Back to Faro

Back to Faro

Not a great deal to report for the last two days! You are probably wondering why I am writing a blog post in that case but we are parked in a paid for aire with power to spare (thanks to electric hook up) and some spare time. The next few days may be short of both those resources. We left Sagres on Monday morning and headed back to Lagos via some quite minor roads, dropping down to the seaside at

Across the Algarve

Across the Algarve

We did not visit the castle at Castro Marim in the end. The forecast was not good and on balance we decided it was better to press on to the repair shop at Quelfes near Faro and find out if Pedro could fix our broken door hinge for us. We had been warned that the Algarve would busy and full of motorhomes. There certainly a lot at Castro Marim and we had only just crossed the border! So we were

Cadiz and on to Portugal

Cadiz and on to Portugal

In the end we stayed two nights in Cadiz. That is despite the late night serenade from the Cadiz Brass Band who held a major rehearsal for all 100 players right beside the car park from 9pm to 11pm both nights! We think this zeal is to do with the fact that the Cadiz Carnival is coming up quite soon and they are taking part. To be fair they did make a really good sound albeit quite unlike a UK

Turning North

Turning North

I have let things slide a bit and I am now a few days behind. It has been a busy few days with travelling, sight seeing and catching up with friends. After we left Torremolinos we drove along the coast road (mainly the N340) along the Costa Del Sol. This is a narrow strip of land wedged between the sea and the mountains and most this section is built up. The beaches looked nice but the main road is rather

Weird Rocks and Huge Dolmens

Weird Rocks and Huge Dolmens

After much thought and discussion the other night we came up with our master plan! We need another day in Antequera. We also sketched out a plan for the rest of the trip. We know we want to be home around 20th March and that means a ferry crossing around 10th or 11th March (best price determines that nearer the time). This in turn means we want to be in France around the end of February to allow 2 weeks

Antequera

Antequera

We had two nights at Marine del Este and a lovely quiet and WARM day between. It was really nice doing very little in such beautiful surroundings and having nice warm nights too. The car park got quite busy with scuba diving groups during the mornings (from 8am!) but they left mid afternoon. The second night there were six vans parked up including several old British vans with a large number of small children between them. They were a busy

Alhambra

Alhambra

On  Tuesday we were joined at the Abla aire by Jo and Sam in their 31yr old Mercedes motorhome. As with so many of the motorhomers we met they were a lovely, friendly, sociable couple and we spent quite a while chatting to them. First of all on Bertie and later that evening they invited us for wine and nibbles on their classic van. They were such fun to chat to and such good hosts that we rather over imbided

Abla

Abla

It was quite a chilly start when we woke up after our night at Terque. The thermometer reckoned it was just 2.1C outside at 9am – that is Scottish weather. Although we are quite high in the mountains we are still fairly close to the sea. Today we climb much higher on a minor road over the Santillana Pass (1320m or 4270ft) and then drop down the other side into the high valley behind. We are staying at an aire

Flamingoes and the Cape

Flamingoes and the Cape

We had five nights at Cabo de Gata beach car park. All that time we were parked in the front row with a perfect view of the sea. Every night we watched the sun set in to the sea. Each night we thought we won’t take any more photos but in fact we do take lots. Some nights the sun sets in a blaze of splendour and some nights it slides quietly in to the sea and the real colour

Cabo de Gata

Cabo de Gata

The main Spanish holiday at this time of year is from Christmas day to Three Kings day on 6th January. We have found that the atmosphere in the area around the car park has changed since the weekend. The traffic is noisier, there are more emergency sirens at all hours and the firecrackers and bangers are getting more and more frequent.  All in all our little car park retreat is not quite as idyllic as it was when we arrived!