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la Roca del Vallès

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day577

    Granollers; Take 2!

    January 24, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Today we returned to Granollers; the free stopover close to Barcelona. Now that Vicky was feeling better we were gearing ourselves up for a 2 day visit to the big city and this aire was a handy distance to drive the following morning.

    We travelled to Granollers via the main coast road on the Costa Brava. In contrast to the pretty little fishing villages with terraced villas, we saw a sprawl of high rise blocks and large empty campsites with grids of plane trees that would provide shade to the hundreds of identical pitches.

    On arrival we emptied and filled with water before parking adjacent to the grass for Poppy. When possible we always try and manoeuvre the van so she can hop straight out onto a raised kerb and save her weak back legs the effort of jumping in. Unfortunately, this spot was closer to the busy flyover and quite a bit noisier than our previous pitch. Will spent some of the afternoon swatting up on how to make an authentic Spanish paella and we both spent 15 minutes appreciating his research as we wolfed down the delicious mussels and rice (the bottom of which he'd managed to burn just the right amount for a scrumtious caramelized chewiness).

    After Vicky had gone to bed he managed to score even more brownie points by downloading the up to date maps for our sat nav. The ones that came with the van had been getting increasingly outdated and our stress levels had been rising accordingly, as it followed our course through the middle of nowhere or asked us to turn down a road that no longer existed. At £100 for these maps and a further download in a year's time it was a lot to pay out, but we reckon we use the guidance system at least 250 days out of the year in places we have never seen before, so the comfort of having up to date road systems on there was worth the money. We were now all set to navigate our way in to Barcelona the next day!
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  • Day571

    Granollers

    January 18, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    It would be Will's birthday on Saturday and we planned to spend it in Barcelona. The town of Granollers had a free aire with services and was close enough to the big city for us to set off on Friday and arrive with plenty of time to see the sights.

    The drive to Granollers required concentration as much of it was on winding roads. We passed dozens of fields where tall trees grew in grids. The land was flat so we assume it was some sort of flood defence. Every so often we would see a lone woman standing or sitting a little way back from the road waiting for their next punter. Most of them were in their early twenties with long, inky black hair dressed in black leather. The fact that we are getting used to seeing this really saddens us.

    Granollers aire was on tarmac with marked bays. A nearby motorway flyover produced a constant background rumble and there was a significant amount of grafitti. Despite these things, the place had a good vibe, with locals chilling out at the picnic benches on the grassy area that was dotted with small trees. We saw a lot of joggers, cyclists and dog walkers go by and Will went to explore the town. Unfortunately a whole load of shops were closed, with no opening times displayed. We aren't sure whether this is due to lunch time closing or something else. It was a big town and didn't seem like the sort of place where the majority of businesses shut down for winter.
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  • Day16

    La Roca Village

    June 11, 2015 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    This was a company visit for a "luxury outlet shopping" operator. They have multiple villages around Europe and now in China. It looked like a fancy outdoor mall but it was all outlet. It's apparently a huge travel destination and this company does international marketing with airlines, tourism boards, etc. The Chinese and the Russians together make up 45% of sales. 4 of every 5 Chinese visitors to England go to the village there. Very interesting visit.Read more

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