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Awaycation Winter Sun 2022

Since 1993 I have owned a timeshare week. First jointly with my former partner and when we split up it reverted to me as I had paid for it. The actual apartment is in Tenerife and the first week in December. Although it's getting on for 30 years we have never actually been to the resort. We have always traded it and gone elsewhere. Most of the time to mainland Spain and more recently to the US, staying in Florida and Arizona.

Since covid and the lockdowns we have been unable to use it to travel and a week we had booked in 2020 had to be cancelled as UK and most of Europe had entered the first lockdown.

To make the trade we are members of RCI Europe. There we "bank" our week and then use it to book elsewhere. It's not free, but even with their charge and the maintenance we pay on our ownership in Tenerife it's often less expansive than booking the same accommodation directly with a resort.

With a dog approaching 12yo and after two years of being at home with work, we can't take him to kennels again. He is so used to us being around 24/7 it would be traumatic for him.

So with plans to be away in the Van for three weeks I looked at RCI to see how many resorts are dog friendly, in Spain or even France for our dates. Answer. Two out of twenty-five. It's quite odd as most places we have been in Spain other visitor have had dogs... Maybe they own and are permanent residents?

To save losing the £181 in exchange fees that have been held in "credit" for over two years us the banked week the expires at the end of 2022, I have booked one of the two.

The choices were Habitat Playa Romano near Castellon, or one near Roquetas de Mar in Almeria. Almeria is a bit too far on this trip. Maybe another year we can go to the south of Spain and maybe Portugal.


The Playa Romano stay is the middle week of the trip. We have five days to get from Calais to Castellon. Google Maps has it at around 900 miles using toll-free routes. That will need careful planning to get across the Pyrenees. It's always easier at both ends (Biscay or Mediterranean) than across the middle. Again it is weather dependent.

Google would have a Pyrenees crossing via the Somport Tunnel. Weather check required!

As usual. Comments and advice welcomed.

Posted by InvictaMoto 11:51 Archived in Spain Tagged awaycation_winter_sun_2022

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