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My wife struggles with the Christmas period, mainly due to the family tensions, plus the commercial aspect. It meant far more to us when we had less. Does every generation remember the past as better? or is it just us 60 year olds? Anyway enough of this waffle. We would like to try and find somewhere warmer for this period. If you have spent December / January in Spain and Portugal what would your advice be on choosing either country? We want to use a mix of aires and camp sites and we have two small dogs, walking them is important for us. We like peaceful spots. Should we try and book campsites without any prior knowledge of them? All advice welcome.

 

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motorhomeninja - 2015-07-17 10:40 AM

 

My wife struggles with the Christmas period, mainly due to the family tensions, plus the commercial aspect. It meant far more to us when we had less. Does every generation remember the past as better? or is it just us 60 year olds? Anyway enough of this waffle. We would like to try and find somewhere warmer for this period. If you have spent December / January in Spain and Portugal what would your advice be on choosing either country? We want to use a mix of aires and camp sites and we have two small dogs, walking them is important for us. We like peaceful spots. Should we try and book campsites without any prior knowledge of them? All advice welcome.

 

Graham[/quote)

 

Your description of xmas/ new year are mirrored with us, plus we have two dogs. If you can only manage Dec/Jan then stick to Spain, we very rarely go into Portugal before the ends of Feb' although the Algarve can be nice and warm, it may have more rain.

 

If you more around a lot you will not need to book, if you like places like Calpe/Benidorm, which we don't you should book.

 

We love to free camp when in Spain, there are loads of places, many very quite, you could give it a go.

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Ditto Spain.....Portugal is the first stop for the rain and wind 8-) ...... usually by the time the clouds get to the Costa Blanca they're empty B-) ......

 

You'll probably be able to get onto the more popular campsites without to much of a problem until mid Jan ish, as that's when the winter sunbirds arrive en mass :D ..........

 

 

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Benidorm / Calpe is a bit like Newquay (where I am now in a very pleasant 22C Sunshine)

Can be a bit busy and rowdy in the centre. But when you have had enough of it you only need move a couple of miles to get away from it, and the coastline is lovely :-D

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motorhomeninja - 2015-07-17 10:40 AM

 

My wife struggles with the Christmas period, mainly due to the family tensions, plus the commercial aspect. It meant far more to us when we had less. Does every generation remember the past as better? or is it just us 60 year olds? Anyway enough of this waffle. We would like to try and find somewhere warmer for this period. If you have spent December / January in Spain and Portugal what would your advice be on choosing either country? We want to use a mix of aires and camp sites and we have two small dogs, walking them is important for us. We like peaceful spots. Should we try and book campsites without any prior knowledge of them? All advice welcome.

 

Graham

 

The choice is always going to be your personal preference. We have spent the last four winters in both Spain and Portugal. Last year we spent some 16 weeks in both from mid December through to April but did start to miss home by the end. This year we plan to go after Christmas (as we haven't had a family Christmas for some years now) for just two months. In Spain we prefer Andalucia, in particular the Almeria area, but out of the two we do find Portugal better for us. However, as others have said, it is not as warm or dry over the winter period but we have had a couple of good years there. We booked a long term site the first year but have never pre booked since and use a mixture of Aires and sites. Usually, we stay on sites for two to four weeks as they do offer lower rates for longer stays. We also use ACSI sites when we just stay for a couple of nights.

 

Whatever you choose, have a great time.

David

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Barryrj - 2015-07-18 2:10 PM

 

My opinion from our first visit for two months in January and February this year is that you do not need to book and because you are mobile you can easily move. Why not experience both countries!

 

Where did you stay without booking?

I understand that Calpe Mar has been booked full already for the winter season. Likewise it is not easy to get in at Peniscola (El Eden)

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We stayed in L'Estartit, Barcelona (Vilanova Park) Ribens De Cadanes, Valencia Camper Park, Villasol Benidorm, Nerja, Villsom camping Seville, Isla Cristina, camping Turiscampo Lagos. All without pre booking. Hope that helps.
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