What’s the Adventure?
A couple of summers ago, having resigned from my job, I had no real plans for the summer. However, the prospect of a fortnight away and a desire to see some mountains and feel some sunshine encouraged me to get organised.
I had a Land Rover and a tent, so where could I go? Northern Spain beckoned, largely because ferries from the south of England deposited their passengers in sunny and mountainous places.
Booking the P&O ferry online was easy. Convincing my girlfriend, Ro, that she’d enjoy both camping and northern Spain was slightly harder. And cramming two weeks’ worth of stuff in an open pick-up bed? That was more difficult still.
So it was that, with less than a day until the ferry sailed, I was still cutting aluminium brackets and wooden spacers to fit an Ifor Williams canopy fit against the cab of the Hi-Cap.
Our Favourite Bit?
We passed through the town of Daroca, which was surrounded by medieval walls. There were once 114 towers, testament to the Christian-Moorish wars of the 13th century, and many remain intact. Teruel was similar, if slightly more industrial.
Our next destination was a campsite near the small town of Valderrobres on the Matarrana river. The guide had made Camping La Fresneda, just outside a village of the same name, sound nice. We thought we would probably stay a night and move on.
Making it out alive
The trip to Bilbao to catch the return ferry was muted because neither Ro nor I wanted this brilliant adventure to end. It didn’t help that Bilbao seemed massively busy in contrast to the remote places we’d just visited. We spotted loads of Brits – we’d barely seen a British numberplate in the period between leaving the ferry terminal and returning.
This part of Spain isn’t the typical holiday destination by any means. It’s sparsely populated and little used to tourists of any sort – ideal for exploring with a tent and a Land Rover, then.
Try it – you’ll like it.
The full story can be found in the June 2011 issue of LRO. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.