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Awaycation Summer 2024 - Day 12

Oh dear!!!

sunny 23 °C

We were up a little late. The park up at Carrefour was really good. Free. It was our first aire camp that wasn't run by Camping-Car Park in France. It has certainly given me more confidence to try it again.

The drive today was pretty much 95% on autovias or at least dual carriageway roads. We stopped once briefly to ensure that the satnav was set to no-tolls and then again at a roadside cafeteria. Along the route the fuel stations come with an accompanying cafeteria or restaurant. Often they are are hostel or hotel as well.

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We had a coffee ☕ and checked out the local produce and wine in the shop.

Arriving in Puçol we were soon at the site. There was nowhere to park and there was a queue. Some 25 minutes later and once we checked in the receptionist said we were pitch 235. But, and this is when alarm bells should have gone off, there maybe someone else already on it. She said that people go where they like. When we followed the youth on his scooter lo and behold a Dutch caravan snugly on the pitch.

Off the youth went to find a vacant pitch. We sat there with various Dutch caravanners standing and staring at us. That got my hackles up. In the end we gave up.

Back at reception we sat waiting for something to happen. I began searching the internet for an alternative so that we could give up and demand a refund. But it's Saturday! All the campsites I checked out were full tonight. Plenty from tomorrow. I guess the weekenders will have checked out. I decided to find a wild camp for the night if need be.

Then the receptionist came out and said the manager had decided to upgrade us.... Mmmmm. We decided to stay. I guess being upgraded sounds like moving from coach to business class?

Does this look like business class?

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A lady Claire spoke too said that Sandaya only took over the site this year and previously that it has been good, but now it was chaos. Again. Those alarm bells should have been ringing!

The pitches when they have finished with the bulldozer and do something with the acres of earth might be nice. They are large plots but currently not fit for use. They have electric hook-ups in place and there are taps for clean water. The roadway is gravelled but the pitch is some six inches lower than the roadway. So they have made a ramp with compacted sand. None of the streetlights are working. Good job we have a torch!! God help us if it rains!!!!

I have already put all this in an email on the Sandaya complaints website. It's simply not up to their usual standard.

Probably wasted my time but there's always TripAdvisor! 😀😀😀

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:09 Archived in Spain

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