We are now in full travelling mode. The pressure is on to get home fairly quickly. The Covid-19 crisis is growing fast and more and more cases are appearing in Europe. There is a cluster of cases in Northern Italy and a number of towns in Lombardy have been locked down with no-one allowed to leave. My nightmare is that we could inadvertently be caught in such a lockdown if a cluster of cases is found in an area of
Yes I know there are a number of plains in Spain and the rain certainly does not “mainly fall” there but the high plain we drove across yesterday was vast and promises to continue to be vast for at least another day! The last two days have been more about travelling than anything else. I have tried to pick out routes and stopping places that were interesting but we are now officially on the “driving home” leg of this trip.
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
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 of this section is built up. The beaches looked nice but the main road is
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
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
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
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.