If you are driving to Cap d’Agde, consider taking the main Autoroute A9 motorway (Auto Route) you simply follow the signs all the way to the town of Agde until you reach exit number 34 Southbound. This will take you onto t 34 South onto the road RN312. If you then keep driving on RN312, Eastbound (you should see signs for the town of Sete on the way) you will eventually see the Agde signs.
Follow the signs for Agde and Le Cap d’Agde. By car, Cap d’Agde is a leisurely 12 – 14 hours drive from the ferry ports in Brittany and the North coast of France if you are travelling on the motorways. Alternatively, the Motorail terminal at Avignon is within 2-3 hours of Agde village. Flying into Montpellier and then hiring a car can also be a good way of getting to Cap D’gade naturist village if you like to stay mobile and have a car at your disposal.
Flying to Girona in Spain PLUS renting a car there can sometimes be a lot cheaper than just the car hire itself in France. Driving from Girona to Agde is 220 km. This option can be worth considering.
If you have 10 days plus for your holiday then driving to Cap d’Agde can be very relaxing. It also will make it much easier if you wish to go outside of the resort to the very large hypermarket. If you plan also to enjoy some driving around Agde and the Languedoc region, a car will be very useful.
I drove down to cap just over 4 weeks ago. It’s was 765 miles according to my cars mileage meter from my home in North London to the resort. I know it’s just under a 100 miles from my home to Dover so it’s about 660 miles once you get to Calais. I always stick with the auto route, I find it quicker and you are less likely to get lost. I always drive down through Paris onto Orleans, Bourges, Cleremont Ferrand, cross the Millau viaduct and to the village. I recall it was about 20 Euro to Paris, 39 euro to Cleremont and 11 euro for the Millau viaduct. The rest is free.
Time wise I always like to get an early ferry from Dover so I am in France early. This year I got to Calais about 9 30 am. The other side of Paris just before lunch time. Cleremont around 8 pm. Then I usually carry on a bit further and then stop somewhere before Millau for a few hours sleep. It’s nice seeing the sun rise over the Millau crossing. Then I drive to the resort around 930am.
I do make frequent stops and I do not exceed the speed limit as I tow a caravan, usually keeping to around 60 mph. Using the motorways we’ve calculated the distance as around 780 miles from Calais to Le Cap. With 3 brief petrol/loo/snack stops we could do the journey in 12 hours keeping within the speed limit. So glad we don’t have to make the journey every year, now that we have made this place our home!!”
Whether to arrive by train or to choose to drive oneself using a rental car is a question of personal choice and money. Certainly a car gives you greater flexibility and you do not have to drag a suitcase (or carry on) on and off busses and trains and you can come and go as you please without worrying about a train schedule. When we went it was for 3 weeks and it made no sense for us to rent a car for that amount of time, just to leave it in the parking lot.
There are two issues with a car:
For a week or 10 days though I would probably rent a car at the airport and drive to Agde that evening, to avoid traffic the next day. You can probably find a reasonable hotel or guest house. in Agde or Cap d’Agde (if you reserve early enough). Next day you can drive to the naturist village and then check in at the reception centre and then proceed to your accommodation.
If your accommodation does not include parking you can probably find somewhere to park if you get there early but spaces fill up pretty quickly in August. I am not sure whether or not you can just leave a car in the street side parking outside the resort entrance. Again, your accommodation provider could advise on this. Another option would be to stay at a hotel in the village the first night but this can be pricey. The Oz Inn, for example, does include a parking space. and the Hotel Eve also has a couple of spaces.
If you are driving to Cap d;’Agde, rather than going by train, parking is not really a problem if you are based in the camp site because you are allocated your own spot and which is plenty big enough for a car and other vehicle/s. If you are renting an apartment then parking can be an issue and you are thus advised to find out when you book what the parking situation is and if you have an allocated space.
If you are staying in one of the hotels such as Natureva Spa or the Oz Inn Hotel, a parking space is normally supplied. Just ensure that you state that you have parked a care and have your registration license plate number on hand to inform reception.
Car insurance – Its is essential that you make sure you car covered for European travel insurance i.e. to cover all the countries through which you may drive. If you are flying into France such as from the States and will only drive in France, then French cover is certainly enough in this instance. Many of you though like to drive from locations such as the UK, Germany and Italy.
Breakdown cover – Similarly, do not forget to make sure that your breakdown cover covers France or if it does not, can temporarily include it. You can normally get a months European cover on top of your standard national cover. If you buy a months top up cover for the trip, it can be quite affordable and certainly in terms of peace of mind, I highly recommend it.
You are required by law to have the following when driving in France
Planning – Do plan your route carefully because the cost of using the French auto-routes can be expensive, whilst hitting the traffic of Paris can be very time-consuming. It is worth an hours planning because it could save you far more than that in the long run. Note that public holidays are particularly bad. If you understand French, then the French government site can be very useful for highlighting ongoing traffic issues.
Sop-Overs – France is a beautiful country, the wines and food well worth sampling in the different towns and regions and the people, provided you make some kind of effort yourself, are always for the most-part, very friendly. So if you are doing a long drive through or across France, why do stop over for one night? It is so much more pleasurable as a journey! The easiest way to book is via booking.com.