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  1. I am planning to hopefully travel to South-Eastern Spain (Cartagena) next January/February for a few months. My ferry options are Portsmouth-Bilbao or Dover-Calais. Over the past 4 years I have driven to Spain through France in the spring when the roads are good and campsites are open mainly going through central France to Perpignan or down via Bayonne. Given the time of year, I do not know the best way to travel down or where to stop en-route. Do I take the long ferry to Spain or hop over to France? Where can I stop? I am asking now as Brittany Ferries will open up their
  2. We have decided to go down to Spain for January and February. Has anyone any recommendations for long stay sites South of Valencia, preferably ASCI. Also any recommendation for the best route from Brittany, say, Roscoff? Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi, I've heard that's its possible to site a touring caravan in france/spain. I am thinking of this. we have 2 small dogs. we enjoy walking mainly also mountain and road biking. I am wondering what the options are that many of you may have experience of..... locations, price, towing the van, travel time, do you fly there or drive. any advice would be great . regards rob
  4. We are off to Northern Spain next year and looking for caravan sites. Can you recommend any in the Santander and Galicia regions please.
  5. Does anyone have experience of vets in Burgos Spain. We are staying at Fuentes Blancas on our way home and need to get the dog checked. Ian
  6. Hello We are going to Spain for the first time with our caravan. I'm not sure what to do about the fridge on the ferry as it takes more than 24 hours?? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated, what do other people with more experience do?? Many Thanks.
  7. Well here we are into our 4th week in Spain & hardly a problem in sight. The Ultima is performing (almost) faultlessly. The only problem encountered so far is with the bathroom pull switch which seems to have disintegrated. I am aiming to dismantle it tomorrow to see if it is repairable,but if not i'll get it changed when I return in late June. The caravan is attracting a lot of favourable interest with many admirers of the new front design. After our travels last year with our 2 berth Coachman Pastiche we are very impressed with the double bed in the Lunar,its very comfortable & s
  8. Ferry crosssing fantastic, Brittany ferries, short comfortable journey our dog Summer was priority for choosing this short crossing. Summer is very spoilt and also elderly at 13, but she certainly doesnt look it or act like it, even so the thought of putting her in a kennel/cage was not going to happen on other routes. The Cherbourg route was ideal so she stayed very happily in our car in her bed, happy dog therefore happy us. No problems with checking her in, this is our first time towing abroad and Summers first abroad adventure so we needed to plan it as stressfree as possible.
  9. So here we are. .. The first episode. ..the crossing Poole to Cherbourg. .. . number 1. ..always check when boon docking (no electric hook up) that your leisure battery works. ..ours didnt. ..thankyou to all all who got me candles for Christmas. . No 2. ..parking up noone for miles around to find someone park 3 inches away from you . ..do not pull the window blind up in anger and rip it off "just to have a look" . No 3. .emptying all your entire water out of the internal tanks under the van to create a flood then to realise the dogs water bowl is empty. No 4. .Dont rel
  10. We have booked two rallies in Spain during January to March next year and wondered if anyone who has done the same had any tips. We are experienced ralliers, all year round, and have done a lot of foreign touring but not in the winter. Ian
  11. In this blog I am going to try and tell you the story of my wife's (MrsT) and my trip of a lifetime. There will be links to our blog, where you can read many of the stories I'll be posting on here and others, which I will be missing out, Before this trip started, we had had 20 years of taking the kids to France for the usual 2-4 week summer holiday. To begin with with tents and Eurocamp, then with a Lunar Clubman (the one with a boat roof) until we reached the point where we had a brand new 2010 Bailey Pegasus 554 waiting to show us how she would cope. We did a short trip to settle our ner
  12. Just an update from SIL living quite near Almeria in South Eastern Spain. With the loss of the FTA channels like BBC, ITV etc, he had (a year ago) manufactured a GRP 1. 9 m petal type dish. It did not make much difference but today he bought and fitted a 1. 8m thick famaval dish. Now he gets all the Sky channels that he would get in the UK. For caravanners, this is of no help because the dish is big, heavy and set in a big concrete foundation. Not exactly portable. Now my grandchildren have got Cbeebies back! Peace!
  13. Hi, we are new to towing and are currently in southern Spain looking to go from Granada to Valencia. Can anyone tell us if the A92 East of Granada is suitable for towing, as it looks to be very hilly on the map. (Outfit is a Hyundai Santa Fe pulling a Challenger SE580).
  14. For those going to Spain, as from today this is essential reading! http://legal4spain. com/blog/ Phil.
  15. Hi, As I understand it, you become a resident of Spain for tax purposes, if you spend more than 183 days there in a calendar year. It does not matter if those days a non-consecutive. You also don't need to own a property in Spain. As a resident you then have fill in a form to declare all assets overseas worth more than 50,000. If you don't fill in this form fully, they can fine you so heavily that you lose your overseas assets and then some! What they do with this info has not been said, but it's clearly to tax you. We're planning to stay for over the 183 days on a caravan site
  16. Just bought a 2nd hand Abbey GTS 418 and going to Spain on Monday. Any tips for cheap 1 night stopovers in France, preferably along the west coast would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rom
  17. Hello from (presently!) sunny Shropshire. Well after 25 years since last owning a touring caravan (a Swift Major RL) and with retirement a reality we finally took the plunge and purchased a nice, shiny, new Bailey Pegasus GT65 Verona along with the (seemingly endless) host of Wastemaster, Aqua Roll (I'm sure I only got rid of our old one a year or so back!) awning, groundsheet, et al and are due to take our first outing in the coming week. Wow but how vans have changed in those ensuing year! We loved our family outings in the old Sprite, which I'd fitted mains wiring, separate battery,
  18. Hi there, Just bought a new Bailey Pegasus GT65 Verona and after taking it down to Penzance the past two (fabulous!) weeks, we're now beginning to plan for a trip to Southern Spain in order to get away from the cold/wet/dark UK winter. We're towing with a 2010 SEAT Exeo ST 143 Estate and plan on visiting family near Poitiers France before heading toward Barcelona and then on down south. Would welcome any suggestions/advice that any members with experience in this area can offer. A few immediate questions. .. Chunnel or ferry? Can't find any ferry schedules (Plymouth/Portsmouth to St M
  19. I have just returned from touring in France. Though I carry 2 gas bottles, I was very anxious that my second bottle would not last the whole trip -- thankfully it did, just. I am planning other trips to France, Spain and maybe Greece. I noticed in France about 6 different types of gas bottle. I would like advice on the best strategy for using gas in Europe.
  20. We are off to France in October with the intention of driving down into Spain. Our insurance covers us until February and wondered if anyone has any information on sites in France and/or Spain that are open all year. Also, any tips, advice or experience of an extended winter trip to these countries would be appreciated.
  21. Hello, we are new to caravanning and are starting to look at the equipment needed to allow us to view UK free to view channels when we are in the south of Spain for a month next winter. Could anyone who has done this tell me what size dish we will need and other information that will be of use? We would prefer to have a free standing dish, not one fitted to the roof. Thanks
  22. We've been taking family holidays in France with the caravan on tow, for the past 6 years. We now fancy going further south and are thinking about taking the Brittany ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao. The plan would then be to drive the 380 miles accross to the Med to somewhere near Barcelona. Has anybody had any experience of doing something similar ? Are the roads/motorways in Spain on a par with the excellent French ones ? The 24hr return ferry cost for 4, plus car & caravan, works out at about £1400 ! Which to me seems quite expensive, although I know you need to offset
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