Wouldn’t it be nice to get on with your neighbours – Camping Playa de Poniente

Wednesday 17th December 2014

 

We have a neighbouring campsite ‘Camping Playa de Poniente’ and, prior to our arrival here, it was our chosen location for the festive period.

However, after inspecting the site I rejected it as being too much like a refugee camp – but maybe that was just me being a little bit harsh; in truth I was annoyed at the time wasted in just coming here and producing a zero (for us).

It is the type of camping that we don’t particularly like – canopied caravans everywhere make for an ambiance that is just a few shades better than the picture in my head of what a refugee camp is all about.

Naturally, it’s entirely my fault for not being more tolerant, for maybe having a snobbish attitude about the places I’m prepared/want to stay, but hey, life is too short to hang around in places that you don’t want or need to be in, and, when I wake up each day, I know what I want to see around me to create a feel-good factor about the day ahead – and this ain’t it.

Swerving ‘Depression City’ is a hobby of mine!

Like many of us, I was taught that if I didn’t have anything positive to say about something/someone then don’t say anything at all – well, screw that – too late now!

But, to redress the balance, I thought that it might be a good idea to gather some pictures of the camping so that you are better able to make up your own mind about the ‘premier’ site at this location.

On the positives front, I will say that Camping Playa de Poniente has a lot of pitches occupied so there must be something that attracts people – it has a small supermarket (which we use!), it has a bar that is actively being used, it has some sports facilities and it may or may not have better ‘Whiffy’ than Camping Playa Granada.

The latter has seriously deteriorated in recent days at Camping Playa Granada to the extent that it is taking a minimum of 3 hours to upload pictures for just one blog – some have taken most of the day to upload!

Maybe I should resize the pictures but we like that they fill the ‘big screen’.

Digressing – I did approach the Camping Playa Granada staff to request a better service (I suspected they had a data limit per user id and that it was a miniscule amount) and, after introducing an interpreter (a French caravanner who speaks German, Spanish and English in addition to his native language), the story unfolded that we are ‘at the end of the line’ of service and a) it is always bad from 8:00am through to after midnight (I already knew that as I’ve been getting up at 6:00am to upload blog pictures!) and that b) it will now be worse over Christmas/New year due to the influx of new arrivals.

Tomorrow I will be in Motril chasing a sim for one of our MiFi devices – enough is enough!

Back to the plot (no pun intended), here is a pictorial walk through of Camping Playa de Poniente:

Camping signage on the roadside is more prominent than the signage for the neighbouring Camping Playa Granada

looking in from the roadside it does have possibilities

Close to the roadside it looks like a regular site with quite a few MoHo’s here – on closer inspection I found that Twernt wouldn’t fit in any of these pitches

Decent looking bar/restaurant area fronting the road

…. and the outdoor restaurant area is bigger than the 2 or 3 tables at Camping Playa Granada

The camping internal avenues are tarmac and they are reasonably wide but blue is starting to appear

The empty pitches are strewn with fallen leaves whereas a guy (using a blower to gather all pitch debris and a wheelbarrow to cart it away) attends the pitches every day here at Camping Playa Granada

More blue but, apart from the debris, it’s not too bad in parts

Score a plus – Pooch Shower

Another plus, a decent wash area – couldn’t get into the loo’s/showers as you need a key for access

Netball/whatever court and the entrance gate is wide enough to get your zimmer frame through

Table Tennis and the real deal court

You can even rent a ‘Kevin’ – no, not you Coola, ‘Kevin’ as in Eric. If this is getting confusing to anyone try being me!

MoHo’s a-plenty on the site

and looking good here……

You could get a proper motorbike in this trailer and keep it clean when towing

…. or buy a dinkier 2 wheeler and cover it like this on a tow bar mounted rack

There’s a lot to be said for this set-up and all good from me – we had a slightly newer Hymer (on a 51 plate) and this looks like a reliable set-up that won’t cost a lot of spondulicks. Shorter length means that it won’t cause any worries in the majority of situations – neat and makes a lot of sense – especially if you re-fit it to ‘luxury’ standards.

Also making a lot of sense is a van conversion that offers daily mobility advantages – can you tell we are suffering from not having decent ‘secondary transport’!

erm, not too bad but getting there

Pretty neat really, the moped that completes this rig parks outside the awning and sunbathing is sometimes a 2-tier bunk-bed type of arrangement

Looking good to me……

Well here we go – No, no , no, NO

No, and more no’s – unless your name is Mary-Lou

Work in progress – except it’s not ….. progress

Well……I can’t quite put my finger on it …… I might trip over it though

Picket fence …. why? The red flowery things are nice though – providing they belong to the campsite.

….. and the caravan even has a rear awning – presumably to provide some shade for their plants

You may be destitute and have lost your home my son but we can accommodate you….. here’s your new gaff …… erm …..Have you seen the old girl who walks the streets of London, dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags? She’s no time for talking, she just keeps right on walking, carrying her home in two carrier bags….. I think I’d join her……………

Welcome to tent city

where serious adventurers have been known to travel all six avenues of the campsite

Well, finally, here is something that could appeal ……. missing my car………

Amanda says that I’m being rude making comments about other folks prized possessions but where we stop-over is a big part of this lifestyle for me and I have already felt that our surroundings can make a big difference.

It wasn’t a major consideration before we left bricks and mortar for this lifestyle, probably because we viewed it from our bricks and mortar ‘Ivory Tower’, but, we now have some experience out here in full-timer land, and, be honest, if you had the choice of 2 cars to make a long journey in which of the following would you choose:

1) A banger, like my first car, a Ford Anglia, it broke down frequently, looked like a well-battered stock car and you used your trousers belt to keep the door from flying open when cornering

or

2) A pimped out (old man style – ‘Elegance’?) leathered car with auto lights/wipers/cruise/comms system, etc.

Both are going get you there but how do you want to travel?

I will choose the one that makes Me/Mine feel good!

One more blog to come before our mutual Day-of-days!

Ciao now.

18 thoughts on “Wouldn’t it be nice to get on with your neighbours – Camping Playa de Poniente

  1. Funny old thing, but we like you are beginning to get a feel for how ‘we’ prefer our fulltiming lifestyle. The odd bit of Wildcamping is sometimes a bit of a novelty but we have compiled a list of the Aires in Portugal that we really liked, and would return. Some, that were new to us last year, are on the ‘only if desperate’ list. The Campsite (Aire really) here in Agadir is big, accommodates a lot of units and for most, the view is of your next door neighbours, we are lucky with a corner plot. However, it’s not so much the Campsite here but the location !! Would you believe that Shazza is even considering coming back here, Agadir, this campsite, next year for virtually the full 90 days, give or take the time it takes to get from the Port to here and back again, a total of perhaps 6 days.

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    • There must be a lot of good things at Agadir for Shazza to feel that way; but if you find something that works for you then go for it; If it ever gets to not working then change can be made faster when your home is on wheels! This villa would work for us but there’s the small question of £0.5m+!! We can see you’re both enjoying it out there now so here’s to more of the same!

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  2. Hope you get a decent internet connection…always happy to follow you’re blogs with Twernt! We’ve been to the site you’re on and I must admit we were not too impressed…great walks along the front though. We ended up staying by the gas tanks in Mottril for 4 or 5 days and enjoyed the comings and goings of wild campers there…made some nice friends there too.
    We leave the UK on 10th…Pompey to Santander and then down towards Valencia way…nothing planned as such but away for 90 days so roll-on
    .
    Enjoy your Christmas

    Regards

    Chris & Hills

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    • Thanks Chris & Hills, we’ll be heading up towards Valencia starting in early January and we’ll be getting some wilding done if I can fix the leisure battery problem that we have – hoping to get a load test done shortly. It’s not the best beach surface around but it’s OK and it seems that there’s always something happening that catches the eye, very few people around but that suits us. I bet you’re counting the days down to the 10th! Have a great Christmas and all the best for ’15. Regards, Roy & Amanda

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  3. Oh blimey Roy, you’re looking at possibly 75% of Spanish campsites that still look like a gypsy park. This is a palace compared to the camping San Javier we took on back in 1999. Of course, that place is different now with over 70 British owned mobile homes and many full time Brits. that have cultivated gardens etc. I will say this though, since you are close enough to use their supermercado you might want to tie in with these guys for Navidad, ano nuevo and tres reyes, (Christmas, new year and their 3 Kings on 6th.) as they sure know how to party. You are in their land after all, and once you open your heart to assimilation you will be rewarded as their foods and general hospitality are second to none. I well remember though how difficult initial contact was when we had little or no Spanish to communicate with, but that is the way to learn, quite essential if you do plan to spend more winters in Spain. Even more important is to get to know their “custombres” or customs as they can be quite different to ours. There are downsides of course in that they are quite nocturnal and in general, are smothered in kids, and it’s not unusual for the latter to have loud TV music blasting out while an excited football presenter shouts the progress of a match over the radio, which drives Brits. crazy while they tend to live and let live. Everyone to their own of course but as some people will choose a 5 star hotel when considering a holiday location, Marie and l just want somewhere clean where we can sleep and shower, and then get out into the chosen environment. For us the feeling is, an overpriced 5 star hotel is an overpriced 5 star hotel anywhere in the world, similarly with overpriced 5 star restaurants. In Thailand, Malasia, India, China, outback Australia and all places off the beaten track we’ve mostly eaten off the street and never been ill. Just a little Cregeen perspective, and like l say, everyone to their own. Enjoy.

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    • Phew! I’m almost there on catch-up after a whirlwind couple of days. We’ve seen pockets of what you what you describe on campsites but overall it was that plus debris and when there are sites around where you don’t have to live with that then why not choose to stay in those – 25% will do on that basis! we have the ACSI card now so we’ll have more options to stay short term at a reasonable rate without having to commit to 30 days and that will be much better for us. We haven’t closed our hearts to anything in Spain – absolutely love the place – but, like anywhere, you can choose what best suits you for the person you have become – e.g. I wouldn’t go back to living in a student type bedsit neither do we need to, if 75% of accommodation was in that class then we would focus on the other 25%, especially when we’re finding they only cost the same, or less, than the 75%. Finding them is the problem! Out of 4 sites we checked around here, 2 grossed us out, 1 was inaccessible and the one we’re on had tree issues but it’s a lovely peaceful site. Like you say it’s all about risk, tolerances and us all bringing something different to the lifestyle table anyway. Too few days left to waste in places we don’t want or need to be in!

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  4. Like you, I too have discovered that the site makes a huge difference to the happiness quotient. Will avoid that Playa like the plague! Tell Amanda that you’ve done at least one person a huge service imparting this information!
    Enjoy the day of days! 😀

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    • Thanks Maggie, you ARE a star! Sometimes I think there may be a new wave of ‘oldies’ out here that are either a bit more demanding or conversely expect too much from this lifestyle, but hey, in the main we’re getting it and sharing info is a big part of that!

      ‘Best-est’ to you and yours over these coming days!

      ps – Can’t find a smiley face on here, that’s going to bug me now!

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  5. Hi, tend to agree with you about the blue stuff, but it’s the noise not the colour that upsets me when the wind blows, which it does a lot down there in the winter. Only 1.5 weeks to go before we set off. Such a lot to do when you away for 3months. After some thought we eventually purchased a honda 125 and an easylifter to solve the transport problem but when we get to almafra CCC rally in march we have booked a car for 2weeks……. £130. It’s a problem loading the van without it looking like ‘jack sheppards’.

    Still, have a good time and keep them coming…………….. Ned

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    • Thanks Ned, another good reason to steer clear of the blue stuff. My number one choice would be the set-up that you have, easy travel plus park-up mobility issue sorted. Would never be without our hounds though so we have to find a different solution. I did look long and hard at the SHi125 and 300’s thinking that I could get a collapsible rack mounted ‘safe’ cage fabricated to hold the dogs but the thought of putting it down the road put me off. Because we’re leaning towards short-ish camping stays we’d get better use out of having our own toad. Hope you have a good trip Ned and the blogs are a-flowing now! cheers, Roy

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      • Hi,
        Just a thought . Have you thought about a collapsible trailer for the dogs. We had one which fitted on the back of our freego electric bikes. It worked well when we had the two spaniels and I have seen them on scoots. Our present ‘ trouble on four legs’ Stanley’, now sits in his basket on the scoot rear carrier. He really loves it and as he is only a lahsa apso doesn’t take up too much room. Anyway, merry xmas and we hope you have a happy new year.

        Cheers……….. Ned

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      • Hi Ned,
        Perfect to us is not having anything being towed; manual or electric cycles are great for mooching around locally and we would want to keep our cycle and dog trailer to do just that but there is so much more within a non-cyclable radius of each stop and a moped/scooter/motorcycle (the bigger, the better!) that doesn’t need to be trailed is a good answer (unless we could buy one of those Morelo’s! – but we already know the answer to that!). A collapsible trailer behind a PTW (powered two wheeler) would work and I did look at ‘garage-able’ versions of all kinds – would need one that ‘cossets’ and separates the dogs after an experience when one of our hounds was injured in the cycle trailer on a bumpy cycle trail – but then a PTW wouldn’t be going there, so it’s a good possibility.
        Used to tow a trailer on my Goldwing many years ago but ‘tother half has reservations about the dogs ‘kicking off’ as they sometimes do and trying to take lumps out of each other! Hope you’ve had a good time, champagne all the way here! All the best for ’15 – Cheers, Roy

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  6. Really enjoying this blog. We have just got our van conversion and can’t wait to venture out in it. Particularly enjoy your sense of humour and the photography is superb. Also interested in what you are learning as you go along, we are complete novices.

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    • Thanks Richard, sometimes I get in trouble for what I write but it’s good to know there are like-minded folk out there and the rest can as I put in the latest blog! Support like yours helps me to convince my proof reader that, ‘Yes, of course I can say that, Richard’s OK with it’ – Cheers! – Roy

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  7. Hi guys, glad to see things are going well (but not in shanty town lol).
    What’s with all the blue tarpaulins covering everything? Do caravans and awnings leak or what?
    Have a great Xmas and new year
    Paul & Jill XX
    ps. we’re still doing Shropshire, could be a very long time in the UK just fulfilling what we need to do here.

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    • Hi both, I cannot deny that a caravan is on my ‘tempted’ list – Not sure that it’s about leaking fears, looks more like a preference to live like a caveman to me – but each to his own as they say!
      Hope your Christmas and New Year have sunny faces all around you if not above you!
      It’s not a problem having to stay in the UK is it? – You may need a few tarps though!

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  8. I used to think this stuff didn’t matter, but since we got the infiniti (electric seats, windows, mirrors, remote start, leather seat with bum warmers, seats that remember your preferences, built in sat nav and blue tooth etc), I have to say I agree – it is the difference between first class and economy and it turns out the journey is as important as the destination.

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