What a difference a day makes…

It’s true, what a difference a day makes… It has been fabulous to be up in the mountain regions of Las Romanes overlooking the largest mountain of the Andalusia area “Sierra Blanca”, and then to be watching as the different weather systems roll in and then roll back out again, the rolling mists of this morning gave a fantastic display and looked to be smothering the mountains, but by early afternoon most of this mist had lifted with just the mountain tops still covered in the eerie mysterious looking cloud coverings…

 

The area has given us all a lot of reflective, quiet time, we have enjoyed relaxing and being able to ramble around on foot, without the worry of walking near heavy traffic on scary main roads and also away from the traffic noise, it’s just so relaxing here, the campsite has been that quiet, that at times we’ve woken and it’s been nearly 10am instead of the usual hustle and bustle of waking at 8-8.30am… there are no barking dogs here at night either (which seems to be the norm in most of Portugal and Spain in our experience so far!) the only noise here is the sound of small songbirds chirping away and singing in the treetops.

 

There was a light shower of rain last night… but it was only a very light drizzle of rain, the dried out lakebed has been an interesting place to walk, and for us to explore, with the lake bed being so parched and barren looking that it takes on an appearance of a lunar landscape, the lake itself should have been at least 3 times larger than it currently is, if not bigger still, so it shows us just how much drought there has been in the area… But what a wonderful escape the place gives…

 

Toffi has thankfully stayed healthy and has been thoroughly enjoying her off lead adventures and the freedom of that very much, there is a stoney pathed walk that encircles the entire lake system and more pathways beyond that, most days there has been a shepherd who walks his herd of sheep and goats back and forth past the campsite daily, however I was more impressed with the fact that he has with him at least 9 dogs (breeds ranging from a huge Bullmastif, a 3 legged labrador, a couple of terriers and at least 5 herding collies to boot), but all are individually helping him herd, each with their own little jobs, and also charged with keeping himself and his herd safe during their daily ambles, it’s a bit like watching Dr Dolittle wandering past daily, and you can hear them all coming as some of his sheep wear bells around their necks, I also saw another man wandering around the campsite with a parrot on his shoulder…  but each to their own…

 

Camping Presa La Vinuela certainly is a place to come to recharge, ramble and just to relax… and maybe for some it would be too quiet, but for me it wasn’t the case I found it refreshing and relaxing, it gave me time to gather my thoughts and reflect on our journey so far and wonder just what lay ahead of us…

There is also a restaurant at the campsite which we also tried out after being tempted by the lovely aroma’s of the cooking wafting down over the campsite one afternoon, we chose a skewered pork/chicken Kebab with chips each at €12 and also had a couple of small beers each to wash it down, the food was tasty and mostly cooked well (apart from the small sweetcorn cobs which were a little too blackened for my liking), our bill came to €37 which included the tip of a few euro’s, I think this was slightly overpriced for such a casual lunchtime meal, as each meal consisted of a dry crusty bread roll, a couple of chunks of green pepper, half an onion, couple of slices of tomato, 2 over grilled small chunks of mini sweetcorn cobs and just 4 bite sized chunks of meat each, accompanied by skinny chips, the kebab items were also already removed from the skewer (I’m guessing this was for everyone’s safety and that they just didn’t trust us with a skewer each!!!) and maybe I felt it a tad expensive just because I was really, really, really hungry that day and just wanted more!!!  However I think perhaps you are paying more for the service and view, which is I have to admit very picturesque, as the restaurant also overlooks the mountain “Sierra Blanca” so with the wonderful views of that together with the lake… there is a certain wow factor, and although out in the hills and away from the bigger towns it seems a very popular place for people to come, meet up and enjoy a meal…

Until next time…

Take Care

Donna x

GPS Coords Camping Presa La Vinuela N36°52’25”  W4°11’9″   €17 pn 7 nights for 6 deal with ASCI discount card