Spending Overview – Northern Spain

We keep a track of all of our spending as we’re going along and here we’ve broken it down by country, so you can see what we’ve spent to give you an idea of how cheap/expensive a place can be.

Northern Spain

Travel Cost
Ferry 0.00 €
Tolls 2.99 €
Fuel 260.02 €
Daytime parking 0.00 €
Train/bus/tram 0.00 €
Camping Nights
Wild Camping 12 0.00 €
Free Aires 8 0.00 €
Paid for Aires (inc toilet emptying cost) 2 10.60 €
France Passion Sites 0 0.00 €
ACSI Site 0 0.00 €
Camping Cheque Site 0 0.00 €
Campsites 6 92.16 €
Food (ie Supermarket) 281.75 €
Food (ie eating and drinking out) 165.87 €
LPG 10.70 €
Repairs (battery & tyre blow out minus insurance payout) 546.76 €
Laundry 49.00 €
Contact with home (paid wifi, phones, post) 59.78 €
Tours/Entrance fees 25.70 €
Supplies (electric heater, maps, ad-hoc items for Dave – non motoring) 66.20 €
Souvenirs 0.00 €
Total cost 1,571.53 €
Days away 28
Cost per day 56.13 €
Cost per day (minus repairs) 36.60 €
Total Mileage (@ approx 29mpg) 1171
Average miles per day 41.8
The costs of this part of the trip were bumped up by the cost of repairs to Dave when we had a tyre blow-out on the A8 in Spain, and a new leisure battery for him (it would have been more, but we’ve just bought a normal one rather than a specific leisure one – it seems to be working fine!).
In Northern Spain there are Aires, however they you need to plan ahead a bit more as they aren’t in every town like they are in France. Wild camping is forbidden in many parts of Northern Spain, so we went into the Tourist Information Office (there was one of these in most towns, usually open from around 4-8pm) to ask where we could stop, they usually suggested a nearby car park as we were touring in November/December so were out of season. They also suggested you could ask at the local police station if the Tourist office was closed. This was a very good job because nearly all the camp sites were closed.
Laundries are limited in Spain, so clothes washing was done at camp sites – often by the camp site staff. Once we had a new battery we only really needed camp sites for laundry, although we did stop a few days in one while we waited to have Dave checked out at a garage after his tyre blow-out as the suspension started to make a creaking noise.
Diesel doesn’t seem to be any cheaper at supermarket service stations as it is in France and Portugal, and LPG is tricky to get hold of, and not generally available at service stations – we ended up at a gas bottle filling plant.
We hooked up with Chris and Tina when we first got into Spain and spent most of our time travelling with them, so food costs were reduced because we’d take it in turns to cook and ingredients for four are not much more in cost than ingredients for two.

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