Moving on from Fronteira, we headed up the E802 before taking a smaller road, driving through the Parque Natural de São Mamede and across the border into Spain, which was obviously distinguished by the sign but also the superior road quality! The road then became the N-521 which we ate a few miles on before stopping at Trujillo, where the app said there was a place to stop for the night outside a Bull Ring.
The next morning we carried on Eastward setting off on the EX-208 before taking the picturesque EX-102 through the Sierra de Guadalupe where we stopped for lunch and a solar shower!
The closest stop we could see for a while was one that we had already visited in Toledo and knowing we got on alright there last time, decided to stay again! Carried on the EX-102 then the CM-411 before taking the CM-401 all the way to the stop. Definitely a lot warmer than when we were last there in February!
Left Toledo after stocking up on fuel and food and stopped in Alcazar de San Juan (about 40 miles from Toledo) to use the service area at a camperstop. Took a scenic route on the N11 and clocked 3,000 miles since we left home! We joined the E901 heading towards Benagéber (where we had spotted a place to stop for the night). Around 60 miles later and a drive in the dark ;on a narrow, windy road, we arrived!
The following day we spent in the sun and took a walk around the village – in the middle of fields, quaint and full of agricultural gear!
Took a look at the map and decided to make our way to Valencia taking a smaller road which went round part of the ‘Emb de Benagéber’ and also featured an old aqueduct! Had to stop for some photos….
Carried on the CV-35 towards Valencia and after tackling the 6 lane roundabout with no markings, we spent what seemed like forever to find a space to park. Valencia beach was packed full of people (Good Friday!) and Charlie was too tall for the underground parking. We decided to drive slightly out of Valencia (the beach wasn’t near the centre anyway!) and pulled up to El Saler beach instead, located in ‘Parque Natural de Albufera’. There was a campsite nearby, but being late in the afternoon we decided it would be best to stay there from tomorrow to get the most for our money & to ensure we could have a full day visiting Valencia! We parked up in the beach carpark and spent the night there after taking a walk.
Woke up early to allow us to get a spot at the campsite! They were pretty busy for Easter weekend but managed to squeeze us in between two motorhomes. A bus stop was just outside the site and only took 10 minutes to arrive right in the middle of the city centre.
Spent the day wandering around taking in all the sights – from the modern city centre filled with designer shops to the older part which featured the central market,water fountains, Plaza de Reina (where we enjoyed a few beers in the sun!) and old architecture.
We also took a walk through the park which is within the old, dried up riverbed that circles around the city. Found a restaurant in the evening and had to order the ‘Valencia’ paella (when in Rome and all that!) and also had a jug of Sangria between us.
Got the last bus back and decided to walk down from the campsite into El Saler town. A couple of bars were open so got back on the beers and had some more tapas too! Also tried the local drink (non-alcoholic!) called ‘Horchada – a blend of tiger nuts and ice to make a creamy, slushy type drink which tasted really good!
With the waiters clearing the last of the tables and the bar almost empty apart from us and another couple outside, we made our way back to the van with full bellies and the plan to make our way to Barcelona over the next few days…