Donkey Power, Central Portugal

Road Trip

After a flying visit to the UK to sort out some things left in storage we  headed back to the Iberian Peninsula the long way.  We hitched up our fully loaded caravan and packed car and left Lancashire bright and early to arrive in sunny Newhaven for an afternoon ferry to Dieppe.  The French part of our route included Rouen, Le Mans, Poitiers, Cognac, Bordeaux and Bayonne.  We then crossed into Spain through Burgos, Valladolid and Salamanca and finally made it to central Portugal. It was fantastic to finally unpack and set up the awning in Portugal after brief camps near Rouen, Bordeaux and Salamanca.

Four countries in four days, fantastic scenery, avoiding all toll roads, a  total of 1,500 miles!


White Cliffs, Newhaven, England

Ferry Crossing, Newhaven to Dieppe, Road Trip

When in France, Road Trip, Bordeaux

Road trip, Spain

 

Bike ride to the lake, Road trip, Central Portugal

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Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

16 thoughts on “Road Trip

    Mary

    (August 20, 2017 - 6:51 am)

    Great photos they make you feel the expansiveness of the space.
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 10:28 pm)

      Thanks Mary, true, a road trip can be a great way to find and enjoy open spaces
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    Briony

    (August 20, 2017 - 7:43 am)

    What an amazing road trip. The pictures are stunning #mysundayphoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 10:36 pm)

      Glad you like the pictures, France is so picture perfect in parts, Northern Spain is not how people may expect it (2nd to last pic). The roads in Portugal can be long and empty.
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    darren coleshill

    (August 20, 2017 - 9:32 am)

    What amazing scenery, so beautiful

    Thank you for linking up
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 10:46 pm)

      Thanks for hosting, incredible scenery, so many wonders to see in Europe alone
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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (August 20, 2017 - 9:41 am)

    I love the freedom of exploring on a road trip, what lovely scenes you have captured here.

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 10:51 pm)

      Thanks, we were expecting to get from A to B within a certain time and enjoy the freedom, but didn’t know what to expect in between A&B
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    Notmyyearoff

    (August 20, 2017 - 5:28 pm)

    What an epic road trip and I can only imagine all the wonderful scenery you must have seen.!
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 11:03 pm)

      The South Downs National Park is lovely, as is the national park south of Bordeaux, we always like to see the sea, so we enjoyed Bidart close to Biarritz
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    Louise

    (August 20, 2017 - 8:58 pm)

    Wow! That looks like a great road trip!
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      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 11:10 pm)

      Thanks, it was great, we loved our camper van, now we love our caravan. It got hotter and hotter the temperature doubled from A to B!
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    Emma Raphael

    (August 20, 2017 - 10:43 pm)

    How wonderful, I love road trips like this, just being able to pack up the car and go – perfect! #sundayphoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (August 24, 2017 - 11:19 pm)

      A wonderful family experience, but it took us a while to find a car and caravan, research weight limits, european glove box requirements (breathalysers etc) order number plates, insurance then pack up and go.
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    Tara

    (August 21, 2017 - 7:47 am)

    Goodness, you did so well, driving all that way. Your pics are fabulous. Can’t wait to read about what you’re up to next.
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    Topsy Turvy Tribe

    (August 24, 2017 - 11:33 pm)

    Hi Tara,
    Thanks Tara, it shows it can be done, we were 11m long so had to choose the non toll roads carefully, lost a hub cap somewhere, mis judged a speed bump and banged the caravan jockey wheel, were limited to 60mph the whole journey, could barely stop in a steep Portuguese village, but we made it!
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