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Published: June 16th 2014
Left our lovely campsite to head further West, this time heading for a location directly on the coast.
The idea was to find a few stopping places along the way but it proved virtually impossible to stop, in any of the places we wanted to stop anyway. Luarca was one town which was highlighted in our guide book as a good place to visit and we drove through but that was all we could do. Stopping was not an option. Las Acenas also looked good for a stop but again no chance but we did at least find a spot by the river on the way out of town.
Saturday probably not the best of days to drive a 7 meter motorhome into town hoping for a place to park it, the towns were already full of Spanish people just doing their Saturday thing along with their cars which filled all the parking spaces leaving nowhere for us. After a couple of attempts we abandoned the idea of visiting towns en route and continued on our way.
Of note though is that in Figueras we finally found a Mirador And a parking spot and pulled in to
admire the view across the river estuary to Ribadeo. Then of course Bob had to find a way out for the Tandy through the narrow streets but we made it.
We were trying very hard, as always, to steer clear of major roads, motorways. Unless we are in a flying rush, which we are not usually, it is always much more pleasant to drive along the more local roads when a route is available. As this coastline is a combination of high cliffs and elongated river estuaries we found ourselves well away from the coast for much of the way.
Nearing our campsite we drove along the coast for several miles for the first time. The beach is about 12 km long and one area, Playa das Catedrais, was heaving with Sunday tourist traffic as the beach there has some spectacular rock formations. We didn’t stop to see them as actually we couldn’t, the road was full enough with traffic trying to park so no chance for us.
We found our campsite, Gaivota, just across the road from the sandy beach, parked up and decided to take a walk along the sand. The sun had
at this point not made an appearance as it was well shrouded by mist. It popped out as we had lunch so we were expecting to have a very sunny beach stroll. I took a shirt in case I needed to protect my shoulders from the sun. I wore the shirt all the way as protection from the chill as the sun went in as soon as we set off and refused to come out again. Beach walk photos are therefore Grey !
To the West of our campsite there is a very long unbroken stretch of lovely soft sandy beach but directly in front of the campsite a rather lovely little rock bounded cove. We couldn’t get to it on the way back as the tide had come in blocking our way round the rocks. If the sun had been out there is no doubt I would have been swimming in the sea but not warm enough with the grey sky and the waves were very strong in places.
There is a good coastal walk along the top of the beach so we followed that and had a drink in a café overlooking another rocky
cove. Back at the campsite the sun put in a brief appearance around dinner time and we saw blue sky again as we enjoyed a drink in our campsite’s very nice little bar. Drinks here are very cheap – seem to be €3 for two!
Campsite – Camping Gaivota
Our rating : 9.5 / 10 (a pool would have been nice but understandable there isn’t one as there is a lovely sandy beach directly across the road and the bar is very good and the wifi is free )
Price – Asci = €16 (cash only, no cards)
Tot: 2.614s; Tpl: 0.059s; cc: 12; qc: 32; dbt: 0.0328s; 2; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 2;
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