Between The Sun And The Deep Blue Sea !!

Puerta Gelves to La Duquesa (132 Miles)

By now we should have visited The town of ‘Zafra‘ and enjoyed the gastronomic delights of the ‘Iberico Pork Festival‘, then moved a bit further North to ‘Merida‘ where we would have spent three days enjoying that lovely riverside town before getting ready to move on, for a four night stay, to savour the delights of ‘Salamanca‘. I had managed to dissuade Shazza’s urge to visit Córdoba, it made sense to put that Spanish town on the itinerary for next year’s trip, as doing it now would have entailed travelling over One hundred miles in the wrong direction. So why is it, I keep asking myself, that when we left Seville, supposedly heading in a Northerly direction, that we are currently ensconced on a Campsite on the South East Coast of Spain, well over Three Hundred miles away from where my carefully planned itinerary told me we should be ? The answer, Shazza tells me is, ‘because we can‘ !!

I know that we are both a little reluctant to enter the domain of the ‘Cold’, but, as I keep reminding my beloved, we cannot put off the inevitable forever, her response being that it wasn’t forever, just another week or so !! I always get worried by the use of those two little words, “or so“, they are not definitive enough for my liking.

So, here we are on a superb Campsite, ‘La Bella Vista‘, located in a seafront position, the back security coded gate giving access to a wide sandy beach just footsteps from the ‘Mediterranean Sea‘ and a Promenade that leads first to the lovely quaint fishing village of ‘Castillo De La Dequesa’, about a five-minute walk away, continue beyond that, remaining on the Promenade, and you come to the Marina at ‘Puerta La Duquesa‘, then beyond that the town of Sabanillas‘. For the really enthusiastic walkers you can carry on to ‘Caceres del Playa’ and then ‘Estepona‘. For those with additional motorised transport, Gibraltar is a mere twenty miles away to the South, and in the opposite direction, is Marbella and just an hour’s drive away Malaga, so this is a truly wonderful location.

We would not normally stay on such an expensive site, we are paying €29 per night !! but that does include EHU and we are on a ‘Serviced Pitch‘, so no ‘Grey Waste‘ to empty as we are connected straight to a drain point, there is a fresh water tap on each pitch so no carrying numerous watering cans to and fro to refill, just connect the hose and job done, there is also a TV hookup on the main Bollard on the pitch, although we are not using that facility. Whilst WiFi is ‘purportedly‘ available on each pitch, the connection keeps dropping out, so much so that it becomes frustrating to use, even with the ‘Motorhome WiFi iBoost‘. The pitch is a large gravel Hardstanding with more than enough room for our awning, if the wind, currently blowing a gale, didn’t make it unsuitable to roll out !! We are lucky enough to be on an excellent end of row pitch that gives us excellent beach and sea views. The on-site facilities, which include a ‘Restaurant’ and ‘Swimming Pool’ are absolutely immaculate, this really is ‘luxury camping’ in the truest form !! The site claims to offer ‘discounted’ rates for long stays, but that doesn’t include the cost of the Electricity and by my calculations, with the cost of the Electricity added on, would work out about the same as we are paying now !! But, in defence of the cost, this site is beautifully manicured throughout, the ultra-modern utility building is ‘pristine’, the beachfront location is superb and it is situated in such a way as to accommodate those with or without additional transport, although there is local public transport nearby if required.

The view of the beach and sea from the rear gate on the campsite !!

The view of the beach and sea from the rear gate on the campsite !! Note the Oranges for sale, 5kg bag for just €2. Lovely to eat and to juice, no added sugar necessary, absolutely wonderful !!

Lovely mural in what is  the small fishing village of 'Castillon De La Dequesa' just a short stroll along the seafront from the campsite

Lovely mural in what is the small fishing village of ‘Castillon De La Duquesa’ just a short stroll along the seafront from the campsite

The actual 'Castellon' from which the village takes it name

The actual ‘Castillo’ from which the village takes it name

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A bit windy on the day this was taken, but still magnificent !!

A bit windy on the day this was taken, but still magnificent !!

One part of the Promenade !!

One part of the Promenade !!

Then it opens out to this !!

Then it opens out to this !!

The beautiful Marina with all its Shops, Bars, Cafes & Restaurants !!

The beautiful Marina with all its Shops, Bars, Cafes & Restaurants !!

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And let's not forget 'The English Butcher' with Pork Pues and Sausage Rolls amongst the usual other stuff, including proper English bacon, Shazza !! Get the HP Sauce ready for the bacon butties.

And let’s not forget ‘The English Butcher’ with Pork Pies and Sausage Rolls amongst the usual other stuff, including proper English bacon, Shazza !! Get the HP Sauce ready for the bacon butties.

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And from the Marina, continue along the Promenade to the local town of 'Sabinillas' just a short walk away !!

And from the Marina, continue along the Promenade to the local town of ‘Sabinillas’ just a short walk away !!

This is such a wonderful location that we have decided to remain here ‘Between the sun and the deep blue sea‘ until the last possible moment, so we have booked until Wednesday 25th February, which will still mean that we will get 2-3 days in Salamanca on the way North, that is of course as long as  Shazza doesn’t have another one of her little turns !!

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10 Responses to Between The Sun And The Deep Blue Sea !!

  1. anteater says:

    How lovely! Have a fab last week down south!

  2. noggin says:

    Totally agree with your assessment of Camping Bella Vista – we spent one night there and were so impressed with the site and the area that we have ‘earmarked’ it for a long stay next ‘winter’ – we will return with a car though!
    We’re still up at Peniscola but the area that you’re now in (+ the Andalucian hills behind) is our favourite area from our travels to date.
    Your comment that the discounted rate (plus ehu) costs about the same as paying the daily rate has got me worried!
    The Camping Bella Vista website states that a 3 month stay costs €425/month plus electric – €29/night would be €870/month – so I’m hoping that we won’t have to pay €445 for one months ehu? (!!).
    Like everyone else that hasn’t previously toured Portugal/Spain our preconceptions were that, yes, the Costa del Sol is the most ‘lauded’ area – but also the most expensive.
    And then, through our travels, we found out why that is – it’s the best area!
    The ‘polished feel’ – the most ‘civilsed’, ‘anglicised’ and the warmest area (Life is a holiday!).
    It also has masses of locations within striking distance that are worth visiting.
    Maybe we should have driven back down there this trip!!! Shazza did the right thing!

    • I think you should get unworried, all I will say in my defence is that the information I received was from a second-hand source and perhaps you may now understand why ‘she’ was a Science teacher and not a ‘Maths’ teacher 😂😂😂

      We had never done this Coastline of Spain before and like you, have fallen in love with it 😄 so much so that we are extremely reluctant to leave and will return !! Cannot wait until November 😀 We shall be in the same area so when we meet up I will try to return the kind gesture when we met for the first time in Portugal and you presented us with a bag of ‘Mintoes’, bet your regretting that gesture now eh !! 😂😂 the good news is, M&S in Gibraltar sell them 👍

  3. Debs says:

    looks a wondeful place enjoy your time there 🙂

  4. DebsK says:

    Well done Sharon, stay in the warm as long as possible, looks like you have found a perfect site before you have to head back up towards the ferry, looks absolutely beautiful, the alternative could be looking out your office window at a car park and incessant rain, lol x

    • Yup ! Exactly right, Britsh Winters and Working, not a good combination, but to cheer you up, how life will be for the both of you very soon 😄👍 a few pictures on the next blog coming very, very soon !!!

  5. Thomas Hope says:

    Hi you two!
    Enjoy your remaining days on the Mediterranean coast it looks wonderful there.
    😉

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