We've done this trip several times, we drive down through France into Spain (Vera on the Costa de Almeria) & back again every year with our dog. We always get our dog done in France, it gives us the chance to see a bit of France & we tend to do the journey with 3 overnight stays so as to break the journey up & make it a bit kinder on our dog. However, our dog needs a fair bit of excercise, maybe yours doesn't. We did look into taking the Portsmouth - Santander ferry ourselves, but decided it was too long for our dog.
France is also VERY dog friendly, there is usually no problem taking ours in restaurants, cafes etc. If you do decide to overnight in France, post again & I will give you some hotel sites/possible stops & vets.
www.viamichelin.com will help you plan your journey, giving you routes, distances, costs & journey times.
The French will accept a Spanish vet, but check on the www.defra.gov.uk site for advice on translation & possible language barriers. You obviously know about the 24 - 48 hour window between getting your dog treated & coming back. Just be aware that it is a long drive & if there are any hold-ups you may miss your window, resulting in having to get your dog treated again.
I must say that we used Speedferries a couple of years ago & our trip out in August was fine, but the trip back in late September was very rough......we stick to the Eurotunnel now, our dog stays with us the whole time.
Hi saw your reply to another, we are travelling down to costa blanca going over thro the chunnel 12 December until end of January we are proposing to take 3/4 days and would like to have an idea as to where to stay with our dog whilst on the journey, we propose to get the other side of Paris on the first leg.
Check out www.viamichelin.com for routes, distances & journey times. In France www.accorhotels.com & http://www.logis-de-france.fr/uk/index.htm are 2 good sites for petfriendly hotels. Just check on size restrictions if your dog is too big to tuck under your arm! We always email the hotel & get written confirmation that our dog is welcome, just in case the management or owners have changed & amended their policies.
In Spain it is more difficult to find pet friendly hotels. Let us know the area you want to stay in & I'll let you know if there are any around there that we know of.
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