We here are a few words and pictures of our winter trip to the Marjal site in Catral Spain, it is a big site but has everything you need on site, good bike riding area and only 1 mile from town centre and loads of camino roads with no traffic, but you do need transport if you want to get out and about and the public transport is sketchy and infrequent.
Billy no mates at Portsmouth docks. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Our cabin on Cap Finistere ferry outbound[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Sunset on Marjal.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Trip to show at Benidorm Palace, fabulous night with great entertainment and food. Stayed over night at the hotel Mediterraneo directly across the road for € 57 for 3 adults. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Relaxing with a few vino's at the restaurant at the Marjal on the ABBA tribute show night. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Barbara knocking up some dinner in the awning, notice the vino Blanco for the chef. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Most important part of trip, purchasing our vino Rioja for the summer season [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Can you arrange for delivery please, sure Senor it outside waiting for you [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Flipping heck, I cannot drag that back to the UK, can you sort another method of delivery please, certainly sir we have arranged it for you
That will do nicely gracias. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Our return cabin was super as well.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
We stopped on our 1st night at Camping Olympia near Salamanca our favorite stopover heading south from Santander, two night stay with great food in the restaurant and a nice site seconds off the free motorway.
2nd Stop was Camping Arco Iris near Madrid, nice pitch with our own private shower,toilet and wash basin on the pitch, but it was a long climb up a big hill from the bar and restaurant from the pitch so we stayed put until morning, the view across to Madrid was stunning from our pitch. Bus stop outside the site to Madrid for anyone wanting to visit the city.
Then the Marjal for 4 weeks which we really enjoyed, we had great weather with only the wind they get that lasted 4 days and drives everyone round the bend, my Kampa Air Awning withstood the wind and actually was brilliant for the four weeks so very pleased with it.
On our return to Bilbao our 1st stop was Camping Riaza 40 miles north of Madrid, beautiful location with stunning mountain views, tired looking after the long winter season but they were trying their best to get the site sorted out, lovely clean warm shower/toilet block with loads of hot water, site will be great when cleaned up and is a walkers/ramblers dream site.
Last stop before the ferry was camping Haro (in Haro) again tired looking after a very cold winter with loads of snow and again the staff working hard to get it back to normal, again great facilities with good hot water and great showers. A lovely town with some great Tapas bars, loads of fine Spanish Buildings and of course the many Bodegas in the Rioja region of Northern Spain, and of course we took advantage of purchasing some of the fine vino's.
Back for the return ferry crossing.
A total of 2987 road miles with an average of 22 m.p.g (131 gals. Purchased) which for a 4500kg outfit (probably more coming home from Haro
) was a nice surprise, we paid no toll fees as all was on toll free autoroutes. All great trip and looking forward to returning later this year and next year.