After a quick pit stop at Benicassim on route where the aire was located right next to the main trunk road so didn’t appeal as a stopover, we headed further north to Sitges a pretty coastal town about 30 south of Barcelona. Paul’s description as the Spanish Brighton was quite an apt one, with little lanes full of individual shops and a vast seafront lined with pretty four storey buildings and restaurants and bars galore it was a good choice for a few days stop over. Being near to the metropolis of Barcelona which is notorious for many thing, one being the crime capital of Spain we have opted to stay on campsites within the vicinity as after our recent experience would rather be safe than sorry, so we camped at El Garrufer (N21.142 E1.4651)a couple of KM’s from the town but easily accessible on foot or bus. We purchased an ACSI camping book before leaving the UK which lists campsites throughout Europe that offer an off season discount for card holders. The cost of sites is discounted to a max of 19 euros per night (but can often be as low as 15 euros). Even though our card was stolen when our bag was taken the sites we have stayed at since have been very understanding and still passed on the savings. As well as the usual benefits of endless electric to charge all our appliances and long hot showers we also used the time there to clean a very grubby Boris, borrowing a ladder from a fellow motorhomer so that I could hop on the roof, although it’s not a pleasant chore there’s a certain satisfaction in finishing and seeing the result.
During our stay here we met a couple who had been travelling for around a year already and were away until August – Frank and Wendy and on chatting found out that Frank and Pauls brother David used to work together at Vodafone. Six degrees of separation comes to mind!!!
After a few days at Sitges we headed off towards Barcelona in hunt for a Peugeot dealer where we could order a new master key for Boris. Armed with a list of addresses we made our way into the city. The 1st stop was unproductive as not only was it not big enough to take the vehicle we struggled to communicate with our serious lack of Spanish and their lack of English. The 2nd dealer was more productive, although right in the heart of the city the entrance was marginally larger and so they were able to order the new key for us with our broken Spanish and their broken English. They have told us it will be with them on Monday 6th so watch this space. After a wiz around Carrefour we made it to our campsite Tres Estrelle around 3.30pm. We immediately spotted some fellow Brits and Bailey owners and introduced ourselves, Alison and George from Scotland ended up parking just in front of us, so Boris had his picture taken with Bertie Blue!!
The site is conveniently located right on a beautiful beach and has a bus stop to Barcelona outside the front, and although its right next to the airport the planes do stop overnight , so after a late lunch we stretched our legs by going for a walk along the beach.
Setting up camp right on the beach and home made burgers on the BBQ
We booked onto the site for 5 nights as thought we would stay around the area until the key arrives on Monday then we can take Boris into the dealer to get it programmed before we travel further north. The following day we were up and out by mid-morning and caught the bus into the city. As Paul hadn’t previously been to the city we decided to take the hop on hop off city tour over 2 days as a way of seeing the city. The weather was a pleasant 23 degrees and so we headed to the top of the bus to make the most of the views and photo opportunities. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Beautiful Barcelona we can certainly recommend it. It’s worth the trip just to see Gaudi’s Sagrada Familla cathedral which is a work of art.
Being tourists in Barcelona
After 2 days of the big city we stayed put on camp for the weekend catching up with washing and cleaning and of course enjoying a few hours at the beach.
Until next time
Andi & Paul