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police checks Figueres

Post by sue and paul » Mon 21 Aug 2017 11:14

Have now put this post in correct thread, and also jumping ahead of spam too...

We have arranged to meet friends for lunch at Sancho Panza near Figueres one day this week. We've heard of police checks lasting hours...does anyone know about them? Am wondering if it's worth the hassle

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Post by martyn94 » Mon 21 Aug 2017 13:22

sue and paul wrote:Have now put this post in correct thread, and also jumping ahead of spam too...

We have arranged to meet friends for lunch at Sancho Panza near Figueres one day this week. We've heard of police checks lasting hours...does anyone know about them? Am wondering if it's worth the hassle
I've found that Google maps is quite good at "real time" traffic information. Just now it has 59 minutes outbound from here and 68 minutes coming back. The app/website "Waze" used to be better, but Google bought them, so I imagine that there is now no material difference. They get feedback automatically from people using their app to navigate, so it should be reasonably current.

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Post by Pighunter » Mon 21 Aug 2017 19:16

I passed through today in the 4x4. Went through St Laurent/Coustouges to Figueres and planned to come back through La Jonquera/Perthus but traffic was very heavy into La Jonquera so came back via La Vajol/Las Illas on the short piste.

We were stopped at 2 controls but on those roads not surprisingly there were no delays.

Main roads I believe are another story.

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Post by Florence » Mon 21 Aug 2017 19:30

It's not the police checks that are the problem, but the fact that only half the péage gates at Le Boulou north-bound are open.

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Post by dsd » Thu 24 Aug 2017 19:47

Pighunter wrote:I passed through today in the 4x4. Went through St Laurent/Coustouges to Figueres and planned to come back through La Jonquera/Perthus but traffic was very heavy into La Jonquera so came back via La Vajol/Las Illas on the short piste.

We were stopped at 2 controls but on those roads not surprisingly there were no delays.

Main roads I believe are another story.
Made the huge mistake today of thinking that a lot of people had left and the weather was good, so I could risk a shopping trip to La Jonq!! Easy drive there, one and a half hours to come back

Pighunter, is the road/track you mention suitable for a (fairly rustic!) car and could you please remind me where you pick up the road for La Vajol in La Jonq?

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Post by Pighunter » Fri 25 Aug 2017 09:37

The short piste of about 2 km can be negotiated carefully in a car.

You can either head for Macanet/Coustouges from the Figueres road and turn right just before Macanet to La Vajol or from La Jonquera there is a big road that goes there from one of the many roundabouts. I am not sure about the signposting from La Jonquera as I have only ever descended there from La Vajol but I am pretty sure it will be signposted.

A useful work around.

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Post by dsd » Fri 25 Aug 2017 10:57

Thank you for the info; I was kicking myself yesterday for not looking into that route before I left

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Post by dsd » Fri 25 Aug 2017 19:13

Thanks Kate. I had forgotten the article but have dug out the paper version from my PO Life archives; I keep them, firstly because I plan to do all the walks one day! and secondly, they're great for guests, giving them info and ideas of things to do while they're here :D

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Post by sue and paul » Sat 26 Aug 2017 13:52

Thanks for all the replies.

We have actually been that way twice last week, as it turns out. There were horrendous delays on 1 of the trips, both on the autoroute and RN, worse returning to France than Spain-bound. The second trip back was unimpeded, as we came via La Vajol, which was (h)airy and picturesque. Interesting monument to Luis Companys on the border (not that the border is even marked up there). Worth the trip, even if you're NOT trying to avoid traffic queues.

We also sallied forth along the coast road on a 3rd trip, to Playa de Garbet, between Cholera and Llança, and traffic was pretty much free flowing there and back.

Not long now until we're left in peace again! :D :D

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