|Dates:||31 Oct 2017 - 19 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||2 months, 2 weeks|
Travels around Europe with Jo, Dad and Cesar the dog
Ávila: Our little parking spot for the weekend. As it says in the guide book Bien situado y con increibles vistas de la muralla. It has that, will explore inside and outside the walls and see what it is like
Caceres: Stopping at a free Aire in the old part of town apparently. It's packed, supposed to be 10 spaces but you can double that no problems.
Valverde del Camino: Well here we are in Spain again. Encountered the Portuguese toll system, didn't understand it and it wouldn't accept our cards so we have headed back over the border to a normalised sense of chaos. Shame as it looked like a nice country the little bit we did manage to see
Alcoutim: A free Aire on the Spanish Portuguese border up in the mountains. We tried the Algarve and couldn't get out of there quick enough, our knotted hankies and string vests clashed with the majority of the "campers". Not our cup of tea
Puerto Gelves: Parking for the night to do some washing and charge stuff up in a very secure marina. It's a tad expensive but after last nights episode it's well worth it
Update:Call me an old stick in the mud but I'm not overly fond of guard dogs peeing over my wheels and sitting outside the habitation door scratching trying to get it. Yup we moved, upped stickers at about 11 last night and found a safer spot to park for the night at Marchena. Ah well such are the joys of Spain
Autocaravanas Hidalgo: a secure aire at a motorhome dealers and accessory shop on the outskirts of Sevilla. Guard on site so everything is safe, not sure Cesar is going to like it as the security man has a large dog and the gate is shut at night
Sancti Petri la Barrosa: It's rain so we thought we would head to the beach, as one does. Turns out it was a good choice as we are currently the only fools here apart from a few wind surfers and the odd yacht bobbing about in the harbour. Oh and it's free, no facilities but once the rain stops it might be a nice spot
La Linea: well no guessing where we are tonight. A very secure marina within walking distance of Gibraltar and a Morrisons. Going tomorrow to stock up on stuff we can't get in foreign supermarkets.
Almayate: A very secure Aire at a motorhome dealers. 10€ a night is inclusive and free wifi. Parking is a tad tight and we only just managed to get a spot. Hopefully the weather will pick up and the sunshine will return before long.
Almerimar: An Aire so they tell us for 8€ a night, it gets cheaper the longer you stay, bread service in the morning and the warden comes round for the money. You have the choice of with or with out electric in a large flat carpark. Services are up a steep ramp and you pay 1€ for 100 litres of fresh water. Beach and walks are within 200m and the town is about 1km
Carboneras El Rancho: 10€ a night for a fully serviced pitch surrounded by mountains and only 2kms from the sea, apparently. It's clean tidy and friendly. As they say more to follow
Archena: A free Aire/Carpark on the edge of town with free water etc. Just what we need to bring us back to reality after the peace and tranquility of the past couple of days
Area de Finca-Caravana Yecla: Wow what a place, on oasis of calm in the middle nowhere. An over landers paradise. Frank greets you like long lost friends and hands over a small plate of tapas to thank you for turning up. The site is basic but the views more than make up for this. It's the sort of place you will return to I can guarantee. 38.71444 -1.11944
Dos neumático por favor. Well the new year started with 2 new tyres on the Trundlebus. Fairly painless process, and only had to wait for 30 minutes before they were fitted. Spending the night in front of the Civil Guard headquarters in Teruel, think we might be safe here
Amposta: Due to circus tents beyond our control and me not particularly wanting a dead dog we have retraced our tracks and returned to the nature reserve at Amposta. It's still a nice relaxed atmosphere and everybody is happy with their lot. Happy new year from team Trundlebus
El Palomar: €10 gets you a fully serviced pitch for the night, washing machine included. The site is rural, just on the outskirts of town, peaceful and relaxing. Just what we need for the weekend. There is a fiesta in town for new year so that's going to be different if not fun
It's been one of those days, couldn't get into where we planned so have resorted to a free Aire away from the coast at Simat de la Valldigna. A nice little town will see where we decide to go for the weekend over dinner
Amposta: Right due to technical difficulties, poor Cesar was freaked out by the overhead road noise, we have moved. Wow is all I can say, we are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by flooded fields with big, and I mean big skys. The wind is still with us but from the looks of the sunset it's going to be a good day tomorrow
Torsota: A free Aire, just as well really as its under a motorway flyover. We decided to head south to try and get away from the wind, trees and signposts were brought down in the last Aire making it fun to weave a path out. Still it could be worse it could be snowing 😎
Villafranca del Pendès: A parking area on the edge of town that is 15-20 minutes walk. Plenty to see so might stop here for a while and explore
Palamós Spain: We decided that a proper campsite was called for over the Christmas period and we couldn't have chosen better. Our fees include full service, wifi and electric. The warden couldn't be more helpful if she tried, a mind full of information and fluent in several languages. All in all its a great place and no doubt if the opportunity arose we would be back
Port Vendres: Well the weather has finally caught up with us and the high winds have descended on the Med, still mustn't grumble it's still 12 degrees despite the wind. Stopping here for a few days then heading south to warmer climes, it's a hard life this traveling but we do it so you don't have to
Peyriac de Mer: Our home for a couple of days while we gather our thoughts and decide where to head for the festive season. Nice and relaxing and just what we need.
Lagrasse: €4 a night get you a spot amongst the olive trees down in the Corbières town of Lagrasse. Plenty to see and go in the area if you like the odd spot of culture, an abbey and its gardens. The drive to get here was something else, think Cheddar Gorge but just that tad bigger and more impressive, it's a good job there are lots of bends in the road otherwise you would miss some fantastic views
Puylaurens: A free Aire on the edge of town, you could say the dead centre as we are next to a cemetery, with services, local commerce is 500m away and there are places to take the dog for a walk so bonus all round.
Vailhan: Despite being a mountain top and very rural Aire they trip up is worth it even if only for the view. Payment, which is collected, includes parking and services. Caution, risk of grounding on exit from Aire, best to turn right into village and find somewhere to turn back.
Vallabrègues: Well we came for water and decided to stop for s couple of days. The Aire is just outside of the village near a fishing lake and within a stones throw of the Rhone. Cycling along the river is very pleasant and plenty to see. Only drawback we can see is it bus prone to flooding if the river burst its banks.
Remoulins: Another free Aire provided by the good people of Remoulins. Parking is free and there is plenty to visit in the area so well worth the effort. Unfortunately the borne is the other side of the bridge, ah well you can't have everything can you
La Couvertoirade: Templars giving something away for nothing you can't beat it. Mind you even paying €3 a night between March 15 and November 11 it is still worth it. The citadel is well worth a visit and gives you an insight into how it would have been in the 12th century when the Templars used to stop here on the way to the Holy Lands.
Montagnac: After a long and eventful day we finally settled on a free Aire in Montagnac down near Beziers. Tried an Aire in Carcassonne but unfortunately couldn't get in as someone had thoughtfully blocked the entrance with their car, shame as it looked like a good spot for the night if not a couple of days. Next we tried Narbonne, lovely city but shame about the Aire, it was heaving even at this time of year and sadly no room at the inn.
Montferrand: yet another free Aire, sadly no services so was a good job we filled etc before we got here. It's quiet simple and rural with plenty of fresh air and walks for Cesar over the next couple of days.
St Martory: €3 a night gets you a wonderful parking spot next to the river, what more could you want. There is even a baker directly opposite for fresh provision in the morning.
Bénéjacq: a spot for the night after a very frustrating day. Tried Pau, don't bother if you have anything bigger than a drawing of a MoHo it's not worth it. Also tried a couple of rural ones in the area but they were all full. So another day of driving around getting nowhere fast. We eventually found this Aire which will do for the night if nothing else
Anglet: A very popular Aire near the Atlantic but sadly no view. Costs vary between €10 in the height of summer to free in the closed season. Biarritz is a couple of kilometres away and the sea is a 500m walk. Site is very slopping so blocks will be required. GPS 43.50696 -1.53373
Montreal du Gers: a free Aire and services at the stade municipal. Parking slopes a bit but there are level spots if you can find them. A rugby field so here's hoping they have a match on this weekend GPS: 43.95375 0.10730
Rocamadour: A free Aire with no services provided by the good people of the community. The medieval town is well worth the visit and the walk down the path to the church, for the less active there is an incline railway.
Montignac: We have decided to spend a couple of days exploring the area and found this wonderful Aire on the edge of town. €5 a night gets you all the services you could want and electricity to use at your hearts content. Lascaux caves are only 3kms away and the town itself is just delightful and well worth a wander around if you ever manage to find yourself here Aire: 45.06080 1.16647 Lascaux: 45.053919 1.167651
Perigueux: Despite being a cite Aire it's surprisingly quiet. A gentle walk into town along the river to see the attractions including the Cathedral and numerous shops. Well worth the stopover. Services are not available during the winter so make sure you fill up before you arrive. GPS: 45.18770 0.73081
Aubeterre sur Dronne: A nice quiet aire for the night, another free spot and free services. Oh and a football match thrown in for our entertainment. Interesting village that is well worth the hike uphill and a peaceful river to take Cesar for a walk down GPS: 45.26934 0.17586
Saint Romain la Virvee: yet another example of a community coming together and providing hospitality to passing strangers. A free Aire and services and surrounded by Bordeaux vines, what more could you want GPS: 44.96449 0.40139
Cellefrouin: What a find!! A cracking free Aire provided by the commune. Merci bien. Surrounded by nature and a field for Cesar to run around and let off some steam. Even a quiet lane to get some cycling in and loosen up those tired legs.
Benet: Now this is what I call a cracking spot for the night. Try doing this in the UK. It will be a case of falling out of bed in the morning and grab ourselves a couple of fresh croissant, what more could you ask for
Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu: A free Aire and services in a delightful spot with shops and supermarkets only 500m away and a very pleasant walk around a lake for the dog, what more could we want
Saint Nazaire: A great little spot to park and explore the near by attractions. Wouldn't stop here over night but there are dedicated spots not far from the harbour
Paimpont: A great Aire provided by the commune of Paimpont that is well worth the €3 it costs to stay over night. Plenty to see and do in the area especially if you are interested in the Arthurian legend. The town has plenty of little shops cafes and bars to keep you entertained as well and only a short walk from the Aire. Free wifi available GPS: n48.02286 w2.17128
Mur de Bretagne: nice town and pleasant stop over. There are numerous spots to park for the night so spoiled for choice. Free services are available at the Old Station.
Guillbeville: a free Aire on the edge of a peaceful village just off the motorway. Tokens for the services are available from various outlets in town or the motorhome dealers on the industrial estate. GPS:n48.98871 w0.94844
Lessay: A free Aire and services provided by the commune
Montebourg: A nice free Aire overlooking the town. The local church is well worth a visit. Local commerce and supermarkets in town GPS:n49.48486 w1.37449
La Mailleraye sur Seine: A boat spotters paradise and the Aire isn't bad either despite the close proximity of the local water treatment plant. Grass on front can get a little boggy after rain but the rear area is well drained and hard standing is available. Jetons from local commerce or Marie.
GPS n49.48444 e0.77333
Doudeville: A nice town centre Aire with drive over services.€2 for water. Carrefour Market close by. General market held on Aire Saturday morning GPS: n49.72000 e0.78750
Cite Europe: Boulevard de Kent, free Aire and handy for shopping either before you leave or when you arrive. Despite rumours it's perfectly safe here.
Eurotunnel Terminal Folkestone, gateway to France
Canterbury New Dover Street Park and Ride. Does what it says on the tin. At last a council that has the forethought and common sense to develop a proper Aire here in the UK.
Lyndon Top: a great campsite with great views across Rutland Water. Yes it's a basic site with just water and CDP but what more do yo mead to achieve peace and tranquility
Little Stryne, a peaceful haven
|Dates:||31 Oct 2017 - 19 Jan 2018|
|Duration:||2 months, 2 weeks|
Travels around Europe with Jo, Dad and Cesar the dog