Alvis Holidays.

June 2009 from Portsmouth to Bilbao and drive to Southern Spain. Alvis Drophead FCO 154.

We sailed from Portsmouth on Sunday 7th June at 22.00 hours for Bilbao, arriving at 07.30 on Tuesday morning. The crossing was very rough on the Monday as we crossed the southern part of the Bay of Biscay with gale force 8 storms.

There were Five Alvis cars taking part in the trip, one joining at Albacete, with ten  people plus two in a modern Volvo after problems with their Alvis TA14 Drophead. All Hotels were the wonderful Spanish Paradors.

Tuesday 9th June.                Siguenza.    A converted 12th Century Medieval Castle.

Wednesday 10th June.      Albacete.    A converted Manchegan Country Mansion.

11th/12th June.                    Mojacar.    A wonderful seafront hotel with great views and pool.

13th/14th June.                    Granada.    A converted 15th Century Convent set in the grounds of the Alhambra.

15th June.                               Ronda.    The Former Town Hall, set right on the edge of the gorge.

16th/17th June.                    Cordoba.    Located on the ruins of the Summer Palace of Abd - ar - Rahman 1.

18th/19th June.                    Toledo.    Custom-built in Spanish rustic style: Spectacular views over Toledo.

20th June.                              Lerma.    The converted Ducal Palace of Lerma.

21st June.                              Bilbao-Portsmouth ferry.


We sailed home on Sunday 21st June from Bilbao in Northern Spain, arriving in Portsmouth on Monday 22nd at 17.30 hrs.

Total driving distance, door to door, was 1,928 miles in Temperatures above 40 Celsius for most of the time in Spain. It was by far the hottest Alvis touring holiday ever! Most of the time we were on our own during the day, although we did sometimes encounter one of the other cars.  The air-conditioning in the hotels was most welcome. We dined each evening together and swapped stories about our experiences during the day.

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