, Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan. Part of this route between Rouen and Orleans is non-motorway (saves on the tolls!), but mostly it is still dual carriageway and reasonably fast.
An alternative route from Orleans is over the Massif Central via Bourges, Clermont Ferrand and the famous new bridge at Millau with its spectacular views.
Both of the above routes from Orleans can also be followed after going either through or round Paris.
Another route which avoids Paris is Calais, Reims, Dijon, Lyon, Nimes, Perpignan. This is longer than the other routes and can be much busier in the summer.
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