1st F.I.C.C. World Congress, Lisbon (Portugal), 2018

The 1st FICC World Congress will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from November 21 to 23 2018.
This year is also the 85th anniversary of the FICC.

The event will take place from Wednesday, November 21, at 09:00 until November 23 at 3:00 p.m. In the Ramada Lisbon (formerly called "Olaias Park Hotel")

All participants are welcome, whether you are a member of the F.I.C.C. or not, this congress is open to those who wish to participate in this unique event.

The congress has an extraordinary program in the world of Itinerant Tourism. There will be speakers from several European countries and from other continents, see the program and the speakers at the following link: https://congress2018.ficc.org/

The event includes a welcome cocktail, coffee breaks, 2 lunches, gala dinner and guided tour in Lisbon; excursion to Sintra is also available.
See admittance fees on the following link:
Clic here to book or check prices  (You may book know and pay later).

It is a charming city, located at the mouth of the Tagus River (Tejo in Portuguese), and is the capital of the country. The city has an approximate population of 548,000 inhabitants and its area contains 20% of the country's population. It is the richest city in Portugal.

Lisbon is also one of the main European destinations. No doubt, the ideal place for activities and entertainment for the whole family. More tourist information in the following link:

Brief history of the FICC
June 4, 1933 is a very important date in the 85 year history of the FICC, since it was on that day when the FICC held its first General Assembly, it took place during the first International FICC Rally; This traditional Rally, the most universal and oldest in the world, began in 1933 in Hampton Court, United Kingdom. The FICC Rally, with rare exceptions, is always held between the months of July and August (which always includes the annual General Assembly) held in Europe, North America and Asia.

In 2011 the word "Autocaravaning" was introduced in the statutes of the organization and the logo was modified to include the motorhome and, at the beginning of 2012, the official title of the Federation changed to "Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravaning et Autocaravaning "-In French, since its headquarters are in Brussels-, but the abbreviation remain the same: FICC.

Gas bottles in the motorhome when travelling to other countries

Gas cylinder installation review:

The following pictures shows only some of the many different types of gas bottles available in Europe.

  • Motorhomes must be subject to a regular check of gas installation.
  • Some countries do not apply this security measure.
  • This may sound strange, but some of these countries are in the European Union. This security measure should be taken into account when large international rallies are held.
  • This is a basic step for security. The necessary measures could only be introduced with a universal regulation in Europe.
  • The different gas bottles for motorhomes are usually a setback for those who decide to spend long periods in another EU country.
  • Unfortunately, for these cases, there is no universal valve to connect different bottles. Therefore, before travelling abroad, it is necessary to take some measures regarding this issue.
➤There are 2 possibilities:
  • To buy a gas bottle in the country of arrival.
  • Carrying the little camping gas blue bottle, the only one present in all countries; it contains less than 3 kg of gas, it is not the best solution, but it solves the problem for a few days - depending on the use.
Names of gas bottles in the main European languages

Bouteille du gaz
Bombona de butano

In general, there two types of gas in Europe:
➢Propane (this type of gas is used more frequently in low temperature areas.)

As mentioned, the real problem lies in the large number of gas cylinder types. Therefore, when crossing the border to other countries (including neighbouring countries), the valve (that connect gas to the bottle) format is different. Depending on the length of stay, this can be uncomfortable. Gas, apart from using it for cooking, is also necessary for most refrigerators - when it is not within the reach of an electrical connection. In spite of everything, if you take some of the measures mentioned here you can facilitate your stay.
➤ For your safety, the installation should be checked regularly by a gas technician.

New motorhome site in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real), Spain

Saturday, 15th September 2018

On Wednesday, 5th September 2018, was opened a new motorhome site (free of charge) in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real), Spain
Photo: lanzadigital
The site is located in the so-called "Polígono del Vino". The Mayor of Valdepeñas, Jesús Martín, and the representatives of the Motorhome Associations of Valdepeñas and Castilla-La Mancha carried out the long-awaited opening.

This motorhome site has been built on an area of 4,500 m². If necessary, 10/12 places can be added to existing ones.

It is worth mentioning that the news will be welcome by Spanish and foreign motorhomers, since Valdepeñas is a great tourist destination.

Find below more information of the motorhome site characteristics and its location:

Number of parking places: 40 - Maximum stay: 72 hours (3 days).
Please, note that is not allowed to display any element or camping gear (such as chairs, tables, awnings, etc.) outside the motorhome perimeter.

It offers the following:
➤Drinking water,
➤Grey water and WC chemical disposal,
➤Hook up electricity on each parking place,
➤Recreational park, walks and general lighting,
➤The site has green areas, 
➤Children's games,

A sports centre is also planned next to the site.
Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and shopping are near the area, just over 300 meters.
The city centre is about 2 km. 
➤ There is a bus stop near the site.

The site is located between " Calle Pellejo" and "Calle la Bota", next to the "Esteban López Vega" Trade Pavilion, with direct entrance and exit to and from the A-4 motorway on both directions.

Site address:  Calle Pellejo, 12, 13300 - Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real).
GPS coordinates:
N 38°46'40.8" /  W 3°23'32.3"
38.777996, -3.392309
Location map

Valdepeñas (population: 30.200 inhabitants, aprox.)
It belongs to the province of Ciudad Real, within the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.

In Valdepeñas the major crops are vines and olive trees, being the first one of great importance for the local economy. Valdepeñas wine has its own Denomination of Origin, regulated by the Inter-professional Association of the D.O. Valdepeñas. Its wines are exported all over the world. Likewise, the town is the seat of the Manchego Cheese Regulatory Council, given the importance of the sheep farms in the area and the production of this famous cheese.

In addition, it offers several centres of interest for its visitors dominated by the great beauty and heritage of its religious buildings; without forgetting its urban set with the "Plaza de España" as the nucleus of life and trade in the city.

Undoubtedly, Valdepeñas, apart from being an area of interest for its wines and its cuisine, is an ideal place to spend a few days with entertainment for the whole family.

More information: www.valdepenas.es/ - Telephone: +34 926 312 552