A question we have been asked many times is why we chose Spain and why in a Motorhome?
Well to be honest it just seemed like a good idea at the time, we had seen Rick Stein’s Spanish cookery tour and realised we really like Spanish food, we also wanted to experience one country, see it, taste it, live it. So Spain it was.
So why in a motorhome? Just over ten years ago we spent a month in New Zealand and rented a motorhome, though we were short on time, we were able to get closer to the people and the country better that we could have dreamed. So we decided that when we were 55 we would take a another year out and do it in a motorhome. So after three months on the road were we right? Oh yes and so much more.
To try and put this into prospective, we visited Seville and there we saw that the local council was picking all the oranges off the trees while we were there. Asking why we were told that by doing this the whole of Seville would have orange blossom at the end of March. The idea being the city would have an all pervading scent of blossom in the evenings. Sounded great but we had no idea what this would be like until we stop at an orange producing town called Mala, here at the end of March the blossom is out and realise just how lucky the citizens of Seville are, we walk by a field of orange trees in blossom. The scent is wonderful and though we are parked in a carpark, all around us are orange trees in blossom and it is just lovely.
Two days later we are heading north to Toledo for Easter, it is the centre of religious Spain, as we were heading up we noticed there was a campsite 39kms away from us, as we had been driving for a few hours and diverted to it, and found another undiscovered paradise, to stop and enjoy.
A truly stunning place, undiscovered, we spent a lovely day there, before heading to the
Toledo to experience Semana Santa. The weather being kind we decided to headed east to Cuenca a world heritage site with its hanging houses. Again a stunning location like a mini grand canyon. We parked by a river which was flowing by about ten feet away. We cycled to the Enchanted town a 50 km round trip, here are some of weirdest rock
formations ever. All very Game of Thrones.
After three days of free camping we set off again stopping off at a campsite in the mountains that was in no book or app, Camping La Serradora in the province of Guadalajara. The weather continued to be kind and you would not know that we were over 2000mt up as we walked around in our tee shirts. The next morning, we were at 3 degrees and snow, so what do you do? You are in a motorhome, so we left and headed for the sunshine at Valencia.
So in a nutshell Why Spain? It is varied and truly amazing, inland Spain is a revelation, a must visit and must explore if you like walking, nature, wildlife and natural beauty and great food.
Why a Motorhome? It’s flexible, if you like a place stay longer no booking required, if it’s too cold drive and go somewhere else. You never have to unpack, and your bed, is your bed. Unlike a hotel it is your home, so you don’t have to book. Though you can’t drive it right into town and park in any carpark, it is much easier than a caravan.
We knew it was what we wanted to do, the reality is better than the dream. If you have the desire to see a country close up for longer than 3 months a motorhome is the only way to go. Nine months left on our journey, it just won’t be enough.