I keep a track of all of our spending as we’re going along and here I’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.
Spain – South and Mediterranean Coast
|Daytime parking||7.05 €|
|Wild Camping||20||0.00 €|
|Free Aires||8||0.00 €|
|Paid for Aires (inc Barcelona parking)||4||69.05 €|
|ACSI Site||5||76.00 €|
|Camping Cheque Site||4||60.00 €|
|Other (stayed with friends)||2||0.00 €|
|Food (ie Supermarket)||493.47 €|
|Food (ie eating and drinking out)||391.10 €|
|Repairs (fan heater and suspension)||43.89 €|
|Contact with home (paid wifi, phones, post)||22.24 €|
|Tours/Entrance fees||166.20 €|
|Supplies (ad-hoc items for us and Dave – non motoring)||48.00 €|
|Charlie (food and booster jabs)||63.59 €|
|Total cost||2,053.04 €|
|Cost per day||44.63 €|
|Cost per day (minus repairs)||43.68 €|
|Total Mileage (@ approx 29mpg)||1529|
|Average miles per day||33.2|
As we were touring out of peak season, we were lucky to find a few places to wild camp for free without being moved on. We found a whole community of people working their way along the Med coast stopping for a week or so in each place. We only encountered the police twice and both times they simply asked us to move on (in Benidorm they visited at 9am and asked everyone to move on before that night, in Mojacar they visited in the evening and asked us to move on the next day) which we did (and in both cases were doing anyway!).
We used more campsites in Southern Spain as they were nearly all open (unlike Northern Spain) and we had some sights we wanted to visit such as The Alhambra in Grananda, Ronda and to meet up with my parents in Benidorm and campsites were the best option available. Again like Northern Spain aires are few and far between, and often charged for on the coast. Laundries are limited in Spain, so clothes washing was done at camp sites – often by the camp site staff.
Diesel was cheaper in Spain than France, but it doesn’t seem to be any cheaper at supermarket service stations as it is in France and Portugal. LPG is tricky to get hold of, and not generally available at service stations – we ended up at a gas bottle filling plant in Murcia.
Food is cheaper in Spain than France, and we generally shopped at Lidl or Carrefour (mainly buying from the Carrefour discount range). The supermarket costs look quite high here, but we did big shops in Spain both before and after we went to Morocco.