Wild west, detours and A&E
As it’s a little bit gloomy here in the Algarve today, although we can’t complain when our newsfeeds from home this morning have been filled with the white stuff, it seems like a good opportunity to catch up on the ‘ole blog.
Being a little incapacitated by my ankle injury we decided that Cadiz would have to wait for next time.
We had intended to stay at a campsite nr. Motril, but after viewing it Stu decided we would be better off reverting to the Park4Night app to find somewhere to park up. It turned out to be a good choice – a lovely little spot next a beach with a lovely little wooden beach bar in hobbling distance – perfect 🙂
My extraction site feels more painful so we decided to head towards Fuengirola in search of another dentist hoping they could take a peak and rule out a dry socket. Unfortunately, the dentist was not available until after the weekend so I decided to continue with home remedies and see how it is in a few days. Our stop for the night was at Mijas Costa, a lovely little area with plenty of bars, restaurants. We take advantage of the warm sunshine whiling away a couple of hours at a little beachfront cafe. The next day starts gloomy with rain forecast after a quick look round the market right next to our parking spot we decide to head off. The weather wasn’t great so we found a stop en route to El Rocio which turned out to be a perfect place to spend a wet Saturday afternoon. The
By the time we arrived at El Rocio the next
The annual pilgrimage combines religion and
We spent our last night near Huelva ready to head over the border the next day to meet Mark & Michelle, who we met on our travels last winter, at Armação de Pêra. The journey should have taken around 2.5hrs however our Sat Nav was feeling very mischievous and ended up taking us on an inland route that ended up taking almost double that. We finally arrived at the parking spot just before the sunset feeling a little frazzled. We have previously spent a lot of time on the beaches in the area before we had a motorhome, but had completely overlooked this little town. We spent the next 5 days exploring the little town, new beaches and of course trying out a few of the bars and restaurants. We especially enjoyed watching the sunset each evening from table 13 at
By midweek my ankle was still badly swollen so I decided I really ought to get it checked. Although we have travel insurance it transpires you are still expected to use a public hospital so we head off to the one at Portimão. It’s the first time I have ever had cause to put my EHIC card to use and I have to say I was very impressed. I was in and out of the hospital in around 1.5 hrs; fortunately just a bad sprain which required a support and rest for a few weeks – phew!
After a few more days enjoying a mini heatwave, we headed to Silves to join Mark and Michelle for the jamming session held every Sunday evening at
With a cold looming and an unsettled weather forecast for the next few
Motril – N36 43′ 4″ W3 33′ 36″
Mijas Costa – N36 30′ 22″ W2 40′ 55″ – since stopping I have read that local police have been clamping down on parking here – only allowing 30 and you have to register at the local Guardia
La Puebla de Cazalla – N37 13′ 30″ W5 18′ 17″ – great little stop including free shower and electric
El Rocio – N37 8′ 2″ W6 29′ 21″ – listed as day parking, but overnight may be tolerated off season
Armação de Pêra €4 per night – water & emptying available.
Silves – Parque do Castelo Aire N37 11′ 37″ W8 26′ 10″- €6.50 pn + €2.50 EHU
Pera – Mikki’s Place – N37 7′ 42″ W8 19′ 22″ –€9.50 pn inc EHU