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Murcia

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  • Day26

    Über Malaga nach Mazarron

    August 29 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Die Nacht auf dem Parkplatz bei Málaga verlief sehr gut und ruhig.

    Wenn man nur so auf einem Parkplatz steht, hat man natürlich immer eher ein mulmigeres Gefühl, da aber noch andere dort standen, war es ganz ok.

    Um 7 Uhr klingelte der Wecker, wir wollten ja zeitig aufstehen, da ca. 380 km nach Mazarron vor uns lagen und wir nicht zu spät ankommen wollten.

    Einen Tee und Kaffee zum wunderbaren Sonnenaufgang gönnten wir uns natürlich noch.
    Einen tollen Ausblick über das weite Meer hatten wir an dieses Platz auf jeden Fall - das hatten wir in der Nacht beim Ankommen natürlich nicht gesehen.

    Amy schlief noch schön weiter und ich startete den Motor - über Almeria ging es an der Küste an unendlich vielen Gewächshäuser und Plantagen durch die spanischen Berge bis Mazarron.

    Hier hatten wir uns den „Camping de Mazarron“ ausgesucht, an dem wir schon vor 2 Jahren waren.

    Ein toller Campingplatz direkt am Strand, hier haben wir sogar noch einen Platz in der ersten Reihe bekommen 😎👍

    Der Hundestrand ist gleich ein paar Meter weiter links und das Wasser - ihr werde es nicht glauben - es ist warm😎
    Kein Vergleich zum Atlantik! Genau das richtige für meine Tina 😃

    Hier kann jetzt Amy auch mal den Pool genießen und ich auch mal in Ruhe meiner Arbeit nachgehen - wenn man 5 Wochen unterwegs ist und dazu noch selbständig ist, muss das halt auch mal sein - aber wo arbeitet es sich nicht besser als mit dem Blick auf den Strand 😃

    Langsam werde ich jetzt den Grill vorbereiten und dann wird noch köstlich gespeist👍
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  • Day27

    Ein typischer Campingplatztag

    August 30 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute verbrachten wir den Tag überwiegend auf dem Campingplatz und am Strand.

    Bei einer kurzen Erkundungsfahrt mit Amy - Amy auf dem E-Scooter und ich mit dem Fahrrad - erblickte Amy am Ende des Strandes einen Wasserspielplatz auf dem Meer.

    Jetzt war natürlich klar was die nächste Stunde angesagt war 😃 - ja es war eine lustige Angelegenheit - Papa und Tochter hatten viel Spaß 😎👍

    Nach dem leckeren Grillen nutzten wir noch die Möglichkeit mit dem „Straßenbähnchen“ in die Stadt zu fahren - es war eine schöne Abendattraktion für 3€ pro Person eine tolle Sache.

    Kurz vor Mitternacht kamen wir dann alle recht müde wieder am Campingplatz an und freuten uns schon auf unser Bett 🌔
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  • Day9

    Aguilas

    September 28 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Aguilas sind wir durch Bizarre Landschaft gefahren. Mit etwas Fantasie fühlt man sich wie in Nevada, rechts und links der Straße Offroad pur.
    Die Strände sind wunderschön, das wir den etwas einfacheren Campingplatz mit Straßen Lärm in Kauf nehmen.
    Meinen Geburtstag verbringen wir mit Baden und Sonnen am Strand. 🏖 🏝 Unser neues Spiel, Kühltaschen Tetris,
    Wer alles rein bekommen hat gewonnen. 🙂
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  • Day10

    Las Playas

    September 29 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Nach dem Geburtstags Frühstück sind wir ins Städtchen. Riesige Promenade,aber Sonntag haben nur Tabasbars und Restaurant auf.
    Die wenigen sind aber sehr gut besucht und ringsum Spanisches Geschnatter. 🙂
    Geburtstags Essen gab es beim Bürger King, ist gar nicht so einfach im Ausland am PC die Bestellung aufgegeben, noch blöder wenn du alle hast und die Bezahlung nicht funktioniert , do it again.
    Am Strand war es herrlich so cool wenn man Ende September noch im Meer baden kann.
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  • Day14

    Cartagena

    April 26 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Had a very short visit to Cartagena today, all aboard was to have been 12:30. We walked through the streets of old town and enjoyed a pastry and cafe and wifi before returning to the ship on time.

    Visited the City Hall where there were a couple of galleries we could visit for free.

    As we were leaving the pier the captain reversed his direction to go back to pick up a member of the housekeeping staff who had not made it back in time. Apparently he works the night shift and so had not taken note of the all aboard time. He was delivered by a police car to the Pier.

    Tonight was Gala night so it was nice to see people dressed up. We enjoyed steak and lobster tail for dinner with shrimp cocktail and a lovely dessert. Also a chocolate event at 9:30 tonight with Irish coffee in honour of King’s Day Eve.
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  • Day599

    Bongo Beach Bar, La Manga, Costa Cálida

    February 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We had planned a rare visit to a nearby spa today but last night Will had noticed the leisure batteries were only at 3% - far lower than they should have been given the amount of power we'd used. This morning the levels had dropped to 0% and the automatic cutout hadn't engaged. Something was definitely wrong. No spa for us today!

    Vicky had breakfast by candlelight and when Will got up we removed the passenger seat and tested the two 100Ah batteries. One was completely dead and the other showed just a flicker. They'd been getting less and less efficient and in the last week we'd had problems with the 12V charge point above the table. This had fixed itself but the 3 year old batteries would need replacing and fast. We'd survived before without electricity but without running water, heating, light or a fridge it wasn't a situation we wanted to stay in for long. We were very grateful it hadn't been a cold night.

    We'd previously researched the possibility of using lithium ion batteries but decided against it because the conversion technology wasn't as well developed as we'd have liked it to be. So what to do? A search of 'autocaravanas' in google maps told us there was a shop that sold accessories and did repairs 23km away. Pulling up at the forecourt entrance Will communicated what we needed but we were relieved when the employee was able to speak English to a decent level. First we were told it would be tomorrow or Monday, but then a mechanic came along and was able to find two suitable batteries. They were each 5Ah less than our current ones but they were a better make so would probably be just as good. After carefully checking they were the same physical size we carried out a card transaction that made our eyes water. Fitting them ourselves meant we didn't need to pay extra or wait until 4:30pm when the shop could squeeze us in. After another 20 minutes on the forecourt we tentatively pressed the test button on our internal power display and breathed a sigh of relief when it showed a nice green 93%!

    A 70km drive would give our new source of power a good charge and get us to our planned stopover. We'd made enough headway south to reach the sea today. It's aqueous expanse is always a welcome sight but with the warm weather and bright sunshine we were blessed with today, the Mediterranean had taken on a sparkling rich blue that was even more alluring than usual!

    From Cape Palos on the Costa Cálida (Warm Coast), a sandbar extends 13 miles to San Pedro del Pinatar, maintaining an enormous lagoon between it and the mainland. We are aware that the coastline around here is in high demand with holiday makers, but nothing had prepared us for what the sandbar had been turned into. Almost every square inch was covered in high rise apartments and villas. The sand had been raised and reinforced by boulders to create foundations for these money towers, many of which were castelated with mock turrets. Park4Night had told us there was a spot we could stop at on the strip, and although we couldn't imagine ourselves relaxing in this urban beach, we wanted to experience it all the same. Passing through the resort gateway of La Manga, our senses went into overdrive. As we progressed down palm lined streets, billboards displayed images of banana boats, jetskis and expensive power boats with male models at the wheel. Paddy's Irish bar was signed and The Sun newspaper was on sale outside one of the few shops open out of season. An overindulged looking child marched up to a pedestrian crossing holding up their hand mouthing something at us, no doubt demanding we stop immediately. Once the family has crossed, the child predictably pressed the button for the lights to cycle again.

    To our surprise Park4Night led us to a small double T shaped parking spot in a dead end. A Belgian van was already parked up but there was enough space for three here and an equal amount in the T that mirrored ours. A small plot of sand covered in purple and pink ground flowers, was for sale between us and the road, ahead was a brown wooden shack and terrace covered in dried palm leaves; Bongo Beach Bar (closed for the winter). To our left, only a narrow red tile pavement divided us from the fine pale sand and the sea 30m beyond. An island covered in green scrub and dotted with a couple of whitewashed houses rose from the waters just a couple of miles offshore, while the tall buildings of our sandbar pealed of in a crescent until they rejoined the mainland and became fuzzy with sea haze. Although we were in the midst of all these buildings, it wasn't busy and there wasn't a soul on the beach.

    We quickly changed into swim shorts and let Poppy out. She loves the seaside and she got so excited she broke into a run towards the water. Vicky paddled while Will went for a quick swim. We both had our eyes off Poppy for a moment but when Vicky turned back round she was lying in the sand having a fit. It didn't last long and after a little while she was able to get up and walk back to near the van. We got her water and bed and our beach towels and lay out with her, initially in the shade but as it cooled we allowed her to move into the evening sun. There didn't seem to be any lasting effects from her episode but she'll be 15 years old in less than a month and we are aware she won't be with us forever. All the more reason to appreciate our time together and give her experiences she enjoys.

    As the sky hues turned pink we crossed over the road and onto the small beach opposite. We couldn't have walked more than 100m! The sun was now a blazing amber ball disappearing behind the low peaked hills accross the lagoon. Gorgeous!

    The night was mild and the following morning was just about warm enough for Vicky to do her pilates/ yoga on the beach! We've travelled south quickly and combined with the time of year, sunrise has fast been getting earlier. It was a glorious feeling to be stretching in the open air, watching clouds reflect the soft colours of the rising rays, until the instense light crested the horizon and rose quickly skyward.

    You can see a 30 second timelapse of the sunrise here on VnW Travels You Tube Channel: https://youtu.be/hVEMterfmf8

    It was a little cloudy but still warm and we were able to cart the canoe over the road and paddle it along the edge of the lagoon for a couple of miles in t shirts and shorts. The water was clear and shallow for the most part and we saw a few flatfish skimming along the sand. Strings of nets were layed out at frequent intervals but we were able to easily pass over the top over them. They didn't seem to have anything but rubbish caught in them. The sandbar provided protection from the waves and the buildings shielded us from the wind, making it a very pleasant paddle.

    We'd planned to move on but Vicky was ill again so we stayed put and Will whiled away the day on the beach, swimming, playing his guitar, reading and fishing.

    We kept checking and double checking the level of our new batteries. They'd only dropped to 76% over 3 days. With the old ones we would have needed to start the engine on the 2nd day in order to give them a charge.

    When we entered the high rise sandbar we thought it unlikely we'd want to stay one night, let alone three! The lesson 'don't judge a book by its cover' is constantly being reinforced on the road and we were very glad we gave this place a chance, despite our initial misapprehensions.
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  • Day598

    Archena

    February 14, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Spain's cold spell finally felt as if it was lifting and it lifted our spirits to see the landscape lit up under a strong sun and to let its warmth take over from our overused heating systems!

    Again we stuck to the motorway that today took us through many flat plains, punctuated with jagged outcrops of rock rising steeply towards the sky. Perhaps it was just the way it was managed, but the land began to look a little more fertile, the vegetation growth on the hills a little greener. We came accross dozens of intensive orchards whose trees were blossoming pink. We couldn't tell from the distance but thought they could be cherry trees.

    Archena's large free gravel car park was already pretty busy, with a dozen or so vans parked up, three of them with GB plates. Will went out to buy bread and managed to find a place with baguettes in the oven. He asked for 2 and was shocked they only came to €1!

    It was Valentines Day but, similarly to Italy where we'd been last year, there hadn't been much of a fuss made in shops or restaurants. We'd opted for a relaxing day in with Cava and strawberries and a homecooked evening meal. Due to Will twice getting carried away with his flambéing, the buildup was anything but relaxing! Vicky felt the need to dive for the fire extinguisher and a few seconds later was reassuring the couple next door who, after hearing yells and seeing 3 foot flames through their window, had come rushing out to help! In the end we had a lovely steak dinner and all smoke residue has now been removed from the cupboard door!
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  • Day602

    Taray Camper Park, Playa de Parazuelos

    February 18, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After 3 days parked up by the beach we were in need of facilities. We'd left behind the free aires in northern and central Spain, but Will had found one that was 50m away from the sea and only charged €6. At such a low price we wanted to support it, so set it as a waypoint.

    Escaping the highrise apartment blocks of the sandbar, we climbed into the hills. It was refreshing to once again be in an open space that wasn't overdeveloped. Fincas cultivated their almomd, citrus and olive orchards but many of the buildings we passed had been abandoned and left to crumble. There were a significant number of 'vende' (for sale) signs on the corner of plots.

    Dropping back down to the coast, the farming intensified, with acres upon acres of polytunnels and netting covering a huge number of tomato plants. Approaching the camper park, there was a high concentration of motorhomes parked on the narrow gravel beach, blocking the view of the sea. Although Spain has strict rules that vans aren't allowed to put out such things as chairs because it is considered camping, many had chairs, a table and a large mat outside.

    Pulling into the gravelled park, which could comfortably hold around 70 vans, we were greeted warmly in English. The manager told us about the facilities, where we could choose to park, described the 3 bars in the village and said that every morning at 8:30am a bread van would come to the site, beeping their horn. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a German baker's van would bring a choice of sweet treats and once a week a lorry with gas bottles would drop by for people who needed to swap their empties. There was a nice vibe about the place and we could see that some people would want to stay long term.

    Finding a spot along the back row meant Poppy could use the scrubland behind us and that we were nose to tail with other vans, instead of side to side, affording us a little more privacy. Most vans were larger than average, many were German or French but there was a good number of Brits too. Several had trailers with motorbikes or cars with them, something that would make it easier getting about once parked, but a nightmare for the sort of travelling we do, looking for new places to park every day or so and dropping into supermarkets along the way. By law vans in the park weren't allowed to have chairs etc out either, but a huge number seemed to have set up semi permanent patio arrangements. It was warm enough and we were tempted, but chose not to pit ours out. We've heard of places getting closed down due to this and knowing all too well what it is like to travel in a country that doesn't provide motorhome aires, we didn't want to put pressure on the rules in one that was good enough to do so.

    In the afternoon Will went to investigate the local bars, but wasn't impressed enough to have more than a quick drink. The place was packed and will have made a tidy profit even without our input.

    It was a warm and quiet night, with just the distant sound of waves crashing onto the shore. Vicky bought bread and croissants from the bakers's van in the morning and we queued for services before setting off to our next destination!
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  • Day37

    Murcia

    January 31 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Vera-Murcia Ikea Parkplatz ca. 120 km

    Früh am morgen waren wir schon „on tour“ mit Ziel Murcia zum einkaufen.
    Als wir ankamen so gegen 11 Uhr war der Platz bereits gefüllt und kaum noch ein Platz frei.
    Wir stellten uns einfach an den Rand und haben beim Aldi unsere Vorräte aufgefüllt und sind dann essen Asia Wok Buffet „casa jardin“
    „all you can eat“ super lecker
    kann ich nur empfehlen.
    Morgen geht es für 14 Tage nach Fortuna zum baden und erholen in die Thermalquellen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Murcia, Provinz Murcia, Murzia, Província de Múrcia, Murtzia, Province de Murcie, ムルシア, Múrcia

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