Tuesday 28th - Thursday 30th July
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Villaricos has one of the prettiest marinas I've seen in Spain, and our great friends The Howards, own a glorious villa just across the road! We arrived early afternoon on Tuesday and the boys immediately hit the pool while the "Grown Ups" (snigger - right), caught up over a beer or two. We decided to BBQ for lunch and Graham and Sue rustled up a feast fit for an army - which is good as between us we have 6 children (3 of whom at teenagers)!!!
After spending most of the day in the pool we moved the motorhome to the closest campsite we could find. We had hoped to wild camp at one of the nearby beach spots, but it was just too hot. Our big boys sleep "uptop" in the bed over the cab, and this area is always at least 5* hotter than the rest of the van, and in 32* temps, they would have really complained without aircon. Moan free kids = happy holidays! So we moved the van to a campsite called Cuevas Mar
Cuevas Mar felt quite tired, and the pitches were pretty tight and dusty. Many had shade sheets hanging above the pitches, but not hanging high enough to get our van under. Eventually we found a pitch that was long enough and Steve shimmied us in. Within 45 mins we had all showered and were ready to head in to the village for dinner at Lucky Bar. Although all the food was good the Moussaka and Calamari were amazing! I had actually been craving Calamari since arriving in Spain.
We had planned to head to the beach on Wednesday morning, but a series of late nights had caught up with little George and we had a slow start to the morning. We arrived at the Howards around lunch time and knocked up sandwiches from yesterdays BBQ leftovers - top top lunch! We all spent much of the rest of the afternoon in the pool.
For dinner Sue made the most amazing paellas, 1 fully seafood, and one chicken and chorizo. Oh my goodness, thinking back on them now is making me hungry again. Mmmmm
A couple of days before we arrived in Villaricos the UK Government removed Spain from the "Safe to Travel" list. Graham runs his own business, and so the Howards had decided to cut short their holidays to ensue he could return to work on time. If you haven't read our previous blog posts, this is why we skipped Benidorm and rushed down the coast so quickly. Anyway, as you can imagine, we were receiving messages, phone calls, texts and also being tagged in posts all about the Government's revised advice. AND we were already signed up to the FCO travel alert emails, because that seemed a sensible precaution before we left. Although the revised travel advice only applied to future travel, and the FCO were not advising anyone already in Spain to return home we faced a tough decision. Another factor impacting our decision was the mutterings that France was considering closing the Spanish boarder.
So, in an epic Plot Twist; we decided to head to France!
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