Santander to Cadiz - sites end Oct09?

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  1. steles

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    getting ferry to Santander and then travelling down towards Cadiz end Oct09. Any recommendations for sites en route, travelling Santander, Valladolid, Salamanca, Seville, Cadiz; final destination near Conil.
    Particularly interested in site for first night - ferry docks about 12noon local time, but takes ages to get off ferry from past experience. So need site prob no more than 2-3hrs drive, assuming ferry is on time.
    Any advice would be much appreciated.
    cheers :thumb:
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    drive along the coast heading towards gijon lots of beaches to park at . most sites will probably be closed .drop down to leon,zamora, salamanca,lots places to stay on the way big picnic areas with parking.
    another way is take the route to burgos ,its very steep but i do it all the time when you get to the top of the hill there is a big layby on the right with water. its an incredible climb not to be missed .not goodfor coming home i use the other route. (brake fade is common going down from burgos to santander).its all a lovelly drive best not be in a rush so much to see.
     
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    thanks, vwalan. we did the burgos to santander road earlier this year, having stayed a couple of nights at Riaza.
    looked at Gijon on the map and hadn't thought about going along coast and then cut south from there. is it a better route than though valladolid, etc which, on paper at least, looked quite direct? both ways go over a few bumpy bits and hoping cold weather will not have kicked in.
    really had wanted a site for the first night rather than wild camp (confess we're not too good at that!). do you know of any that might be open?
     
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    cant say i know of any. i usualy come back that way in april .the coast run is very nice. roads good . we try to keep as close to the sea as possible ,we are in quite big trucks and quite like the roads. i think the top coast of spain is the best place in spain ,too cold in winter but never mind. i have to say i hardly ever use sites so wild camping comes easy for me. getting a bit hard near conil for free camping as of late but like it there. i like following the coasts dont need a map or sat nav then. if there is a road between the sea and me, i must be on the wrong road. have fun which ever way you venture we only live once. cheers alan.
     
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    we did the canon del rio lobos last year between burgos and el burgos de osma very nice .spain as lots of different country side its quite amazing how many just drive through as fast as they can just to get to the med.there is so much to seeon the way ,sometimes we never get to where we think we were going . thats why i like wild camping . stop where you are when its time to stop not have to race to a campsite.
     
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    I wouldn't consider anything but the direct A67 autovia to palencia out of santander , has been a couple of years since I went that way but they have done a fantastic job , don't suppose it is quite finished yet though
    don't suppose you will find any camp sites open at this time of year , but once you get off the autovia there are a number of small places where you can just pull in and stop safely for the night ; having said that we pull OFF the autovias into a smallish town [ which would be south of torrelavaga on this route ], the old main road through always provides a perfect place for the night outside the travellers hostals and usually in company with some trucks ...we like our safety :Smile:: very quiet as the traffic is out on the autovia

    not good at wild camping ? when travelling , just pull off the main through routes to somewhere smallish where people live , stop, turn off engine , pour gin & tonic ; nothing to it !
     
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    hi lebesset.why the rush ,the old roads are the way to go pass through all the villages its great. i always try to avoid main routes you miss out on all the fun if you stay on the main rds. i still use a map from 1974 its swiss so the fun is working out the names of the villages .you would think they would use spanish names. try travelling like it its not so bad you find alsorts of places of interest .france is the same stat off the toll n motor ways the journey is part of the experiance.
     
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    thanks, lebesset. I've just found a site at Aguilar de Campoo (near a reservoir I think), have you tried that one, or heard of it?
    We were planning a route on the main roads because we weren't sure whether the snow and ice would have arrived by end Oct (certainly pass some high ground initially south of Santander). so at this stage playing safe.
    had a giggle at the gin and tonic scenario...
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    Sounds like you need a consultation with Pitstop !
     
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    there could very well be lots of snow n ice but the roads should be clear. i hope to be on them not long after you. there very often is snow from now to may on the hills in the distance along that road.
     
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    Hilldweller/Brian, had wondered whether PenelopePitstop might come on line, though not sure she's been on this particular route (have been having a look at her blog).
    thanks for snow report, vwalan. we are hoping to avoid the snow and ice, but know its arrival can be quite early in the year.
    have found a site Aguilar de Campoo, about 2hrs south of Santander, limited facilities, but near a reservoir and just off main road. don't know if anyone has used it but looks a possibility. only trouble is, can't find an email address for them to confirm if they're open!
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    snow and ice in early october ? I live at about 1000 meters up in southern france , similar height to aiguilar , and am still in shirtsleeves ...don't know where alan has been ; wouldn't event expect a frost overnight as yet ..re alan's point about using quieter roads , I agree in principle ...with the exclusion of mountain roads where I have learned to use good roads if at all possible

    the camp sites up there are for people to get up away from the summer heat , and the chances of it being open now are about 0 percent ...I don't know the camping itself as I haven't stayed in a campsite while travelling in over 25 years , whether caravanning or motorhoming ; when I'm tired or conditions turn bad I stop and find somewhere ...safety first for me

    auigilar is just before where the new autovia used to end , perhaps still does ; you could always stop there and look , am sure there will be absolutely no problem if the camp site is closed , being one of the by-passed small towns I referred to before

    incidentally , you may find 3 hours nearer the mark , it's usually busy getting away from santander , don't know how fast your oufit climbs without drinking diesel :Smile: , am sure you will fill before leaving the coast ..having arrived in spain down to the last litre !

    spain is a big empty country and accustomed to people stopping overnight in safety as they travel ...wild campers included ; just avoid staying in lay-by's and service areas ...you are always welcome in small towns and villages , and the residents take it personally if their visitors are not treated with respect !
     
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    lebesset, thanks for all that info. everything is a help. think you may be right about 3hrs and not 2hrs from Santander. we came home via Santander earlier this year and watched the chaotic offloading and queues trying to get away from Santander. although the ferry is due to dock 12noon local time, assuming it arrives on time, don't expect to get out of Santander until about 2-3pm.
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    thanks everyone for all your help. got a better idea of where to stay, route, etc now.
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    you are more than welcome ...let us know how you got on when you arrive , won't you !
    always important to add to the knowledge base
     
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    Hi Steve!

    No we haven't done that particular route - we were thinking about doing it this year but setting off too late now I think. We'll be leaving end Oct and we want to visit friends near Murcia and more near Granada so I think we'll end up doing the med route again! Also we don't want to encounter snow in the mountains!!!:Eeek:

    Will keep watching to see how you get on!:thumb:
     
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    lebesset, yes will let you know how we get on.
    Marie, we've got our fingers crossed we don't encounter the snow and ice. know the Spanish are good at keeping the roads clear, but would rather not encounter it! (by the way it's Lesley, the other half of steles)
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    the roads will be clear ,they waste no time doing that but you will see snow on the mountains usually.every year as we land at santander we wonder if we will make it as snow can be seen on the pecos as you land. a great site to see. have fun .cheers alan.
     
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    Another idea if when you get of the ferry you don't want to travel to far there is a excellent sight at Santalander del mar (camping cheque) which is about 25 miles from ferry we stopped there over night before travelling on, and if you have time a beautiful medieval town to have a look around. Carol.
     
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    vwalan, thanks for reassurance re snow. you're right, it's lovely to look at - in the distance!
    carol, have heard of that campsite before, it's just along the coast from Santander isn't it? wanted to get a start on heading south as soon as possible, though (to some sun hopefully).
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