After doing a trial hire in early March 2017, we were so enthusiastic about Spain and Andalusia that we rented a motorhome (Carado type T344) for 24 days this year. Given the quality of the camper and the enthusiastic and service-oriented attitude of Frank and Jessica Ooms, it will certainly not be the last time that we camp in Spain. This report gives a short impression of our trip and in particular advise about pitches and campsites.
We flew from Rotterdam to Malaga on Tuesday 19 February. In Malaga we were within half an hour with our suitcase in the parking lot where Frank was waiting for us with the motorhome. The T334 is a comfortable modell with a lot of storage space. We had rented 2 bicycles because we plan to be in one place for several days and that you can then cycle to the city center, for example. The inventory is complete, even luxury items such as coffee maker and electric grill plate are available. An Allen key set and bicycle tire adhesive set have also been considered. The camper has a simple TOMTOM but we had brought our own Carmin 660 that is especially suitable for camper trips. We also used the Campercontact App. Entering the destination coordinates, we drove to the right place all at once without getting stuck in the sometimes narrow Spanish streets. A good road map of Andalusia (Michelin) is also indispensable if you want to orient yourself a bit in advance on your route.
Our 1st stop for 2 nights was a free motorhome parking 7 km east of Marbella (next to restaurant Simbad) where you were 50 m from the coast. Partly due to the beautiful weather (20 gr), this location was a good start. The next destination was Gibraltar. We deliberately chose a campsite to experience the convenience of electricity and shower again. The small campsite Sureuropa is located in La Linea de la Conception, of which it is about 6 km by bike to the center of Gibraltar. The advantage of having the bike with you was already useful here because it is too big to explore the peninsula on foot (but of course you can take the bus on the spot). After 2 nights we continue along the coast to Tarifa. Frank had already advised us a campsite (Torre de la Pena Torre) directly on the beach (a great surfing spot by the way). Then direction Cadiz. We had an eye for a stay at a motorhome parking but it was directly along a busy road, so we drove to Playa Las Dunas campsite in El Puerto de Santa Maria. From here you can take a ferry to Cadiz. An excellent starting point for Cadiz and El Puerto itself is also not bad. Due to the strong wind the ferry did not sail and we were taken by bus to Cadiz for € 3.50.
After 2 nights we continue the coast to Sanlucar de Barrameda where we choose a motorhome 5 km south of the cozy village. For € 8 we had a spacious place (deliberately opted for no electricity) and 200 m from the beach. In more than an hour you walk via the beach to the pleasant village square of Sanlucar where you drink a glass of Manzanilla (local sherry) on a sunny terrace for € 1.30. Tapas with it and your holiday can not go wrong. Until now, this was the friendliest manager and we were not dissatisfied with the reception at the previous campsites. The warmest welcome was at the following camper place: Area Autocaravanas La Morada in the north of Jerez de la Frontera. Here you will be welcomed with a glass of sherry. By bike you are in 20 minutes in the heart of the city, where you only cycle paths. A safe feeling. We like the city and the location, so we stay here for 3 nights.
In order not to drive from one city to another, we choose to drive east again to Olvera, one of the Pueblo Blanco towns. The Pueblo Blanco campsite is beautifully situated on a hill and you can look at the castle and church of Olvera. In Olvera a Via Verde starts, a 35 km long cycle path on a former railway line. We cycle half of this towards a nature reserve where vultures live. A very nice route where we first drive very slowly down (about 200 m height difference in total) but on the way back you break that (especially because of the sunny 24 degrees). Incidentally, there is also a motorhome parking (€ 10 night) at the starting point of the bicycle tour (bicycles can be rented here). After a 2 day stay we drive a beautiful route via Setenil de las Bodegas (partly built in rock houses) to camping El Sur in Ronda. Since we have already been in Ronda for 2 days in 2017, this beautiful luxury campsite is just a place to stay that fit well in our route.
The next day we go to Seville for a 4-day city visit. We place the camper on the marina of Puerto Gelves. From here it is about 6 km by bike to the city center or 20 minutes by bus 140. This is a quiet camper place and also nicely located at the marina. Seville is well worth a multi-day visit. There is a lot to see and you can eat well in the many restaurants. Do not forget to bring something of the Flamenco culture. We visited a small-scale performance (La Casa del Flamenco, duration 1 hour) in the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz, highly recommended. From culture to nature. We spend 3 nights at camping La Fundicion just east of Cazalle de la Sierra. This site was now extinct and the silence was even more noticeable. Also here is a Via Verde that we partly cycled. A beautiful path between the cork oaks led us to a small village of San Nicolas del Puerto where a pair of storks had built a nest on top of the church tower.
The next destination is Cordoba, with a main reason to visit the imposing Mezquita Cathedral. We choose the free camper place near the football stadium. You have to take the traffic noise for granted but you are a 20 minute walk in the heart of the city. Because the narrow streets of Cordoba are very similar to those of Seville, Jerez and Cadiz, we are only here 1 night. The next stage goes to the El Torcal nature reserve, just south of Antequera. At the visitor center there is room for a few campers and staying overnight is tolerated here. A beautiful place among the eroded rocks. With a bit of luck, the ibexes will pass your camper. The last stop is planned near Ardales, at the north entrance of the spectacular Caminito del Rey hike. This walk through a narrow gorge on a path that is hung on a steep mountain wall can all be made if you book it well in advance. The campsite is an ideal base for this.
Then the holiday is almost over; Because we agreed to meet Frank at 8:30 in the morning near Mijas, we will camp our last afternoon at the Fuengirola campsite so that we are only 15 minutes away from the meeting point on the morning of departure.
The camper holiday has fully met our expectations, partly due to the beautiful weather we had. With only 1 morning of rain during our stay in Seville and the rest of the days always the sun (afternoon temperature between 18 – 24 degrees) it was previously a very nice spring break. The number of kilometers we traveled with the camper was not too bad, about 1300 km. We drove a total of 150 km by bicycle, so they were hired for a reason.
Such a camper holiday tastes for more!
Kooij and family