We have spent the past couple of days at Valldora campsite and it is huge, 3 swimming pools a Jacuzzi fit for 25 people, 4 tennis courts, a football pitch, children’s club, restaurant, cafe, take-away, shops and a mixture of tents already erected, caravans, bungalows and touring pitches. A campsite with superb facilities, extremely clean and well maintained.
We then decided on a mini tour of Costa Brava by venturing into Platja D’Aro for a look around. There is a super beach with plenty of beach bars and restaurants along the promenade, a good shopping centre and quite a busy little town, even more so, we imagine in the summer months.
We continued north along the coast passing Calonge and the campsite that we stayed at around 27 years ago, continuing through Palamos until we reached our favoured beach Aiguablava. We set ourselves up on the beach for a bit or R&R, taking in some much needed Vitamin D. We talked about how we found this beach 27 years ago without any satnavs to guide us and laughed at how we used to just drive and explore the areas either side of where we happened to be staying. I guess we have always been a bit nomadic as this is what we still love to do now!
We moved on to the ancient village of Peratallada with its heritage stone streets and famed to be one of Catalonia’s most gorgeous villages. It didn’t disappoint with its preserved narrow lanes, heavy stone arches and 12th-century church, a delight to stroll through.
Today, we left Platja D’Aro and headed to Valencia, taking the extremely scenic coastal route from St Feliu au Guixols to Tossa de Mar, a 23km route we have taken twice before in the opposite direction and one that Tony cannot remember. I told him that allegedly there is a curve for each day of the year. He had been warned! Curves there are plenty and quite a few cyclists braving the ups rather slowly and the downs extremely fast, you have to be careful that you don’t meet one coming down on a bend as they really cut the corners at speed. The drive is very scenic with a few opportunities to stop and admire the views.
We passed through Lloret de Mar, before joining the toll motorway to Barcelona where we then navigated our way through the underpasses that spit you out on the South side of Barcelona before rejoining the C32 again where we still had 300 kilometres to go to Valencia.
Due to the beautiful weather and the distance we still had to travel to get to Valencia, I asked Tony if we really needed to go to Valencia as we were only there last year we could cut our journey short and head for a recommended site, L’Orangerie at Calig, just west of Benicarlo.
So that is where we currently are for the next couple of nights (more if we feel like it) and ready to explore Benicarlo, Peniscola and the surrounding area. Just one disappointment, the swimming pool has not yet been filled and we really could have done with a cooling off! The site is in a very quiet country setting, very relaxing.
That’s the great thing about touring in the campervan, you can chop and change your destination as and when you feel like it!