Buenos Dias

We stayed at Angosto campsite in Villanane for 4 nights the weather wasn’t up to us staying any longer as it rained heavily for at least 3 of those days and nights so we were a little apprehensive about being rained in and getting stuck in the mud on the grass pitch we were parked up on, although the site itself is nice the site staff are friendly and there is a busy bar and restaurant on site used by all the locals, there are heated shower rooms with plenty of piping hot water, we took a walk to the Castle of Villanane where we bumped into a couple of hunters packing up with their shotguns and hunting dogs, we took another hike when the weather permitted across the fields, there’s not much to do around the area without a car as it’s pretty remote the next nearest small village is at least 5 miles away and situated next to the production site of salt beds where the salt has been produced there for 6,500 yrs and commercially since Roman times, if visiting this site there is a new road into the campsite where you do not need to go over the small steeply humped narrow moon bridge that our sat nav advised us to go over, luckily we’d spotted this access road before trouble found us as we would have most definitely bottomed out and caused damaged to the motorhome on it…

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We then set off in search of warmer and drier climates, our next stop was a site on a mountainside called Monte Holiday park with a winding, bumpy and pretty uneven road leading into the place, just outside of the campsite was an abandoned building covered in graffiti so we both wondered what we had set ourselves up for this time, but to our surprise it wasn’t a bad site, and it was huge! it took us an hour just to walk around the perimeter of this site, the facilities were heated, clean and decent along with plenty of hot running water, we found ourselves again in a pretty remote place and miles from anywhere we managed a couple of small walks while at this site, the weather was dry but due to being up in the mountains the wind was pretty strong and had a real chill to it you could sit and watch the different weather streams rolling into the mountains from here and we had our 1st flutter of snow while here, we stayed here for 3 nights before moving on again our next stop was 250 miles away and took us through Madrid and boy is that something, driving through Madrid is like driving through spaghetti junction but with lots of foreign road signs,  I’m so glad of the sat nav,  we were looking out for supermarkets on our way but missed the couple we did see on the turn offs, we are getting desperately low on food supplies as we haven’t food shopped since we left Pete’s mum’s which must have been nearly 3 weeks ago by now…

Well it took us nearly 5 hrs to drive to Caceres which is where we are currently camped at campsite Caceres, it’s located on the outskirts of the city of Caceres the camp is beside the local football stadium (but gladly there hasn’t been any football games played since we have been here) this will be our sixth night here tonight, after our long drive we pitched up in the sunshine and broke open a bottle of Sangria and made some paella just to get into the swing of all things Spainish of course, the next day we explored the site and surroundings to get our bearings chilled out back at camp and soaked up a little more  warmth, we decided the next day to walk in search of the supermarkets after walking for miles we got to a Carrefour hypermarket I sent Pete in to get a few days food supply while Toffi and I sat outside waiting, never send a man in to do a food shop! Toffi and I sat outside in the freezing cold, shaded wind tunnel of an entrance to that supermarket for an hour and a half while Pete leisurely strolled the shopping aisles, in Pete’s defence I guess it was a big hypermarket so would have taken a little while to walk around and find stuff… but just imagine my surprise when Pete finally came out to find he’d purchased an odd flimsy looking flat toaster that he thought might have been some sort of griddle (it’s not a griddle, it’s just for toasting bread on one side at a time!) along with a new selfie stick and some indeed odd ingredient/meal choices, with the only fruit/vegetable purchase being a stick of broccoli & 4 apples but a €100 lighter in pocket!! We then had the pleasure of carrying all the shopping including that toaster thingy miles back to the motorhome… I guess we will do a proper shop  in few days time… Well after all that walking we were both starving and too tired to cook so ate in the campsite restaurant where we had a 3 course meal which included a shared mixed grill for a whopping €40 bang went the budget that day!

On the 5th day of our visit we decided to get the bikes out and go visit the old part of the city, after forcing the howling & protesting Toffi into her doggyhut we set off, its amazing how much faster you can get to places using the bikes instead of walking, what took us a good 45 minutes to walk to the supermarket before took just 15 minutes by cycle, all we can hope for is that Toffi will start enjoying the trips instead of being so stressed out by the transportation choice otherwise we have wasted £3,000 on the trailer and bikes, so far I am too scared to ride with her in her cart on the busy main dual carriageway roads so have had to plan our trips using cycle/dirt pathways as I’m scared she may try to jump out or tip the hut over into the road so Google earth has been a good option for my planning and finding of these routes…

We parked the bikes up in Caceres town centre and walked into old town.  The old town of Caceres is quite scenic and for once we actually felt like we were sightseeing and doing some tourist type things, we strolled through the cobbled maze like streets and took photos and just plain enjoyed the fine sunny weather, we then got side tracked by food yet again and ended up having a 3 course lunch with a beer at the square in the old town for €12 each before wandering off to find where we’d parked the bikes up ready for our ride back to the motorhome…

We’ve decided to spend 8 nights here then head towards Portugal where we will spend Christmas and the New year…

Enough of my ramblings for now and enjoy the pics of old town Caceres…

take care

Donna

Monte GPS N40•57’0″ W3•43’45”

Caceres N39•29’18” W6•24’45”

 

 

2 thoughts on “Buenos Dias”

  1. Hi there, It’s good to hear you are okay. We have been so lucky with the weather and we have stayed on this site for 2 weeks as we love it. Bonterra Park in Benicassim. Enjoy Portugal, we are going there next spring as we have friends there. xx

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    1. Glad you are both well too, looks like a fab site you are on, will put it on our list for visiting hope the weather stays good for you both happy travels xx

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