Blog 13 The weather’s changed. It’s got chilly on a night. The sun still shines during the day, but not has hot 19°.We’re in Benalmadena waiting for James and Mabel (our son and granddaughter) to arrive at the railway station. We have rented an apartment for the four of us, for seven days holiday away from the van. We are parking the van out side the apartment where we can see it from the apartment balcony, best we can do, the apartment car park was full. Then we spent an 2 hours taking everything valuable out of the van in … Continue reading Sun,sea,sand and rain. France Spain and Portugal blog thirteen .
We had a fantastic time at Sierra Nevada. But it’s Time to move on. We’v decided to stay in the mountains and visit some of the lovely white painted Spanish Villages. First off Archidona about 80 km away, a working village off the tourist route. Archidona was made a city in 1901with only 8858 population, and is now a historic artistic site. A beautiful city. We celebrated Pats Birthday in style 😊.x Pats Birthday drink 😊xxx Pats birthday breakfast 🤗 Happy birthday Pat. Next up we’re going to Olvera it’s about 80km over the mountains, the roads where narrow with … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal. Blog eleven.
We’v done so much this last 3 weeks time flys by. I’m a bit late with blog 10. We are in Rota Spain on the Atlantic ocean coast Costa de la Lux. Rota is a small seaside resort mostly Spanish people on holiday. We found a great place to stay near the beach and it was free. So we settled in for 5 days. Rota is the home of the Spanish navy in a joint venture with the U.S navy open in 1955. And gives lots of local employment along with fishing, agriculture and tourism. We chilled out on the … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal blog Ten 04/09/18.
Here we go again blog 9. We’re moving on been in Faro 5 days the capital of the Algarve. Next stop Tavira. Tavira is one of the Algarves most attractive town’s. It’s built around the Rio Gilao. We parked near the fresh meat, fish and vegetables market. We needed some food so that was our first job. What a fantastic market it is, every thing we needed on the fresh food side and very cheap. We got a chicken for €2.80 and good size . It’s very cheap to live in Portugal food in supermarkets, drinks in bars and eating … Continue reading Blog Nine France Spain and Portugal. 25/08/2018.
We had a great time in Alvor staying out late, something we’v not done much of. We enjoyed the music the restaurants and bars. We’re going to go back a few miles to Sagres on the south west corner of Portugals Algarve. We missed this part out because of forest fire’s, we were advised not to go to this area. So now we’re going back 40 miles to Sagres and Cabo de Sao Vicente. This area is a bit like Lands end in Cornwall UK. It’s very rugged with very big steep cliffs, small cove beaches and desert like county … Continue reading Blog eight. France Spain and Portugal 12/08/2018.
Hi Blog number 7. We’v been here at Peniche and Consolacao pedra Mar for 9 days. The weather’s been hot 39° for the last three days but it’s cooling down now so we’re off to Lisbon the capital of Portugal. Its only 65 km to Lisbon and we picked out a campsite just on the outskirts of Lisbon. It’s a big site and expensive €35 for one night🙄. But it’s secure and thats what we wanted in a big city. And public transport just out side the gate. I think I mentioned in the last blog that the roads are … Continue reading Blog 7 France, Spain and Portugal. 05/08/18.
We’v had a great experience in Northern Spain. But we’re now going to Portugal for two or three weeks. We’v picked out a place to stay Viana do Castelo from our Lonely planet book it looks interesting so off we went. First thing we noticed as we drove into Portugal were the roads are in bad need of repair pothole after pothole. We arrived after a 2 hours drive. Viana do Castelo is split in two by the river Lime, we were on the south side next to a three miles of beach. We parked on the sand dunes on … Continue reading France, Spain and Portugal blog number 6. 24/07/2018
On our bikes this morning, going to the Salburua the green nature area. It’s only 5 km from Vitoria Gasteiz centre. It consists of forests, lakes and swamp with wooden pathways over the water so the wild life is not disturbed. A fantastic place to go on our bikes. What a great place, we did 20 km on our bike’s so we stop off for a drink on the way back €4 for two pints 🤩. That night we had another thunderstorm with hailstones as big as marbles banging on the roof of the van. We were worried about the … Continue reading France Spain and Portugal blog number 5. On our bikes. 15/07/18
Hi, we’re still in Contis La Plage. It’s a really cool place so staying here 2 more days. We went down the beach in the afternoon the beaches are so good down the west coast of France. We went in the sea twice the waves are so big great fun, and the sea is so warm. Contis is a big surfing resort with surf bars and surf board shops. Only a small place but lively. We went in a surf bar to watch England play with great support for England from all the surfers. We had a great night with … Continue reading France, Spain and Portugal Blog 4. 3/7/18.
We had a great time at La Rochelle, but it was time to move on. We picked a place to stay out of our Camperstop Europe Book, a great book giving us 9651 places to stay in 27 countries in Europe. We picked out a small village called Saint Cesaire about 50 miles away. Unfortunately when we got there the water was cut off and the parking area was a mess. Most of the aires are very good ranging in price from free to about £10. So we looked in our Camperstop book and decided to move to Meschers sur … Continue reading Blog number 3 France Spain and Portugal. 17/6/18.
The weather was good so we had a walk around and bought some groceries and French bread 😋. Then we went in a bar which was supposed to be a British music bar. Everyone was very friendly and we met some British people who live there, an interesting afternoon. We decided to stay for one night only in Gace as we had arranged to meet up with our friends John And Pam Spencer who are on holiday for 4 weeks in there motorhome. So off we went to Doug La Fontaine, 110 miles away. The weather was not good it … Continue reading Number 2 blog, France Spain Portugal. Time to move on Friday 8th June from la Mailleraye sur Seine, it’s a lovely village and we’re sure to go again. We set off at 11:00 hours travelling though Normandy for 80 miles to a small village called Gace. We parked in front of the Town Hall (Mairie). Parking especially for motorhomes was free with all services. Thank you lord Mayor😊.
The time as finally come we’v been planning our trip for the last year. Our plan is to set of on June 4 Dover to Calais on our 6 months adventure. But first we have to get the van serviced, long term insurance for van in Europe, Medical insurance for us and break down insurance so many things to do. We said fairwell to our friends and family and set off on June 3rd from Hull to Dover. We stayed the night in Dover on the sea front with 12 other motorhome waiting for tomorrow’s ferry. We left Dover at … Continue reading France Spain Portugal blog number 1