Join Date: Aug 2012
My Motorhome: Laika H680 Ecovip
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The tolerated aires on the sand dunes at Almerimar are no longer tolerated and have brand new signs denoting that motorhomes are not welcome. That whole section of the coast from Cabo de Gata down past Torre del Mar is being heavily policed and motoerhomes moved on. We eventually found a place at Rincon that was next to the beach and only charged 2 euros a day (night parking free). There was water and toilets on the beach and a Mercadona a few hundred metres up the road.
We were moved on by the Guardia at Cabo, we were the only English parked amongst twenty or so Spanish vans but were told that we had to move, nobody else got so much as a visit from them. They took all our details and when they knew that I was a retired Police Officer we got told that we could park in another prohibited area overnight if we wanted to and wouldn't be bothered. I moved on as I don't need any special favours (its either prohibited or it isn't).
We have just left the tolerated aire outside of Terifa that was getting a lot of police attention but the locals just ignore them and return an hour or so later if they are told to leave. We were advised that if you are legally parked and don't have any of your paraphernalia out then you are parking and not camping, If you are legally parked then they cannot move you on. Also they are not allowed to enter your van without invite or a warrant as it is classed as your home. We got stopped leaving Gibraltar having been there twenty minutes in order to buy the cheap fuel and got stopped so that the Guardia could check that our grey waste tank wasn't full of contraband. In fairness the guy was really polite and when I told him to come into the van to check the pipework he declined and sent us on our way.
We have been told by one local that the Guardia only take an interest if the local camp sites complain, just how true that is I don't know. We will be happy to join all the French vans who are now apparently touring Portugal as opposed to Spain due to all the hassle.
I should also say that weather is fantastic and the sun is as hot at 9.30pm as it is at midday.