After much research we decided to drive towards Alicante and hunt out a new 2023 and much needed ACSI discount book. Caravans Cruz in Elche was our chosen destination and boom they even stocked an English version, not that we really want the books, just the card is required for the off season discount on many top European campsites.
Next choice for the day, where to overnight ? – this part of the coast is notorious for being overrun during the winter months, something to do with a micro climate created by the mountains in the background and warm ocean in the front…
So Verity the Volkswagen is at the Alannia Costa Blanca resort, reportedly one of the best equipped camping resorts in Europe.
Located about 15km inland, we were looking to escape the crowds for a few days, after our city break in Murcia and catch up on a few chores, Plus it was in the ACSI book and we could start saving straight away.
When we arrived we had in our heads from what info we had read that this place was slap bang in the middle of nowhere, so loaded with provisions for the next couple of days we headed off, ready for a bit of R and R, so long hot showers and to catch up on the ever growing pile of washing.
What we found was that Alannia Costa Blanca Resort is located in Crevillente, yes it’s a slightly secluded area, but the nearest town, Catrál, was a short, flat walk and provided well with a choice of supermarket’s and eateries.
Ok, I’ll probably be dead before anyone could get me here in the middle of summer, but on a cooling January day, the place is probably not even a quarter full, with rows of the pitches left empty so everyone feels spread out, and not cramped in.
The evening entertainment is limited to ‘Mini Disco’ for both the children ( I may be exaggerating here it might be one child) on site and the adults get to cuddle the site mascot, so not OTT at all and short lived .
Another great surprise is a short stroll in the other direction, the lagoons of “El Fondo” or “El Hondo” (joy another language to get wrong) one of spains many national parks.
At this point, I think it safe to say that I don’t have to tell you that we have zero knowledge at all about birds. – So if you can tell us which birds these
are, we would be happy if you let us know rather than us guessing from the info boards.
It is part of the old Albufera de Elche which has almost completely dried up since the 18th century.
This unique wetland is an authentic oasis for flora and fauna, surrounded by the semi-arid landscape typifies this part of Spain.
The park is set up with 3 marked walking paths from 1km (Yellow) upto 16km(Blue) but we opted to take on the 5km ( Green) .
On leaving the carpark, which in case your in the area they are happy for Motorhome to overnight in ( winter time) we were directly at the visitor centre.
We continue the walk and, after visiting the botanical garden, the wooden walkway crosses the first lagoon that surrounds the information center.
In the middle of the wetland, we find one of the many elevated observatory points and start our hunt for some wildlife.
It only remains for us to continue along the well sign posted route to finish this simple circular walk around this amazing reserve.
And yes the flamingos once again stayed far to far way for a photograph….
One day …..
So this is how an overnight or two turned into five.