Road-trip to Andalusia part 1

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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.

Our home for the next week! Isn’t it cute?
Homemade Ham and cheese Bocadillos . I should mention these are the best potato chips ever.

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!

Our camp site with a view of the Sierra Nevadas
Our bed / dining room
This is the type of food we would be living on for the next week. Basically what you can find in a small Spanish town local market.
It appears the campground was once an olive orchard
We woke the next morning and it was freezing! Good thing Bisque Kitt has his hip doggy puffer vest
Breakfast with a view

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.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.

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