1st Stage - Traveling around Europe in motorhome

1st Stage - Traveling around Europe in motorhome
Published by:   Toni Martins
Recommended Season:   All year
Starting Country:   Portugal
Recommended time:   300 days
We decided to travel around Europe in our motorhome, our plan is to travel for 10 months and visit 23 countries.
We started the trip in Portugal with the destination of the first week to reach Italy and start the visits there since Spain and France we have already visited in the past and the north of France we will visit on the way back from this trip.
Here in this episode we are going to tell you which parks we stayed at, how many km we walked per day, what problems we had and how much we spent in total.
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Below is all the information on the places where we stayed overnight, visited and other services along this trip

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Camping Acqua Dulce, Levanto

Lat: 44.166175 - Lon: 9.613481
N: 44° 9' 58.23 "       E: 9° 36' 48.5316"

We left the park where we stayed overnight not too early, as we were already close to the Cinque Terre and we came straight to the Acqua Dulce campsite in Levanto, one of the towns with a park close to the villages of the Cinque Terre group.
All the information about the park from the days we spent in Cinque Terre, as well as the visits we made, photos, videos, everything can be seen in the following link:

Itinerary to visit Cinque Terre in Motorhome (MotorHome)

 


Below is the link with park information:

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Area Sosta Tarolli, Tarolli campervan park

Lat: 44.467622 - Lon: 9.740683
N: 44° 28' 3.4392 "       E: 9° 44' 26.4588"

We traveled from Bellagio towards the Cinque Terre, but as it was already dark we decided to head towards this park. Arriving at the gate, it was closed. There was a phone number on the gate that I called. On the other side of the line, someone friendly informed us that the park was closed and that it would only open from March onwards, but if we wanted to stay and spend the night, we just had to open the gate and park. He further informed that he had no power connected, but had sewers and water that we could use at will. Zero cost, we were really impressed because the park is very, very good and the person in charge, I believe, extremely friendly. a good surprise

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Bellagio, Lake Como

Lat: 45.978286 - Lon: 9.258762
N: 45° 58' 41.8296 "       E: 9° 15' 31.5432"

We had decided to go along the edge of Lake Como towards Bellagio, knowing that it would be very difficult to find a park where we could park for at least a few hours to visit the city. It was not possible, and with that we ended up not visiting, but the worst would happen during the journey to Bellagio. The road is very winding and narrow and I couldn't avoid brushing the back and a little of the side of the motorhome when crossing with a passenger bus. He was coming very fast in a curve and didn't even have time to stop which forced me to pull over as much as possible to avoid a worse crash. That's why I don't think it's recommended for motorhomes larger than a van to take this route.
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City of Como, Como motorhome service area

Lat: 45.802931 - Lon: 9.091649
N: 45° 48' 10.5516 "       E: 9° 5' 29.9364"

After repairing the headlights, we decided to continue our journey to the city of Como on the shores of Lago di Como.
We arrived at the end of the day, parked in the campervan park in the center of town. This park is paid, but it is not expensive at all, for 24 hours we pay €5.4 and for one night of electricity in which we take the opportunity to charge the power bank we spend €5.5, however when I went to get water, I put the coins in but it didn't give me any water and I ended up running out of money.
But what matters is that we stayed 2 nights in Como, the first night we went out to have dinner and get to know a little of the city, the next day we took the opportunity to get to know it better, visiting the shores of the lake, and other places of interest.
Below is the link with park information:

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Grosso Vacanze S.r.l., Shop and technical assistance for Motorhomes

Lat: 44.596814 - Lon: 7.659848
N: 44° 35' 48.5304 "       E: 7° 39' 35.4528"

As we had a big problem with the rear lights not working, we decided to come to this service station to see if we could fix the problem.
We were treated poorly, I didn't even get to see where the workshops were because it's so big and some sent it one way, others sent it to another, so I ended up deciding to go to their shop, buy the headlights and assemble them myself. IN 10 minutes I replaced the headlights and everything was working great.
But here are the coordinates because in case you need them badly looked at or not but they can solve the problem, even if it is not to repair something, it is worth visiting the store, I had never seen a store with such a variety of equipment for motorhomes.
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Cherasco motorhome service area

Lat: 44.649038 - Lon: 7.854448
N: 44° 38' 56.5368 "       E: 7° 51' 16.0128"

On our 9th day we had decided to drive from the Gap to Genoa, staying overnight in Cherasco on the way.
The route through the Alps is spectacular, the landscapes are breathtaking, this journey is really worth it.
Before reaching Cherasco I saw an auto electrical workshop, I stopped because the taillights and stop lights were not working.
I stopped and decided to go see if they could fix it, they were very friendly and helpful but they couldn't do anything, it was really a problem with the headlights, I think water got in but they gave me the address of a company that repairs motorhomes not far away (only 25km). As it was after 5pm we decided to stay in Cherasco and we were going the next day in the morning.
So we did, we stayed overnight in the service area of ​​Cherasco, very good, with all the services including electricity (pay per consumption) the rest free, except that when I went to pay my connection point I had a credit of 8.5€ and with that I didn't pay nothing, the next day I looked and it had the same credit, I didn't know if it was paid or they even carried a balance for us to use, so it's there to pay but I don't know if they charge it, but they supply energy.
What wasn't working was the water supply, I didn't see anything to pay.
Regarding the city, it is very worth visiting because it has a lot of history and many places of interest to be visited.
Below is a link to park information:

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Gap campervan service area

Lat: 44.569644 - Lon: 6.102469
N: 44° 34' 10.7184 "       E: 6° 6' 8.8884"

On the 8th day we were already arriving in the Alps, more specifically in the city of GAP.
We stayed overnight in the Gap motorhome service area, free service but in winter there is a problem. Due to the altitude they close off the water, so we cannot fill up or unload the black waters, but it was enough to spend one night, which was our objective.
Note that there are only 6 spaces for motorhomes, so don't arrive late.
We arrived around 5 pm and there were only 2 places available and this in winter.
The link with the park information is here:

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Montpeyroux motorhome service area

Lat: 43.698827 - Lon: 3.500171
N: 43° 41' 55.7772 "       E: 3° 30' 0.61560000000009"

We leave Andorra, after fueling up, heading down the Alps towards France, more precisely towards Montpeyroux. There were 303km of very good roads, magnificent landscapes that made our day.
The Montpeyroux campervan park is excellent, quiet, quiet and with all services except electricity. Easy access and with a village that is worth visiting, do not forget that we are in one of the wine regions and here in this village there are many wineries.
Below is the link with park information:

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Gasopas, LPG service

Lat: 42.546745 - Lon: 1.730872
N: 42° 32' 48.282 "       E: 1° 43' 51.1392"

As we had already been using the 2 LPG gas cylinders for almost 15 days and during the trip all night due to the cold, we decided to fill up at this gas station when we left Andorra.
Attention in Andorra, it is the only gas station with LPG gas, and it is right on the border with France. Here we also take the opportunity to fill up with fuel because it is much cheaper than France, it is at least 60 cents difference and at the same time we can enjoy the most beautiful mountain and snow landscapes.
It's funny that the guy who served us is Portuguese and almost my neighbor
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Campervan park in Andorra la Vella

Lat: 42.510461 - Lon: 1.535711
N: 42° 30' 37.6596 "       E: 1° 32' 8.5596000000003"

On our second day in Andorra, we decided to visit the capital (Andorra la Vella) and for that we had to park in the campervan park located next to the spa complex (Caldea).
It's a park where you can stay overnight, but it's a bit expensive, 40 euros, then you still have to pay if you want electricity, we stayed 4 hours we paid 16 euros, but without a doubt it's the best option to stay close to the city center, have the car safely and be able to visit the stores.
Link with information here:

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Motorhome park at the River shopping center (Andorra)

Lat: 42.453478 - Lon: 1.486216
N: 42° 27' 12.5208 "       E: 1° 29' 10.3776"

We left Calders and went to repair the tire. After all, it wasn't a puncture in the tire, but an air leak in the rim. With all that, when we had the problem solved, it was past noon and what we had planned to go to France towards Italy, we ended up changing the route and going to Andorra. We've been analyzing the parks that were in Andorra and the best we found was the park provided by the River shopping center, as well as having all the services except electricity, we still have the supermarket on hand to supply and with good prices and it's at the entrance of Andorra which makes it easier for us to escape the traffic.
We ended up staying 2 nights in this park because we wanted to visit Andorra la Vella and for that it would have to be at least 2 nights.
Link with park information here:

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Calders campervan service area

Lat: 41.789621 - Lon: 1.990183
N: 41° 47' 22.6356 "       E: 1° 59' 24.6588"

Here we had our first mishap, we came to stay in this service area, we arrived on Saturday at the end of the day and when I finished parking I noticed that the rear wheel on the left side had a hole, (it was practically empty) as it was Saturday and Sunday any assistance was closed, we decided to stay for Monday in this area.
A small area, but good for spending a night, I noticed that there was no water and that without water it was only possible to empty the gray water. Lucky we had the water tank full.
Information about the park at this link:

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Guadalajara, Motorhome service area

Lat: 40.624573 - Lon: -3.169038
N: 40° 37' 28.4628 "       W: 3° 10' 8.5368"

After 500km travelled, our second day was traveling from the Alconchel motorhome area to the Guadalajara motorhome area. Here we use fast roads due to the Km we had to do in a day.
There is information about the park at this link:

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Alconchel, Motorhome service area

Lat: 38.514480 - Lon: -7.068804
N: 38° 30' 52.128 "       W: 7° 4' 7.6944"

We decided to stay overnight at the Alconchel campervan park, the park has all the services except electricity, a cement floor, I saw that it has toilets but they were closed.
We found the place to be quiet and very safe:
Park information at the following link

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Safara, we stopped for lunch

Lat: 38.108810 - Lon: -7.222626
N: 38° 6' 31.716 "       W: 7° 13' 21.4536"

We decided to use secondary roads, despite the map often showing that we are going on motorways and we also decided to cross Spain and France through the interior
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We started our trip in Albufeira in the Algarve

Lat: 37.098353 - Lon: -8.242863
N: 37° 5' 54.0708 "       W: 8° 14' 34.3068"

We were parked in the motorhome park in Albufeira and it was from there that we started the preparations and left for the trip
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