Short break in Spain

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  1. Hocky54

    Hocky54 Read Only Funster

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    Hi Everyone,

    Jacky and I are on Marjal Costa Blanca, for a short two week break and to try the site out as a possible for frequent use.

    Sorry not had time to be involved this year but have had a lot on our plates, with work and buying and selling houses.

    So far he Marjal site is proving good hope it will be better when we come back for Feburary 2014 to join the CCC on thier wintersun break.

    5er is staying down here permanent, and we now have a 26ft american Northtrail which we are going to use within the UK, so hope to see some of you soon.

    Julian Jacky & Ollie the puddle. :thumb:
     
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  2. melnol

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    Hi Julian Jacky & Ollie

    Roxanne and I are researching possible sites in Spain/Portugal which may be able to accommodate our 34' 5th wheel trailer. We're newbies to touring and expect to arrive in UK initially to catch up with family and friends, then off to Spain/Portugal/France around beginning of December to hopefully catch some sun over the Winter months.

    We'd be happy to learn of your experiences in Spain or other western European countries with particular regard to access for larger trailers into specific sites down that part of the world.

    Thanks
    Mel
     
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    We did what you are thinking of, with a 5th wheel..... and got into some right royal problems in France...

    Being gung-ho.... just hooked up and went.. bad move.. :(

    Do your ground work and google as many sites as possible... you are going the same time we went, and a lot of sites are shut for the winter.

    That trip aged me by 10 years... :notworthy::) we learnt by our mistakes..(y)

     
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    I would second Old Mo's post, access to many sites in France and Spain especially can be very tight, we knew of a few sites before we started with the 5'er and then tried to find other suitable sites. We are very reluctant to just turn up without prior knowledge, our assumption is that most sites will be difficult if not impossible and I have been driving artics for 40 years.
    We have now sited ours in Portugal on a semi permanent basis.
    If you PM me I will try and make a list of the sites we used and their access limits.
     
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    Hi matamoros. Not sure how to "PM" you so I hope this finds you.

    If you have a list of sites and access limits, I'd be much obliged.

    Thank you.

    I like the 'ex-Rochdale' previous address!! I know off by heart a song called "The Rochdale Cowboy". Doubtless you do too!!

    Regards
    Mel
     
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    Sure do!! but not by heart. The guy who sang it, Mike Harding, didn't even come from Rochdale. He's from Crumpsall in Manchester.:D

    I will sort out a list, there's not that many but it may take me a while, few hours, but I'll be back.
     
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    Muchas gracias!
     
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    Sorry for the delay interrupted by a few pints and a cheap Italian happy hour(meal!!) in Sunny Sunderland.

    Here's what I can remember, if I think of any more I will post again.

    Must admit I don't know where the PM's have gone either :)

    Chef Boutonne .Le Moulin. English owned, convenient stopover for us, worth ringing

    Ahead as limited spaces. www.campingchef.com


    Monbahus Convenient stopover north of Dordogne, English owned, small but

    Open, ring ahead. www.lemoulin-monbahus.com



    Narbonne La Nautique. Large site, coastal , convenient stopover but area

    Worth checking out. www.campinglanautique.eu


    Rosas Salata. Nice area, site convenient for town.

    www.campingsalata.com


    Zarautz Euskadi,up steep hill overlooking town, bit dated but have some

    accessible pitches, worth ringing ahead.

    www.grancampingzarautz.com


    Burgos Fuentes Blancas. Convenient for city, walkeable. Site not the best

    but adequate www.campingburgos.com


    Plascencia Camping Monfrague. Natural park, eagles,griffon vultures etc.

    Nice area.Good free tapas in town. www.campingmonfrague.com


    Alcossebre Ribamar. Natural park, 2km up a roughish but mostly wide track

    About 3 miles from low key, small holiday resort.coastal walks

    Small shingle beach half mile. Excellent site and facilities.

    www.campingribamar.com

    Alcossebre Playa Tropicana. Next to beach, nice walk into town, good

    cycling. Few pitches suitable and all tight but they will open

    some rear gates for large vehicles. Rally on site after Christmas

    takes virtually all suitable pitches.

    www.campingplayatropicana.com


    Cabo de Gata Los Escullos.This site has only one pitch that we could get on

    But the spectacular scenery of this area makes it worth the

    Effort. The only site we have ever reserved a pitch, usually

    at least a month when we go. www.losescullossanjose.com


    Cabo de Gata Camping Cabo de Gata. Area not as nice, more open but long

    beach.Would be second choice for us.

    www.campingcabodegata.com


    Humilladero La Sierrecilla. Convenient for longish trips to Ronda,Malaga,

    Granada, Seville and stopover.Decent new site and restrnt.

    www.lasierrecilla.com
    Ahead as limited spaces. www.campingchef.com


    Monbahus Convenient stopover north of Dordogne, English owned, small but

    Open, ring ahead. www.lemoulin-monbahus.com



    Narbonne La Nautique. Large site, coastal , convenient stopover but area

    Worth checking out. www.campinglanautique.eu


    Rosas Salata. Nice area, site convenient for town.

    www.campingsalata.com


    Zarautz Euskadi,up steep hill overlooking town, bit dated but have some

    accessible pitches, worth ringing ahead.

    www.grancampingzarautz.com


    Burgos Fuentes Blancas. Convenient for city, walkeable. Site not the best

    but adequate www.campingburgos.com


    Plascencia Camping Monfrague. Natural park, eagles,griffon vultures etc.

    Nice area.Good free tapas in town. www.campingmonfrague.com


    Alcossebre Ribamar. Natural park, 2km up a roughish but mostly wide track

    About 3 miles from low key, small holiday resort.coastal walks

    Small shingle beach half mile. Excellent site and facilities.

    www.campingribamar.com

    Alcossebre Playa Tropicana. Next to beach, nice walk into town, good

    cycling. Few pitches suitable and all tight but they will open

    some rear gates for large vehicles. Rally on site after Christmas

    takes virtually all suitable pitches.

    www.campingplayatropicana.com


    Cabo de Gata Los Escullos.This site has only one pitch that we could get on

    But the spectacular scenery of this area makes it worth the

    Effort. The only site we have ever reserved a pitch, usually

    at least a month when we go. www.losescullossanjose.com


    Cabo de Gata Camping Cabo de Gata. Area not as nice, more open but long

    beach.Would be second choice for us.

    www.campingcabodegata.com


    Humilladero La Sierrecilla. Convenient for longish trips to Ronda,Malaga,

    Granada, Seville and stopover.Decent new site and restrnt.

    www.lasierrecilla.com

    El Rocio La Aldea. Pilgrimage town, sandy streets, lots of horses, has been

    Called cowboy town. Processions on Sundays, main event is

    Pentecost, google it for info. www.campinglaaldea.com


    Puerto de Santa Maria Las Dunas, walk into old sherry port, ferry to Cadiz.

    www.lasdunascamping.com


    Cabanas,Tavira Ria Formosa. Near small resort/fishing harbour in nice

    Area. Good facilities, newish site. Larger pitches are being used

    for statics so fewer available. This where our 5’er now resides.

    www.campingriaformosa.com


    All the above sites we have stayed on and most of the ones in Spain & Portugal do

    Long stay discounts out of season.


    Below are a few sites that we have not stayed on but know 5’ers use them.


    Benicassim Bonterra Park. Convenient to nice Spanish town, supermarkets,

    Beach. Most pitches small but open area at rear of site amongst

    Very popular over winter. www.bonterrapark.com/en


    Benicarlo Alegria del Mar. English owned near to very Spanish coastal

    Town. www.campingalegria.com


    Albufeira Camping Albufeira. Open spaces, club rally, near to Albufeira

    If you like that sort of thing. www.campingalbufeira.net/

    Check that lot out might keep you busy for a while.:LOL:
     
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    That's brilliant! Muchas gracias y esperamos contar con su presencia

    "People laugh when I ride past on our Alsatian dog" :coolest:

    Mel
     
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    Add to the last list this one http://www.vilanovapark.com/ south of Barcelona and convenient for visits to city.

    I forgot to say that our 5'er is nominally 26 ft but with pin box extender and bumper is actually about 28 ft, we tow with a Mazda Bt 50 pickup, anything larger than this and you would struggle on many of the above sites.

    I typed the original list into a word document and then copied and pasted, the formatting went astray hence the messy appearance of the text.
     
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    Not a problem

    Our rig unfortunately, will be significantly larger with a F350 (8' wide) + 32' trailer. I'll see if I hear of anyone who has the now out-of-print Big Pitch Guide available.
     

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