Many thousands of British residents take a road trip onto the continent each year. Whether it’s their own car or a rental vehicle, the reasons for the trip are many and varied; from a simple cross-Channel hop to stock up in the delicatessens and supermarkets in Calais to a journey crossing thousands of miles and numerous countries.
While driving in Europe is often highly pleasurable, some tourists run into difficulties when finding great places to stay; whether it’s a last-minute change to the itinerary or a problem en route, failing to prepare or understanding your options can be a costly business. Others are caught out when they arrive at their hotel and discover there are no on-site parking facilities, which can lead to unexpected additional costs or hassle.
In this article, we take a look at a range of hotels and guesthouses that are ideal for road travellers, offering complementary or nearby secure parking and affordable facilities. We’ll also suggest a few places to stop off en route to major cities, which can break up a long journey into a more leisurely holiday. Naturally it’s impossible to catalogue the tens of thousands of hotels and guesthouses across Europe, so we’ve narrowed the choice down to 10 major towns and cities that are popular with British road travellers, and various places en route.