Where still parked up in Valencia Camper park. Rained all day yesterday. The lower part of the campsite was flooded. luckily we where in the highest part of the site so we where ok just😶.
A river of rain running past our van 🤔.
Next day the weather improved so we’re off to Valencia on the train.
Just 12km to Valencia on the train 4€ return each, public transport is very reasonable in Spain.
Valencia is Spain’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona.
Valencia has great lively feel to it with some great modern-day building. lots of tapas cafe’s serving rice dishes such as paella, a great bar scene and the streets are full of buskers. A very lively city. Spain has lots of Cathedrals, and Valencia has a massive one where the holy Grail treasury the cup that Christ drank out of at the last supper is kept.🙂🙄.
We had a great day in Valencia and the weather was a lot better.😊
Next day we decided to move to Peniscola 120km away. And it rained all the way. when we got to Peniscola it was flooded, we where diverted 3 time before we made it to the campsite. It was lovely site so we stayed 3 nights. Camping La Volta is very popular with motorhomers staying all winter. It cost us 11€ a night, but if you stay over 10 nights you get discount of 2€ a night.Very reasonable if your staying all winter. This includes electricity and WiFi.
The campsite is between two Mediterranean seaside resorts Benicarlo and Peniscola. So we decided to get our bikes out and have a look around.
The weather’s been kind to us today but it’s a bit chilly and windy but the sun came out for a while 😊. Two nice resorts but most of restaurant and bars where shut.
Peniscola Castle, and lighthouse
We’d like to go to Barcelona but we need to find a safe place to park. We found one in our aire book which seems ok. So off we went again. Driving in to Barcelona was a challenge very busy and the sat nav lost it’s way so did we. Big mistake coming into the centre of Barcelona. 🙄. We eventually got to the parking place. It was 30€ for 24hours that was ok if its secure . But we both didn’t feel safe or secure and we’v been told if it doesn’t feel right move on, so we did.
We where looking forward to visiting Barcelona, never mind maybe some other time.
We’re now going to a Spa town called Valdes de Malavella. Parking free with all facilities including electricity. What a lovely town, we went to the tourist information centre.
Got a map of the town and went on a tour of the Spa and the historic Roman baths.
We met up with a lovely English couple Ed and Dot, from the Lake district.
We went to the pub with them a couple of nights. Ed and Dot where very good company, and we had a great time with them. Hope to see them again 🤗.
We’v decided to go over the border to Argeles sur mer in France. We’v been in Spain for eleven weeks and what a fantastic country it is, its past all our expectations.🙂 We arrived in Argeles and parked by the marina, which was fine and safe. Next day we had a look around the marina and the town. It’s very nice but it’s the off season not meny people about, but we found a restaurant and had a meal.
Great views of the Pyrenees mountains.
We’re coming to the end of our adventure, we’v done 5000 miles up to now, still got about 1500 miles to do.
Only one week left. We’v booked the ferry Calais to Dover December 2nd. All for now.
Next we’re going to Carcassonne, then to Sarlat in the Dordogne. Then Home. 🙂
Thanks for following our blog. Please give us a comment and a like .see soon. derekandpat x
6 thoughts on “France Spain and Portugal blog fourteen.”
Great read Derek and Pat – look forward to seeing you sometime. Just planning the last few bits of our adventure to Spain. Not long now – shame we couldn’t see you before we left. Ships that pass in the night 🙂 xx
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Well you two travellers, what an AMAZING 6 months you’ve had. We have really enjoyed reading your blog, and seeing the wonderful places you’ve visited. What a fantastic experience one you will never forget. Can’t wait to see you, have a safe journey home. Love Babs. 💚💚 xxxx
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Hi Babs, six months has flown by .
But it also seems a long time since we came over to France on the ferry on 4th June. We have done lots of things and visited load of places city’s town’s and villages. But never stayed longer then 7 days. This has kept our interest going because it’s always exciting to arrive at a new place. We’re in France in the Dordogne just now, it’s a lovely part of France. Were going to visit 3 towns over the next three days. Then on to Calais to catch the ferry home Sunday 8pm. Thanks for Following and your lovely comments.
Derek Pat xx
Hi D&P, I’ve really enjoyed following your trip…….and what a trip! Really great and so many lasting memories you’ll have. Enjoy yout time at home with family and friends🤗 Jane xx
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Thanks Jane, glad you enjoyed, Iv enjoyed writing it and it’s great to look back on I’m still working on the spelling and grammar lol. We’ll be home Monday spending some time with family. But well be off again next year we love the travelling lifestyle 😊😎. Maybe we’ll meet up 👍DerekandPatxx
Hi Deb we catch the ferry Sunday Calais to Dover we’v had a fantastic time better then expected. Hope you have a great adventure driving through France to Spain. We picked up some bad weather the last 3 weeks, but think it’s o.k. now in southern Spain. Be safe love DPxx