Tarifa

We moved on from Camping La Rosaleda on the 1st Feb, our final bill there came to €51 for 3 nights, we travelled an hours journey to the next stop we had on our plan, only to find the site closed, after a faff around and us turning around, where Pete managed a three point turn quite nicely with the trailer still attached just in front of the closed site gates, we found ourselves moving off again to the next stop on our plan, but, looking at it on the sat nav, it was going to take another 2+ hrs of driving to get there, so we were looking out for sites along the way, we managed to pull in at a roadside campsite sign and found ourselves at Camping Torre de la Peña near Tarifa, with a pitch found we settled in, we took a walk to see what was around, you can see the coast of Africa from here, the lights twinkle at night from the not so far off shores of Morocco, Tangier, which is just across the short span of sea that separates us, what a small world we live in!!!… If we didn’t have Toffi with us we could have travelled over and had a day trip to Africa… But nevermind we shall leave it for another adventure!!!

 

 

The site here is fine, staff friendly, the facilities clean, although these are a little draughty and open to the elements, unfortunately there’s only wifi at the reception or at the bar so we shall have to use our measly 12gb on our 3 mifi account, we will stay for 5 nights here to enjoy the views, the rate is €24.80 but 3 nights or more gives a 20% discount and so on which brings the price back down to approx €19pn… We have a pitch with a close sea view at last!!  Some campsites around here are charging €40pn at that rate it’d be cheaper to get a package holiday with flight and hotel for a week!!!

 

We thought we had better check out the bar and have ourselves a cheeky afternoon drink after we got here and were pitched, dogs are not allowed in or too near the bar, so we found ourselves sitting on a concrete bench near the end of the building, ostracized because of having Toffi with us… Nevermind we have drinks back at the motorhome anyway, so after a quick half, off we stumbled back to chill out back at the dog friendly motorhome…

DSCN0081

We took a stroll to see what was around, we rambled partly along the roadside where we encountered our 1st nest of the dreaded  processionary caterpillars, then partly into wooded areas (where a feisty dog thought he would give chase and have a good bark at us… I gave chase back and he skittered off and hid… some guard dog!) then we walked  partly along the coast and across what there were of beaches, we climbed down and along the rocks, even with the tide out here it doesn’t give much beach area to walk along, I am finding it a little frustrating for walking here, as it’s not really set up for pedestrians and you are pretty much expected to walk along busy main roads with huge lorries, cars and other traffic careening past you at speed, it’s pretty unclear where you are or are not allowed to walk, and the marked out walks on the maps reception have given us were also pretty unclear when we tried to walk them as we came across fences etc.

Anyhow Pete wanted to get to some Roman ruins called “Baelo Claudia” which we had driven past on the way here, but trying to walk to it we soon came to a full stop, that is when Pete wanted me to walk through a field full of bulls… again, (I avoid fields with cows and bulls in, as I must admit I like them to look at… but am very weary of being too near them, last year Pete made me walk through a field full of massive bulls, I did so nervously and under much protest and although nothing bad happened, when we got to the exit gate on the other side of the field there was a big red farmers warning sign saying “Danger” and “Do not enter field” because of the bulls!!! I swore then, no more walking through fields with cows and bulls in!!) just before that Pete was trying to get me to try a bit of rock climbing over cliff faces (yeah I’ve come to the conclusion he’s either hilarious or deluded)… Over here you follow small pathways which you think must go somewhere and they pitter off to dead ends, it certainly makes you appreciate the national trust in the UK for providing long, well marked out good walks with half decent walkways back home, I think they assume over here you are going to drive to every destination.

 

I had managed to trip out the electrics here on this site at least 5 times in the first two days, so I am guessing the amperage is pretty low, as even just putting the kettle on alone sometimes blows it…

It’s been quite low temperature wise with on/off stormy weather the last few days in between some sunnier times with temperatures ranging between 8° on colder days to 16° on warmer days, we have been hearing reports now of snow in Valencia and Alicante so we’ll move slower up the coast and hopefully miss that delight…

Apparently dolphins, orcas and pilot whales pass through the strait of Gibraltar of which we are looking out on to, so I have been eagerly on the look out for some, but haven’t seen much apart from lots of big ships passing through, it’s one of the busiest shipping lanes worldwide with an estimated 80,000 ships passing through the strait every year…

 

Pete had set off on his bike to go in search of seeing the ruins, while Toffi and I stayed at camp and did the boring stuff like the washing etc… I thought it far too busy a road to take Toffi in her doggyhut on, just in case she freaked out while we were riding along, Pete took hrs to return back to camp and I must admit I had started to worry slightly… but when he got back it turned out he hadn’t realised just how far away the ruins were, he had done over a 15 mile round trip on his bike, he was pretty tired when he finally got back from seeing a bunch of old rocks, but Pete insists it was more like a 30 mile round trip, google maps says otherwise…

 

Till next time

Take Care

Donna x

GPS Coords Camping Torre del la Peña N36°3’23” W5°39’31” €24.80pn 20% discount 3+days (approx €19pn), other offers available for longer.