20th January 2019 Roses, Spain

We spent a week here and have had a wonderful time. Although it is effectively an aire where you are not permitted to put up awnings and leave chairs and tables lying about, it has a really nice feel to it.

The staff are very friendly, while we were there many nationalities came on site to stay and we felt very safe.

Roses itself is a lovely place to explore. There is the sea within five minutes cycle (15 minutes walk) with an excellent foot/cycle path all the way into the centre. You can wander around the old streets, then visit the beaches that are numerous.

It is an ideal place for motor-homers as you can ditch the van and visit everywhere by cycle, one place we visited was Punta Falconera (20km away). http://rosespedia.cat/index.php/Punta_Falconera

The ride out there was beautiful as a trip in itself. You take the coast road out at the other end of Roses, which is extremely hilly at some points! However, the payback is the long sweeping downhill stretches where you can whizz past beautiful scenery and houses along the coastline.

Punta Falconera is within the nature reserve of Cap de Creus, that was bought by the Spanish Defence Department in 2006 (rosesincostabrava.com) and restored to what you see today. You can still see the remains of the artillery bunkers built during WW2 that were thankfully never required, but were later used as a barracks for soldiers.

The military buildings do not detract from the beauty of the place, it is well worth the trip even if it is to gaze out across the sea eating your picnic.

Another day we cycled out to Empuriabrava, a town only created in the 1970s but it is the largest residential marina in the world. It consists of around 15 miles of canals and most houses have their own private jetties, but as we visited out of season there was a very relaxed feel to the place.

Another camper recommended visiting and again the cycle ride out there was very enjoyable, along a designated cycle route past farmland so very easy to follow (20 minutes) and a relatively smooth ride.

The pleasure of this place didn’t come from the buildings but the lovely canals, the associated wildlife and the sense of being in a marina. We would go back again to explore further but probably only once more – we’re not interested in the rich yachts, just the nature.

Roses is definitely on our list of places to visit as there is so much more to discover, especially the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres. We meant to visit but missed our chance – the best advice we were given is to catch the bus from Roses rather than attempt to park any motorhome in Figures – it may well not be there when you come back!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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