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05-07-2014 12:35
tams Dear Geriatricback packer,
We stayed at Carrapateria for three nights . It was lovely.There is a little shop, cafe and fresh veg market in the village. We would have stayed longer but we were running low on water. We stayed at Carvalhal for one night. There is a shiny new sign with rules and info . It said no caravans or similar but it was in small writing so we did not notice it until the morning.Perhaps that's why we were the only ones there.If the rest of your co-ordinates lead us to places like these we are going to have a great summer.
Thanks Tamsin
03-07-2014 22:50
McGeemobile Thanks for the update. Do you have the directions or GPS for the place at Rincon please.
01-07-2014 21:42
Geriatricbackpacker 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.
12-06-2014 16:26
Originally Posted by tams
The aire by the lighthouse at Almerimar is a great spot as long as its not windy. Only four vans there when we stayed 26th May. But stock up before you get there as the main supermarket is closed until 17th June . Found a great bread/ cake shop and a good fruit/veg shop but other than that only one small pricey store.
We were there in late September and Mercadona (big Supermarket) was full of customers. The nearest bar to the Aire gave free Tapas with a small beer, but only if you asked. I had my hair cut nearby and made good use of the hot showers that came with the Aire. I am sorry if I misled you, but driving back towards the main road there is a Hypermarket not too far from the Hospital.
There were not too many vans when we were there (there is a second Aire you can use if this is full) but the weather was wonderful and we spent time swimming in the sea from the beach. Unexpectedly it was so clear you could see the fish as you swam.
.... and it was not at all windy!
12-06-2014 16:01
tams The aire by the lighthouse at Almerimar is a great spot as long as its not windy. Only four vans there when we stayed 26th May. But stock up before you get there as the main supermarket is closed until 17th June . Found a great bread/ cake shop and a good fruit/veg shop but other than that only one small pricey store.
12-06-2014 15:57
rosalan "TUGGY!" What are you saying?

12-06-2014 09:05
Originally Posted by barryd
All the hot blokes are on here. Well me anyway. Ok and 747 but he is only 3ft high.

I'm 3ft high too.

When I'm lying down!

You home now, Sandra?Missed ya, babe.
11-06-2014 20:41
barryd See! Your at it again! Wild camping all over the place like some Freeloading Fruitcake!

And now the Rozzers have caught up with you! Good!

Disgraceful behavior.
11-06-2014 20:17
Geriatricbackpacker I know you have all been fretting as we have been off the air for over a week and some of you will have expected that we will have been gassed or worse. Having spent a week at Canada de Callege without any problems we moved on to San Juan de Los Terreros and have had a couple of days here next to the sea on the beach. This afternoon however we were visited by the Guardia Civil who told us that we are not permitted to camp her (a listed Camperstop- tolerated location) and need to move on in the morning, They were extremely polite and helpful but none the less this is no longer a tolerated aire at least during their holiday season. Will be moving on to Agua Amarga tomorrow or face the consequences!!

02-06-2014 22:50
aldra No chance I'd leave

What with a hot Toyboy

An imperfect heathcliffe

A lovely Tuggy

A .........., to much to recount

Loving you all

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