I travel everywhere with my two Lurchers ...
Originally Posted by Blackdogmama
There are no issues with dogs in either France or Spain. Some access to beaches is restricted but this is clearly signed.
I never use toll roads and navigate with the satnav set to avoid them. It takes a bit longer and there's a lot of slowing down and speeding up for the many small towns en route. But assuming that you're not in a hurry, and I never am, you see so much more and have many more options to stop for a break when driving.
Water is widely available at aires, though in France many taps are turned off in Winter. (I have been known to look for the stop cock and turn the water back on pro tem ...) Cemeteries are a good source for water, as they are here, but again taps are often isolated in Winter.
I'm uncertain what the situation is in Spain at altitude but by the coast the taps remain on all year.
I can't advise about the pigtail - I have a refillable system.
I'm sure some will suggest itineraries, but don't forget to use the POIs to find overnight stops. There are over 3,300 spots in France, and over 1,800 in Spain and Portugal.
Remember - POI additions and updates can be sent by email to POI@wildcamping.co.uk