OK you may have noticed I’ve been playing around with the Hiddengypsy site and I’m not happy with it … so you have been warned – it will be changing again soon!! (I’ll probably just end up with it as it was before!)
Another thing, I want to say a massive thanks to all my new followers, it’s a huge pat on the back for me! I know some of you read my blogs regularly but when someone actually clicks ‘follow’ to receive email updates when I publish a new post, it warms the cockles of me heart!!! So thank you once again, it is truly appreciated.
I’ve been itching to write a post about the campsite we’re on at the moment but first I must tell you that we are suffering from wind! And no – it’s not because of my cooking!!! It’s wind of the meteorological kind ha ha. Honestly, it’s blowing a gale and has been for the last couple of days. Harry is holding up beautifully because we have hedges on three sides although as I sit here typing, Harry’s doing a bit of rocking and rolling. It’s something akin to sitting in a stationary car on the hard shoulder of the motorway and a convoy of trucks zooming past at high speed!! At one stage during the night, I actually felt a little sea sick, if that’s at all possible!
I’m not sure if the wind has anything to do with sunsets but we’ve had some beauties over the last week, so maybe there is a connection.
Right back to the site. My apologies if I repeat myself with regards a couple of details and I think I’ve mentioned before that this site is massive, it’s about one kilometre from the entrance gate down to the beach and we’re about half way down. It has been set out in a grid formation. The plots are about 80 – 100 square metres. Within the grid formation are sections and we’re in section L, each section has it’s own, facilities, i.e.: loos, showers, washing up sinks, washing sinks, machine and tumble dryer. Down the centre of the whole plot are squash courts, tennis courts, petanque courts, a covered, outdoor swimming pool, a supermarket, crazy golf layout, and believe it or not a church! Yes this is in fact a small town!
The plots are rented out, to people who want to stay for one night, a couple of nights, months at a time or even longer. Some of the plots in particular have been rented out and these are obviously belong to people who visit here on a regular basis, in fact I think it would be fair to say that some people live here full time.
I haven’t even walked all the way around the site but here are some photos of what people do with their plots. I think in general, they are given or select a plot and in the first instance they park either their motorhome, caravan, static or wooden shed. They then by the looks of it, install 4 very large posts in each corner of the plot and cover this with some form of roofing, now then some of them go for the whole pitched and tiled look, others just go for corrugated iron!
Safe from the elements, it looks as though they then go to town with the improvements. I’ve seen everything, some with collections of rubber dinosaurs, some with fences and gates, some with UPVC windows and doors, some have even built decking and sunbathing areas on their roofs, I noticed one the other day and it actually had a wooden shed on it’s roof!
The little yards/gardens they create are quite amazing, some are pretty utilitarian with boats, surfboards and general beachside and holiday clutter, others have stone BBQs, mature trees, bird tables, plants a go go! The original living accommodation is disguised with bricks and mortar, or tiling, or false grass, it’s really incredible the individuality and creativity that people have.
It’s been said on the web (reviews) that this site resembles a shanty town, and I must agree that when there are a collection of unloved plots together they can look a little ramshackle to say the least. However, we don’t overlook them from our camping plots.
I do wonder, however, if there are any building regulations at all, and if there were a fire to break out, there would no doubt be many devastated ‘home’ owners.
Well, I say live and let live, it has certainly created an incredible pot pourri of holiday homes that are colourful and interesting to say the least.
I’ve included a selection of just a few of the approximate 500 that are here in La Manga!