Road-trip to Andalusia part 1
Out of Torrevieja
We have lived in Torrevieja, Spain for 6 months. The majority of that time without a car which is completely possible as everything we need is within a few blocks of our flat. We walk around 8-12 kilometers daily. For our 32 year anniversary we wanted to do more then just go out to dinner so 3 days prior to the big date we made a decision, lets rent a car.
Always on a tight budget we rented a large enough car that we would be able to sleep in for our first camping trip in our new country. I wanted to head south west towards the Andalusian region to see a few towns, notably Granada, Ronda, small white washed Moorish hill towns and eventually back to the coast towards Malaga and then back home following the coastal road.
Our trip began by taking the bus to the Alicante airport where we were able to rent a car for $4.91 euro for 6 days. You can read more about that in Terri-Lynn’s blog post here. We made a lunch for the road so we would not have to stop right away and set off. About an hour into the trip sure enough we became hungry so we pulled off the freeway in some industrial area, found an open parking lot and set up our lunch table. We are professional self catering picnic people so this is nothing new and we did get some interesting looks from the few people who passed us.
Back on the road we started to climb up into the hills and spotted what looked to be an interesting town. This is one of the best parts about a road-trip. No plans, not sure how far you will go in a day. Not sure where you may sleep that night. Just an open schedule to explore as the journey unfolds. The town is called Velez Rubio and it was worth the 30 minutes or so to walk around and explore.
Back on the road our goal for the day was to make it to Granada, or at least a campground near there that we found on-line. We made it to Camping Granada about an hour before dark, and went to the market in the nearest town called Peligros to put together a dinner. It is off season so we had our pick of the sites. The view was absolutely stunning. Off to a good start!
I am not sure if this will be the same all throughout Spain, but the bathrooms and showers are the cleanest and nicest of any campground I have ever been to. There is an on-site restaurant and swimming pool but being it was off season both were closed. Upon checking in the owner asked us if we wanted bread delivered the next morning, ah Spain.
We checked out early and made our way to Granada to explore the city. Keep reading in Road-trip to Andalusia Part 2: Granada here.