Short bike ride with Richard and Sharon to Vilamoura for a bit of boat envy and some lunch. Very warm today. Back to van for more socialising and watch the sunset.
It’s tough this life. ;-)
Today we met up with Richard and Sharon who we first met while we was picking our van up and they was ordering there’s.
I like to think we inspired them a little with our first trips and talk of a Europe one that they followed ya down.
Anyway a great couple of days with some new found friends. A few beers (as you do) and a some food while watching the carnival part 2.
Spent lazy morning on beach and then decided to move a little further down the coast. Skipped Tavira as all the places were full. Ended up in Quartera and a fantastic spot overlooking the beach. We then walked into town to find the carnival in full swing. Nice bonus.
N 37.3.35 W 8.5.5.
Big mile stone for the van today 10k and almost a year to the day we picked her up. Wow a year where has that gone. Anyway Portugal bound we are and spent the next two nights at tiny little village we found on Park4night app. N 37,9,31 W 7,32,46. Nice meal in the local restaurant and meet another couple of Motorhomes James and Sue.
Off to Servile today for a spot of tourist stuff. Staying at a Ok aires in Gelves in the Harbour about a 15 min bus ride. Basic facilities,but fine.
N 37,20,28. W 6,1,25
Headed to Jerez with plains to do a Sherry tour, but got accosted in the car park by a guy trying to get money for him to look after our van while we was away. Yer right.
Moved on and did a bit of shopping at IKEA and then KFC lunch. Then headed for Seville.
Tonight’s stop Europe’s most southerly point Tarifa and yep you guessed it another beachside. Gone back on ourselves a little (laundry etc required). Didn’t feel the love for this stop or place so headed off first thing.
Last few days spent at our beachside spot (lat.N 36° 5' 14" long. W 5° 46' 12") and made friends with a nice fella and his beagle (Buddy) from the film Cats and Dogs I’m guessing, but failed to ask. Anyway just been up to the old Roman ruins which are more impressive then anything I’ve seen of this age before (1-3BC) Note not actually been to Rome yet so still to be more impressed. It’s a must see if you down this way.
A very pleasant few days spent at our last beachside stop and we did intend to spend the next few at Gibraltar. Well the heavens opened just after our stop at Morrison it was forecast to rain until late evening so decided as you can when in a MH to move on down the road a bit. Don’t like monkeys anyway. Have found a great little stopover right on the beach and I mean right on the beach. lat.N 36° 5' 14" long. W 5° 46' 12" Can see us spending a few days here as 1 it’s a great location and 2 it’s a great location. LOL. Also has remains of a large Roman settlement and amphitheatre that we want to look around.
Back to the park4night app for a place to stop. Can’t recommend this app highly enough. We have pretty much solely used this app on this trip. If you do use it please leave feed back and updates. Picked another beachside location and will more then likely stop for a couple of days. lat.N 36° 18' 35" long. W 5° 15' 36"
Brilliant day yesterday. Found some old Roman baths that was recommended by someone in one of the FB groups we belong to. Water not hot, but not cold. Bit smelly as it’s sulphur content is quite high. Came away with baby soft skin. Another must visit if you that way or even if your not.
A very peaceful night up at this remote location. Sadly others that have used this spot have not been so respectful and left rubbish and worse. Shame as it will not be tolerated and well be stop form staying at such great locations.
Anyway off down the road to see the 8th century ruins of Bobastro Ruins.
lat.N 36° 53' 53" long. W 4° 46' 29"
Having spent a few days in Granada where we once again became tourist and did the usual stuff. Visited the Alhambra Palace ✅. Went up the mountain and drank beer on the terrace of a hill side cave /house run by a real old Spanish couple. ✅ . Watched live street musicians playing for their supper. ✅ . Went to a Moroccan spa and then Moroccan meal. ✅ . Now back on the road again heading towards the old ruins of a 8th century village. Diversity or what?!
Up into the mountains for a few days brrr -10 But stunning scenery. lat.N 37° 5' 57" long. W 3° 23' 37" 10€ pn
A day spent catching up with a few bit of work. (Tax Return and Van Insurance) and then a walk around part of the lake as it’s quite big and then chilling. Have been joined here by a Dutch couple today.
Off tomorrow up to the Sierra Nevada to see some snow. We must be mad.
Up in the mountains today for a change of scenery. Currently sat beside a very low lake/reservoir enjoy a beer and a chill out. Doing a bit of paperwork later then who know what tomorrow.
lat.N 36° 59' 48" long. W 3° 53' 26"
A bit of a kicking our heels day today as the MH is in for its recall work to be done and were not sure if we’ll get it back today or tomorrow. So back into Malaga and a day spent wasting time. To top it all off coming down with this cold thing Nic’s had. :-(
5 hours later van all done and fixed.
Back to our stop from last night as it’s close and free.
Beach side stop for the day and night. Easy access for the getting van into the dealers tomorrow for its recall.
lat.N 36° 43' 9" long. W 4° 22' 1"
Day 3 and we spent the day in Malaga walking around the shops and visiting a few sights as you do. Fantastic tapas lunch and a few beers.
Daughter flew back from her flying visit. It was nice to see her after 3 months.
Day two of being a tourist and the daughter and her friend wanted to go see the birds in the park and then the butterfly house.
So picnic it was and then onto the butterflies. Never been a fan of things flying around my head but these were beautiful and amazing. Watch one hatch and then take to the sky’s. Was pretty cool.
Playing tourist today up at Mijas. Making chocolate in the factory.
Not used to all the space. Feels a bit weird after so long in the MH.
Apartment based for a few days in Benalmádena why the daughter is over. Luckily they have parking for the MH as well bonus. Had a quick walk down to the harbour this afternoon and I can see why it’s been voted the best in the world twice. Lovely area. Cheep Chinese for tea and a beer and that’s us done for today.
Parked up for the night at what we thought was going to be a better (Quieter Stop) LOL. Not the case, but to late to move anywhere else and it’s close ish to where we need to be tomorrow.
lat.N 36° 34' 54" long. W 4° 32' 19"
Off towards Malaga today to meet up with daughter. Lunch time stop with the option for an over night, but very close to the road so moving down the coast a little.
Nice place though
lat.N 36° 42' 50" long. W 4° 20' 4"
What an absolutely fantastic day we had. Bar fights, gun fights and can can dancers. Walking around this place is pretty cool. So many areas that have been used for films over the years. Finished the day off with good friends a fantastic home cooked meal a few beers and watching the Dr Who episode A Town Called Mercy that was filmed entirely here while sitting in the van parked on set. How cool.
This place is a must see if your in the area.
lat.N 37° 2' 58" long. W 2° 25' 17"
Full on western experience today at Fort Bravo the set for many a spaghetti western. Should be interesting. Looks the part.
lat.N 37° 2' 58" long. W 2° 25' 17"
Headed to a small aire nr. Níjar lat.N 36° 48' 58" long. W 2° 8' 58" for “housekeeping” - nice clean spot €10 (€3 EHU)
Weather overcast and windy making our cycle into San Jose hard work even with battery power so after a quick nose around and a coffee & crepes in the port to recharge our batteries we headed to chill at the van.
Right today we are playing miners. Gold miners to be precise. Off exploring the old gold mine and also the location sets for some great films including Indian and the last crusade. If we don’t post tomorrow we’ve got lost and fallen down a mine shaft. Send help. LOL
Overnight at Goldmines Rodaquilar very quiet free spot lat.N 36° 51' 10" long. W 2° 2' 45"
Tonight’s stop. Peacefully and stunning. This is what is all about for us. Excuse the bin.
Very windy at the beach office so decided to do a bit of tourist stuff and popped into Mojácar and in typical Blackledge style it’s was siesta time. LOL. So move on to find a over night spot.
Lunch time stop by yet another (sorry) fantastic location. Spot of work as well not a bad place for the office.
N 37° 13' 51" long. W 1° 47' 50"
Back on the road again we’ve missed it. Hopping down the coast in small bites now to be in Malaga by the 17th. Spent the night at a Nice stopover. Very busy with vans, but very quite apart from one inconsiderate MH that let there dog bark on and off all night. Without realising it we ended up pulling up alongside our Northern buddies, Sandra & Ian
lat.N 37° 30' 57" long. W 1° 23' 58" €6 pn €1 water
Today we left our Christmas stopover and having never been to Benidorm apart from a very quick stop as we drove past once I have to say it’s not that bad. I would and probably will come back at some point.
Sticking around just up the road in the mountainside village of Guadalest today - lovely little place with lots of museums. We visited the micro museum- full of miniature sculptures on hair, needles, insects and other microscopic items amazing detail (the MH is in for a recall fault to be fixed tomorrow. Hopefully.)
Gualdalest €4 24hrs parking - quiet spot lat.N 38° 8' 58" long. W 0° 37' 53"
Ventured out for the 3 Kings parade dispute Nic feeling very rough. It’s the whole reason we stayed on in Benidorm after Christmas. It was so worth the wait. Absolutely stunning floats and not a beauty queen in sight.
Not much to report the last few days as Nic’s been unwell. Out today as the weather was glorious 25 degs so beach.
Now a quick beer with the sunset. Benidorm you have changed my opinion of you.
Nic’s feeing very van bound because of the cold/flu thing she’s got, but today with temps expected to hit 25 she mustered the strength to sit on the beach LOL.
Rode a short distance down the coast and found a nice little cove beach area.
Our first New Year in Benidorm and I have to say it was a fantastic experience. The whole of the prom and beach was packed. Holidayers and locals all seeing the new year in and then at 01:00 they did it again for the Brits. Great night although suffered a little today.
Happy New Year to all.
Nic’s not been to well the last couple of days. Man flu apparently. LOL. Still she soldiered on and made it to the beach this afternoon for a bit (25 the temp thing said) nice. Now having a beer or three and listing to Coldplay. Hate my life NOT.
Today has to be hottest yet. App says 22, but in the sun feels more. You can see why people come out here for the winter.
Quick ride up to the cross of Benidorm. Stunning
Christmas Day in Beni was a blast. Had a English traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and many courses before as well. Then entertainment provided by the near the mark drag act Stella Artois. More drinks in the evening finished off a brilliant day. All in the company of our new found friends and stalkers LOL Sandra and Ian.
A great Elf night with good friends. Good chill and a few beers and then Elf. It’s Christmas
Christmas Eve morning spent down by the beach in what must be about 19 degs is just mad. Afternoon spent chilling back at the van and then tonight off to meet up with our new found friends we keep bumping into Sandra and Ian. Must stay off the shots tonight or tomorrow will be a right off. Have a great Christmas all
A few days into Beni now and I have to say it’s better then I thought it would be. Yes there still bars open from morning to night and lots of karaoke and tribute acts, but some get places to see around the area as well. Took a quick cycle ride to a local national park area and we could have been 100 miles from the madness that is Benidorm. Beautiful scenery.
So today we decided to visit/watch the Santa walk. Apparently 100’s of Santa’s meet up and walk though the streets singing Carol’s and then end up at a local bar/cafe for cava and tapas.
Well we found them,but unfortunately at the end when they was in the cafe. Still got talking to a few people there. Then after the group started to disband they plus us went onto a karaoke bar for a few beers and a chat. Well a few turned into lots and then some stupid person (Might have been me) started with the Sambuca shots. Well it ended quite messy and yesterday was a right off. When in Rome as they say. LOL.
Well that’s the traveling done for 3 weeks. Watch out liver, I do apologise in advance.
Benidorm here we come. All set up and settled at Camping Arena Blanca - small site with indoor pool and restaurant/bar, bus nearby, 40 mins walk to centre. €17pn with ACSI
Spent last night on a busy little aire in Calpe. (Paraiso €15pn N 38° 38' 56" long. E 0° 4' 2").
Had a wander into town and had very nice, but large Chinese and then wobbled back to the van. This morning woke to glorious sunshine and clear blue skies. Currently sitting in bar at the beach drink beer and eating tapas in the sun.
Found a great little spot for a stop over. Unfortunately they have a fishing competition tomorrow so would need to be gone by 07:00. Not a chance! So lunch it is and then down the coast.
Morning. So a couple of days doing not much. Weather wasn’t great so a bit of work while we had free WIFI and a few lunches out as you do. Have now moved on closer to our Christmas stopover BENIDORM (party time) Still not all fun and games. Just before we left back in November we was informed of a recall by Fiat on the van for a possible EGR valve fault. Managed to get it check before we left and at the time it wasn’t broken, Hopefully still not. but not replaced. So have been in a battle with our local Fiat garage about sending the parts out to us so we can get it fixed out here. At the time of checking they said it wouldn’t be a prob, but then they changed their mind and said no you’ll have to get it checked again locally and then they can order the parts. (Another 5 weeks wait maybe for a issue that could cause the van to lose all engine power without notice). I think not. Anyway long story short went ballistic at parts manager and copied in the general manager and now bits are on the way. Also having issue with this dam Dometic fridge again and dealers are being less then helpfully (which is unlike them, new girl I think ) Sent me a few links to local engineers. Really I am capable of google searching as well. Still I’m a resourceful chap we will get it sorted. That all said with a view like this who really cares. stopover near lighthouse Xabia lat.N 38° 48' 13" long. E 0° 11' 34"
Popped into Gandia today to have a quick look around. Busy place with lots of people and lots of shops open. Which is a first for us for a town. Most have been or looked to be shut. Visited the Place which from the outside looked very underwhelming. Inside though stunning. Very nice lunch and a cycle back. Some work this afternoon/evening as tomorrow supposed to be nice so may even get to the beach for a bit. Will be the only people there of course as the locals think we’re mad.
Nothing happened yesterday apart for a little maintenance so no post. To be honest not much happend today either. Move down the coast a bit, but weather here is pretty windy currently and had a small shower this morning. On a plus note Christmas decs are starting to go up and we seems to have picked up an asylum seeker. Found him clinging to the back of the van. lat.N 38° 58' 11" long. W 0° 8' 45" 9€pn
Day 31. Where did that month go? Only 4 and a half left LOL. Sunny today, but a little windy so temp around 18 which is ok for a December day. Took a short ride around today to see what’s open. (not much as it turns out) found a great little restaurant that had it’s menu of the day which was 3 courses and a beer for €14 PP which considering the portion sizes was pretty good. Nic being Nic thought sh d give the cutter fish ago apparently having had it before (Turns out not had it before). LOL She was a little surprised when the monster from the deep was served up with chips. Still she gave it a good go.
Not much to add today. Move spots about a 45 mins down the road. Did a little shopping and that was about it. Not every day is fun and sun you know. LOL. Yep they are giant sized scratchings. (Baz). lat.N 39° 4' 55" long. W 0° 12' 45" €8pn
Not much happen today a bit of work and then a quick bike ride out to see the sunset over Spain’s largest lake. Stunning.
Great day back in Valencia. Seen some stunning modern architecture, sampled some of the local water (Hic) at lovely quirky bar/cafe we had seen on 48 s Travel Man http://www.cafedelashoras.com - Spent a fortune in the Pintxos bar. Visited Hard Rock Cafe and bought drum sticks and beer. Then made our way back to the site slowly visiting a few cafes/bars on the way. Only to find that the bar back at camp was still open. Would be rude not too. ;-).
Leisurely morning in the MH and then a short ish bike ride into the local village for lunch and it would be rude not to have the local Valencian paella. Although the snails didn’t get eaten. Well one did and not by me.
Today was filled with mostly site seeing. Well as much as you can with a recovering knee. Valencia central market is massive with just about ever type of fish,meat,cheese and fruit and veggies you could wish for. The building itself it’s a must stop if you this way on its own. The silk exchange was next with its impressive gothic architecture which gave you an insight into its glorious past. The cathedral is very impressive (as most are) with a huge range of decor styles due to chequered history. Found the Holy Grail very easy. So one up on Indiana Jones.
Then onto San Nicolas De BARI. Valencia’s Sistine chapel a 13th century Baroque Jewel which is absolutely stunning. A few coffees along the way and lunch was about it for today, but back in again tomorrow for more.
A few days planned for Valencia next. On a site just outside city. Not really our thing this site stuff, but has an easy bus route into city, EHU, WIFI and lots of lovely long hot shower water. http://www.devesagardens.com/
Looking forward to seeing the sights sounds and having some great food with a few beers or so.
A great trip around the Coves de Sant Josep in the kayaks. Nice to be able to do this as I can’t think of another place that would allow you to be so hands on with the rock formations in the caves.
Overnight at the caves car park before our kayak trip inside them later today. lat.N 39° 49' 24" long. W 0° 15' 2"
Very windy here at the mo and last night was freezing. Well outside anyway inside we was all toasty warm. Lazy morning as we’re saving ourselves for the 2 hours cave kayaking later. Any excuse. LOL.
Lunch stop at a restaurant that has parking for MH’s.
Decided not to stay by lake last night as it was very uneven and couldn’t be bothered to level her out. So headed off to a local stop electric, water and dumping free when we stayed but now listed as €5pn. Very quiet stop. N 39° 57' 13" long. W 0° 20' 6"
Great spot last night. Unfortunately hardly any phone signal and we have some work to do and the sun is so low this time of year we hardly had any on the MH and solar panels so have moved to the other side of the lake. Liking this view a little better and we have signal and sun. Win win. lat.N 40° 1' 17" long. W 0° 14' 22"
Wow what a great spot to stopover for a few days. We love a room with a view and it doesn’t come much better then this. Just don’t tell everyone. Oops just did. lat.N 40° 0' 40" long. W 0° 14' 3"
Last night here.
It’s not all sun beer and beach. Domestic chores still have to be done. LOL.
Day 20. Today is washing day. Exciting I know. Then to plan (ha ha) the next few days. Looks like we might do some cave kayaking on Saturday which is about 30 mins away so probably won’t move far today, but have to be off of where we are tomorrow morning. Max 48hr stay. Free aire N 39° 58' 47" long. E 0° 1' 21" Great sky this morning to wake up to.
Day 19 involved a cycle riding into Castellón de la Plana to check out the market. Which yet again we managed to turn up to late so there were closing up. On top of that most of them weren’t open on a Monday. LOL. We’re useless at this planing stuff. Guessing our working lives are so planned out so far ahead that we’ve kind of going the opposite way on this trip. Hey hum that’s was what we intended.
Back to MH for a chill.
After another noisy night because of a local factory/building generator we headed down the coast a few miles to Castellón de La Plana where we yet again bumped into our new northern friends. Sandra and Ian.
Cycle ride to Benicassim today. Only about 9 miles each way, but still not bad for a cripple (Me) and someone who’s left bum cheek felt like it was on fire. Strange I know, but we are talking about Nic here. Anyway pic taken about half way there.
Nice town, but as usual for us intrepid adventurers we arrived at siesta time. Doh. Must remember the Spanish sleep most of the afternoon. ;-)
Moved back to the coast and a little further down last night as it was due to rain up in the mountains and we don’t do wet anymore. LOL. Stop is just a massive car park full of MH’s. lat.N 40° 8' 9" long. E 0° 9' 54" Oh well it’s free and has a great cycle ride along an old disused train line just down the road a bit.
So today we decided to head in land a bit rather then more coast. Heading to the famous noir truffle town Morella.
Almost managed to get to the very top,but Knee started to play up so turned back. Gutted only 98 steps more up. Stayed at free aire just outside the town lat.N 40° 37' 26" long. W 0° 5' 28"
Checking out places for our next stop by bike before we try and get Trinny to them. Has potential.
Workday today. It’s not all sun and beer you know. LOL. Mostly though.
Into Peñíscola today for culture. Apparently the Castle was used in GOT.
Day ? Whatever can’t remember LOL. Have decided it’s time for washing and few days on a site. Big fiesta here the weekend so may say till then. Nice little site (Los Pinos) and only €12 a night with elec with the ACSI card. That will do. Off on the bikes to Peñíscola for some culture.
Riverside stop was to noisy as they had jets skis on the river so have moved camp. Peace and quite.
After a couple of days at our last stop where we met Sandra and Ian from up North and had a great evening last night with a few beers and few nips of Kraken. We have moved on just down the road to a nice little river side parking area for the day and maybe night. A few others here as well and some other brits.
Headed down the coast about an hour in amongst the rice fields. lat.N 40° 39' 30" long. E 0° 40' 31"
Food/beer stock up
Before we left our beach spot this morning we headed off for a small ride to the local town. Busy considering it’s winter.
Day 8 consisted of doing nothing after the purchase of a new step and a side marker light that I broke getting out of a tight parking spot.
Our next stop for the day and night. Could get used to this life N 41° 3' 5" long. E 1° 0' 57"
Off to our next stop a few miles down the road. Hopefully another beach side stop, but after we’ve been to the local camping place to buy a replacement step that someone (No names mentioned hey Nic) left outside when we pulled off way back up in the mountains.
So time for a bit of culture so traveled for several minutes to the town of Tarragona. Breaking the bikes out and hitting the town. Hitting it my be a bit of an overstatement. :-). lat.N 41° 6' 51" long. E 1° 16' 0"
So nice here we decided to stay. Have food/water/beer/wine for the wife and most importantly the sun. What more do you need. Flown the drone today so happy bunny’s all round.
Breakfast on the beach in Mid November. If the rest of our trip is like this then we might just not come back. 2018 Bride and Grooms only joking.
This morning was spent driving to our next stop, stocking up on provisions at good old Lidl and then onto our overnight stop. Arrived just after 14:00 and cracked a San Miguel. Beach side spot which in high season has several restaurants and a sailing club, but this time of year nothing open just a great view.
N 41 7 44 E 1 18 6
Over night just outside of town in dedicated MH bays. Free Water and Black/Grey disposal.
Very windy night and NO not me LOL. Quite noise stop
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Sallent de Gallego.
Lake side stop 2-3 spaces. Nothing official no services. Very tight and tricky to get in. Had lunch and decided to head off just incase it snowed as we would not get out.
N 42 45 21 E 0 18 55
Quick pitstop for a cupper halfway up the Pyrenees. Some snow but not much.
N 42 52 6 W 0 23 40
Orion Up in the mountains and as usual for us can’t see a damm thing because of the bad weather. On to the next stop. Nice private Aire.
N 43 24 36 W 0 51 04 €7.50 per night. EHU €2.50
Lunch stop. In between an Oyster farm. Like being back in Whitstable LOL.
N 44 38 42 W 1 05 46
Dune du Pilat. Highest sand dune in Europe. Just the place for recovering from a knee opp. LOL.
Another great little free stop. Nice town with a bar or two and restaurant and shops Stop is next to a police station so felt very safe. Yet again woken by church bells at 06:00
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Pit stop for snacks for the journey.
Over night stop before heading off in search of that big yellow ball in the sky.
N 48 41 21 E 0 36 5
First meal of the winter tour and it’s a fringing MC D’s
And we’re here
Sitting in the back of a train watching the sidings roll away. Sung to the tune by Otis’s Readding.
And we’re off. Day one of our winter tour. Not sure how far we will go today, but aiming just north of La Mans.