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Wild About Meeting Victor

04

May

2010

the beautiful olive grove
The Beautiful Olive Grove.

Leaving Granada in a bit of an annoyed state, we decided that we had had enough of campsites again and rather than head back down the coast towards Malaga, for potentially some more of the same attitude. We would move cross country to a wild camping site near Antequera. We had a fallback position with a campsite shown just north of the town in a site called Saydo. The wild site we had found, was a part built campsite that was abandoned when they found out how much it would cost to get water connected to that area, or so we were told. We found it on a Spanish website called www.furgovw.org which seems to be a forum, allowing people to recommend site across Spain and Portugal for wild camping. At this time we did not know if it would prove useful but as we were in the mood we were, it was as good a place and time to find out.

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Nothing Changes But The Price

01

May

2010

a lovely place for a drink, if only it was open
A lovely place for a drink, if only it was open.

Camping Reina Isabel was the name of the site, I’m not sure if the ACSI reviewer had his rose tinted glasses on when he visited the site, but fortunately we didn’t. It is true this site was perfect for visiting Granada and to be honest with you, that’s all we really wanted the site for. However if it gave perfect shaded areas it was because the pitches were so small that the hedges or campervans shadows blocked out any sun that tried to get through. We had just enough space between our campervan and the hedge to put a chair out. The table was out of the question. The only way to spread out sufficiently was to place oneself at the edge of you pitch in the roadway.

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Plastic Fields and Caged Animals

29

Apr

2010

a green oasis, between fields of plastic
A Green Oasis, Between Fields of Plastic.

I have been thinking about this particular blog for a little while and I’m not sure if I should make it about a campsite review or a travel story, as whilst both are interesting in their own right, neither makes enough of a story for a full blog. But together they may just be enough for an interesting story. Let’s start with the trip from Almería and the thought that a trip direct to Granada, our chosen destination, is a little too far for one journey. So we decide that we should head down the coast until the turn off north to Granada. This gave us a choice of three campsites and we decided as a novice picks a horse in a race, to choose the name we liked. So the chosen campsite was ‘Don Cactus’. Whether it was owned by a prickly mafia boss we never found out but the trip to get there was one of distaste, as we moved further along the south coast of Spain into what can only be described as plastic field country.

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La Garrofa

27

Apr

2010

Could Clint Eastwood have stayed here in the Sixties?
Could Clint Eastwood have stayed here in the Sixties?

Reputed to be one of the oldest campsites in Spain and this is where we headed after our trip out to the Tabernas desert. I think I said in one of the blogs before when we spoke about campsites and what constituted a good campsite was sometimes just the feel of the place. The one I am currently on as I write this blog is a good example. The site is open, although the pool is still closed. The bar and restaurant is good and cooks traditional style food for the area. The WiFi is great and we also have a cash machine and fresh bread and sundries if we need them. It is around half a kilometre from the most perfect of desolate beaches with some of the best sand I have seen in a long while. The campervan pitches have electric and water on each pitch and is the best we have come across in a long while. Is the campsite perfect, well no as it lacks one important ingredient, the feel of the place, sure it’s growing on me and I would recommend it straight away, but the feel of the place was not like La Garrofa, this site we fell in love with despite all its faults.

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Moulin-De-La-Vergne

01

Apr

2010

Moulin-De-La-Vergne"

As we said, the campsite was really a restaurant with a little side line of camping in a small field next door. But that was not to say it was a half hearted effort. All the pitches were flat and were clustered around a large fenced pond that sat in the middle of the site. A few ducks were happy to make that home and I guess would be of interest to the children. Missy Moo was certainly interested. One of the nice things here was the fact that not only did each pitch have electricity it also had water points as well, so no wandering around here looking for water.

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Granville – Aires de Camping Car

12

Mar

2010

A view if the cliff top as we descend the steps to the harbourside
A view if the cliff top as we descend the steps to the harbour side

One of the places we stayed whilst in La Mache, was in the Aires de camping car right up on the Roc, the farthest westerly point. Why did we stay here? Well we went to Montmartin-Sur-Mar as there were two campsites open, however neither seemed to cater for camping cars and neither seemed open anyway. Our visit to the local tourist information office was helpful in as much as they exhausted all the sites in the area. They did however offer us two Aires de camping car, one in Brehal and the other in Granville. As we wanted a large town, so we had the possibility of internet access via an internet cafe and also check out the 3G dongle situation in France in a mobile phone shop, we decided to give it a go.

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Conkers

24

Feb

2010

Conkers campsite in the National Forest
Conkers campsite in the National Forest

This was our first experience of an actual campsite. For the week before selling our house, we camped on our driveway, so that Missy Moo could get used to the new motor home and us sleeping in it. It was also a good excuse for us to check out the cooking and how to use the heating and water. As they say better to get used to a Motor home in the comfort of your own home whilst there is a chance to run back to a fully stocked house and garage if anything goes wrong. Our first two nights away were at our youngest son’s house, parked outside and then in the pub car park as we visited our friends in Derby. We asked the landlord if it was OK to stay there overnight and when he said “No problem” it meant we could enjoy our friends company and a few drinks as well.

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The Midden

22

Feb

2010

The midden campsite
View of the Midden campsite

Our campsite at Wells-next-the-Sea was called “The Midden”. Its name derives from an old term meaning Dung Heap and that was precisely what it was historically. After the building of the Fakenham to Wells railway by the M&GN (Nostalgically known by the locals as, Muddle and Get Nowhere) it was used as a rubbish tip during the 19th century, not that you would guess that now. Although there is a council recycling centre just down the road heading towards town as a small reminder. Our initial thoughts to the site was that it had good electrical hookup but seemed to only have one water point on site, which we were right next to. Maybe an issue if a few people were onsite at a time.

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