Gay Travel: An Expedition Across Spain
It was a long, complicated and unforeseen sequence of events that saw our Spanish expedition begin with a night in the small village of Campo Real.
Campo Real is just on the outskirts of the capital Madrid – it is an area renowned for olive groves but not much else.
Instead of driving through the night to get to the coast as we had planned, we were eating a traditional Romanian dinner of pork meatballs in a clear broth – rescued by some friends of my boyfriend after a bit of a hire-car disaster. The meatballs were delicious.
The next day began early – our hosts drove us into Madrid where we caught the train to Valencia. The fast train service that connects these two cities is impressive and easy to use. The price of our ticket included our onward journey, but we had enough time to walk to the spectacular food market in the centre of Valencia where we stocked up on ham and cheese before boarding the local train to Xeraco (a small town to the south of Valencia).