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bkkboy

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2021
I just cycled 1,300km from Pamplona to Santiago to Lisbon. I still not had enough so am returning to Pamplona by train, and plan to cycle towards Paris on Eurovelot 3. The cost of available accomodation along the route astonished me, 350 euro a night in some towns, so plan to buy a tent etc in Pamplona and camp along the way. Has anybody any experience of camping along Eurovelot 3? Some of the campgrounds are as expensive as hotels. All I want is a patch of ground for the night. Away before sunrise.
 
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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
I just cycled 1,300km from Pamplona to Santiago to Lisbon. I still not had enough so am returning to Pamplona by train, and plan to cycle towards Paris on Eurovelot 3. The cost of available accomodation along the route astonished me, 350 euro a night in some towns, so plan to buy a tent etc in Pamplona and camp along the way. Has anybody any experience of camping along Eurovelot 3? Some of the campgrounds are as expensive as hotels. All I want is a patch of ground for the night. Away before sunrise.
bkkboy,

What a wonderful journey you are biking. Is this the route that you next wish to follow? It reads like another great ride.

Even now at 82 I love bikes; summer 1959 I biked using 3 speeds from London to Rome in four months.

Stay safe and Carpe diem
 
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jsalt

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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Sadly, France is VERY expensive compared to Spain. Calculate on spending about 3 times per day as you would in Spain.
 
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good_old_shoes

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Not sure about the Eurovelo route, but France in general is great for camping with a huge network of camp sites. Those are usually quite cheap (especially for hikers and people travelling on bikes). High prices you see on the websites might be estimates for camper vans /caravans / mobile homes? Even many small towns have a tiny camp ground. Look / ask / google for "camping municipal". I don't think I've ever payed more than ten Euros a night on a french camp site with my small tent. If you buy food from the supermarket it's not that expensive and you'll get good quality. Decathlon has nice tents for not so much money, and easily available in Spain and France, if you still need to buy one. Bon Chemin!
 

Anamiri

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I watched Efren Gonzalez Via Francigena videos through France (different route I know) , and he often had difficulty finding accommodation especially that fitted his stages, camped in campsites sometimes, and stealth camped some nights.
 
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Portugues '15, '16, & '19
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Even now at 82 I love bikes; summer 1959 I biked using 3 speeds from London to Rome in four months.
I would love to do a trip like this on an old English 3 speed! No schedule. I would be happy to do this trip on my modern bike as well but not be in a particular hurry.

I bet this ride when you were 20 years old must have been the most incredible experience. I will tell my 19 year old daughter, an adventure seeking college sophomore, that you made this ride back in '59.
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
hereI would love to do a trip like this on an old English 3 speed! No schedule. I would be happy to do this trip on my modern bike as well but not be in a particular hurry.

I bet this ride when you were 20 yers old must have been the most incredible experience. I will tell my 19 year old daughter, an adventure seeking college sophomore, that you made this ride back in '59.
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Frances. 2001
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(Bastan-Francés) 2019
I just cycled 1,300km from Pamplona to Santiago to Lisbon. I still not had enough so am returning to Pamplona by train, and plan to cycle towards Paris on Eurovelot 3. The cost of available accomodation along the route astonished me, 350 euro a night in some towns, so plan to buy a tent etc in Pamplona and camp along the way. Has anybody any experience of camping along Eurovelot 3? Some of the campgrounds are as expensive as hotels. All I want is a patch of ground for the night. Away before sunrise.
Thanks for the heads up on the European bike routes. I have never noticed these before.
I have camped quite a lot hiking in Europe. I have only walked in southern France but found it very easy to camp there.
I much prefer a bivy bag to a tent though. There’s a bit of a learning curve but in the end I find it to be lighter, more discrete, and it gives you a much wider choice of camping spots. also I’m much more comfortable when I am able to see what’s happening around me. The downside is that it is not very comfortable in really foul weather but then I would be seriously looking to rent a room for the night.
There is a skill set that will take time to acquire to be really cozy but I love to have camping as an option.
im envious of your adventure. Best of luck
 
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roving_rufus

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Frances (2013-2015) Portugues (2017-2019) Via Francigena (2018-??) Camino from Ireland (2020-??)
Also useful to know that some campsites in France offer special rates for cyclists or walkers but you often have to ask. This is more likely near major walking/cycling routes.
Otherwise I have camped in a few church grounds in France. Also cemetaries nearly always have a water tap in France.
 

Barbara

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Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy.
Campsites in France aren't stupid prices on the whole. Even for a camper van with two people the price in high season is between fifteen and 25 euros. Smail tent and a bike is less. You might look into getting an ACSI card for a good discount outside the months of July and August. You pay for the card, which comes with a guide to all the participating sites, then get a lower rate out of high season.
Remember that you will always get good showers and usually some sort of snack bar and shop. Many sites on pilgrim routes have a discount for pilgrims with a credential, and some have a mobile home for pilgrims at a very low price.
 

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