After a week of free wild camping down the Mediterranean coast of Spain, we found ourselves at a paid marina parking lot in the small town of Almerimar, Spain. For 10 euros a night, we parked on marked off asphalt with access to fresh water, a manhole cover for gray and black water, toilets, showers and electricity (which was an extra 4 euros a night and we did not opt for).
And the best part? They did not charge a ridiculous extra person fee. So many campgrounds in Europe base their rate on one camper with two people included. Everything else is a la carte, like pets, people and power. The last place we checked out charged 9 a night but wanted to charge each kid 5 euros each. That 9 euros place would have coast us 24. So ridiculous. We refuse to pay a kid fee. It would be cheaper if we just drove two vans. Lol.
Most people at this marina prefer to stay on near the docks. It’s busy and cramped over there. Being beachside with less crowds is more our style.
And it got warm enough for these three to dip themselves in the Mediterranean Sea.
It’s so nice to be able to throw the kids into warm showers after a day at the beach. Little luxuries.
A peek into our Sprinter van’s tiny kitchen.
Pasta for lunch today.
Luka always helping me with hand washing our laundry.
Workbook day for roadschool/worldschool/homeschool today.
And then we found a little problem.
Mold under my mattress. NOOOOOOO.
We scrubbed, bleached and resealed the wood. While that dried, we walked to the laundromat to wash and dry our mattress covers.
Now that’s taken care of, we can get back to our normal routines.
Luka trying to get the quartz out of this rock.
The kids ended up going through their clothes and gave away a huge blue Ikea bag of things they no longer needed. They did save a couple pieces to make clothes out of for their stuffed animals. Luka came up to me afterwards and told me “That was way more fun than I was expecting, mama!” Oh, Luka.
We noticed a tall ship sailing into the harbor one day.
So the next day we walked to the other side of the marina to check it out.
It was an old wooden ship that prompted the kids to learn about Spanish conquistadors. One of the many examples of how traveling aids our education and how it helps solidify what they learn from these real life experiences.
Guzi in Croatian means butt so this pizza place gave us a goog laugh.
And these Toppola campers always make us smile too. We saw one this summer in Scandinavia too.
Alright, time to drop our solar panels.
And start heading further south down the coast.
And here’s a video Dan put together for this spot. Enjoy!
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