Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Mid Norfolk
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I worked in Marbella for a while and tried four different routes, using the car and hotels.
The fastest, and first, route was Bilbao-Burgos-Madrid-Jaen (Parador)-Granada-Marbella.
Going back we went Cordoba-Merida-Cacares-Trujillo-Salamanca-Santander
Then Bilbao-Zaragosa (to see a friend)-Valencia-Granada-Marbella
And finally Almaden (a hotel which was once a bullring!)-Talavera de le Riena-Valladolid-Suances-Bilbao.
We're not really keen on motorways and prefer to see some of the "real" Spain.
In MH we went via Haro (Rioja!), Logrono and ended up at Medinacali. Down to Cuenca (narrow roads through a lovely old town to viewpoints high above the town) and a lovely aire at Castillo de GarciMunoz. Mainly dual carriageways to Chinchilla de Monte Aragon (super parking!), just south of Albecete, then IKEA at Murcia.
Returning, we did Malaga- Alhama de Granada (via a lovely climb to Ventas de Zafarraya) with an aire at Priego de Cordoba. We passed by a nice aire at Castro del Rio but couldn't find the campsite at Penarroya-Pueblonuevo and ended up at a good stop at Orellana la Vieja. We looked at an aire at La Estrella but stopped at Oropesa, which was quite good. Through the hills to Avila and Cuellar but we ended up on a campsite in Penafiel, which has the narrowest castle and a fantastic town square (check out the Easter celebration). Then a nice quiet aire at Torquemada and past aires at Herrara de Pisuergo, Aguillar de Campoo (beware the low bridge at the south end of the MH parking), Reinosa and on to Caberceno which is large and free. We could have gone to the ferry but instead cruised the coast and ended up at Espinosa de los Monteros, after a steep climb because we didn't fancy Lanestosa (a tight turn and a narrow entrance). There is a good camperstop overlooking Bilbao (Ä15 per night with a bus stop into town).
Try those routes on a map and see if there is anything that you fancy!
Enjoy - Gordon
Enjoy - Gordon