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 The ones that came with the van had been getting increasingly outdated and our stress levels had been rising accordingly, as it followed our course through the middle of nowhere or asked us to turn down a road that no longer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!Read more