It is now 27th December and we have been in Almeria for five nights and this is our sixth day here. I know this is just a huge public car park but it has been really nice to do very little and certainly good not having to worry about where we are going next and whether the aire will be OK and if we can get water or if we will need electricity. There is none of that here but
We stayed at Tortuga Mora for three nights. On Friday night we were planning the next few days anbd where we might go when Chris rang. We had met and got to know Chris and Anita at the Dunes aire in Daimus. They left before us but we have kept in touch by text every few days hoping we might neet up again. Anyway they want to sharetheir excitement with the big free car park on the edge on Almeria
We have not travelled far today but we have crossed quite a high ridge on the old coast road to do so. There is a smart new motorway a few miles inland that dives through a long tunnel under these mountains. That is our old friend the E15 Inverness to Algerciras highway! We had a lazy start this morning, said goodbye to David and Sue (the only other Brits on the aire) and then fully serviced Bertie ready for our
We left Archena a bit late as we walked in to town to go to shopping at Mercadona to stock up first. We knew there would be little retail opportunity at the seaside aire we were going to. It was a bit further to Mercadona than we had expected and also rather more uphill. We came back a different way to avoid the noisy traffic on the main road and came through the old town and along the river path.
Midday on Saturday we left Ricote on the long drive (10kms) to Archena via the Aldi supermarket in Archena. I can’t believe the difference that short drive has made. Archena is a medium sized town that lies at the point where the Segura river leaves the mountains and starts on its journet across the coastal plain. The whole place is busier and several degrees warmer – it feels so different. The aire is a large carpark next to the town
Ricote seemed an interesting little town and the aire was spacious, free and had great views. We decided that it was worth at least another night to allow us to explore the little town and have a relax and warm up after several driving days in the cold high altitudes. Ricote is still over 200m but noticeably warmer than Castalla was. Ricote town is quite small – 1500 population according to Wikipedia – and concentrated on quite a small area.
On the road again. The weather has turned cooler with some cloud and quite a strong wind. Last night the temperature in Castalla went down to around 5c but we had been forwarned and I fitted Bertie’s windy warmer which is a padded screen that goes around the outside the windscreen and the front side windows. This does help quite a bit to keep the heat in and if we pull the front curtains too that provides another layer. Still
We woke to bright sunshine or at least the promise of bright sunshine once the sun had climbed high enough. The plan for today was to spend the morning enjoying the sights of Guadalest. The view from the car park is just as stunning as it was last night. We looked up to the castle rock and wondered if that was going to a challenging climb. In the event it was an easy wander through the little village to the
We have torn ourselves away from Daimus! We spent 13 nights on the Dunes Camper site for the princely sum of €125 although that does include 6 nights with electricity when it was wet and cloudy. We said our goodbyes to some friends on the website and we do hope we might see them again on another site one day. It has been really good to relax and chill out knowing that everything we need is within easy reach and
We are still here! In the end we decided to stay for a couple more days in order to have time to explore the town of Gandia and especially the Ducal Palace of the Borjas (Italian spelling is Borgias – same family). We had read about this and thought it looked interesting. Gandia is 4.5kms away and there is an easy cycle path through the orange groves and along an old railway track now converted to a cycle path.