7th - 9th August 2021
Area El Hornillo Playa : https://www.xn--reaelhornilloplaya-xrb.es/
What3Words : https://w3w.co/scores.skateboard.unfairly
€12!!! Just €12 to park up right on the beach… Though we did have an adventure before we even arrived.
The cupboards were once again bare, so before picking our next campsite we headed into town to find Aldi. Luckily enough, Aldi was right next door to McDonalds and we killed two birds with one stone allowing the boys to experience an “authentic Spanish” McDonalds. With full cupboards and full tummies we set off back to the coast to find a campsite for the evening.
Now, you may have heard us say this before (possibly several times), but we don’t often make bookings in advance. We also firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. And this day was a classic example of those two philosophies colliding to make magic.
The first campsite we had in mind was full and actually when we arrived it was too small for us to maneuver around easily. The next couple of sites along that stretch of coast didn’t inspire us to stop, so we revisited www.searchforsites.co.uk and looked for Aires with Services. In the few miles along the coast leading up to Malaga there are several options but for some reason we were drawn to El Hornillo. There were no reviews, and the photos weren’t very inspiring, but my spider sense was tingling and we decided to investigate.
Arriving was… umm... dramatic. SearchforSites showed the entrance to be on the seafront. This entrance isn’t actually accessible to large motorhomes like ours. We followed a very narrow, very winding road with cars parked either side along the sea front. Steve even jumped out at one point, moving a jeep by releasing it’s handbrake and pushing it a couple of feet out of the way. Eventually we arrived at the entrance and the turn in was so tight other cars had to be moved so we could maneuver and line up with the gates, and then we got stuck AGAIN. The drop from the beach into the campsite was so steep we almost lost our exhaust and whatever gubbins we have under the van. Thankfully the owner and several guests and even one or two locals came to our rescue. They helped place a couple of pallets under the back wheels, which lifted us up enough that we could pass over the ridge safely. Phew.
Once on site we found a piece of heaven. Area El Hornillo is a brand new family run aire with services. It had only been opened a few weeks, no wonder there were no reviews or photos! Anna and her Uncle Antonio, in fact the whole family made us feel so welcome. The services are basic, but spotless - which is exactly what we expect from an Aire.
Even though we had been shopping, that first evening we decided to head to local beach restaurant La Isla. We enjoyed a wonderful fish meal and delicious wine. The restaurant was fully booked later in the evening, but being the Brits we are, we were the first to arrive and ate before most of the locals even left home!
During our two night stay we enjoyed many wonderful hours at the beach splashing in the sea. Two days after we arrived we packed up and left through the main entrance at the back of the site. This road out of the site is also very narrow and winding but there are less cars and it’s not one way!!! The What3Word link above takes you to the correct exit from the main road.
Anna and her family made us feel so welcome and we would thoroughly recommend this camper stop to anyone, especially at just €12 per night!