Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Stage 2, Plan A.

Here we are on the 24th November, and still enjoying very warm sunshine throughout each day, although the evenings have now chilled off a little, and we used the van's central heating for the first time yesterday during the evening.

Our plan continues to work, and at the end of next week we will fly home directly to Manchester from here to spend Christmas with the kids and grandkids. This is the first time recently that Monarch Airlines have continued their direct flights to Manchester over the Winter period, and we have taken full advantage of this to book our flight in advance at just £29.99pp! Compare that to the £430 cost each way of shipping the motorhome and both of us here on the Santander ferry, and then you have to fuel it for the 600 mile trip from there to here as well.

We have tried to live as much as a normal life here as we would have done at home, with just a few lunches out - but the menu del dia in local restaurants averages just €9pp, so no drastic costs there. The big difference of course is here the weather is consistently pleasant, while back home the daily wind, rain, and even snow continue in their normal way at this time of year. At home I would have to motivate myself to get out of the house for even a short walk. Here we just wander out to the beach in shorts and T shirt. All the below images were taken during the last few days......

Almeria City Centre
San Jose Marina

This site has "bungalows" to rent at an average rate of €425 per calendar month on a long term basis. There are also many cheap alternatives in apartment accommodation to rent long term in some beautiful places such as Mojacar, San Jose or Cabo de Gata itself. I know of a beach front apartment at Cabo that is available right now at just €325 per month. Add to that the £30pp flights and car hire from €10 a day or even less with negotiation for long term hire, and a Winter in the sun is a cheap and viable option to living through it in the UK. Daytime temperatures continue at around 23 degrees at midday.


Almeria City beach and promenade

During the last week we have visited the city centre for lunch, (€6.40pp, 3 courses including a beer at a city centre Chinese restaurant), and also visited Bar Alba also for lunch at €9pp, also 3 courses including a beer, near to San Jose. After that we visited the marina at San Jose to reminisce about the time we used to own just such a boat before we landed ourselves with what turned out to be a very costly narrowboat experience. Enough said about that though.

Cabo de Gata Saturday market
The deserted beach at Cabo de Gata
Have a look at what this area has to offer here: http://www.unique-almeria.com/san-jose.html

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