Valderrobres to Calaceite

This was to be our first quiet morning and a chance to catch up with our respective blogging duties, and I think we made some progress following a pretty non-stop week. We exchanged blog addresses and waved goodbye to some Autotrail neighbours, T&J, from Devon. Their’s was probably the largest Autotrail motorhome we’ve ever seen, whereas ours is way down the other end of the scale.

Actually, after a quick look at our Random Motorhome Travels blog (www.mlarb.com), that we’ve been publishing for a few years now, it was T&J’s suggestion that our regular travelling updates, including loads of photos, would go down well on Facebook. So thanks to them I was prompted to look into how I could do this – one of those jobs I’d been putting off.

So thanks T&J, our Facebook Page, Random Motorhome Travels, has had a very encouraging response in its first few days, with over 50 follows at the time of writing. To put this into context, our web-based blog currently has about 80 followers, but that’s after a few years of publishing. If you haven’t followed us on Facebook yet, please check us out there and see if it’s the sort of highly visual content that might inspire your travels.

Anyway, after a trip to the local grocery store we had a simple lunch onboard at Valderrobres lovely aire, and then headed up the beautiful mountainous valley using our essential Backroads Spain book by Dorling Kindersley. This guided us on our tour last year and it’s looking promising for this trip.

First brief stop was the small town of Belceite, which is highly recommended for a proper visit by many, but ours was a fleeting stop. We then headed through the hilltop town of Cretas, and stopped at the next town, Calaceite, which was also situated on a hill, and overlooking a vast plain. They have a simple, but well-appointed, motorhome aire there and a very generous two-tier gravel carpark that gave us incredible open views over the plain. There were a few rumbles of thunder plus a few drops of rain but this soon passed and were then treated to the sun illuminating the terrain plus a complete double rainbow.

We had the place totally to ourselves for the night and other than the odd agricultural vehicle passing along the track below, we only saw a solitary dog-walker in the whole time we were there. Chatting to the lady in the Tourist Information office we found out that the aire had only been there about 6 months, which explains why it wasn’t in our Aires book, but was on the Park4night app, which is updated constantly by users.

A highly recommended stop, even if you’re on your long slog North after the Winter, or on your way South. Definitely worth a small detour and a lovely town to visit too.

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