Over-wintering, in Spain and Portugal.

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Graham Baines, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Graham Baines

    Graham Baines Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2016
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wales
    Hi all.
    This is our first winter after going full time in June. We plan on spending winter between Almeria/Murcia and or Portugal.
    Have any seasoned Motorhomes any advice or recommendations for sites for a month or 2 stop would be appreciated
    Graham Sue and Bailey
     
    • Useful Useful x 2
  2. bellabee

    bellabee Funster

    Joined:
    May 8, 2010
    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    666
    Location:
    Staffs/Shropshire border
    Depends on what you like. We enjoy walking, and the wild, natural surroundings of the Cabo de Gata National Park. Los Escullos does it for us, although it was very windy last year.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. matamoros

    matamoros Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,258
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Location:
    Ex Rochdale now Tavira, S. Brittany & Europe
    It would depend a lot on what you like to do, we have made several visits for a couple of months to Los Escullos in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Almeria. The scenery is incredible and best seen on foot, the site is a little isolated for some and many stay at the site at Cabo de Gata but we prefer Los Escullos. There is another site at Las Negras which is often quieter, La Caleta.
    There are lots of sites in Almeria/Murcia that are good for longer stays, the only real way is to tour for a while and see what you like, everybody's tastes are different.

    In Portugal we stay at Camping Rio Formosa as do lots of other long stayers, it has become increasingly popular with French motorhomers in the last few years and has even been full a few times for short periods in Jan/Feb which are the peak winter months.

    There is a site at Olhao that is popular with some and Turiscampo at the other end of the Algarve at Lagos gets good revues though it is several years since we have been there.

    On the Costa de Luz Camping Pinar San Jose is popular with a few Funsters there are other sites in Conil de la Frontera that do very good rates for long stays, Camping Roche is one.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  4. busby

    busby Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    3,309
    Likes Received:
    3,130
    Location:
    derbys
    The weather is usually better in Spain in the winter,,dryer anyway but both are a better alternative than staying in UK. Location depends on the individual,,,Enjoy ,,,BUSBY,,,
     
    • Useful Useful x 1
  5. pyro

    pyro Funster

    Joined:
    May 8, 2016
    Messages:
    719
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    silver coast, portugal
    Mid Portugal can get a bit wet/cool over the winter months (especially Dec - Feb, but much warmer than here during the day)) so I would tend to head down sarf (Alentego/Algarve) where you should find plenty of winter sites

    Can't see a lot of difference between the weather in say Tavira over the weather across the border, and the Portuguese do seem a lot more friendly and more tolerant of a bit of wild camping (but I am hardly neutral on that point)

    Weather isn't everything, though
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. matamoros

    matamoros Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,258
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Location:
    Ex Rochdale now Tavira, S. Brittany & Europe
    Completely agree with the last point:).......and everything else:)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  7. busby

    busby Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    3,309
    Likes Received:
    3,130
    Location:
    derbys
    It is to me,,,,thats my main reason to go in the winter,,,BUSBY:):)
     
  8. jumartoo

    jumartoo Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    5,090
    Location:
    Spain and Notts
    If you like mountain walking you could visit our neighbours camperstop in Totana, next to Sierra Espuña. Good for mountain biking also. There will be a few FUNsters around in December and January. Maybe that would be enough to put you off :LOL:.

    See my blog below for an idea of the area.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,417
    Likes Received:
    25,075
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    You must have seen by now, loads of FUNsters winter in Benidorm for two reasons, all facilities are open and cheap, and it has possibly the best winter climate.

    The climate extends both sides of Benidorm of course if you don't want the high life. Cap Blanche, L'Abir is 6 miles away but seriously quiet.

    https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place...19fa90c0ff26eb5!8m2!3d38.5410566!4d-0.1224937
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. jimiol

    jimiol Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    Doonbeg Ireland
    Each to their own and all that I brought my MH to tour, the idea of 2 months in one place doesn't appeal to me at all. I know several who do exactly that and return to the same place every year, they meet the same people, get to really know the area, they have a routine and social life but...
    For me I have for the last 2 winters travelled Spain and Portugal rarely staying on a campsite and rarely staying for more than a couple of days.
    You soon find the wild camping spots or small commercial Aires or non commercial Aires. So no advice from me on a site for any period of time but consider meandering around. Fuel is cheap and for what you'd save on site fees you could do the whole Spanish and Portuguese coastline.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  11. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,417
    Likes Received:
    25,075
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Each to their own, as you say. That sounds like pure hard work and as far from what OP asked as you could get.

    I must admit I could not manage the 6 months some are booked in for. Longest we've done was 5 weeks based on price, it was a bit too long. So new thinking, don't go for price deals just stay as long as it feels right.
     
  12. pyro

    pyro Funster

    Joined:
    May 8, 2016
    Messages:
    719
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    silver coast, portugal
    Ashamed to say that several days in the same place is enough for me, but we are lucky and live over in Portugal for around 6 months of each year, so we are mostly touring when we're not lazing around

    Spain generally does little for me that I can't find better in Portugal, but it would be a boring world if we all had the same tastes, and that's why we have all chosen this lifestyle
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. jimiol

    jimiol Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    Doonbeg Ireland
    And your post helps or answersthe OP about as much as mine.
    We are all different, we want different things and what seems like a good idea at the time may not be. Whilst there are savings to staying on one site for a long time I very much agree stay for as long as you want don't commit unless you really really have to. The site might be perfect the weather great, loads to see and do and then you get a new neighbour who has also booked to stay for a long time who turns out to be the neighbour from hell.
    So still no help suggesting a site....
    But enjoy yourselves whatever you decide.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,417
    Likes Received:
    25,075
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Definitely, that is the bottom line after all. Totally agree with you.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. matamoros

    matamoros Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,258
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Location:
    Ex Rochdale now Tavira, S. Brittany & Europe
    How long do you stay in your home? More than 2 months at a guess.:)

    Some of us don't have a home:)....including the OP.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. jumar

    jumar Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2012
    Messages:
    809
    Likes Received:
    1,076
    Location:
    Spain/Notts
    Where ever you choose it will be a great experience for you...we started this type of trip 18 years ago...never looked back...as we now live in Spain we still love it.....but those first few years of finding out for yourself was the best ever.....its a new type of adventure, enjoy it.....
     
    • Like Like x 2
  17. jimiol

    jimiol Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    117
    Location:
    Doonbeg Ireland
    But you do have a motor home. If I wasn't working I wouldn't stay in my house for 8 months a year I would be touring full time and yes I guess that if I was a full timer I would stay longer in one place.
    But I think the OP was asking for recommendations for a site for a 1 or 2 month stay, I can't help with that and even if I did like a site that I thought was suitable for a long stay it may be the complete opposite to what they were after.

    Back on topic; only you can decide what is right for you, why commit unless you really have to, if you find somewhere you want to stay, stay. The long term discount might still be available if you decide to stay a long time. But why commit until you've decided for yourself.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  18. PeteH

    PeteH Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2007
    Messages:
    1,752
    Likes Received:
    2,162
    Location:
    East Yorkshire
    If you want longish stays, try the ccc ralies they can be cost effective. And imv a good place to start out. Two that we have used are La Manga. And Alcossebre.

    I like wild camping, but swmbo does not, even though we did lots in the USA!,,



    Pete
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. matamoros

    matamoros Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,258
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Location:
    Ex Rochdale now Tavira, S. Brittany & Europe
    Not disagreeing with you just pointing out that some of us that live in our mobile homes sometimes need places to stay for a while instead of continually moving.

    We never enter into any formal agreements about long stays and if something upset us we would move regardless of any loss of long term discounts and as you say everyone's needs are different.

    This is what I said in my first post:
    " the only real way is to tour for a while and see what you like, everybody's tastes are different."
     
    • Like Like x 4
  20. wanderer

    wanderer Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Messages:
    429
    Likes Received:
    379
    Location:
    huntingdon
    We like to winter long term at Cabo De Gata and will be arriving next week .It does not suit everyone but i am not going to insult others views . We think its great for dogs, its friendly , long term rates are good , the site is tidy and the shower/toilet blocks are first class , lots of excellent walking/cycling . Its well away from bars so if thats your bag it wont be for you
     
Loading...

Share This Page