|Dates:||9 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 1 week|
Parque de Palmeira €9 with all facilities Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Albufeira, Portugal, 8200 37.0994, -8.24326 N37° 5.964' W8° 14.596' http://www.parquedapalmeira.com firstname.lastname@example.org +351 289 502 205
Parque da Galé - €7, €9 with ehu, Shower €1 Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Vale De Parra, Faro, Albufeira, Portugal, 8200-428 37.0927, -8.31191 N37° 5.562' W8° 18.715' http://www.parquedagale.com email@example.com
It's an unusual aire in that it has showers and even an heated swimming pool but no toilet. There is a community room with a TV set and a pool table which is all included. We walked to Laurenço beach which is only twenty minutes away, probably five minutes by bike. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the doorstep so it's no problem to watch English football. A pint and a half of Super Bock was less than €3.50.
We stayed for three days and would have stayed longer if there had been a loo. We tried and enjoyed a pub across the road called The Arcadia an d had a couple of good walks. We had our first rain since leaving the UK but it was mainly during the night.
Would visit the site again for a few days without hesitation, the heated pool was great and Val made good use of it. We quickly made friends with a few of the Brit's who were staying. Good site.
Motorhome Friends Camperpark - €6 pn, €9 with ehu 37.156626, -8.20936 Water, Electric, Chemical, Grey, Toilets, shower, Wifi, Laundry,
Our home for the night and maybe more if I can get to watch the Liverpool vs United game tomorrow. There is a strong wifi signal so I am very hopeful.
We ended up having three wonderful days with Pedro and his Dutch wife Meehra. We managed a walk in Paderene and had some lunch in one of the bars. The temperature over the three days was round about 30° and too hot to do much. A great aire and we will definitely be back.
Evora Aire - Free - No Services 38.575768, -7.913828 Found on Campercontact
The Aire is in a great location on the edge of Evora. It's a five minute walk into town with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. You can get 1 litre of Sagres for €1.75. The main attraction is the Temple of Dianna which is unfortunately surrounded by netting at the moment for restoration. There is however some nice architecture and museums to look round. We had an enjoyable couple of hours looking round and would have been happy to park for the night but we were heading further south.
Camping Alentejo - €9, €12 with ehu - full facilities inc swimming Evoramonte, Portugal, 7040 38.791957, -7.68746 N38° 47.517' W7° 41.248' http://www.campingalentejo.com firstname.lastname@example.org 00351 268959283
We stayed here for a break from the driving and sightseeing. It's a spotless site with great showers and toilet and a friendly welcome from its Dutch owners. Nice spot to take a break and unwind.
Elvas Viaduct - Free Parking 38.87866, -7.17298
We ended up here because the Aire in Badajoz was full. The parking area at the aqueduct is a massive and you can park close to the road in the shade of the Viaduct or well away from the road and it's traffic noise. What most people did, us included, was to park in the shade and the move once the sun went down.
There was some noise from the road and some from barking dogs but after the morning sightseeing in Salamanca and then the long drive to get here we slept pretty soundly. Another advantage of crossing the border into Portugal was we got an extra hour in bed as we were back in the same time zone as the UK.
The following morning we walked up into the town of Elvas which took about 15 minutes. There is a short cut if you stick to the side of the Aqueduct you can be up at the Castle in about 10 minutes and the stroll down into the town to have a look around.
Salamanca Free Parking - No services 40.95864, -5.67513
A great spot 700 metres from the Cathedral and just across the road from Lydl and Mercadona.
We got in about 8:00pm and after a quick dinner we headed of into the old town which was magnificent. There was fantastic architecture on every corner and it was all laminated.
The following morning we went back in again and it was just as beautiful by daylight and we discovered many more wonderful buildings to explore. Definitely a must see.
Area Autocaravans Burgos - Free Aire - Chemical, Grey, Free Water 42.350093, -3.680624
We stopped here for a few hours to have a look round Burgos. The aire is 100 metres from the Alcampo supermarket and after stocking up and having lunch we jumped on the pushbikes and cycled down the river the 1.5 kilometres to the historic centre of town with its magnificent Cathedral.
The Cathedral is the wowser but there are other things too see as well. After a couple of hours exploring we set off back to the van to head further south.
Camino del Norias, Logrono- Free Parking - No Services 42.475733, -2.45419 Found on Campercontact
We parked here at about 6:00pm. We had Spanish neighbours next door whose daughter was doing a Masters degree at Glasgow University. The had used this site many times and assured us it was a safe location.
Once we were set up we walked about a mile in Logrono centre over the Ebro river to Calle del Laurel with its Pincho Bars. We had a list of five bars and five pincho's to try and we managed the five bars and exceeded the pinchoes.
A great night was had by all and after walking the mile back to the van we flopped into bed and were in the dream zone in no time.
Barrihuelo Aire - Free - Elec €2 for 12 hours Elciego N42.51493 W2.61580
We only stopped at this Aire so that Val could visit the Marques de Riscal which is a Frank Gehry hotel.
Although we didn't stay the night the aire was popular with other Motorhomer's. There is the normal emptying facilities plus free fresh water which we took advantage of. One of the locals was filling up as we were there so we knew it was pottable.
It's situated in a nice village with lots of Bodegas and a beautiful church.
Berriozar Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Berriozar, Navarra, Navarra, Spain, 31013 42.841429, -1.667195 N42° 50.486' W1° 40.032' http://www.berriozar.es/ Open from Jan to Dec Off N121a to Pamplona ring road, then off N240a onto Avenida de Berriozar, plenty room on no through road, specific for Camperstop. Parking is free of charge throughout the year, except for the 5th and the 15th of July; In fact, in those days and 8 euros will be charged the day of the San Fermin fiesta Water 2€
We left Saint Jean Pied De Port at about 2:30pm with the Pyrenees between us and Pamplona. The sat Nav said 77 kilometres but estimated a journey of almost two hours and we soon realised why. On some stretches of road we never got above 2nd and 3rd gear.
It took us a bit longer than the sat nav's estimate as we stopped at the summit where there was a small but distinctive church and a waypoint on the trail to Santiago de Costella. After taking a few pictures We got talking to a few young lads who were just doing the first leg of the journey which would take them a week. Then we got chatting to two older ladies who had met up on the journey. One was Canadian and the other Italian and they were going all the way. They estimated the had about forty more days to walk.
We got back on the road and after getting a little lost in Pamplona we found our Aire and parked up for the night round about 4:45pm. Once we got parked up we had a walk round the local area. It took about 15 minutes to get into town with its bars and restaurants, all the shops were shut with it being a Sunday. We strolled back to the van with a plan to ride down the cycle track into Pamplona in the morning, keeping an eye out for stray bulls of course.
We rode into the city after breakfast. The cycle track led straight to the funicular railway which took us up into the historic part of town which was fabulous. We spent all morning looking around and we could have spent two days there was that much too see.
We came across loads of pilgrims making the trip to Compostella, I even had my photograph taken with an American dressed as a priest. I got talking to two Argentinians one of which was the cousin of the present City goalkeeper.
Capilla De Santiago 43.00881, -1.319517
We stopped at the summit of the climb over the Pyrenees where there was a small but distinctive church and a waypoint on the trail to Santiago de Costella. After taking a few pictures We got talking to a few young lads who were just doing the first leg of the journey which would take them a week. Then we got chatting to two older ladies who had met up on the journey. One was Canadian and the other Italian and they were going all the way. They estimated the had about forty more days to walk.
Saint Jean Pied De Port 43.165521, -1.232707 Authorised motorhome service point and night stop Pyrennes-Atlantique , Aquitaine, France, 64220 http://www.st-jean-pied-de-port.fr Stationnement limité à 48 heures Aire goudronnée, ombragée, calme. La borne de services est à l'arrière du bâtiment des sports. Un agent municipal passe vérifier. Tél Office du Tourisme : +33 (0)559 370 357 2017 Parking, services : €7
We stopped here to visit the historic town and its famous church that the pilgrims use on their was to Santiago de Compotella. We spent a few hours looking round before having lunch and moving on to Pamplona.
The aire is on the towns doorstep in a great location. We did the town and church first before having a walk around the Citadel. Well worth a visit.
Hagetmau Aire - Free 43.748343, -0.564565
We found the air on our sat Nav and just used it as an overnight stop on our journey South, without doing any exploring. The where two other vans using it, one German and one French. It was a large flat area on an industrial estate right next to a pretty stream. It had emptying points for grey and back water and also fresh water.
We got in after 6pm and after diner the nights entertainment was a movie on Netflix.
Pujol Ancient Village 44.385766, 0.688518
We got here late morning and spent some time looking around the ancient village before having lunch. The church of St Nicholas was beautiful and there were lots of other quaint buildings to explore.
There was plenty parking outside the village and a car park within about 300 metres of the entrance.
Begerac- Large Free Car Park - WC, Bins 44.849707, 0.48806 5 minutes walk to Dordogne and Centre Historique No restriction for overnighting - Dedicated bays for Camping Cars.
We spent a couple of hours looking round the old town as there was plenty too see. Another spot with great architecture, shops, bars and restaurants, plus the added attraction of the Dordogne. We could have happily spent the night but Val had read about an aire at a vineyard about 8 kilometres away with wine tasting at 6pm. Enough said.
Domaine de La Lande Vineyard/Aire - Free - Wine tasting at 6pm Monbazillac 44.788955, 0.495956
We arrived in the late afternoon after our sightseeing in Bergerac. We managed an hour in the sunshine before it was time for the wine tasting which was conducted by John whose family had owned the vineyard for many generations. He himself had handed over to his son and was just helping out. He was great entertainment and we got to taste many wines priced from €5.50 up to €11 per bottle.
After the tasting we had a walk down to see the grapes that were hung up in sheds. As the sun went down it started to get cold and after saying goodnight to our fellow tasters, a Dutch couple called Ria and Case we retired to the van for some dinner and a movie.
Perigueux Aire €6 per night Motorhome service point and night stop Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, 24000 45.18772, 0.73074 N45° 11.263' E0° 43.844' Approximately 47m from your current location Open from Jan to Dec Eau coupée en période de gel 2016 Parking & services : 6,55€ for 24 hours Entrance barrier, exit code for allows exit and return
We arrived at our aire for the night at about 6:45pm and whilst Val made us some dinner I did one or two jobs. As soon as we had eaten we had a walk along the river and over the bridge into the town centre. We must have taken 30 or 40 photographs, it was that picturesque. We intend to go back again tomorrow to see it in daylight. I'm sure we'll while away two or three hours before we move on.
The following morning we walked back into town just to see if it was as beautiful in daylight as it was at night when it was lit with a soft lighting. We were not disappointed and spent another couple of hours looking round.
A good feature of the Aire is that you pay for 24 hours rather than per night. It's a great spot, ten minutes walk from town. Visiting is a must.
Angouleme - Free Car Park 45.655811, 0.15157 Another day of brilliant sunshine for our drive from La Sequineres to Angouleme. We called at an Intermarchè on route to fill up with Gazole at €1.23 a litre. We parked up alongside the river La Charente on a large free car park with no restrictions which we found on the Park4night app.
You can walk down the river for some natural beauty. We chose to walk across the river up through the ramparts, turning left at the top and into the historic quarter. Some beautiful old buildings mixed with the modern cafes, bars and restaurants. The town is not by number one tourist attraction but it's worth two or the hours to look round. Be prepared for some uphill gradients.
There were other Motorhome's on the car park and some were obviously stopping the night.
La Seguineres - Free Aire - WC, bins 47.06011, -0.936605
Just used the aire as a night stop without having a look round. Got in about 7:30pm, had dinner, watched a movie and the climbed into bed.
By the side of a busy road so quite a bit of road noise.
Fourgeres Aire & Chateau - Free 48.35522, -1.21111
We drove about 40 kilometres on mainly local road with the last few on the E3/A84 motorway before reaching Fourgeres. The 11th century Chateau was only a stones throw from the aire. We walked into town and followed the walking tour path that took in all the sights including the panorama view of the Chateau and the beautiful Church of St Leonard. We spent about three hours there but decided to move South as it was still early.
Mont Saint Michel 48.635856, -1.512609 After setting up the van at our camperstop we jumped on the bikes and cycled to Mont Saint Michel. It took us about 30 minutes at a steady pace and we stopped a couple of times for photographs. We hung around till the sun went down and then put the lights on the bikes and cycled back. Absolutely stunning, could only have been better if the tide was in surrounding the Mont.
La Bidonniére Aire €10.75 48.6036, -1.4769
After alighting the ferry at Cherbourg we headed to Ardevon which is a 15 minute cycle ride from Mont-Saint-Michel. It was main roads or motorway except for the last few kilometres. N13 then E03 then E104' last 4 kilometres on local road.
Cherbourg Ferry Terminal
Poole Ferry Terminal and Aire £5 per night 50.709058, -1.992934
After returning from London and picking up the van from Essanjay we did a big shop to restock our supplies.
We spent the night in lane 34 ready for the 08:30 ferry and paid £5 the privilege.
It was a great night stop with Showers, WC, Emptying and Fresh Water.
Crouch End Long weekend spent with M and the boys. They are all developing and growing up fast. Had a lovely Indian birthday meal with G&S. great four days.
The Chequers Inn Motorhome Pub Stopover Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH16 6BJ 50.759961, -2.085101 N50° 45.598' W2° 5.106' http://www.thechequersinndorset.com/
Watched MU beat CSKA 4-1 in Russia
The Bakers Arms Motorhome Pub Stopover - Free Lytchett Minster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH16 6JF 50.733499, -2.065115 N50° 44.01' W2° 3.907' http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-west/thebakersarmspoole 01202 622900
We finally got to celebrate Val's birthday with a meal out and very nice it was too. We had a lovely welcome and the cask ale was to die for. A bit pricey but well worth it. A lovely big car park. There was a little toad noise but it didn't disturb us. Great stopove.
Sandford Holiday Park - £15 pn - All facilities Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JZ (50.720165, -2.086004) Park Dean Resort £15 with all facilities including swimming pool. We used it as a bolt hole for a couple of days whilst waiting to take the van into Essanjay for its MOT and one or two other jobs.
The Halfway Inn - Pub Stopover - Free Norden, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, BH20 5DU 50.6574, -2.088268 N50° 39.444' W2° 5.296' Approximately 409km from your current location http://thehalfwayinnwareham.co.uk/ email@example.com 01929 480402
Very busy Pubstop, so much so we couldn't get a seat in the pub and ended up just having a beer in the beer garden. Nice large car par with a little road noise but it didn't disturb us too much.
Bagwell Farm Touring Park - Rally Fee £14.50 pn Independent Campsite Chickerell, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, DT3 4EA 50.633478, -2.52786
We stayed here on an MCC Rally for two days. We had a walk into Knight's Bottom and a walk to the beach. We spent most of our time catching up on our laundry. Our neighbours were Tony & Valerie who had been on a Rally with us in Spain the previous winter.
The Lamb Inn Pubstop - parked in swimming Pool car park across from pub. We had a meal and a couple of beers in the pub whilst watching United vs Burton Albion 4-0. Rashford got the first two. Lovely friendly pub with great service. If we lived in the area it would be our local.
The Otter Inn - Free Motorhome Pub Stopover Colaton Raleigh, Devon, England, United Kingdom, EX10 0LE 50.678949, -3.307534 N50° 40.737' W3° 18.452' http://www.otterinn.co.uk/ 01395 568434 It was our first stop after picking Val up from Exeter Staion on her return from Sheffield. The pub was managed by two young gay lads who were both very friendly. I had a couple of pints of Otter which was very tasty before we retired to the van.
Lady's Mile, Dawlish ASCI Campsite £12 pn Lady's Mile Independent Campsite Dawlish, Devon, England, United Kingdom, EX7 50.595482, -3.45939 http://www.ladysmile.co.uk/ Open from Jan to Dec
We stayed over a week whilst Val visited London for Proms in the Park and the following weekend visited Sheffield. We made the half hour walk into Dawlish a couple of times and saw the famous black swans. We also had a walk into Dawlish Warren and then down the coastal path to Dawlish which took about three quarters of an hour.
It was an ideal site foe me to hole up as they had both BT and Sky Sports which kept me occupied whilst Val was away.
|Dates:||9 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 1 week|