With a week left before we leave for Blighty we decide to chill and relax on a campsite which turned out to be a good idea, loads of coastal walking again but found what turns out to be one of our best spots yet, La Vega, with a walk in to match any we had done previously. Again the weather helps but it was a fitting end.
The mountains of Northern Spain are a must see place and should be on everyone’s European “bucket list” destination. A large campervan is not the best suited transport method in these twisty narrow roads high in the mountains, public transport is an option but as we found a lot of the routes are closed outside the holiday periods which here doesn’t kick off until June ! Even so don’t miss out if you find yourself in the area.
Moving ever closer to home we find another harbour stop with a cafe and village full of friendly people, every drink is again more tapas so I’m torn when we need to move on, we are now for the first time in months dictated to with a timescale and finding it hard to push on.
Next stop A Capiya, another rocky outcrop with a lighthouse, Faro del Cabo San Agustin, complete with a fishermans church which is said to house a surprise for those who visit ? Navia is the nearest town well within walking distance and worth the effort for the scenery alone.
Back in Spain and still on the west coast at a private house with tiered pitches looking over the Atlantic crashing in on what seems like our very own private beach with a resident pod of 7 Dolphins showing up most days.
VN de C sits on the Rio Minho the border with Northern Spain so a last stop in Portugal, dedicated spot for 5 vans but loads of overspill into the adjacent car parks, cycle paths both ways along the river and this being a lovely little town on the river we had a few days before Spain.
Ten miles North of Porto we found the camping park at Vila Cha, from free to €12.50/night but all the amenities, showers good enough for a double hair wash, luxury!
Met a couple of fellow adventurers, Julie and Martin, having just discovered paddle boarding they have upgraded their boards for “race spec” boards, nothing if not competitive, we will probably see them next doing 30 knots up some Spanish river some place ! Good luck.
After the drive along the spectacular Duro valley, Porto came as a big bustling port with all the tourism that goes with it but we we where looking forward to the famous Port houses to visit and sample their produce !
From the mountains to the Rio Douro upstream of Porto, by a couple of hours, to Peso da Regua, river crossings for road, rail and cyclists also a stopping off point for the huge river boats that defy any possibility of navigating the river !
The official aire overlooking the river is owned by the local fishing club and for a dedicated park with fresh and waste water facilities plus lekky hook up all for 3€, bargain. You can’t park a car in Mansfield for any more the 2 hours for that !
We took a train ride up river, hugging every spare piece of land not being used for grape and Port wine production, landscaped to perfection by Messers Taylor’s, Dow, Sandiman, Grahams to name but a few.