Algodonares – Spain.
Posted on December 3, 2014
We had come to Algodonales so that Shaun could Paraglide around the local mountains. We had been told that the flying conditions here at this time of year were good and warm weather too. We hoped we would not be disappointed on both accounts.
We had checked Internet sites and consulted the Aires book, to see if there was any campsites nearby, nada! So we asked a restaurant if we could park in their car park for the night, if we ate in the restaurant. They didn’t mind at all, so out came the wine and there we stayed for the night.
Shaun took Jäger out for his morning walk and came back all smiles. He’d found a campsite with all the amenities. It was tucked away down a bumpy stony track not very far from the restaurant, to our delight!!! Happy bunnies allround.
The campsite was a nice place to be based. It had a swimming pool and an outside bar that was very popular when the guys got back from flying. The campsite cost us €12 a night that was for two of us and the Motorhome. Included in this price was electric, water, showers and WIFI. There was addition cost of €5.00 per trip to and from the landing and take off sites.
There were a few English staying here, all were Paragliders. Once the guys had gone off flying for the day, it just left Jager and I at the campsite. We did a few runs, but couldn’t let Jäger off for his mad dashes, as there were no open areas. The hills were very challenging and resulted in aches and pains that evening.
While Shaun was out Paragliding Jäger and I had a walk to the local town that was a 20 min away. We found a supermarket here that I could buy basic supplies, bread, milk, meat. There were also a few fresh home grown vegetable shops which were very cheap.
Shaun said the paragliding was different from flying Chamonix, and Laragne in the Pyreness. It was both dynamic and thermic, but really smooth air, although he had been told it gets gnarly in the heat of summer. He managed a few 2hour flights which he really enjoyed before his old mans bladder kicked in!!!
While we were there Shaun managed a MTB ride it was hilly and fast he said but it didn’t have any single track to his disappointment!! He also completed a couple of road bike rides taking advantage of the good weather. He said the roads were good with a few cheeky hills. A nice sporty area, he was happy bless!!
The weather was in deed nice and warm for Nov about 19′- 20’degrees most days. During our 5 days stay we had a morning of rain. But blue skies did come out in the afternoon.
I do hope to return again soon. The roads looked great for road biking and there are a few more places I would like to go and explore.
Next stop for us now is Morocco. Bring it on!!