Northern Spain and Portugal

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  1. jtp890

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    Hi All, leaving via tunnel Tuesday night.
    Any help on sites welcome
    Jim n Lynne
     
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    Last minute planning, love your laid back attitude. :)

    We are off to Northern Spain in a couple of weeks and have been planning since before Christmas. Sad, I know but I enjoy it!

    I find the ACSI book plus the newly discovered campercontact gives me enough choice. The latter has lots of aires, of which there are more in Spain than I thought.

    We hope to do some exploring in Galicia, reaching it from Santander after stopping at the "zoo" aire outside Santander the first night then a bash along the coast, probably stopping at a site a couple of miles east of San Vincent, can't remember it's name off the top of my head but you can find it on Google maps. Then we will stop at the aire at Puerto de Vega, which we found by chance last year but it is listed in campercontact.

    After that it will probably be aires all the way round the Galician coast (avoiding the built up bits where possible) and then inland along the Sil Valley.

    The original plan was to go into Northern Portugal afterwards, the Mino has much to see and also take the train along the Douro Valley, but with so much to see in Galicia we will probably leave this for another time. We will just head south instead, via the Sierra de Gredos and Granada.
     
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  3. jtp890

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    Not that last minuit have ASCI and campercontact and have visited region before.
    Just looking for some recommendations from funsters.
    Looking to follow similar route then head into spain missing algarve.
    Not in a rush planning 7 weeks, may pass on travels.
     
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    You will be a couple of weeks ahead of us, look forward to reading your recommendations on here! A lot of sites won't be open this early, but Camping Perlora should be. It has pitches above the sea and shops within walking distance, nice site too. http://www.campingperlora.com
     
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    Hi Jim and Lynne,
    We are leaving on Wednesday and heading in the same direction. Not done this route before but we have created a spreadsheet sheet with a list of recommended sites mainly gleaned from trawling this forum. However, it's not set in concrete (haven't booked anything) and we had a little drinkie last night with our next door neighbour who is Portuguese and he recommended lots of places to visit which were not on our list. The only place we know we definitely want to stay at is at Pedros (Motorhome Friends in Albufeira). Haven't booked this yet as it depends how the journey goes but we should be there late April. Hope to bump into you and other Funsters on our travels. Safe journey.
     
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    We loved Castrojeriz camping (ACSI), west of Burgos - lovely site, lovely people, lovely village.
     
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    So should we! Look forward to seeing you there!
     
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    Us too and the view to die for :)
     
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    Hi Ann
    Very interested in your local portuguese info, local knowledge is best.
    Could you pm me with info.
    Thanks.
    Heading to Sarlat in France to see friends for a few days on way down, so you may be in lead.
     
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    We loved Castrojeriz camping (ACSI), west of Burgos
    Will try
     
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    Monsaraz in Portugal, close to Spanish border. Good Aire with a view that will take your breath away. No water or waste disposal so arrive full and empty. Beautiful little walled village to walk around with nice restaurants. And arrive early because it is full by 5

    Elvas also in Portugal. A walled city with all walls intact. A UNESCO world heritage site. Great walks, churches and views. Overnight in the unofficial aire that is the huge car park by the aqueduct, always plenty of other motorhomes there. The local Intermarche has a full motorhome service point for free.

    Shame you don't want the Algarve, because you will miss Pedro's place. Only been here two nights and already loving it.
     
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    We are leaving on the 20th going down through France with a few days at San Sebastian,then heading for Figueira da Foz before sauntering down to the Alentejo.It's a 3 month tour so not in a hurry to get anywhere.Will be looking to stay at Pedro's when we hit the Algarve.
     
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    I'm not really sure if this will help....... I have posted before but since you are referring to Northern Spain and Portugal it might be of interest.

    The blog needs to be read 'in sequence' to make any sense but you can 'skip' through on the menu of the right........

    My BLOG of our trip through Spain and Portugal last year

    Edit: just realised it does start off in Southern Spain and the Algarve :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi again,
    Our Portuguese friend is not a motorhomer so he can only recommend places of interest without taking into account campsites/aires/access. Here is his list of places to visit:
    La Mego - for Portuguese champagne
    Peneda de Geres - National Park
    Viana do Castelo
    Douro Valley
    Vila Real
    Serra da Estrela
    Porto
    Matosinhos - seaside
    Ofir - seaside and pine forests
    Coimbra - says it's like Cambridge
    Aveiro - canals and salt flats
    Nazare - beach, cliffs and town
    Lisbon (Alfama) - the old town - can get a train from Cascais
    Lagos
    Portimau - recommended restaurant Forte e Eio in the old fish market
    Tavira - says it's like the old Algarve

    Looks like we'll be making several trips to Portugal in the future!
     
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    How far in advance of arriving do you plan to book? Is he likely to be very busy towards the end of April?
     
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    Don't know - will contact him around 23rd April - if he can't take us will stay nearby...
     
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    why plan anything, drive and discover stay and explore.
     
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    Don't miss the basque region its stunning start at the aire in donostia San sebastion and get the bus in or walk orio is worth a visit zarutz just tootle down there's a lot to discover
     
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    Missed a bit,it's a 3 month tour.o_O

    And for people that like restaurants don't miss Adega da Marina in Lagos.
     
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    looks like we will have to try Pedro,s!!!!!!!
     
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