After a very relaxing 24 hour crossing with Brittany Ferries we arrived rested at Santander. We knew the trip south was about 10 hours so decided to break it up by heading to a camp site some of the way down, but aiming to get there before it got dark – the joy of camping by head torch, not. With no real sense of Spanish trafic volumes and somewhere at the back of my mind a memory of something I read telling me to avoid Madrid we took a westerly route rather than due south. Given the traffic we encountered, as close to zero as makes no difference, perhaps i was dreaming and its Paris that one must avoid. We headed to www.campingcubillas.com just outside Palencia, a little run down and right on the main road but in the perfect geographical location. The traffic volume and noise can be heard into the night, that’s just the reality of camping near a motorway.
And so to Gibraltar
We were up and away by 7.30am and passed Valladolid, Salamanca and Plasencia before stopping for lunch at Cáceres. This is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site with a historic old town and town walls. Then on past Mérida, Zafra and Sevilla before arriving at Gibraltar. Well almost. We can see the rock but decided to stay in Spain at La Linea overnight before heading to Morocco in the morning – sureuropa. What a lovely campsite just on the beach, no traffic just the noise of the sea to put us to sleep. Sunny and 28 degrees yesterday. The Defender is turning heads everywhere we go, Geri thinks they are looking at her….shhhhhh.
- Giant image of the Queen projected on to Rock of Gibraltar (telegraph.co.uk)
- Royals set to arrive in Gibraltar (bbc.co.uk)