Moncofa, a coastal town without people

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Camping Moncofa

Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Reluctantly we moved on today to our next destination. We have so enjoyed our stay in Cambrils. We found it easy to get around and of course enjoyed our trip to Terragona very much. The usual departure time for us , 9 o'clock, and hit the motorways straight away. We drove past so many coastal towns and cities, it almost became boring. Came across miles and miles of citrus orchards and olive groves. Some of the country side very much reminded us of South Australia as well. Now that we are heading south the landscape is becoming a lot drier.
Where we are now is a very odd place. Moncofa is a seaside town with more units and apartment that you can throw a stick at. All these have been mainly build with government money in the last ten years. Some great units to look at as well. The thing is that over 70% of them are empty and have been for a long time. Some of the streets we walked down looked great with all these apartment blocks , but there are no people around anywhere.A little eerie, and such a waste of good money. After talking to the locals we learned that there is a lot of that going on in Spain. Whole areas have been developed but no one will buy  or even rent any of the apartments . So here we have a coastal town in a fantastic area but very few people to enjoy it all. We looked at the real estate prices and found that you can buy a 3 bedroom unit with 2 bathrooms and balcony overlooking the ocean for $140,000. It is easy to see that Spain is struggling to keep its head above the water and will probably suffer the downhill trend a little longer. The money pot is empty now.Having said that we also feel that a little more production will go a long way here.
The caravan park we are staying in is fantastic, the facilities are just perfect and the sites are level and very clean. Wifi is free as well. All this for 14 euros per night. Such a pity that the town itself offers nothing to the tourists.  Once again there are a lot of Dutch people here but most of them are here for an overnight stay and will be moving on in the morning, just like us.
We had a lovely conversation with the people parked next door to us, they have been coming to Spain for the last ten years and are very sad with all the changes. We are still enjoying the country very much and will be continuing our journey tomorrow. Inland this time to a town called Cuenca. See you there.
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kym&julie on

Still loving the entries,still wish we were there with you ! Thought youd like to know,Tay had her port removed this week, another mile stone for her.Travel safe,luv you both,kym julie amelia & taylor.

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