Date: 1st October 2019
Travelled: 303 kms from Puerto-Lápice to Medinaceli in the Region of Castilla y León
Stayed: Medinaceli municipal aire, free with services. N41.17150, W02.43147
Budget: 114 days @ €74 per day
We wave goodbye to the tour buses full of Chinese in Puerto-Lápice and make for the A4-E5. Initially our GPS takes us north for Madrid.
Some on the road photos between Puerto-Lápice and Madrid. Despite the scattered cloud it’s hot and humid.
Some on the road photos once we escape the Madrid ring road and head north-east on the A2-E90. What does surprise us is how the temperature cools as we drive on. Four hours after leaving Puerto-Lápice we turn the Hymer off the freeway for Medinaceli.
Map of Medinaceli, the icon on our parking spot
According to our guide Medinaceli was once a Roman ( later a Moorish) stronghold. It stands high on a Plateau with spectacular views basically dominating the valleys that surround it. At 1200m in elevation it’s also the coldest place we have stopped since Ireland in June.
Once we are settled, we wander off to do some exploring. The place is a postcard but very quiet at 5.30 in the afternoon, everyone is asleep we presume.
Our walk done, we make our way back to the Hymer. We find we have a couple more neighbours. It turns very cold and windy on dusk, so we batten down for the night and eat in.
A cold morning follows (the coolest this year, so far). After coffee we go for another walk. Our guide book describes a Moorish castle but we haven’t found it yet.
On our return we service the Hymer and set the GPS for Zaragoza. So that was Medinaceli as we backtrack down the hill and back onto the freeway…
Michael and Pam