Europe: Heading South – The Long Way: Week 4

After 3 weeks in the tent, chased across Europe by rain, we make it to the Spanish border this week! Two stops & then on to our final destination.

Day 1-3 – Estartit, Spain
After a 7hr journey (including 3 stops) we made the Spanish border & our unplanned stop of Estartit.
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As we’d changed our plans in France due to bad weather, we took a look at the map & picked somewhere new to stay. Having heard about Estartit from people in the past with holiday homes, we thought we’d take a look.

It was a busier town than we thought, however, it is nothing like the big resorts & we immediately fell in love with it.
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Not a cloud in the sky, & crystal clear sea, it made a welcome change from the bad weather we had endured so far.
Having eaten mostly camp stove meals, we couldn’t wait to try some real tapas & a Cruz Campo beer; so we ordered a mix including Chipirones (baby squid) & Patatas Bravas.

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Day 4-6 – Benicàssim
Located approx 13 km north of the city of Castellón & also nearby Valencia, the name Benicàssim orginates from Arabic and translates as: children of Cassim.
The town has a history as a top resort around the 1920’s; what makes it really special are the wonderful late 19th and early 20th century villas that line the seafront ‘Ruta De Villas’.
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The beautiful villas, by the sea, detail the lifestyle of the roaring twenties, and some of the amazing parties that were supposedly hosted in here.  

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Day 7 – 28 days of travel (27 nights in the tent) has been enough for our European adventure & we head for San Juan De Los Terreros, where we will make our home for a few months.

A map of our journey covering all 2368 kms can be seen here: Final Route via travellerspoint.com

After a 4.5 hr drive we arrive to face the mammoth task of unpacking.

Posted by Dawn

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