HETTY VISITS ROMAN RUINS !!

An off from Gibraltar for a servicing ..Grey water and cassette sorted Water in the tank ..even a few litres of diesel added to Hetty’s tank .. A good spot in Tarifa as we’d been told about ..an Aire to park up for the night …No thnx a carpark in the town was a no go and off to the beach .. another recommended sleepyspot further up the coast ..

GPS WILDCAMPING 36.0465 -5.63558

Quiet here said The Driver as he watched an Eagle or very big raptor circling over head looking for a small dog to eat ..We are now parked up on a sandy scrubland which seems to be used by the New Age Hippy types in their converted buses with home tutored kids.. Dreadlocks abound.. tattoos and ankle bangles compulsory even though a tad dated..So 70’s wish I’d kept my Kaftans and Indian jewels ..would have fitted in well

Such a quiet night ..only the waning moon and the stars.. Camp dogs quiet…and a long sleep

Kites swirled on the morning beach as we saunter up the road North towards Portugal

Where next The Cook asked …The Drivers reply sent shivers down the Cooks arms ..ROMAN RUINS he said ……..As reader of my blog know Roman Ruin are not my thing ..I have no interest what so ever ..but they fascinate The Driver so off we go to “BAELO CLAUDIA”

The Drivers blog ..

After parking Hetty in a nearly empty car park we entered a boxy Architect designed structure containing a pay kiosk,shop and museum. At the kiosk we thought we had to pay 1 1/2 euros but found that EU citizens get in free.

The site is a whole town that was created by Romans to take advantage of the migratory tuna passing in and out of the Mediterranean through the Gibraltar Straights. The salted and cured fish plus several types of paste where traded far and wide and into Morocco. The township is well situated with a harbour and between two streams which were where culverted into town for fish curing water supply and sanitation purposes.

There are no remains of the harbour but about 50% of the town has been uncovered. With lots of curing pits towards the harbour and housing .. courts ,baths,forum,markets,temples and a theatre further up the hill,obviously to get away from any smells associated with the gutting and processing.

We spent a couple of hours wandering around and by midday back at Hetty the carpark was nearly full. So our timing was again excellent.

Back to the Cook

Back down to the coast road and after a small NO Parking detour lunch on a small harbour

An array of Anchors Rusty and very big .. we wondered if it’s was like a car part breakers yard for ships anchors

A very wild camping place was found on the map after our attempt to park in Conil de la Frontera with wall to wall Spain heading for the beach ..we gave it up as a bad job wandering off up the road to a cliff top carpark in the sand and a perfect beach .. we got there at the right time and got the front row parking overlooking the sea and sunset .. perfect

It a good thing we weren’t going anywhere as the carpark filled with vans and cars

Early morning on the beach .. surfers out .. families set up … and then it RAINED

GPS WILDCAMPING 36.325847 .6.158376

Now in CÁDIZ

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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