PontevedraApril 16 in Spain
Pontevedra is a small city on the banks of the wide River Lérez. It is a busy place but has given over land to a free, pristine, 20 pitch 'Área de autocaravanas' close to the city centre with services. Spain really has been amazing for providing these facilities as well as its acceptance of wild camping. There was a list of regulations governing the site that we were happy to abide by.
Having arrived before midday, we headed into town in search of a café Will had found on Trip Advisor. Water and pollution stained high rises didn't give off the best first impression, but things improved as we approached the old town. Young children and parents enjoyed a great playpark and two multi-use games areas stood ready for when the older kids got out of school. There were a good range of interesting independent shops; fruterias, panaderias, herbalistas, places selling ham and cheese, baby clothing stores and a raft of cafés.
La Fuga de Blas café was up a side street, its square topped black tables set out on the wide pavement. We asked about something without meat for Vicky, choosing a gulas salad from the two things the waiter told us were available (mainly because we knew what it was!). Will ordered a 'menu of the day' and we waited with our alcohol free beers and bowl of crisps. Unfortunately only Vicky's salad appeared - it seemed Will's lunch had got lost in translation! In the end the waiter understood and brought out the set menu dish of grilled ham on toast with olive oil.
Returning a different way, we used the Ponte dos Tirantes; an arty suspension bridge near to the van, as a landmark. As you would excpect in a city, there was the usual background noise of traffic, occasional sirens and roadworks, but the place we stayed was modern, well maintained and we really did appreciate their efforts in providing it for us.Read more