With us wanting to spend the day in Barcelona to celebrate Cats birthday, we wanted to find a campsite with good access to the centre of the city. We came across an idealic campsite with a small walk to the train station. We checked into Casas Crosas S. L. campsite in El Masnou which was very pricey at €27 a night, but I suppose to be expected so close to Barcelona.
We arrived at about 4pm, set up camp and headed for the beach in search of much needed celebratory birthday drinks for Cat. We found a lovely bar on the harbour with great service, wifi and of course cold beers! After a few we headed back for an early dinner and straight to bed, ready for Barcelona in the morning.
In the morning it was time for a good hearty breakfast (porridge and coffee) before we head off to the train station ready for an awesome day in Barcelona. Not forgetting a few balloons and happy birthday signs as we couldn't really celebrate Cats birthday the day before.
Don't we just look the part while sporting our Craghoppers gear!? Thanks Graghoppers, these clothes are perfect for the outdoors.
After about a 5min walk we were at the train station with a very cheap return ticket at €5 each. We were certainly in Spain with a Spanish man peacefully playing his guitar all the way there. Once off the train we booked ourselves into a day City Tour Bus (€27 each) so we could experience and see as much of Barcelona as we could in a day. What an amazing experience seeing the amazing architecture of Barcelona.
One of Gaudi's greatest works also know as La Pedrera, with the stone façade suggesting the movement of the waves. He seemed to have monopolised Barcelona with more beautiful buildings such as the Sagrada familia and Casa Batlló. And not forgetting the beautiful cathedral.
I'll post photos when I can.
What a fantastic day! We arrived back made some botched dinner to tie us over after a very filling lunch. Nothing like rice, spam and spices... Lol! I brought out a little treat for Cat for her birthday with some cake fingers with candles to finish off the day.🎂🎂
My slimming world would be horrified with our lack of greenery. Oh well... You only live once 🙊
In the morning it was time to head off and make our way to Valencia. We found an idealic spot for only €15 a night. Fantastic place (Santa Marta in Cullera www.santamartacamping.com) that looks like it would be a buzzing place in the summer/peak months, with marble counters in the ablution blocks. Luxury camping... Lol! We did our first bit of washing which dried over night. I did make a boo boo and forgot to get a washing line.... But Charles came to the rescue with some para-cord. Yay!
We made another strange concoction for dinner using pasta, chorizo, 'nice' cheese (random cheese that Robs family had which was referred to as 'nice' cheese), broccoli, and a salad on the side. I was glad to see a bit of greenery finally!
In the morning we headed for the beach where Cat and Charles ran along the boulevard and myself and Rob went for a speedy walk (still with a headache on tow, I wasn't up for a run). What a beautiful beach! We walked in awe at the beautiful views! We enjoyed a lovely iced coffee and off on the road again it was. We were VERY SURPRISINGLY to run into Kevin and Heike (couple who are doing the same trip and who we met at the overlanders show in the uk), you can view there travels on their Facebook page Kevin Heike. What a small world. We decided to camp together in a camp site in Benidorm (Armanello for €15 a night, thanks to Kevin and Heikes discount book). We will head out to town to have a drink or two or three! Should be an awesome night!
On another note..
I'm going to post a spreadsheet of our expenses on here for each country as this was something I wanted to read on other blogs when we were doing our research, but there was nothing up to date and specific. So watch this space and will post at a later date.
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