El Campello, Alicante, Tuesday 3rd October 2017

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Relaxing Promenade and beach at El Campello

We spent a whole week at Area Camper Les Dunes waiting for the new windscreen to arrive from Germany and to be fitted at Caravans Expo-Gandía, which was done as scheduled and very efficiently last Thursday.

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An empty beach to enjoy and relax, Daimús

 

There wasn’t much to do in Daimús apart from relaxing on the beach, swimming and cycling on the promenade.  We tried cycling to the Port of Gandía, but the seafront promenade didn’t go that far and the road took us inland and it would have meant a long road, which we didn’t fancy in the heat, so the plan was aborted and we returned to the beach for more swimming and sunbathing.

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Lovely sculptures on Daimús seafront Promenade

On the Friday we arrived at Daimús, we were invited to join in the weekly paella lunch organised by the aire management for only €6 each, which included a glass of Sangría, and it was a wonderful opportunity to meet other campers and have a chat and a laugh, exchanging experiences, tips and suggestions.

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Attractive mosaic sculptures in Daimús

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One of the lovely couples we met during lunch from Belgium suggested a Camping Benisol in Benidorm when we said that was going to be our next stop on our way to Alicante, so when we left on Friday morning with our brand new windscreen, that’s where we headed for.

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Pleasant view from out pitch. Shame about noisy neighbour
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View of surrounding hills from our pitch at Camping Benisol

Camping Benisol is a very pleasant site with a wonderful pool and restaurant area with affordable menus of the day, spotless and luxurious shower block and washing facilities and reasonably sized pitches, but we felt it was more of a long-term residential site than a campsite, with our neighbour right opposite even having a shed and power tools, making a racket morning and evening using an electric saw which, quite frankly, drove us out of the place.  Should this kind of thing be allowed in a campsite where people supposedly go to relax?  I think not.

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Over built Benidorm. Sadly not for us

Benidorm itself left us speechless and, although we were prepared for it to be built-up primarily for tourism, the sheer size and number of high-rise blocks, the sun-loungers and umbrellas on the beach and huge amounts of people, some of them so drunk they couldn’t walk in a straight line even as early as 5 pm, didn’t really agree with us and, even though we had planned and paid to stay for the whole weekend, we left on Saturday morning after getting a refund from a very friendly, helpful and efficient receptionist.

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This building in Benidorm caught my eye. It looks like a bee-hive to me

After having a look at the brilliant Park4Night App, Adonis chose to come to this first class motorhome aire at El Campello, just north of Alicante called Area Camper 7, that sports a superb shower/toilet block, a hut with washing machines and washing-up area, a very cosy WiFi lounge next to Reception (where I am sitting at the moment) as well as all the other services and facilities one expects in an aire these days.  The staff at reception are also very competent, friendly and helpful, which has been the norm ever since we entered Spain 6 weeks ago.

 

Lovely and relaxing lounger at Area Camper 7

There is a bus just outside the aire that takes you into the heart of Alicante itself and we took advantage of this yesterday to go and meet fellow blogger Darlene Foster by the lovely Marina, where we spent 2 wonderful hours getting to know each other.  It was a real joy to meet her in the flesh at last and have a good old natter.  You hear about trolls in social media, but I consider myself privileged for having met such amazing, warm and charismatic people like Darlene and a few others whom I’d love to meet in person.  So here is a huge thank you to WordPress.com for having introduced such beautiful people into my life.

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With fellow blogger, lovely and warm Darlene Foster. So happy we finally met in person!

We have also taken the tram that leaves from the beach into Alicante and enjoyed walking on the very pretty palm-tree lined Esplanada de España and the old part of town, snapping away lovely buildings and other attractive sights.  But most of the time, we have continued to enjoy the balmy weather and the warm blue sea.

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Esplanada de España, Alicante
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A tribute to Refugees from Algers
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Intriguing sculpture by Marina
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Alicante’s Townhall
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Some beautiful old buildings in Alicante

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