We are going to Spain and France for 3 weeks in late July/August. We will start in San Sebastian, then go to Barcelona, then to Sarlat-le-Caneda in France and finish in Paris.
We were going to do train travel for all of it, but am now wondering if we should rent a car in San Sebastian and drive to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Sarlat. We plan to take the TGV from Sarlat to Paris.
The main reason I am wondering about car vs train is the train from Barcelona to Sarlat is approx 11 hours with 3 different stops and some backtracking. It is apparently only 5-6 hours to drive. However, I am nervous about us driving in foreign countries. So my main questions are as follows:
*How aggressive is the driving in Spain and France? Are there different traffic laws we should be aware of?
*Are there narrow, windy roads between San Sebastian and Barcelona or between Barcelona and Sarlat? I don't do well on those kinds of roads
*We would be dropping the car in a different country than we started in. What kind of fees should we expect?
*What are the best sites to use to book the car in advance?