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pughed2
15-08-2015, 10:55
I am soon planning to set out on my first winter (done several in the summer) trip to southern spain, hopefully, wilding all the way. Theres not many posts on here with practical advice or giving experiences, where not to go etc................apparently theres hundreds doing it annually........so can we have some info. posts please folks.....steve bristol

John H
15-08-2015, 11:12
A good starting point is the Spain section on this forum. Then there is CAMPINGCAR-INFOS (http://www.campingcar-infos.com) or www.areasac.es or 18.000 Motorhome Parkings in Europe including reviews - ************* (http://www.******************) or Portal y foro de usuarios de furgonetas camper (http://www.furgovw.org) . That lot should give you a good idea of where there are good stops. But, as a general rule, if there are no signs prohibiting parking then you are probably ok because Spanish law allows you to park anywhere that is legal for any vehicle providing you have nothing extending beyond the perimeter of the van (eg, no awnings, washing lines, chairs etc).

pughed2
17-08-2015, 20:14
thanks john, and I am also looking for the general things like the overwintering a success?, anyone had any problems?, and is it really very much warmer down there, what areas are best?.......cheers, steve bristol

lebesset
17-08-2015, 20:39
thanks john, and I am also looking for the general things like the overwintering a success?, anyone had any problems?, and is it really very much warmer down there, what areas are best?.......cheers, steve bristol

statistically the warmest place in europe in the winter is almeria province

wineciccio
17-08-2015, 21:19
Lagos is a good place, I'm not sure if the old ruin of a house is still there by the port, carry on to the beach and you can park there for months if you wish ( as long you can get fresh water and empty the toilet), done it years ago, and although we visited my wife's sister who actually lives in Lagos only last year, we DID NOT walk that far to find out.

pughed2
22-08-2015, 10:16
thanks for these advices folks..............no one is mentioning any disasters yet, so should be ok..........any more experiences?advice etc welcome....cheers steve bristol

jennyp19
22-08-2015, 10:31
statistically the warmest place in europe in the winter is almeria province

As you travel down Spain that's the area covered in area covered in plastic green housing lol. Definitely warmer than here and sunny in daytime can get chilly at night. Warmer near the coast than inland.

John Thompson
22-08-2015, 11:53
You may find some places do not allow motorhomes to park in, front line from the beach, car parks even though there are no signs. We found this at Torrenostra last winter. We received a local police notice, not a ticket, and parked in a roadside bay overlooking the empty car park the next night without problem. We were told by a Guardia officer last winter that, using opening out windows and/or deploying a satellite dish, also are considered as camping not parking. Roadside parking isn't a problem in urban areas, but camping is, however if there are parking bay marking you are expected to use only one and not park across bays.

There are now a number of Camperstops/Aires where it is possible to drop in and get water empty your toilet and waste water for a small fee. There are also public water taps and natural springs (fuente). If the locals are collecting water then we also use that water.

Avoid parking with the crowd and you should be OK. Hoards of vans packed in tight attracts the attention of the local, and the Police. We do not park during the day at the place we intend to spend the night and do not use the same spot overnight on more than 2 consecutive nights. Keep moving slowly and play the game.

The Mediterranean cools down to below 15c by mid December and it is then as cold as the North Sea in summer. That said it is still possible to sunbathe even in the coldest UK months. The nights are longer than in the UK and can get down to freezing even on the beaches. There was snow on the beach at Valencia last winter. During the day it was great standing on the beach in shorts and T-Shirt looking at the snow capped mountains just inland.

Legally it is not permitted to occupy a parked motorhome other than on a campsite in most of Spain, but many authorities take a relaxed attitude. They expect you to use campsites (many are closed over the winter) to support the campsite owners.


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