Jan 6, 2016

Camping Reina Isabel, Granada

One of our favourite smallish sites. Located just outside Granada with a good bus service into the city it's a great base.

Charming, rustic, clean and owner managed this is one site that jumps out above all those we've visited throughout Andalucia.

Situated on a main road access onto and on site is easy.

With a nice amount of mature shade and lots of colourful flowering plants it makes you feel welcome and that it is well-cared for.

Jan 3, 2016

A New Year, A New Plan

So, yet another year has been and gone and I haven't even posted about my favourite sites of 2015.

But it's a new year and a new plan is ahead. We plan on continuing our tour of campsites or campings in Spanish, but haven't yet heard where we'll be going or how many we'll visit. I love route planning usually via places we've not visited before although every year that's becoming less and less.

Andalucia from Almeria to Huelva and Malaga to Jaen has been pretty much covered over our years as inspectors and we've enjoyed every kilometre of it, so here's to a few more driven in 2016.

Just off the top of my head, no referring to lists, and no  I can't list all 20 visited last year just like that, but the site I remember best was a new one to us and a very nice find too. When route planning I also choose which site/s I want to stay at - just so you know I like small ones. So my best - off the top of my head site for 2015 is..........

Camping Bella Vista in Aguilas on the Andalucia/Murcia border.

Sep 27, 2015

Camper Vans, Motorhomes and Tents

It's going to be next year planning time before I've written about this year's trip. Suddenly Autumn is upon us although with the thermometer reaching 35C this afternoon it hasn't felt like it yet.

We've been seriously looking at camper vans much as I love our tiny over night pop-up tents for inspection trips for longer stays a cuppa on demand and bed above floor level would be a treat.

Having had a VW camper many moons ago when first married and bk (before kids) so it has become our choice again after much deliberation and discussion and motorhome desiring we're back again to a smaller, more versatile vehicle for not only Spanish trips but hopefully further afield as well.


This year we visited Murica as well as all eight provinces in Andalucia and I will be writing about them soon. My favourite campsite visited this year was Camping Bellavista just outside Andalucia into Murcia, 1km from the attractive town of Aguilas, just 300m from a beach, in an area of natural beauty and with average temperatures of 25C.

Aug 12, 2015

La Garrofa - Small Campsite with Beach, Almeria

This site was one of Spain's first and as such it was a little past its best on our last visit but with certain old-fashioned charm. When we visited we only heard Spanish spoken which makes a change, and the site is small which we like, but what really sold it to us was the pitches on the beach - for tents only.

I'm sure we wouldn't have driven a Camper or Motorhome on the soft sand anyway but the thought of falling asleep to the shushing sound of the sea and opening the tent flap in the morning on the sand beckons.

So when we revisited it this year, I think four years since our first visit, we were very happy. The original family are now back in charge and have been busy updatig, painting, remodelling and the result is so uplifting. I'm planning on adding it to next year's itinerary to stay more than one night.

There's a nice little bar/restaurant on site serving reasonable food.

If you like small and charming its hard to beat, add its own beach and you've a winner.

Apr 18, 2015

Camping Tour of Andalucia

It's that time again. My favourite time of year - Spring, that means it's planning time again. I actually enjoy the planning just as much as the trips themselves. Spain is huge, and Andalucia almost 1/5th of Spain's landmass is larger than several European countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland.

So as you can imagine there is plenty to explore whether you prefer rugged coastline, sandy beaches, natural parks or historical cities.

This year our plan is most of it! We're going to the gorgeous Cabo de Gata coastline of  Almeria, inland to the north of Andalucia and Jaen province then to the Atlantic coast of Cadiz and Huelva.

So watch this space as we finalize campsites, routes and whether we're just going to take the tent or hire a motorhome or camper van for one of the trips.

I love living in Spain!!

Mar 13, 2015

Camping in Spain Plans

Amazingly here, at home, in northern Andalucia we seem to have gone from winter to spring (summer in British terms) overnight. Several days ranging from and early morning 6C to 20c+ at noon-3 is more than pleasant but I think it's lulling us into a false sense of security. My garden has sprung, from everything looking dead to iaches (showing my age here) of growth in days.

Seeing lizards basking in the sun is a glorious sight, but too early I think. But still thoughts turn to summmer camping, areas to visit and new spots to explore.

One fabulous advantage of living in a region that guarantees plenty of sunshine. Or if you only stayed in inland Andalucia an abundance of sunshine and excessive temperatures, which, in itself, is one of the reasons why we like to head to the coast.

Thoughts are turning towards route planning but plans aren't yet completed - watch this space as we finalise our route.

Nov 4, 2014

Area - Overnight in Arguedas, Navarra

The not long opened Area in Arguedas has been a success with camper van and motorhome users as well as people in the town.

The Aparcamiento Autocaravanas is a newish development built to European standards and overnight parking is free and for a charge of 2€ electricity and waste water disposal services are available via tokens available from local bars, supermarkets and shops, there is also wifi.

There are space for 16 vehicles in Paseo del Bordon following directions to Casco Urbano with a maximum stay of 48 consecutive hours.

The coordinates are: Latitud 42º 10′ 26” Longitud 1º 35′ 29”

Jul 25, 2014

Campsites Around Cabo de Gata - Almeria

This summer has seen us driving all around the coast of Andalucia from Huelva on the Portuguese border to Almeria on the Mediterranean Sea next to the region of Murcia.

Motorhome and Sands in Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz

The spot we'd never actually got to before is the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata - Nijar the largest protected area of coast in Andalucia with wild, isolated desert-scrub landscape and volcanic cliffs creating small, protected sandy coves. It also has its own micro-climate making it an ideal area for winter camping.

Cabo de Gata

The campsites we visited in Almeria were:

Camping Cabo de Gata - Largish very flat site
Camping Cuevas Mar - Flat and uninspiring with nice grassy pool area
Camping Cueva Negra - Very well-kept with an unusual covered pool and coin-operated Jacuzzi
Camping Los Escullos - Largish, nicely laid out welcoming
Camping Sopalmo - Small, family run site
Camping Tau de San Jose - Small, rustic and very pleasant

My personal favourite was Camping Tau de San Jose which doesn't having a swimming pool and my favourite with a pool Camping Cueva Negra.

There´s nothing in the world quite like getting back to nature. Lying on the grass, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of nature.