Journey here not a lot to see!!

Trip Start Nov 29, 2012
Trip End Feb 18, 2013

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Leaving Benidorm.
One last visit to Altea our favourite place here. We walked along the harbour, the sun shining on the ocean. Both Colin and I loved the distinctive cut of the trees, like a short bob haircut! Mavis and Bob our lovely neighbours took us to see a brand new campsite on the hillside where the terraced grounds gave lovely views. It is a strong possibility that if we return here next year that this will be the campsite we choose also aptly named Colina. Almalfra fell far short of its five star rating in our opinion.
We were not that impressed with the rally, although we enjoyed the Tapas Run and the quiz night. There was a very good bass guitarist one night and Christmas day entertainment was good with a 'Bee Gees' tribute band. But the Christmas meal was diabolical; we have never ever had such a bad meal, Kay was ill for two days afterwards and was positive the fish she ate must have been off. We understand talking to others who have been here before that this is not the first disasterous Christmas meal - when will they ever learn!!!!
There was not a lot to commend the scenery from Benidorm further south although the lovely sunshine gave a blinding glare off the plastic sea that met our eyes for the next 600kms.
The journey to Almeria was made difficult because of a split tyre that fortuneately Colin spotted when we stopped for petrol. We had to wait two hours for anyone to come to our rescue but were shocked at the possible consequences of a blow out on the motorway and were thankful Colin has discovered it when he did. Almeria was not very exciting , expecting to see pink flamingoes all we saw was a sea of plastic; the area is devoted largely to market gardening in huge greenhouses with plastic covers. As we got nearer to Marbella there were a few glimpses of good sea views and more interesting coastline. An impressive fort on the hill town of Salobrena but in general not a particularly attractive coastline.Nothing we saw would tempt us back to the Almeria area,
The Spanish are still completing parts of the AP7 motorway, which has stalled due to the Euro problems. No doubt this will be completed with 'bailout money' - some of the construction of viaducts and tunnels is awesome and extremely expensive.
Marbella is more up-market with some impressive villas and beautiful tropical gardens and wonderful displays of colourful bourgainvillea in shades of pinks, reds and mauves lining the dusty roadside. The campsite is well situated with a short walk to the lovely beach and Andy's beach bar. Some very nice cabins on site worthy of consideration if we decide not to bring the campervan next year. An ignition fault when we arrived on site was nearly the last staw in a string of events that have overall cost a fortune in keeping this motorhome on the road. We are currently awaiting a mobile engineer to diagnose the fault and fix it before we can continue our journey to Portugal after New Year.We are wondering if it is worth it, certainly we could do without the worry of it. Again we are fortunate as we have our week in a hotel while we are here allowing time for the motorhome to be fixed. Also the campsite has a particularly nice Italian restaurant which has helped to make up for our rotten Christmas meal.
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