Spain in the winter months......

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  1. Judge Mental

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    I’m kind of thinking of heading south solo for a few months, I’m between jobs so rather then hang :RollEyes: about here, I may try it on my own.......:cry:

    Wife has started a new job, but she can fly over October half term and if I am still down that way Christmas as well. Have never travelled on my own so not sure if I am up to it, but willing to give it a try rather then being idle and bored here.......

    Some specific worries/questions:

    Alicante region seems popular?

    Recommendations please for sites to head for?
    What would I have to pay for a decent site per week?

    where could I get a 2009 ACSI card?

    Campsites open in winter on route and in Spain. How do you find them? will use Aires in France...

    Do they have TV connection on some sites? As I don’t have a roof dish

    Will I find people willing to talk and to socialise with? As I am not really a loner....... Is there a social scene on popular sites?

    I have my E bike so getting around no problem.

    I have refillable gas bottles. Are there garages in Spain that sell LPG at the pump?

    route south would probably be head for west coast of France, to Pamplona/Zaragoza/Alicante. So this will probably be OK for me. I might even try North Africa!:Eeek:
     
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    There.... Do you all see the affect this site is having on people. One day on here and he is already talking about leaving the country. :Doh:
     
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    Lots of campsites near Alicante along the cost all are online so you can have a look if you see one you like and i have not been to I can have a look for you to see what it is like I live not far from Alicante:Cool:
     
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    Thanks Ken......whats the weather like roughly October/November time?

    was hoping to get some personal recommendations for sites to stay on rather then have to try them out to be honest.

    I know I asked a lot of stuff and don't expect anyone to answer point by point...... but there seems to be a lot of experienced travellers on here hence my first Looooong post!
     
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    I will try to answer your questions in the order that you have posed them.

    Alicante area.

    There are some good sites from Oliva down to Denia and Javea. We use Kiko Park at Oliva quite a bit as it is an easy cycle to town,on the beach and good local restaurants in walking distance. You will need an ACSI card to get a good rate here unless you stay for 6 months!! Either of the sites in Javea are also good.

    Sites in Spain basically get cheaper the longer you stay. One or two days is expensive, 3 weeks is reasonable.Expect to pay 10/12 Euros a night for long stays 20+ for short stays.

    WE prefore the Murcia region in December and January as the weather is better and we pay 10 euros a night including electric.

    It is worth buying the Caravan Clubs International camping books.

    You will get the ACSI book from Vicarious Books who are the UK agent, find them throught the internet.

    Some sites do have TV hook up but they tend to be the excetion rather than the rule. I think La Manga has it and some sites around Benidorm. I am sure someone else will let you know on that one.

    Socialising is not a problem!!Everyone chats invites you for drinks, go out for lunch together. I do n ot think that you will have a problem in this area.

    If you have refillable gas cylinders fill them in France before entering Spain and they will be enough for the winter if you are on hook up all the time.

    Hope this helps.

    Tim G
     
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    If you go to Roquetas look for Bob the builder and Glynis as they live on site and do Morocco every year so have good tips etc.
    New grandchild due late Oct and wish my wife would let me go it alone and follow on but no chance!! have a safe journey:thumb:
     
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    hi n welcome . weather not too bad in november .can be abit chilly in december. dont use campsites so cant answer that one. lots people around that time of year. english,german, dutch . french still on way down arrive later . get a spanish bottle or fill up before spain n keep fingers crossed . alicante is not too nice in january move down to andulucia, just talk to anybody most are helpfull .have fun will look out for you .cheers alan.
     
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    If you go south a bit more you should be ok with the weather still warm, have been in the sea here in October, and you could find some good deals as the summer as been a bit of a let down for some sites a lot have come and just wild camp this year
     
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    Booked into (camping Marjal) few miles east of Torrevieja, from November 17th,, Bit pricy for short stays, but every thing included,, hydropool, gym,swimming pool.on site bar/restaurant,hook up direct to water and sewage,, electric,, uk tv socket on each plot mini golf,, carwash,, etc. etc..
    Loads of britts go for winter cheap-ish long term, when we lived there we had xmas fare on the patio in shorts,, good atmosphere. :thumb:
     
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    You seem to have answer to many of your ? except travelling down through Spain.

    Vicarious books have a book with all the aires in Spain & Portugal with a few down through Spain. We stopped at a couple last winter& they were OK.
     
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    I did not realise that there were Aires in Spain......I have all the ACSI sites plus the aires of France etc...loaded on my sat nav already
     
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    Hi LPG map here: Autogas map of Spain - Google Maps

    There's one in the avenue de Elche close to Alicante, a lot of these stations sell only LPG (Autogas) and are on industrial estates.

    Olley
     
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    thats exactly what i want to do but cant aford the fuel.....
     
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    size

    So where DO you go then?? If you downsized you could go to Spain:Eeek:
     
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    Thanks Olley.

    I have an external refill point so I just go to a garage selling LPG....your link is to similar stations I guess? any POI at all?:BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks Olley! I have the 3 adapters from MTS when I got system fitted
     
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    Aires in spain.

    Thank you so much for that information, we will be using that for our next trip. bambi 2 :Smile:
     
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    So I need an 2009 ACSI card (if I go)

    have not rejoined the CC because a waste of money as we hate the regimentation and atmosphere on their sites......have looked on Eb*y for the CC books 1&2 but nothing

    is there a good alternative book for winter sites in Spain?

    If I haven't picked up work (or the promise of work) by end of this month I will probably go......The wife says its kinda OK but I'm not so sure she means it! lol.:Eeek:

    Doh! I forgot to ask re moble comms......

    My son bought a vodaphone PAYG sim during the summer...unlimited texts and 300 mins plus no roaming charges. it was ideal for our month in Italy. unfortunatly that offer has ended.

    anyone now the best sim card deal for keeping in touch with The UK from spain?
     
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