Feb 13, 2012

Motorhome Trip Ronda

One of my favourite memories is the weekend we hired a motorhome and all five of us, large late-teen sons and youngest, 12, went off on a trip crossing Iznajar reservoir a beautiful aqua-marine expanse of water.

We headed to El Torcal de Antequera for the night hoping to wild camp as it was late and there were no campsites very close to El Torcal.

Driving up to the parking area and visitors centre we noticed ´no ovenight camping´ signs everywhere. After a run, play and climbing session with darkness fast approaching we headed out of the area before the barriers closed.

El Torcal

We found ourselves a nice big lay-by on a country lane and decided that was where we´d stay. Wild camping in full nature with no signs of life around, great, then a guy came along on a gorgeous looking ´dancey-prancey´ horse (my wording for Spanish horses in training) we asked if it was OK to sleep there, he shrugged and acknowledged that it was but no fires. As if? In summer outdoor fires and bbqs are banned in all National Park and Natural reserve areas and even if they weren´t it wouldn´t be wise to have one when it´s so dry everywhere.

The guys didn´t fancy putting up their tents so we spent a very hot and humid night with five of us trying to sleep in the van. The following night was better, we headed to Ronda and checked into the a campsite. I won´t name it because it doesn´t seem to be in my guides or on google anymore. If you are heading to Ronda El Sur is a great campsite 1º category that we inspected last year. It´s a km or two out of the town.

The guys put up their tents in our parking bay which meant a cooler and better nights sleep for us all.

There´s nothing in the world quite like getting back to nature. Lying on the grass, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of nature.