ALBARRACIN TO PUEBLO DE ARENOSO Johns blog
Car park GPS for Albarracin 40.407436 -1.441773
After our early morning coffee in bed with the heating started on low as it was cool but no frost ..I was determined to get to the highest spot on the walls around ALBARRACIN for some photographs.
So after breakfast and an emergency loo cassette change ( we have started to carry a spare) It was getting close to find a tree time 😟I set off dressed as a local with fleece and woolly hat to climb to the top of the walls. This is 5 to 6 hundred feet higher than the town and quite a slog . On arriving at the highest point I climbed onto the walls with the outer wall intact but no protection on the town side . I walked gingerly to the tower and took several excellent photos and decided to walk the walls down to the lower levels.. This section had no outer protection a potential fall of 10 m outside and inside. At the lower tower a very narrow section of stone steps no more than 300mm wide was the only way forward so the intrepid adventurer tucked camera into pocket and climbed down one level in the tower and onward. At the next tower which had a floor (phew) with a ladder to the lower level . This section of wall was slightly better as you could only fall off on the town side. At the next tower I found no way forward or down so a return backward the only recourse but this was much more dangerous at the tower with narrow stone steps so I had to use my 30 year old bouldering skills to get back to the higher level. By this time I was not appropriately dressed and had to remove my wooly hat and undo my fleece. A gentle stroll downhill the 45 deg slope to Hetty seemed easy. Be warned the walls are not for the faint hearted and if the town charged access you could successfully sue them.
We then decided to head for a motorway service point to empty both cassettes and brown water and refill the drinking water. Emptying was free but potable water was 2 euro for 200 litres.
After the dirty work was done . The motorway shop was a Carrefour so I took the opportunity to buy bread and beer ..a staple of motor homers fare.
Lunch was taken and I suggested taking a route down a gorge to a reservoir rather than more motorway . So after 7km more of motorway we headed off down a narrow sometimes very narrow windy cart rack of a road but miraculously at the border change into Valencia the roads improved to ones with white lines down the middle. At Pueblo de Arenoso we stopped to walk around a village which appears to be 80 percent holiday homes very nice and quiet for our overnight stop..GPS 40.104894 -0.592775
After a few beers S cooked a fabulous risotto with rustic salad and we tried an expensive LIDL’s own bottle of white wine €1-79 instead of the wine bricks at 88c..splash out we said ..not a glugging wine but very pleasant with our supper