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This summer I'm going camping!


Luxury bungalows on the Costa Brava or rugged plots in alpine settings. The alternative camper gains followers in these pandemic times

Big or small, boisterous or quiet, on the coast or inland, family friendly, with a surfer atmosphere, for mountaineers or foodies.

We visit Spanish campsites for all tastes, which are emerging as a good alternative for this summer.

For families

The La Marina campsite, on the Costa Blanca (Alicante), is close to the beach, but many children (and adults) do not leave the facilities of this miniature city with swimming pools with slides (closed until summer), gym, library, disco, hairdresser, children's leisure park, entertainment activities,


and live music (only on weekends during low season).

Another massive campsite is Doñana, in Matalascañas (Huelva), which opens its doors on April 29.

Also in Andalusia, but in Cazorla (Jaén), Puente de las Herrerías extends its animation along the banks of the Guadalquivir river in its highest section;

It is still closed, but it accepts reservations from June, pending the decisions on mobility adopted by the Junta de Andalucía.

Young campers

Zarautz beach, in Gipuzkoa, is one of the national surfing meccas, and many of the fans who come to enjoy it stop at the Gran Camping Zarautz, which offers a list of schools and equipment rental on its website.

There are usually young campers in the surroundings of Llanes (Asturias), in campsites like La Paz, with direct access to Vidiago beach (opens on May 28).

The Cadiz Tarifa campsite offers a swimming pool with a poolside snack bar and kitesurfing and windsurfing lessons from Laduna Tarifa.

enlarge photo Campers in Cabuérniga (Cantabria).


The Itxaspe campsite is in the geopark of the Basque Coast and the Flysch cliffs.

Also in the north, the Urrobi complex, in the Navarrese Pyrenees, between Roncesvalles and the Irati jungle, you can walk around, if you want, barefoot on the grass;

It takes its name from the river that runs through it and in which campers can bathe.

And at the other end of the Peninsula, La Bella Vista, usually frequented by the English, is located a few steps from the Duquesa beach, in Manilva (near the Malaga town of Estepona).

Every summer, next to the Gredos campsite, in Ávila, the Musicos en la Naturaleza festival is held;

This year it is almost certain that it will also be canceled due to the covid, but everything else remains: the Tormes river, the pine forests, a free natural pool and the Gredos mountains.

The Les Medes campsite offers, for its part, diving trips in the attractive depths of the Medes Islands, an archipelago less than a kilometer from the coast of L'Estartit (Costa Brava, Girona).

With prize

The Pinar San José campsite, in Zahora, Cadiz, won the award for the best beach facilities in Spain in the 2019 edition (there were none in 2020) from the Spanish Campings Federation (FEEC), thanks to its beautiful surroundings, in the La Breña y Marismas de Barbate natural park, and its possibilities for surfing, hiking or cycling.

The Cabuérniga campsite, in Cantabria, with its 50,000 square meters of plot in the Cabuérniga valley, among trees, green areas and natural paths, rose as the best in Spain among those that open all year round (it was already the best in Europe in this category in 2017).

For foodies

El Globo Rojo, in Canet de Mar (Barcelona), the most charming campsite in the latest FEEC awards, has pitches with more luxurious accommodation, such as designer mobile homes and deluxe bungalows;

It will open on May 1.

And the Tamarit, which celebrates 60 years of presence on the Tarragona coast, has pitches with private bathroom and shower.

Another complex with luxury bungalows and a spa is La Ballena Alegre, in Girona.

And for a few days of


you can choose the pre-installed tents of Alannia Guardamar, in Alicante;

the two-level high-rise wooden tents at the Bayona Playa campsite, in Pontevedra, which will not open before May 2021;

or the safari tents at the Ribadesella campsite, in Asturias, although it will remain closed, like the rest of the tourist accommodation in the Principality, until the state of alarm ends.

For mountaineers

Perched 1,560 meters high in Granada's Alpujarra, Trevélez campsite is a perfect base camp for ascending the Mulhacen, Alcazaba or Siete Lagunas peaks, in Sierra Nevada.

In the Osate campsite, in that postcard town that is Ochagavía (Navarra), hikers stay who enter the spectacular Irati jungle (it also offers bicycle routes through the Navarrese Pyrenees).

El Pineta (Bielsa, Huesca) is a good option for those who opt for the majesty of the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, in the Aragonese Pyrenees.

And those who prefer the cliffs of the Picos de Europa can opt for El Cares, which opens its free camping area (not parceled out because it is within a national park) in the highest part of the Valdeón valley from May 15th, province of León.

Traveling in a camper, a fashionable adventure


was the third most searched word in the motor category on the website during May 2020;

That month, the demand for camper


(equipped with beds and kitchens) grew 60% compared to the previous year.



offering a convenient way to travel in times of coronavirus: Free, natural spaces and without crowds.

There are those who choose to buy it and those who prefer to rent one through websites such as Indie Campers, the leading motorhome and


van rental company

in Europe.

Another option is the platforms that facilitate rental between individuals, such as Yescapa, Mundovan or SocialCar.

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Source: elparis

All news articles on 2021-04-13

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