Casteillets at St Jean Pla de Corts in the Pyrenees-Orientales. The site is €16.50 a night with our ACSI card which includes electric hookup. The pitches are large and slightly shaded and set in concentric rings. We have got ourselves one on the outside edge so get sunshine from before I get up in the morning until about 5pm when the sun dips behind the mountains. Mountains!! There's practically no one else here so the site is wonderfully peaceful. About half the pitches are occupied by static caravans so we wonder if there might be a weekend influx? Our last site, Domaine de Fondespierre, had that too and weekends were even more deserted!
|Bailey at Camping Casteillets|
There's a pretty good shower block here and a friendly woman in
|The friendly donkey|
The wifi signal is good and very reasonable at just €3 for a whole week. However each ticket can only be used by a single device so we've had to buy a couple of extras to cover each tablet and Dave's phone. Still pretty cheap though and we think, if we have understood correctly, that by staying here two weeks we might get a free third week's camping. There's so much we want to do here. So long as the weather holds, three weeks is very likely.
The River Tech is close by and we wandered briefly there on our first
|Walking along the River Tech|
We packed up a picnic - our first of this winter season - this morning for
|Cork harvesting mural in Vives|
|Snow in the distance and a strawberry tree in front|
We also got close to the fairy tale styled Chateau d'Aubiry which is
Not including the lunch stop, the whole walk took about three hours and we were pleased with how easy it seemed compared to shorter walks that were much harder work recently. Possibly the warmer air makes my breathing easier? We are both looking forward to trying several other suggested hikes and also to cycling the Voie Verte as far as Amelie Les Bains where Dave has discovered the Tourist Office has a whole different hiking book with even more potential walks! And, if we get really keen, it is possible to cycle all the way to the coast. Getting back would make the journey by far our longest cycle ride ever though so perhaps overly optimistic? And Perpignan is supposed to be lovely so we must visit there. It is only one euro each way on the bus! It's going to be a busy December!