Heading south from our stay near Arcachon (see here) we got south of the Spanish border on the first day. We decided to keep the run through central Spain as short as we could as we were due to meet up with family on the south Coast. We got through a large part of central Spain in one day – trouble free other than early morning fog – and left ourselves a fairly short run to the coast for the following day.
As we were staying in an apartment we left the motorhome on a site for a few days. We were staying in Benalmadena which is pretty much in the middle of the major tourist area on this coast. Given that it was mid October it was not too busy and wandering the beaches was pleasant. Special mention must go to Mijas which is a major “white village” tourist destination. When you get there you realise why – it is lovely. I’ve only put the one picture on here as there are many images of the area and it seems many people went there before me!
The original rationale behind this trip in our motorhome was to see whether we found coastal Spain in the off season as appealing as many other people do. We moved on from the Marbella/Malaga area after a short stay and headed east. In general we tend to prefer less touristy areas and, having not been in the area before, we moves along the coast to Roquetas de Mar. The campsite there was reasonably well placed, a little out of Roquetas but close enough to the beach area. We had some fairly good weather here and enjoyed walking the coast in both directions.
While we love unplanned tours such as this now was, it means that you never quite know when you should move on or in which direction. We decided that we would return to Roquetas in the future and so moved east again after a few days this time stopping in Aguilas. It is possible that Mojacar is the better known spot on this particular part of the coast however we thoroughly enjoyed Aguilas. The town had plenty of interest in it with good bars and cafes. The castle there is right on the coast and has great views – the left hand image is taken from there. The campsite was also better than many we have stayed at. Equally the coastline in the area was really great to walk along.
With the right light it was a great place for photography and one we would definitely return to in the future. There was a forecast of a very severe storm affecting most of this coastal area of Spain so we took that as a sign to move on and headed east again for somewhere we hoped would be a little more sheltered. That blog should appear soon.