August 7, 2017
After Frank from Spanjecamper has picked us up from the airport of Malaga and all formalities have been completed, we start our campervan trip towards Ronda.
We will stay on camping ‘El Sur’ for the next two days. From here we make the next day a ‘white village tour’, among others to Sentenil de las Bodegas (cave dwellings). the reservoir ‘Embalse de Zahara’ and Grazalema.
Then we drive via Algeciras and Tarifa to Zahora, a campsite close to the sea. We visit Cádiz and on the way back we go via a beautiful coastal road (Cabo Roche). Isla Cristina is our next destination. What is worthwhile is a visit to ‘Salinas de Isla Cristina’.
On Tuesday 6 June we leave Spain and drive to Quarteira-Portugal. We are here at an Orbitur campsite, not the last one in Portugal. These are all great campsites. A trip to the market hall in Loulé is definitely worth it. Delicious sardines are eating between the Portuguese population in an adjacent restaurant.
Via the N125 we drive to Cabo Carvoeiro and take a walk over the cliffs with beautiful views. We spend the night in Luz, just past Lagos. Again a beautiful campsite by Orbitur.
From Luz we go to ‘Cabo de Sao Vicente’, the westernmost point of Portugal. Highly recommended is the ‘Letzte Bratwurst vor Amerika’. Nice touristy !! Beautiful coast.
Nice to do is the walk at Lagos where these famous rock formations are located.
On Monday 12 June we leave the Algarve and drive to Vila Nova de Milfontes in the Alentejo. Again, these beautiful coasts and still very quiet.
At the campsite the tap of the gas tank turns out to be running. A phone call to Frank and two days later the problem was solved, because Frank found an address to correct this problem. On to Lisbon. We stay on the south side of the Tagus, on an Orbitur campsite in Vila Nova di Caparica. An ideal campsite for a trip to Lisbon.
By bus and ferry you will be in the heart of Lisbon for an hour. Then the trip goes to Evora, through a region with many cork oaks, olive trees and vineyards. (the vinho verde of the Alentejo is world famous.) Evora is very worthwhile.
On Sunday 18 June we leave Portugal and we go back to Spain. First coffee in Estremoz, the center of the marble quarries.
Via Merida we drive through Spain to Cordoba. Here we spend the night at camping ‘Carlos 111’, 25 km. outside the city of Cordoba, ideally located. Keep the camper nice and take the bus to the city.
The Mezquita is the highlight of our visit to this city. You can also wander through the streets and alleys, for example in the Juderia district.
On the first summer day we drive to the Sierra Nevada. A beautiful trip and good to do with ‘our camper’. We spend the night in Pitres, a very quiet campsite, we are alone.
The next day we go via Trevélez, (the highest village in Spain, known for its hams) through this beautiful region where we look out our eyes. We go further down to the Mediterranean Sea and our final destination is Cabo de Gata, a very special region: arid, hot and known as locations for various films.
Granada is our next goal. The campsite in La Zubia is also favorable for a visit to this beautiful city. Visit the ‘Albaicin’ district and learn how to quench your thirst in a Moorish tea house with a view of the Alhambra.
There will also be an end to the four weeks. The last three days we stay in Torre del Mar, again a campsite by the sea. This campsite is not to be recommended as the last campsite for returning the camper. You can not lose your wastewater here, but otherwise a great place.
On Wednesday, June 28, we agreed with Frank and Jessica on a large parking lot near the airport for returning back the campervan.
We have enjoyed culture, nature and culinary delights for four weeks. So a wonderful holiday.
Jessica and Frank thanks for the good care. Thanks to you, we have had an unforgettable time in Spain and Portugal!
Lyde and Marie-José.