Watch out Espana, we are here!!

well we made it out of what seemed to be a gypsy camp called Solina unharmed but with a little more knowledge than when we arrived, we only stayed overnight and moved on the next morning, on arrival Pete was told that the shower and toilet block were shut all apart from the 1 disabled toilet but that the owners had opened a couple of chalets at the top of the camp for use, but they were for the whole campsite and there were quite a lot of long term people there (one of which used to bring a bottle of urine down regularly to the toilet to empty! proper classy campsite!) the campsite was run down, looked scruffy and dirty with chickens running freely which kept the dog entertained when they came near our pitch, we stayed overnight then we were ready for the off first thing…

We then travelled off and crossed over into Spain, we took the toll roads as we wanted an easy ride of it and we had about 150 miles to travel we ended up driving through the city of San Sebastian to get to the campsite we’d spotted in the ACSI book (a lot of campsites are closing now due to the winter season so selection is getting limited) we have other resources such as searchforsites and camperstop on top of the ACSI which show other overnight stops, campsites and aires but even the aires are closing off their supplies of water to prevent winter freeze/frost damage…

Well we managed to negotiate our way through the city and up a mountain hillside with hairpin bends to the campsite Igueldo, the campsite entrance looked promising with lovely flower beds etc but the campsite itself is not what I would have called my “cup of tea” but we weren’t to know that till we’d booked in although at reception the 1st receptionist we met had a face on her that looked like she had chewed a wasp not the warmest of receptions… maybe, just maybe she’d found herself in the wrong career, the 2nd receptionist was much nicer, the grass pitches the photos in the book had promised barely had a blade of grass between them but plenty of mud so glad it didn’t rain while we were there or the mud would have been a nightmare, the terraced site was massive with many terraces but only the top terrace was ever used as the incline to the others meant access for motorhomes and caravans was impossible hence the wear and tear of this over used and worn out terrace, the pitches were only just big enough to park us in with the trailer and so we had no real space for sitting out in besides that the pitch we were given was constantly shaded anyway, and again the showers although clean had cold to lukewarm water, but we did have a distance view of the mountains…

 

 

We took a walk heading in the other direction to the city and found a lovely quiet walk for the dog (except for the bit on the way back where Toffi and I got chased by an escaped dog) the views were amazing of the bay of Biscay and just for a change the waters looked relatively calm…

we found an abandoned building on our walk which Pete went off to explore and we only passed a jogger and a mountain biker on the whole walk we must have walked a good 10 miles that day, the next day we did think about going into San Sebastian but in Spain unless a dog is small enough to be carried on or put in a bag they are not allowed to use public transport which was a disappointment as the bus stopped right outside the campsite, but the 4-5 mile walk down and then the 4-5 mile climb back up the mountain seemed just too harsh after walking around the city for a few more possible miles so we decided to be lazy instead but I did manage some pics of the city as we drove through!!

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We stayed at the site in San Sebastian for 3 nights and bumped into the couple and their 2 children we met from the campsite Des Combes in Felletin.  We left the site early on Saturday morning and journeyed through the mountain tunnels which sometimes went on for miles, I was impressed that during some of the longer tunnels our sat nav still managed to keep signal so they must have boosters inside the tunnels, we arrived at a site 100km further into Spain as there was snow due in the Pyrenees areas on the Monday and we certainly didn’t want to get stuck there, we are now at a nice site called Angosto in Villanane the site itself is in a forest setting with a nice relaxed atmosphere and has brilliantly hot showers, we arrived and set up just before the rain set in so our timing couldn’t have been better, the site staff are lovely and friendly, we’ve taken a walk around the village and up to the Castle, as for our journey into the campsite it was a good job that we spotted a sign for the site on a nice easy road, otherwise the sat nav would have taken us through the village and over a mighty small looking humped bridge at the end of it which we would never have cleared and most definitely bottomed out on…

 

 

The weather isn’t great at present it’s cold and it’s been heavy rain showers since we got here, which isn’t a problem as we have heating etc in the motorhome, but the downside of all this rain is that we are parked on a grass pitch so we’ll wait and see if we ever manage to get off the pitch, now that could be a problem!!!

Till next time take care

Donna

campsite Igueldo, San Sabastian GPS N43•18’17” W2•2’44”

Angosto, Villanane                        GPS N42•50’8″ W3•3’42”

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