We met them at a nearby Lidl grocery store since they usually have sufficient parking for a motorhome, plus we had to pick up some groceries anyhow!
Pleasantries were exchanged, and we hopped in their car to find somewhere to go for coffee. There was a nearby restaurant cafeteria at a gas station, so we got a table.
Lots to talk about. Carol and Roelof are originally from Toronto, but are now based on Vancouver Island. They're out exploring the world now, and are doing some house sitting. They recently spent a couple of weeks in Morocco, so it was interesting talking to them about that since we'll be doing the same thing in early April.
Kevin, Roelof, Ruth and Carol.
Good discussion for an hour and a half, and we hope to meet up again somewhere else in the word some day!
It was about 12:30pm by the time we finished our grocery shopping and finally hit the road. We didn't really have an overnight spot in mind, but first we wanted to match up another one of my dad's photo spots from his trip in 1954. It didn't take long to find it, only about 5 kms away!
My dad's photo from 1954.
Taken yesterday from the same spot!
The road in the foreground would have been the main southern coastal road at the time. Since then, there has been another bridge built in between the aqueduct and the original road. And, there's a four lane highway that runs this route now as well! Things have sure changed!
We walked across the newer bridge to get a better shot of the Roman aqueduct.
And while we're talking about matching up some of my dad's photo spots, Ruth was going through his pictures yesterday and there had been one of two scenery shots that we didn't think were going to be easy to find so we really hadn't been trying. But as she was looking at them, she compared them to some of the photos we had taken yesterday, and amazingly one of them almost matched up!
Taken February 28th.
So that was kind of fun.
I checked the websites for a couple of coastal overnight possibilities, got the GPS coordinates for a couple of options, and we carried on along the scenic (but very slow) coastal route.
Scenery along the way.
As you can see, it was another beautiful day.
We stopped at one overlook and went for a short walk. There was another RV parked at the overlook, but otherwise the old scenic route was a lot quieter than we thought it would have been. We tossed around the idea of overnighting there, because the only signs were a large "P" and a small one that said it was some kind of natural park area. Nothing at all about parking overnight. Anyhow, we finally decided against it and carried on.
Saw some wildlife along the way!
Lots of tunnels and bridges.
We made it to a second free parking location that had really good reviews online, with recent reviews from only last month. It was tough to get to, with lots of steep residential roads on the side of the mountain. We arrived there to find this...
A brand new sign!
There was only one other RV, and very few cars. I expect had we been here a couple of weeks ago this lot would have been packed with RVs.
But, we're pretty sure we know what happened, and it's been happening all along the southern Spanish coast. Some RVs have been abusing things and now they're being shut down for everyone. In fact, we saw one RV dumping their grey water on a beachfront sidewalk yesterday. I almost said something, but the licence plate was from France and I didn't know how to get my point across in French.
Anyhow, we carried on to the next idea near Salobreña.
Things are pretty congested in some areas.
Arrived in Salobreña to find another castle on a hill.
And we were parked up for some free beach camping by 3:30pm.
GPS 36.741467, -3.596507
Taken from the same spot as the photo above this one.
We went for a walk on the beach, about two kms each way to the main beach of Salobreña.
This beach would be absolutely jam packed on a hot summer day.
Octopus roasting over an open fire!
The castle is all lit up at night.
Nice quiet night, and if we didn't have to be back to Alicante on Monday we probably would have stayed here and relaxed for the day. But, we've had our fill of the coast again, and we're headed back inland!
Yesterday's drive, 42 kms (26 miles).
Oh, and we posted our February expense report...you can view it here...
Fantastic deal on an emergency freeze dried food kit. Also great for quick meals when you need one!