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Old July 16th, 2015, 03:53 PM   #5481
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If you have a time, search the road side area KM103 in the A-2 (they are not in the km point 103 but 101,8 though!!). You'll find a pretty nice area built a long time ago (rebuilt with a new building when 2x2), and you'll find a lot of facilities.

Spanish drivers prefer this kind of areas instead of the typical "fuel-sandwich-rest" which are in a lot of tolled motorways.


And as said... as many trucks in front of the restaurant, as better the area.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 05:57 PM   #5482
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Actually one of the few "modern" rest areas in Spanish autovías is on the A-7 stretch featured on Chris' latest pictures.
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Old July 17th, 2015, 12:32 AM   #5483
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It's not that we don't like proper rest areas. We simply don't have a choice. It's a consequence of how our network developed.
I strongly agree with you. Maybe people who usually make the same journeys have a good knowledge of the available restaurants and know where to stop and eat well.

But when driving on a route for the first time you really miss the typical rest areas you see in France, Italy or Germany. Why? Because there are hundreds of old restaurants like the ones in the picture and you don't know at all which ones are good and which ones are bad. It's like a lottery. And when they're signed, you don't know if they're at the edge of the road or you need to drive 2 km until reaching them (the same thing happens with gas stations ).

Last time I did Barcelona - Granada with my family, we chose A-7 + A-35 + N-344 + A-31 between Valencia and Alicante (instead of our traditional route, AP-7 along the coast) and we had a hard time trying to find a decent place to have a coffee and eat a sandwich around 11 am. We ended up in a horrible old-fashioned restaurant in La Font de la Figuera with an atmosphere and food which reminded us of Spain in the 70s. One member of my family even got sick. Unbelievably, the restaurant was full!

Coming back to Barcelona, we chose AP-7 in order to eat more normal (albeit boring) food in La Safor rest area. It can lack the personality of those old restaurants but at least it's not a lottery and you know what you'll find beforehand. As a result it's quite normal to see lots of tourists using these rest areas on AP-7.
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Old July 18th, 2015, 11:57 PM   #5484
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I passed the AP - 1 yesterday and they were still working on the landslide. Looks like it will take some weeks or more before they finish and reopen it.

The date of 15 July was absurd if you see how much work is left.
Trucks are not deviated to the N1-A1, which causes trucks to climb at a super slow pace causing traffic jams.
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Old July 19th, 2015, 12:01 AM   #5485
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Seems to be a greater nightmare than they thought!!!
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 08:13 PM   #5486
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Some more photos of A-7, west of Murcia. This stretch of road has a lot of service roads to nowhere, and the signs have various typefaces.


A7-50 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-51 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-53 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-55 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-57 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-59 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-60 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-64 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-67 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-69 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-72 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-75 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-76 by European Roads, on Flickr


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A7-81 by European Roads, on Flickr


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Old July 22nd, 2015, 09:41 PM   #5487
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It seems they have extended the kmposting of the Vilavella-Sagunto section all the way down A-7. It will still run into four digits in Malaga province anyway. However, the section in Tarragona province still uses the N-340 kmposts, and thus exit numbers in the 1100s.

Fun fact: Had an exit existed at RM-D22 just South of Totana, it would have retained its exit number (614 in both N-340 and new A-7 systems).
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 10:52 AM   #5488
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In a few hours I'll be passing through the Ventamillo gorge by bus. Again. I'm leaving in a hour. I hope we don't have to cross with a truck like last time.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 11:19 AM   #5489
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What the heck so high-standart roads like real motorways have 100 km/h speed while other countries 140 on the same quality ones?
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 12:44 PM   #5490
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What the heck so high-standart roads like real motorways have 100 km/h speed while other countries 140 on the same quality ones?
Standard maximum speed is 120 km/h for any motorway, highway or so

It is possible (even in tolled motorways) to find streches with lowest maximum speed, mainly because rocky areas, slides or so.

In a dual carriageway 2x2 with no shoulders and a lot of exits it is often to find 100 km/h but they are used to be near main cities. Long distance motorways will have 120.


120 km/h means that radars will allow 130 km/h and no more. 131 km/h means a 100 EUR fine
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Old July 24th, 2015, 08:25 PM   #5491
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A-7 Alhama de Murcia - Lorca

Some photos of A-7 between Alhama de Murcia and Lorca. Lorca is known for the 2011 earthquake. The magnitude was moderate, at 5.1, but the damage was extensive due to the shallowness of the quake.

The landscape becomes more interesting near Lorca.


A7-92 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-96 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-98 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-100 by European Roads, on Flickr


A7-102 by European Roads, on Flickr


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A7-110 by European Roads, on Flickr


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Old July 24th, 2015, 08:38 PM   #5492
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It seems they have extended the kmposting of the Vilavella-Sagunto section all the way down A-7.
Yes, I checked my photos and all exits of A-7 down to the Andalusia border have been renumbered. The numbering in Andalusia is unchanged.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 10:19 PM   #5493
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Yeah, looks as if a dual carriageway was built somewhere in Grand Erg Occidental in Algeria. Pretty beautiful.
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Old July 24th, 2015, 11:34 PM   #5494
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Which dual carriageway are you talking about?
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Old July 25th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #5495
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AL-1102, Almería, Andalucía

A viewing point along road AL-1102 in Almería province, near Sorbas.


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Old July 26th, 2015, 03:03 AM   #5496
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Driving through AP-4 , from El Puerto de Santa María to Sevilla 13.07.2015 Timelapse x4
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Old July 27th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #5497
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Driving through A-49, from Castilleja de la Cuesta to Bollullos de la Mitación (Spain) 22.07.2015 Timelapse x4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tZ2...anTc51k0-WOf8r
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CV-40 Xàtiva - Alcoi

The 'secret' inland route from Valencia to Alicante, CV-40 which should be numbered as A-7 if you ask me

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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:52 PM   #5499
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Driving through A-49, from Castilleja de la Cuesta to Bollullos de la Mitación (Spain) 22.07.2015 Timelapse x4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tZ2...anTc51k0-WOf8r
The pedestrian bridge in 0:37 is really new, maybe it opened in 2014 but I think it was in this 2015.

The bridges between 0:54 and 0:57 are the ones for SE-40, and were done this april. They aren't still opened and they will probably not be until 2016 or 2017. This new highway will really change the movility of Sevilla, most of the traffic jams you maybe had between Sevilla and Castilleja will disappear (except in summer weekends...).

Finally, all the route you do from 0:20 until 1:25 was two-lane highway 5 years ago, now it is 3 lanes

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Old July 28th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #5500
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I know it is not connected with this forum, I am new here, I posted already some videos, and I posted only the url but not the video, can somebody help me to explain me how to post the video and not the url?

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