After Nia’s TV appearance….there have been TV series suggestions and autograph requests…we had a quiet day and drove 100 k or so North to Camping Despeñaperros, a good stopover site near Santa Elena. It is next to a National Park and the site itself has a large pine wood…good for dogs and apparently also fungi. We met an old man searching for orange coloured ceps in the wood…a local delicacy apparently.
We walked to the restaurant in the village with Bob and Mirveen and had a selection of aubergine fried in honey, venison in the orangey fungi sauce (we thought), beef in breadcrumbs, ham in beans and garlic soup. Tasty. We met a couple of guys from Jersey, en route back from Morocco, two ladies from Switzerland and the US, and a King Charles Spaniel called Aston Martin. And you thought we were eccentric. So quite a cosmopolitan gathering.
The picture above is the view looking North from the campsite, with the A4 snaking North towards Madrid. Like a lot of the Spanish roads, it is new, wide and not very busy.