We arrived at the airport in Madrid on 11 August and although Frank van Spanjecamper came all the way from Malaga we almost arrived at the same. The motorhome was very well equipped and after a brief explanation we could set off.
The first stop was a great Carrefour (easy to find via the TomTom navigation) and then to Arco Iris campsite. A beautiful campsite, however in the middle of nowhere. However it was easy to get to Madrid by bus. Well we came there but it was not easy. That may be up to us, but a complex transfer point made it a real adventure. Madrid was very warm but beautiful.
Thursday we drove to camping El Greco in Toledo. Both camping and Toledo are beautiful – really a must!
Because it was pretty hot we drove on Saturday to the ‘Sierra de Gredos’ a beautiful mountain area at 2 hours driving distance. Along the way visited the caves of Aguila. Camping de Gredos was a beautifully situated campsite with lots of space and a natural swimming pool (freezing cold!). In the neighborhood we went to a climbing park, we had lessons in archery (and all in Spanish !! but the instructors were very friendly and helpful and had plenty of time). Also a walk in the early morning to the top of the Torozo (2021 m) was very nice. The route is well signed and on top of the mountain you will be treated to a fantastic view. We continued our trip to Salamanca and stayed at camping Don Quijote. A small campsite with clean bathrooms and a nice swimming pool. After our adventure with the bus in Madrid we chose this time just to go to Salamanca with the camper. Parking could end up under a bridge where several campers were standing (some of which have been visible for a long time).
Personally, I thought Salamanca was the most beautiful city we visited. A beautiful Plaza Mayor and an unforgettable visit to the cathedral. For a change you could get high in the church via the tower on the balustrade that you normally should never visit. Ironically, the cathedral was struck by an earthquake and some parts of the tour looked utterly rickety!
We had also built up a nice routine with the camper. Before we installed ourselves at a campsite, we first went shopping, discharged water and refueled fresh water and only then put the camper right on the blocks. Our driver the whole route was pretty adept at it and also turning and parking in the little streets were no longer a problem.
Here is the camper parked in front of the impressive walls of Avila, our next stop. Unfortunately no campsite in the area so after a nice walk on the fortress wall we drove to Segovia. The campsite was called: ‘El Acueducto’ how could it be otherwise. But it lived up to its name because we could walk to the beginning of the aqueduct. Before we sat on a terrace under the arches of the aqueduct we were treated to a huge storm with large hailstones! The only day we have seen rain in Spain. Because it was such a huge downpour, it also had something funny again, all those running people who were looking for a good place. Fortunately we were warned about the storm and we had closed the camper and our tent!
After Segovia we slowly drove back to Madrid with a few more nights at camping El Canto la Gallina near El Escorial, a beautiful monastery / palace to visit (closed on Monday !!).
The return of the camper also went smoothly. Even though the rental address was located there in a complicated place, with the directions from Frank we drove in 1x. After the camper inspection they brought us to hotel Axor Feria near the airport. That hotel was also a good choice, nearby was a huge mall with many shops and restaurants. The shuttle bus from the hotel took us to the airport the next morning.
Unfortunately our 2 weeks Spain with a motorhome came to an end. But we really liked it and definitely worth repeating. Frank thanks! And maybe until the next time,
September 1, 2015