South West France  to the Algarve




A route we have taken from the French border at Hendaye to the Algarve with halts in the Extremadura region of Spain and the Alenjento region of Portugal.   

Distance  1200+ km to Portuguese coast dependent on final location.

Tolls: €31

Time: We took 31/2 Days  but  others do it with 2  night halts using more toll roads.




Day 1. Leave France and join the Spanish motorways follow signs for Burgos via Vitoria Gasteiz. Tolls to Burgos then the roads become  free. 

The climb of 850m from sea level onto the central plateau is well engineered  and has good scenery on a fine day. The  non toll route is heavily used by HGV's and  we feel the €23 worthwhile.

From Burgos follow the A62 direction Valladolid/Tordesillas/Salamanca

NH: There are night halts along this route listed under these towns  but for a short day we used Camping Cabia just south of Burgos 




Day 2.  To Camping  Parque Natural Monfrague , Plasencia.

From our  Night halt 370km on the newly upgraded A62, good scenery and light traffic.

Parque Natural Monfrague   an ideal stopover for anyone wanting to take a look at the abundant wildlife  in the park. An alternative  site often used on this route is  the  Camping Caceres



Day 3: To  Camping Alentejo , Evoramonte

From our  Night halt  280km.  via Caceres and Badajoz to the Portuguese border then A6 toll to Estremos Toll €3.15. Leave at J7, site  is on the N18 dir Evoramonte.

Using this  Night halt  splits the  final journey to the coast equally but can be done in a day quite easily using toll roads although the distance is greater.

Camping  Alentejo a convenient, cheap and well equipped site  for any length of stay.



Day 4: About 280km  dependent on destination and expect and early afternoon arrival .
Travel via Evora  and Beja joining the toll motorway IP1 at J12 near Castro Verde. IP1 to the A22  toll €5.7.

Note the A22 has a number plate recognition system for collection of tolls  that no  one seems to understand.