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Carl & Jaynes 2019 Adventure

After working as campsite wardens during the summer we take our motorhome onto the continent for the winter
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  • Day140

    Carrión De Los Condes

    February 17 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    The drive out of the village this morning was a littke hairy but we made it without incident. After a long day driving we parked up at the edge of town and took a stroll. Nice location close to a river and park area. We entered the town over a lovely stone bridge and found a bar open with outside seating, dogs aren't welcome in most bars across Spain, and enjoyed a beer. We are feeling the temperature change as we travel north and it was pretty cold sitting outdoors. The town has some lovely buildings but like most places there doesn't seem to be enough people to populate the amount of houses and apartments.Read more

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  • Day139

    Puebla de Sanabria

    February 16 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    The drive to this aire was pretty spectacular, through national park gaining and losing altitude continuously. The parking was opposite Campismo do Rio de Anor but unfortunately at this time of year all the services were turned off. Wasn't a problem as we had sorted that before we left the last location.
    What a stunning little village this is, I took the dog for a walk through it and came across the local band playing outside a bar. The houses are a mish mash of stone and wood with what looks like new builds next to almost derelict houses. We were only about 400 yards from the Spanish border and this must be the narrowest crossing anywhere. Wasn't sure that the motorhome would even fit through the narrow cobbled streets.
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  • Day138

    Freixo de Espada à Cinta

    February 15 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Still heading north, drove through one of Portugal's national parks. Some very steep and twisty roads with stunning views down into the valleys. Dificult to take it all in when driving as a lot of the bends have no barriers and it's a longgggg way down. Stayed the night on an aire located behind the town's multi purpose arena. Water, waste and free 16amp electric points. Made the most of that by baking potatoes in the halogen oven. Incredible that a small town in rural Portugal can provide you with a place to spend the night, including electric, without any charge.Read more

  • Day137

    Capela de Nossa Senhora do Incenso.

    February 14 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Continuing our travels north, towards home, we spent the night in the grounds of a church. Only people there so it was extremely quite and very relaxing. While taking Tess out at around 10pm there was absolutely no light pollution at all, no moon either just a sky full of stars. Incredible.

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    Vila Velha de Ródão

    February 13 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Lovely little spot right next to the Tagus, where the remains of a 30,000 year old settlement were discovered. Nice aire with all the facilities and a resturant just few meters away. We took a walk along the river looking for the advertised otters, kingfishers and other wildlife but came away without catching a glimpse. As it was the day before Valentine we went for a really nice meal on the evening.
    This morning we got chatting to a couple of Brits out here for the first time, nice couple called Elspeth and Jim, before heading further north through Castello Branco to the edge of Penamacor.
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  • Day135

    Portel

    February 12 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    I came through here the previous day on the bike and we decided to stop off on our way to the next location to take a look at the impressive castle that overlooked the town. The aire is situated next to the fire station and has been improved by the volunteer fire fighters who have added a washing up area and seating alongside the free to use water, grey and black waste points.Read more

  • Day134

    Praia Fluvial Da Amieira

    February 11 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Weather got a little cooler as we climbed up to the stopover at Amieira but it was still pleasant enough. The car park overlooked the massive lake which I would imagine is heaving in the summer, with a resturant, showers and toilet block as well as seating and BBQ areas. However this time of year we were the only ones here and had the lake and beach all to ourselves. The town is typical Portuguese, very pretty but with a distinct lack of people. We did find a nice restaurant where we enjoyed a coffee and Jayne discussed locally home brewed spirit with a guy at the bar. 2 coffees = €1. That's good value anywhere.Read more

  • Day133

    Pias Reservoir

    February 10 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Just after the village of Pias is the reservoir were we spent the night. Small car park looking out over the water. Extremely quiet and peaceful evening and woke to the sound of water birds and a fairly heavy fog, which soon cleared.

  • Day133

    Serpa

    February 10 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    After a quick supply run in Beja, we were going to stay over but looked a little busy for us, we headed on towards our next stop. We passed the town of Serpa on the way a took in the view of the impressive castle and walled town so decided to stop and have a wander. Glad we did as it was very pretty and extremely warm. After a couple of hours sightseeing off we went again just 20 minutes up the road to a park for the night spot and some more wild camping.Read more