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motorway aires: 15

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motorway aires[1]

a green haven -
aire de Dunes,


Motorways/autoroutes of France, showing aire des Dunes aire, A62

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Motorway aires are designed to provide a suitable environment for relaxing, refreshing and recovering during the long, hard journeys. As well as facilities of often dubious nature, picnic tables and seats, a telephone kiosk, there are often optional extras such as a play area or a display related to some local interest or event.

'Downs' and woods at Dunes aire, A62
‘Downs’ and woods at Dunes aire, A62

a green haven - aire de dunes

On the eastern, northbound side of the A62 autoroute, you can visit an aire that at first appearance may appear nondescript. (Note that did not visit the Dunes aire on the western, southbound side of the A62, but it is known that it does not include refreshing showers.)

As far as abelard and the yaks are concerned, this is a wonderful aire - vast, green, with grassy banks and woods. There is even a rabbit colony living there, their playground being one of the banks (or downs).

A rabbit at the Dunes aire, A62

This aire is large and varied enough that even during the busy summer season you will be able to find quiet places “far from the madding crowd”.

Far from the madding crowd at the Dunes aire.
Far from the madding crowd at the Dunes aire

Near the central parking spaces, as well as the usual facilities, there are cooling showers, a colourful play area that includes a rather attractive climbing wall ( for children only) and picnic tables, both shaded and in the open air.

Part of the parking area, with  the wide green spaces beyond.
Part of the parking area, with the wide green spaces beyond

Refreshing showers at Dunes aire, A62
Refreshing showers

Children's play area with climbing wall
Children’s play area with climbing wall

Picnic tables in the shade, and not
Picnic tables in the shade, and not


sketch map locating the aire de dunes

sketch map locating Dunes aire
Sketch map locating Dunes aire

The Dunes aires, both north and south, are located between Agen and Valence d’Agen, sorties 7 and 8. The two aires are not connected.

The Dunes aire is in Département 47 - Lot-et-Garonne.


end notes

  1. aire: in this context, an area —
    aire de loisirs: recreation area;
    aire de pique-nique: picnic area;
    aire de repos: rest area;
    aire de services: services , motorway (GB) or freeway (US) service station.

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on first arriving in France - driving motorway aires, introduction
travelling by rail to and within France individual aires                                             
A75 autoroute from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers and its aires Les Pyrénées, A64 Poey de Lascar, A64
A89 autoroute from Bordeaux to Clermont-Ferrand and beyond - aires Pic du Midi, A64
Hastingues, A64
Dunes, A62
Mas d’Agenais, A62
A7 - aires on the busy A7 autoroute from Lyons to Marseille Pech Loubat, A61
Port-Lauragais, A61
Mas d’Agenais, A62
Garonne, A62
A9- aires on the motorway to Spain Ayguesvives, A61
Renneville, A61
Catalan village, A9
Tavel, A9
A62 - aires on the autoroute of two seas three aires on the canal du midi, A61 Lozay, A10
Poitou-Charente, A10
A65 : the autoroute de Gascogne, from Langon to Pau Carcassonne, A61 Les Bréguières, A8
A64 and A61 - aires on the other autoroute of two seas  
A83 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - aires A63: the French Wild West, Bordeaux to the Spanish border - formerly the N10
A837 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - aires A20 - aires on the Occitane autoroute, from Brive to Montauban
A42 and A40 motorways - aires from Lyon to Switzerland and Italy A87 motorway and its aires in Poitou-Charentes

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