Next stop… Marbella!

It was soon time for us to pack up and leave Camping Torre de la Peña after staying for 5 nights the final bill came to €103 (€5 of that was the dog tariff, I don’t mind campsites charging a small extra for the dog, most campsites do, but I do wish they would at least chuck in a daily walk for it… like first thing in the morning would be great for them to come pick her up for a half hour walk, while we catch a lay in or at least give us time to get some coffee into our systems..)

We stopped off in the town of Tarifa on our outward travel, parked up on the outskirts where there was plenty of parking and walked up to the main drag which is full of great surf shops, we then took a stroll down to the old town part which was very quaint and typically Spanish, another lovely place to visit. We walked back to the motorhome along a pathway lined with palm trees next to the beach.  There is a field for motorhomes to park in, on the outskirts of the town Tarifa for free (head into and follow the road adjacent to the stadium, and it’s close to the local police station), we didn’t stop there and I didn’t get Coords but it looked like they had a black waste/grey emptying facility there which could be handy, but I really didn’t notice if they had a fresh water filling point.

We were soon on our way again, we drove past a rather large rock called Gibraltar, then drove through a few towns, up some motorways, we paid a total of €5.15 on toll roads (take heed France as your tolls are way too expensive in comparison!) and then through some tunnels, some with high bridges leading into those tunnels on which we sometimes got side whipped with high winds, but we ended up in Marbella safely and at a popular campsite called Cabopino where we are staying for 4 nights at €19pn, the place is packed and we can certainly see why…

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We are parked just across from the bar on this site (which Pete’s quite happy about), we popped in to have a couple of drinks when we were set up and settled in, they held a “quiz night” that night in the bar and today the campers are all being treated to free drinks and food from the campsites social room, I must admit it went down a treat! the paella, bread, sausages, chops and kebab sticks were lovely, washed down with a choice of free beer, wine or sangria…

Nice to see campsites doing this, I can see why the place is so popular, there is always something being done here for the campers benefits, there’s a heated indoor swimming pool that is open, as well as an outdoor pool here also which is nice, usually there’s just an outdoor pool which are all closed in the winter months as its out of season…

On our third night here the bar held a music night, they had 2 singers perform in the bar area, seemed to be most of the long-term stayers really enjoyed the list of Elvis, Tom Jones and Roy Orbison songs being belted out rather loudly over a microphone till 11.00pm…

WiFi seems an issue here apparently the speed is really poor and it is the most expensive I have seen so far at any campsite at €19 for just 3 days access with poor speed that is a pretty excessive price, value wise… Of course Pete bought into it and pretty much regretted it straight away…

We walked to the beach on a wet cold day, but when we got there Toffi was very disappointed to see the no dog signs… so we headed back cold, wet and disappointed!…. but the next day was much warmer and we found another part of the beach with sand dunes, Dunes de Artola, with a much more scenic walk, and Toffi got to enjoy the sea and the sand, she is now tucked up in a warm blanket sleeping of the exercise, and dreaming of yet more beaches…

We have been in contact with our friends Anne and David who we met all the way back in Caceres campsite and then met again at Turismo, and we plan on meeting up with them at the campsite they are on, Valle Niza, we phoned ahead to book as our friends had said it was pretty busy and to be safe get it booked, we were then told to email for a booking which we did, but in the meantime Anne had approached reception and managed to secure the pitch right next door to them… What an absolute star!! We are really excited and should get to see them on Sunday it will be lovely to catch up with them both…

I was contacted during the week and informed my mum had been taken into hospital poorly, she seems to have contracted that dreaded awful Aussie flu that is currently going around the UK and with her already suffering with lung problems she has been told she will need to stay in for the next week at least… Hope you get well soon mum x

There’s a carpark down near the sand dunes not far from the campsite  and there are a couple of motorhomes parked up in there might be good for a nights stop over wilding… They at least seem to be getting more sunshine there then we are on our shaded campsite pitch…

Well enough from me for now

Take care

Donna x

GPS Coords Camping Torre del la Peña N36°3’23” W5°39’31” €24.80pn

Camping Capobino N36°29’21” W4°44’35” €19 pn with ACSI discount