The Spanish Job - A Pitstop Production

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  1. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    That smooth talkin' pitstop has been telling grand tales of Spain and what they get up to.

    It started here.....

    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/rallies-meets/25014-christmas-new-year-3.html#post301758

    The important link: http://www.campingpinarsanjose.com/

    http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=36.201014,-6.03555&spn=0.0129,0.023046&t=h&z=16

    http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&l...d=Yzezqs7DOOHRVCXIrOigkA&cbp=12,42.33,,0,9.47

    Bottom line is we are debating "when" not "if".

    Top price for one month is €300 with EHU, WiFi and UK TV, dropping to €250 for longer stays.

    Now to negotiate with neighbour for cat feeding and the usual Calais or Bilbao costing, though I don't think Bilbao stands much of a chance on £££ grounds. Or weather for that matter, the Bay of Biscay is not the place to be in a winter storm.

    Over to you PP, you started it.

    OH --- I did ask "will you be doing free bacon butties every morning ?" but the answer cannot be printed in here. In fact it cannot be printed anywhere. But luckily I didn't understand one bit of it, 'er indoors just went bright red and I got the message.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Well this is proving harder to calculate than I thought. I can't find an on line price for UK/Spain ferries in Dec/Jan period.

    Did I read somewhere they stop sailing after Nov ?
     
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    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    Yes!!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    we are sailing portsmouth-santander 15th Sept Brittany Ferries (£572.00) Booked at Pinar from 1 Oct:Smile:

    Ant & Debs
     
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    It could be cheaper as exchange rate at 1.23euros to £ and "expert" on BBC said may hit 1.30/35 by end of year. Cheap winter sun:thumb::thumb:

    Dave
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Is that return ? If so when ?

    I got £680 return but only by using dates that are irrelevant.

    If not return - Ye Gods.

    Quick calculation Calais to Zahora = 1700 miles so possibly 1000 more than Bilbao which in our van = £200 fuel each way plus stops. So £680 return to Bilbao starts to make sense in view of the time of the year.
     
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    No thats single fare. which we thought was reasonable bearing in mind that our 5ver and pickup when hooked up is 50 foot long. Plus 6 litre Pick Up although duel fuel, road tolls etc.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Ah, now it make sense. In fact a lot of sense to you with the mpg you will be getting.
     
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    Been scouring your Google maps Brian & am a little concerned with regard to the amount of trees on this site. Not just any trees but Umbrella Pines, the ones that support those nasty little Processional Caterpillars. :Eeek:
    We know why the Spanish plant them (for shade) but they can be a problem for animals and us. Some years ago I got attacked by them through no fault of my own and was covered with a rash that lasted over a month, not pleasant.
    Perhaps Marie can tell us if there are any clear areas on the camp site because these trees can block out the sun for part of the day & keep the temperature down. Hopefully this winter will be hotter than last and that will not be a problem. :thumb:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Yeuch, I wish you hadn't said that.

    http://www.thinkspain.com/news/noticia.asp?CodNoticia=2367

    With free hook up at least you/we can use an electric heater.

    Over to you PP.
     
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    Thanks Brian that was our thinking. I have driven the route from calais to spain/portugal many many times in coaches/trucks.

    Ant
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    I like that news :BigGrin:

    SPAIN FERRIES - anyone doing the research, P&O finished for good in September. Brittany publishes it's new routes on 12th July.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    It's OK if in holiday mode but a real grind to do it in winter just to get there, I think. It equates to 50 hours extra driving compared to Santander.
     
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    Yes there are a lot of trees on the site but they were sprayed last year and we only saw a few that were blown out of the trees in a gale! No processions!! :Smile:


    Some pitches get the sun for longer than others but no pitches are completely free of trees. However, as the site is never full it is always possible to follow the sun on to neighbouring pitches! Last year we ( us and Ray & Joan) had 2 pitches for the vans, 1 for the car, 2 for washing lines and a couple of sun terraces!!! Not at all like Rosaleda!:Laughing:
     
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    Don't treat them lightly Marie, they can be a problem after being sprayed. maybe the weather helped last year.
    The fact that they sprayed clearly shows they do have a problem, and that will re-occur each year.
    I was attacked after they had been spraying, as the hairs from the dead caterpillar are still very toxic. I had to shower twice a day and apply cream for a month and even after that you can get a rash from contact with the hairs for some considerable time.
    Pets are at great danger from them also and this article will explain more if you wish to look.
    The pic. was me after the spraying in 2005 not that far from Cadiz, the whole coast has a lot of the trees the caterpillars like, and the Spanish use as shade.

    PS I never got a tan that year I looked so bad without a shirt. :)
     

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    Keith

    We saw a lot more the year before but they weren't a huge problem - quite a few dogs on site too. No dogs had a problem as far as I know.

    The only problem seems to have been with the person (who we both know!!:Wink:) who decided to scoop them up in his arms and came out in a rash, he then proceeded to rail against the campsite staff and was promptly ejected from the site!

    No-one else had the same problem to my knowledge.

    The campsite staff are excellent at responding to any problems - they take things seriously!

    We saw a lot more processionary caterpillars when we went up the Sierra Nevada! I counted a line of over 200 at one point!!
     
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    This was posted on another thread so I thought I'd copy it to here too!!​


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    We would like to come to Spain for some of our winter trip Once we know our going away date we can factor it in.

    Sounds like a nice place and a funster meet would add to the enjoyment.

    Could I just ask Marie, as someone mentioned it was a bit remote, is it an easy bus or taxi ride to get to a few places?

    Thanks


    Don't know about taxis as we never used them but there is a bus once a day at 10.45 into Conil (about 10k's away) returning at 1pm or 3pm.

    We hired a car for a few weeks a couple of times last winter which enabled us to go and see places. This year we intend to hire a car long term if we can get winter rates from the car hire co. Last winter we paid €77 a week for a smallish car. We reckon we could do a deal to improve on that!

    We also find that we can take the van out quite easily around there - plenty of parking!! Quiet roads! Easy peasy!
     
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    Thanks Marie! I didn't realise you could rent a car so cheaply which is definitely a handy alternative to taking the van out all the time.

    Better get planning :Smile:
     
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    Well it was a 1947 2CV, the early one with one headlamp and no roof.

    Well it did have a roof in 1947 but not by 1948. Pretty much the same as the doors.
     
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    Slow cookers ???

    What's the feeling on slow cookers as an easy/convenient way to get good food on a long stay ?

    Any brand names to look for ?
     
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