Almerimar, Gibraltar and El Puerto de Santa Maria

Late into Almerimar we bedded down in the golf car park before moving onto the harbour front the next morning, this is the place where every drink = tapa, we found the best in the Buccaneer, right price best tasty tapa, bargain. After a few days, rain was forecast, so we moved onto Gibraltar, then moved off from there as it was strong winds this time, so El Peurto de Santa Maria it was with a ferry trip into Cadiz.

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Almerimar and the harbour aire
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Boats n vans
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Sea wall for a table
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Woke up to snow on the hills of Andalusia
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The Buccaneer, worth the visit alone
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The harbour at night
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A quick walk over the runway from Espana to UK (Gibraltar actually)
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Show the passport and all things are duty and VAT free
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You wouldn’t think it on the beer prices though…
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…but fuel prices bring people in from all over the place
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Santa Maria bull ring, just as interesting as Cadiz so stay a while and take it all in
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A bodega near the bullring for tapas was a good stop

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Off to Cadiz on the catamaran
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A rubber tree probably planted when Lord Nelson roamed the harbour walls
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It wasn’t just a World Cup year you know !,
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Found this quirky boozer before the ferry back so tried a few, bargain,
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Slowly Westwards

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Lemon groves of Murcia
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Rural churches dotted along the river
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Rest time
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Cycling into town
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You need to watch out for hazards along the way, this one was over a meter long !
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La Azohia sunset
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Beautiful set among the plastic
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So best have a cerveza or two then !
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The old look out fort seen from even higher up the mountain
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Loads of steps up and down keeps her fit and on her toes
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Views from the fort to the car par…..campsite !
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Spiral staicases to the top with a brill view
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Then off on a trek high into the hills that ended with a bit of rock climbing
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All that from our campsite next to Leon’s pizza place !
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Aguilas
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Birthday “menu de Dias” with a view of both Aguilas playas

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Bikes off again and a ride into Andalusia from Mucia as we are on an aire right on the border.

Jalon, Santa Pola and Torrevieja

We left the comfort of the campsite for a small aire (car park actually) for the pricey sum of €3/night and very good it turned out, in the centre of Jalon, bringing in the New Year with hill walking Hudson style. We parted company after a few days and headed of to Santa Pola then Torrevieja to meet up with Derrick and Rhian at their bar the “C Breeze”, Guinness and good food made for a great night catching up with old friends.

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Jalon aire.
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Corralled with the Hudson bus.
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It’s a great place for valley walking to the different villages for the menu of the day.
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Very quaint….
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….small villages.
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I know I’ve done street art before but this one has me puzzled ?
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Out of the villages and pubs and into the vast grape growing steps of the hills.
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I caught this Mantis off to church I think !
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Hard to believe it’s January
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Santa Pola bike ride, she’s a trusting sort !
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Salt protection
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And they have some.
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It’s all guess work really.
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So Jesus was born under a boat not a barn ?
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The 3 kings follow the star and bring presents on the 6th January so that’s the day the Spanish kids look forward to most.
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Then the party kicks off.
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Torrevieja for a bit of retail therapy !
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Coastal walks….
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….and a cycle ride into San Miguel (the village not the brewery)

 

Altea

As we settled into Cap Blanch campsite which happened to be 90% Dutch our friends the Hudson’s lay-in-wait for naive campers venturing into Benidorm (“beni” to the locals) unaware of the dangers ahead ! So with Christmas fast approaching and the arrival of Shaun almost imminent we set off for a recce.

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Early morning, which started with a coffee and a Brandy and ended up 15 hours later in a karaoke bar someplace in “beni” wrecked !
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It all started fairly innocuous
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All very civilised….
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…tapas, Cava, beer and selfies along the prom…

Having recovered from our over indulgence in ‘Beni’ it was time to meet up with Shaun.

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We find Shaun some digs high on a hill, far far away.
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His own church….
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…sea views…..
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Altea from above
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Sun cream and coffee
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Beers alround then…
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From here the cliff top walk was only fit for goats…
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You only fall once ! and it was a very windy morning.

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She’s hanging on for fear of being left behind

 

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To cap it off it’s only €1.50 on the bus.
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It wasn’t all mountain paths we did the local villages and cafes
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The lighthouse family, of partridge!

 

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That’s that then, both Shaun and santa have been and gone so next stop 2018 !

Ribadesella

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.

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Our very own grass campsite
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Looking to the river and harbour
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A rich mans sea view
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The Engagement tree !
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Bananas….weirdly beautiful
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They love their gardens and pots
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A 3 mile walk away along the pilgrims way coastal path and you arrive via dirt track into La Vega and as you can see an artist lives along the route in !
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The Picos
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This is from the coast path
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Look at the stuff underneath ready as a dooer upera
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Grain store again well looked after
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Couldn’t resist his handy work
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Mr Edd

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You’re being watched…

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Put a smile on my face anyway !
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The view of the bay on the way in
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Apparently one of the top 100 places to eat in Europe !
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Best have a drink then
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Pouring the cider the traditional way to get a head on it
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A short walk off the beach and into a lead/copper mine ?
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Still pumping but signs warning you of death
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The pumped lagoon, it was all very cold and ominous looking.
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All good things come to an end, or so they say 😊

 

Cangas de Onis

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.

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The road in…
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C de O is classed as a city and this is its main church.
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The original Roman bridge
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The view upstream…I can feel a walk coming on !
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Or should it be down stream ?
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Hive with a mountain view
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First day down stream was sunny, next day upstream was wet !
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Didn’t seem to bother this little chap
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Or this one
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Hydro electric point with the Salmon ladder in the background
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So time to move on yet again but I will return !

 

Castro de Espasante & A Capiya, Ortigueira.

 

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.

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I like harbour stops, this one had a very friendly bar/cafe

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Very Scottish loch views !

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Into the harbour
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Well worth the climb in and out
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Out with the old ……..
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….. and in with the new !
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We read that a surprise awaits those who venture into the church, but it was closed every time we passed, so you will have to remain surprised then !
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It’s a beautifully kept village with a dedicated aire with some of the best views to date
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Also a posh place to live
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Retired in style !