Marbella to Benidorm and Beyond

 Today an epic run. 12/03/18

decided to head for the coast from Lidl. Gib way to an Aire we were recommended  really good. So off we set, Co-Ords into the sat nav for an aire close to Estapona 

94 miles, and set of. Drove through some stunning scenery, Through breathtaking View in the mountains. Great.

OH No!!! what’s this !!

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50 bloody miles down the road in the middle of the mountains, Road closed for next 50 miles.  No detour around possible. Typical Spanish thinking, bung a sign closing the road at the close off point., and not 30 miles back when you could turn off.

I’ve no doubt that some where they have a website to tell you these things, but  we don’t speak Spanish,  some very irate cursing from Teresa ?? ( I don’t swear, I have a lot of faults, but being wrong ain’t one of them.) 

Quick frantic search on the sat nav, and a cross-country detour of 30 miles and another 50 to get somewhere near where we wanted to be. that’s why we are here in campillos 50 miles from where we wanted to be tonight . Onto Marbella tomorrow. Fed up !!

After our enforced detour , We ended up here at Campillos, more by necessity than design.

Campillos Aire.

Its quite good. only 5 spaces, but its situated in a large car park. so plenty of room if its full. All services except electric, Which is there but Locked, with signs of long term none use. Nice Town Small enough to walk round. turn left out of the Aire by waste water dump, and its just down the esplanade. Spent a night and moved on.

Next stop. Mijas.

Stayed two nights, been here before, large aire of sorts, water in the corner by bins no Grey or sewage waste available as of time of writing. Lidl up the road past the foot bridge, good launderette now open over footbridge and 300 meters to the right.

Gaudia civil went past twice no problem, but be aware!! you must park behind white concrete barriers or get a fine.Market days Wednesday and Saturday. You are also supposed to go to the town Hall or police station to register your stay.  We Did not. can take a few hours to do this. Im 71 now. Might not live to see the permit. Bugger em. we chanced it, and were OK.

Abandoned Gold Mines.

Pitched up here from Park4night.  Circular gravel car park with abandoned Gold mine workings dotted around, quite interesting. Access through a small village half derelict half new. not suitable for very large motor homes . 6/8 meters is OK no services that we can find..

The Coast is away away, about 2k. but good walking paths to it. You can see it quite well from the Mines. I saw a few cars down there with my BI-Nocs, so must be a road to it somewhere,

We spent a night Digging for gold..Yup you Guessed it !!! Found nowt but Blisters. Not Really !! After all nobody leaves a gold mine with gold in it. On to

Narejos campsite  

Nice site 8 euros in the cheap seats. Gravelled pitches next to main office along the road, quiet at night. 11 euros with electric, main pitches on tarmac,

 Full when we got here at 3pm..nice restaurant on site with bar, but a tad expensive .Not much around the place and nothing to make us linger more than one night. Small sea front esplanade, nothing to write home about. Trusty and us spruced up, heading on in the morning.