By Motorhome to France, Spain & Portugal - 2014 travel blog

Zumaia River Promenade

Unusual Rock Formations

Vertical Strata

Church On The Hill

Fed the ducks on the lake beside us after breakfast but the elephants not out for us to see before we left at 9 am. The weather has changed again & we are back to dull drizzly weather. The highlight of the drive this morning was to find a petrol station selling diesel at €1.24/ltr which is a great find after seeing €1.39/ltr for most of the way across Northern Spain.

We stopped for lunch & a look around at an Aire in a town called Zumaia. It is a small town down on the coast at the mouth of a river. The Aire is in an industrial estate right on the bank of the river with a nice 500mtr walkway into the town. Luckily for us the sun had now come out again so we wandered into town after our lunch.

We reached a milestone when we logged our 100th geocache. There was only one that was reasonably accessible in the town & that was what is known as a 'mystery cache' where you find clues at the first location you are sent to which you have to solve to get to the next location & so on till you find the final location with the hidden cache. In this instance we went to three different locations around the town before we found the cache itself beside a small church up at the top of a hill overlooking the sea & the town.

One of the locations we had to go to on the trail around the town was at a beach where there were some very unusual rock formations. Millions of years ago when the Earth was forming apparently the Iberian peninsular was a separate land mass to Europe but over time the two land masses moved together & joined at this location. The seabed between the two land masses was forced up & the seabed with it's many layers of sand, mud & silt was forced up vertically where it solidified into rock. These layers are exposed on the cliffs & the beach & are most unusual. We saw the word Flyches on several of the sign boards around the beach but unfortunately there were no English translations so not sure if this described the rock formations or not, will have to Google it.

We moved on late in the afternoon to our final overnight stopping place in Spain, an Aire in San Sebastián, quite close now to the French border.

Mileage to date - 3822

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