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Our motorhome stops in magical northern Spain

We were both a bit “meh” about Spain before we drove over the border from France, but after a couple of loops to Madrid and Salamanca, then returning from Portugal to France via San Sebastian, we decided we LOVED Spain.

We were bowled over by its big landscapes, its tapas and its cheap diesel.

Susan particularly like the Toro de Osborne that dotted the horizon, and took a childlike delight in spotting them. And we both loved the cheap, but very good, red wine we found in Lidl.

We also made a detour down south to Gibraltar, but cheated a bit by travelling by train from Madrid – it was a lot quicker than driving! You can read about our trip to Britain’s place in the sun here.

When you have 28 countries to visit in one year, the occasional train journey is allowed.

Here’s some basic information about the places we stayed along the way, with a few of our own opinions for good measure.

The listing represents the order in which we stayed at each place as we travelled, not any sort of ranking.

The prices are the ones we paid, using our ACSI discount where possible, and may not necessarily be available in the future.

‘All services included’ means you don’t have to pay any extra for electricity, wifi or showers – though everywhere charges extra for their washing machines.

Camping Albera, Capmany (also known as Camping Les Pendres)

www.campingalbera.com

N 42.372778, E 2.913056.

€17 per night, plus €1 per couple tax – all services included except wifi (paid for separately).

Dirt/grass pitches.

This is a beautifully constructed site, with lots of trees/shade, all within a quiet, rural setting in the hills.

Camping La Vall Park, Taradell

www.campinglavall.com

N 41.865, E 2.295.

€19 per night, plus €1 per couple tax – all services included.

Gravel – large, fenced individual pitches with their own electricity, water, grey water drain.

There is a restaurant on site. The town is 10-15 minutes’ walk away.

Driving to and within the site is a bit difficult, especially for caravans – the site itself is very hilly. But it’s really well thought-out with a lovely feel, and there is a heated shower block!

Camping Lake Caspe, Caspe

www.campinglakecaspe.com

N 41.293888, E 0.0625.  

€17 per night – all services included except wifi.

Grass pitches.

There is a restaurant and shop on site – the campsite is away from nearby towns/villages.

The site is next to beautiful lake, with fishing and boat hire – but the layout of pitches isn’t clearly marked, leading to a bit of confusion on how best to park.

Lago Resort, Nuevalos

www.lagoresort.com

N 41.218055, W 1.7922222.

€17 per night – all services included except wifi.

Gravel pitches.

A hilly site, with a 3.5m height limit at the entrance.

The village is around 800m away, with plenty of shops and restaurants.

Located at the foot of cliffs and next to a beautiful lake. The only shower block open when we were there was a bit portakabin-like, but others are available in peak season.

Camping Osuna, Madrid

www.campingosuna.com

N 40.453785, W 3.603355.

€27.50 per night – all services included except wifi. There is a 5% discount in low season for stays of 6+ nights. Not ACSI.

Grass pitches – some not suitable for longer motorhomes.

Around 10 minutes’ walk to metro stop Canillejas – and 45-60 minutes in total to get to Gran Via or other central metro stops.

Restaurant on site – the nearest shops are next to the metro stop. 

We were there when it was cold. The men’s showers have curtains, not doors, so it was pretty chilly! But Susan assures me the ladies’ were fine.

Cheap washing machine at only €3 for a full load.

Overall it’s a quirky site, in a great location, with a good feel to it. And Madrid is a wonderful city.

Camping Regio, Salamanca

www.campingregio.com

N 40.948056 W 5.614444.

€17 per night – all services included.

Grass pitches, with bumpy surfaces.

Hourly bus to Salamanca city centre stops right outside campsite entrance (€1.40 each way).

The site is part of a joint business with a hotel – the campsite check-in is in the hotel’s reception.

Pretty good wifi! And the university town of Salamanca is definitely worth a visit.

Overnight parking, Area de Coyanza, Valencia de Don Juan

N 42.2875, W 5.51333.

Free.

Half a dozen or so motorhome parking bays on a road on the edge of town, next to a primary school and a school sports ground.

Ashphalt.

Service point available, good quality. Bins a few metres away.

Road quiet at night, but there was a steady stream of lorries and tractors during the day.

Town centre and shops within a few hundred metres.

Camping Fuentes Blancas, Burgos

www.campingburgos.com

N 42.341111, W 3.491389.

€19 per night – all services included.

Grass.

Big municipal site, heated toilet/shower blocks, café and shop on site. Around 3km from city centre.

Very good wifi.

Camperstop San Sebastian

N 43.30797, W 2.01426.

€3.30 for 24 hours; maximum stay 72 hours.

Service point on site, plus bins.

Ashphalt.

Over 40 pitches in a tight site – larger motorhomes don’t fit into the marked bays (but they still park there anyway). It was very, very busy when we were there, with lots of vans turning up and not finding a space.

Beach around 1.5km away; city centre 3km; shops, restaurants etc in the streets surrounding the site.

And San Sebastian is sensational.

  • The Toro de Osborne dotted across Spain’s motorways were an ad campaign when they were first unveiled in 1956. They are now a much-loved Spanish institution. Find out more about the black bulls here.
  • Spain’s capital Madrid has everything you could wish for in a big city, from a state-of-the-art Primark to some of the best art museums in the world. Here is the Lonely Planet guide to this fabulous city.
  • There is definitely something magical about Salamanca. Find out more here.
  • San Sebastian has two stunning beaches, wonderful architecture, a buzzing nightlife, hipster shops, great food…what’s not to love. Plan here visit with this guide.

 

1 Response

  1. So glad you grew to love Spain, it is such a vast country and so varied there must be something for everyone. We have had Salamanca on our list for some time, you’re now spurred us on … we will get there soon.

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