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.
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 !!