Travel from Alicante to the Basque Country

After spending the weekend in Camping Los Llanos in Denia  with a bitter taste for everything that happened on Sunday August 18 we decided to continue our trip: Zaragoza.

We left early (with two young children early is before 12) and took the dual carriageway towards Teruel.

We took the day quietly, because we knew we had all day to get to the camping and according to the GPS no more than 4 hours between Denia and Zaragoza.  At the end were some more because the GPS does not take into account the speed with Caravan (at least mine).

We made ​​many stops, forced to carry two small children, in some merenderos of the Mudejar motorway . We check the advantage of going with caravan and bring the toilet in tow ..

There was something that caught our attention powerfully is that at every exit of the highway, there was a giant sculpture of metal or cement. Some were gigantic and bulged in the middle of nowhere:

We do not understand too much about art, but it seemed a waste. Moles steel and stone in the middle of nowhere for the enjoyment of the highway drivers. So we have done ..! Long live Spain!

At eight o’clock we arrived at Camping Ciudad de Zaragoza, which previously had reserved a plot. It was half empty and had not been necessary but as it was the only one in the area, we prefer to be sure.

 

The campsite is newly built and claims to be luxury category.

It has good facilities, and as with any new camping trees are young and has almost no shade.

We left the caravan on a plot of land directly opposite the toilets and just when we had placed you look at a watering hose that was leaking was half buried.

 

A puddle began to get under the caravan reported to reception but no one went to see it. Often luxury camping.

At about ten o’clock at night, we decided to go to dinner and visit City Hall and the Basilica del Pilar.  We left in a hurry because in the camping, as in the vast majority, can not enter the car from the 12 the night. This is difficult sightseeing but everything is for the rest of the campers.

We dined at a tapas bar with free buffet next to the town hall. Buffet and little tasty. One of the girls went to sleep all the time and the other pulled on his boots. Then, walk through the square. People bathed in the sources without shame. It must be local custom. That if pressed heat (35 degrees) honoring have a saying that those lands ..

“In Zaragoza there nine months of winter and three months of hell.” (Corrected, Rebeca)

I attest it.

What little we could see the Basilica caught our attention. It was huge and beautiful. We took pictures and we proceeded down the parking as the hour approached. Error. Parking door was locked and only opened bringing the Ticket to the reader. As I have a habit of losing always I leave in the car. We had to call the “guard” guard who opened gently without asking questions. We arrived late at the campsite but we cried a bit and opened the door.

The next day dawned windy. The folding pergola we bought to replace on short trips avancé was lying. One of his legs was bent. Days later it would break. I do not put the winds. Rookie mistake.

That day we changed the route. It is the biggest advantage of traveling with caravan. At first we wanted to go camping in Roncesvalles, but after checking the ports up the way to zaragoza and see how the car suffered, decided to save the punishment and establish a new base camp.

I chose the Aralar Camping in Lekumberri, halfway between Pamplona and San Sebastian. Everything we wanted to see was within a radius of 80 km.

 

The campsite as its website says, is a real family camping . Not too many plots and it is not cheap (35 euros per night in August) but it is cozy and well located.

The best thing is definitely the campsite Iñigo, the owner and especially to see how it relates to children, paseandolos in his small tractor  trailer around the camping and introducing new children to rest. Our daughters had a blast and it quickly made ​​new friends.

Like all plots are grass, Iñigo  cuts the grass every time a camper leaves the plot, preparing for the next. It is all very neat and clean camping.

 

The campsite is in the Sierra de Aralar and you can go hiking and cycling. Right next to the campsite there is a tourist office located in a red wagon train where given maps of the area and recommendations visit.

A little over a kilometer from the campsite at the entrance of a nearby village there is a cheese shop where we bought cheese curds and menhaden sheep. There to attend a guided tour of the cheesemaking Idizabal, who gave us the owner’s daughter died. The curd the comi me without putting anything on the door of the cheese factory. I have not tried anything like it in my life. How would the old program “The Pawnshop” Nectar of the gods.

 

After lunch at the campsite, we went through Pamplona to Roncesvalles. The road full of curves and slopes, became heavy. We arrived shortly before seven when they closed everything. Visit the tourist office and tour of the resort. As seen in Roncesvalles registered- less than 30 people guess all belonging to the clergy.

We saw many pilgrims began the road and road signs so they are not lost. It brought back memories of when I did in 2002, departing from Ponferrada. One of the best experiences of my life.

 

Once the exhibition tour and visited the church and its catacombs, we went to a lookout .. with a spectacular view of the Pyrenees.

 

After we returned to the campsite Eroski scale where we bought some food and a Nordic, because the first day in the campsite had cold.

From there we slept like Marquises.

 

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