Orange Grove is a lovely little campsite near El Albir, about ten kilometres outside Benidorm. We have booked in here for nearly three weeks as my Mum and her fella, Colin, are on holiday in Benidorm with some friends and we are going to spend some time with them before heading even further south.
|Orange Grove, a place to relax|
The campsite is run by ‘Dai’ and ‘Derek’, a Welsh man and a Geordie - there’s got to be a joke in there somewhere - it only holds thirty odd campers and is filled with Brits, Scandinavians, Dutch, Germans and French. The site is extremely clean and all the campers are very friendly and mainly full time travellers. The weather is amazing and the campsite is full, it’s not hard to see why, there is such a lovely feel to the place and a real sense of close community.
|Beth relaxing after a hard day of.........................................washing underpants!|
We are the only ones with kids on the site but everyone is took with Alf & Tom and find them a proper comedy act, which makes a change from a terrorist group!
|Check mate, Rooster turned out to be a real sore loser, the table nearly got turned over!|
I found the pot washing area the main point to get information from, there was nearly always someone washing their pots when I was washing ours. It seems Portugal has been very wet so far this winter and a lot of people are coming back to the Med. Ron, my Yorkshire friend, was very informative and had come back from there himself. Food for thought.
It seems this area has a micro climate which is different from the rest of Spain, something to do with being surrounded by mountains, so it has a relatively steady temperature all year round.
|God love him for trying, it really wasn't that warm, he lasted about ten seconds|
It’s nice to be based somewhere for a while and get the awning out and the chairs and rugs. It seems like we have been on the road for ages. Even in the gites, because we didn’t have the van and our stuff, it just felt like a pit stop. Now it feels like we can have a good breather, and it’s also nice to have other people to mix with, so far it’s just been the four of us, which I have loved, but it is nice to feel part of a community.
|Orange Groves' table tennis reigning champion, I knew all those years playing in the Day Centre would come in handy one day.|
It’s been good to get back on the bikes too, we have covered miles going into El Albir and back. We took them on the tram to Benidorm and me and Tom cycled to a place called Altea, which was a bit hairy; the Spanish don’t have the cycling lanes like the French do.
And the showers! They are amazing. I did build a little shower room in the van, which is great when we're on the road, it means we don’t have to be stinky, but it is slightly tight, there’s certainly no stretching out in it. These ones are red hot, mega powerful, and big. Great stuff.
|I doubt it's going to be a white Christmas at Orange Grove, but lovely and sunny :)|