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Spain in the open air: where to go and what to do

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Where to go camping in Spain, where to find chalets in the most beautiful locations and the outdoor activities you don’t want to miss on a holiday… or a longer stay.

Beaches, fun, history, interwoven cultures, delicious foods and drinks, landscapes of stunning natural beauty… Sounds too good to be true? That’s what awaits you on a camping holiday in Spain and in this article, we’ll prove it! We’ll also give you all the information you need to organise your stay in Spain, whatever the season, whatever the length of stay.

Why camping in Spain

Are you considering a camping holiday in Spain? Here’s why it’s a great idea:

Climate: Spain has a great climate all year round, perfect for taking advantage of the great outdoors and really living in the open air.Variety: Spain is culturally rich and has a great variety of scenery and activities, therefore offers destinations to suit every taste.Good road conditions: it is easy to get around on the road in Spain, even with motorhomes and caravans, both on the coast and inland. There are also good plane and bus links.Well-equipped campsites and resorts: most Spanish campsites and open-air resorts are very modern and also equipped for families, pets, etc.Costs: especially in high season, the cost of a holiday in Spain can be higher than you might expect. But by choosing to stay at a campsite, even in self-catering accommodation, you can easily enjoy a low-cost trip.

Wild camping in Spain: is it possible?

Wild camping is illegal in Spain, although there are grey areas in the legislation, which vary from region to region. In general, it is permitted for campers and vehicles to stay overnight in car parks or rest areas, for the purposes of rest before driving again and to avoid dangerous situations on the road. In such cases, however, the rules of respect and common sense always apply: limit yourself to using the space of the motor home – don’t draw attention to yourself by setting up chairs, tables and barbecues outside.

The law is applied pretty strictly and fines are hefty, particularly in national park areas, near beaches and in crowded centres, and especially in high season. So if you really want to experience the thrill of wild camping, your best bet would be quiet rural areas during the low season – but bear in mind that it can still be a risk and consider a pitch at a campsite instead.

The best time to go camping in Spain

Spain is a great destination for camping in any season, depending on which regions you plan to visit. A camping holiday in Andalusia is a great idea all year round but it can be super-hot in summer and you may find the temperatures more pleasant and places less crowded in autumn and spring. Galicia and Asturias, in the north and on the west coast, lend themselves more to a summer holiday as it can be rainy there in other seasons. These northern coast provinces are especially great spots for surfers and, of course walkers, with the Camino de Santiago running through both. The east coast between Barcelona, Valencia and Aragon is at its best climate-wise from May to September.

Camping holidays in Spain: places for your notebook

With its incredible variety of cultures and ecosystems, a whole year would be too short to get to know Spain properly. So, for a shorter trip, we recommend that you choose two or three regions depending on what you are most curious about.

Here are our picks for the best places in Spain.

Andalusia camping: tapas, flamenco, beach and millennia of history

Andalusia enchants with its kaleidoscope of atmospheres and cultures. Visit Seville, amidst tapas and flamenco shows; immerse yourself in the magic of the Alhambra in the centre of Granada, one of the country’s most iconic and picturesque architectural complexes; explore Cordoba’s Mezquita, a labyrinth of columns where millennia-old religious traditions intertwine. Relax on the coast of Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and dive into the crystal-clear waters of Marbella. The more adventurous can conquer the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Morena or explore the wildlife-rich marshes of the Parque Nacional de Doñana.

Valencia camping: paella, sea and mountains

A camping holiday in the Valencia region is possible all year round, thanks to the Southern Mediterranean climate. Start with the famous city of Valencia, where you should spend at least a couple of days visiting the historic centre and the futuristic Science City complex, and enjoying delicious giant paellas accompanied by a good sangria in one of the traditional restaurants.

Then, you can move on to the Costa Blanca if you want a beach and relaxation holiday, or to the mountainous nature reserves of Sierra de la Mariola or Sierra Calderona, if you’re looking for scenery and walking.

Camping in Aragon: architecture and nature off the beaten track

Choose a campsite in Aragon for a holiday off the beaten track. Discover the Moorish-style Mudejar architecture of the capital Zaragoza, before moving on to the medieval town of Albarracin, perched on cliffs and rich in archaeological sites.

After a few days in the city, immerse yourself in the unspoilt nature of the Pyrenees: explore the Ordesa Park, nestled between valleys dotted with waterfalls and rivers, perfect for excursions away from the crowds.

Asturias

Asturias feels authentic and natural and you’ll return refreshed from a stay here.

Take a trip along the coast, stopping off in the various fishing villages (we recommend Cudillero in particular) or hunting for unspoilt rocky beaches such as Playa del Silencio or Gulpiyuri. Or, choose to visit traditional Asturian craft villages such as Grandas de Salime and Taramundi, within the Oscos Biosphere Reserve.

Finally, visit the elegant capital Oviedo, where you can wander the attractive city and admire the art of renowned painters such as Dalí, Picasso and Miró.

Castile and Leon camping: history, biodiversity and hiking

For a dynamic sports holiday, choose a camp site in Castile and Leon. The Picos de Europa National Park offers the perfect backdrop for hiking, climbing, cycling and canoeing: plan on spending at least 3-4 days here if you want to try out trails of varying difficulty and different sports – otherwise you might leave disappointed as there is a lot to do.

Then add a stop in the three famous UNESCO World Heritage cities of Ávila, Salamanca and Segovia, pearls of Renaissance Spain where every step is a history lesson.

Madrid camping: culture, nightlife, art and modernity

If this is your first time in Spain, include a camping stop in Madrid in your itinerary. The capital deserves at least 3-4 days for the main attractions alone: the art museums (Prado and Reina Sofía above all), the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor, the Gran Vía and the Parque del Retiro. Take a break in one of the characteristic cafés in the centre and discover the city’s nightlife, enjoying tapas in typical taverns.

For a good night’s sleep, stay at a campsite just outside the city, perhaps around Aranjuez or Alcalá de Henares, which are also good starting points for visiting other regions.

Camping in Galicia: Santiago de Compostela and the poetry of the Atlantic

A camping holiday in Galicia is the perfect choice if you are looking for impressive ocean scenery. Plan an itinerary along the coast with breath-taking cliffs and seaside villages and towns such as La Coruña or Vigo. Visit the world-famous Santiago de Compostela, the end point of the Camino of the same name, and don’t miss UNESCO heritage sites such as the Tower of Hercules.

Camping holidays in Spain: useful tips

Now that we have decided when and where to go, let’s take a look at all the practical aspects that you should keep in mind when organising a holiday in Spain.

How much does it cost to go camping in Spain?

Spain is not the cheapest country to holiday in due to its popularity but, as always, there are ways to stay on a budget. Staying at a campsite, in a mobile home or – even cheaper, in a tent – can be a good option. You can find the best prices in low season, or if you book well in advance or keep an eye on special offers.

What are the campsites like in Spain?

As always, it depends on the number of stars and the location but in general campsites in Spain are well equipped, with a wide range of services such as swimming pool, restaurants, kids’ clubs and sometimes guided excursions. Campsites in coastal areas tend to be the most luxurious, while in some inland areas you may have to settle for something more rustic (or maybe that’s just what you’re looking for!).

What are the roads like in Spain?

Spanish roads are mostly in very good condition. Like in France, Italy and other European countries, the whole country is connected by toll motorways, known as autopistas, and free state roads or autovias, which both allow you to travel quickly and easily between the country’s main destinations.

Watch out for speed limits in urban centres, where the limit is 30 km/h on dual carriageways and 50 km/h on four-lane roads. On motorways, the limits are 120 km/h for vehicles of less than 3.5 tonnes and 90 km/h for heavier vehicles.

We hope we have made you want to travel to the land of flamenco and sangria! All that’s left to do is to plan your ideal itinerary, book the campsites in Spain that best suit your needs and set off on your Spanish adventure!

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