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Anyone camped in Picos de Europa?

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wohmum Sun 07-Jul-13 20:30:48

We're off to Spain for summer hols camping in a few weeks.

Has anyone got any recommendations for campsites in this area?
We're looking at Camping Picos de Europa, ( NOT la Isla) or Camping la Viorna or Camping San Pelayo.

Ideally decent loos/ showers, green , leafy ( or will they all be dry and brown in Aug?) with a river or stream for the boys to play in (10 and 14)

chipmonkey Tue 09-Jul-13 20:52:20

Also wondering about this but can't advise as I haven't actually done it!
Are you taking the ferry to Bilbao/Santander? I would love to do this but would have to first take the ferry to the UK from Ireland and then on to Spain so a fair bit of driving for us.

wohmum Tue 09-Jul-13 22:05:36

hi, yes, we're taking the ferry from Plymouth to Santander, it's a more or less 24 hour crossing , depending on what day you go. We're taking the Sunday-Monday crossing and arrive about 12 noon.
From then it's a couple of hours tops to the Picos ( I reckon) so definitely doable . We normally go to France /Italy or Switzerland and can usually be a good 8-9 hour drive, so I'm looking forward to this one.

We did the same trip a couple of years ago and saw dolphins on the crossing !

Arcticwaffle Wed 10-Jul-13 14:06:36

We're also going on the Plymouth- Santander ferry to camp in a few weeks! Not to the Picos, we're going to the Pyrenees, but we looked into Picos campsites too. I camped there years ago at a nice site in Arenas de Cabrales which is a village in the middle of the Picos, it has streams and mountains around, I think it would be good for children. No pool.

Camping-naranjo-de-bulnes, Arenas de Cabralas, Picos de Europa.

wohmum Tue 16-Jul-13 19:26:05

Thank you Arcticwaffle, that looks worth investigating .

We stayed at a campsite in Sort in the Pyrenees a couple if years ago. We were right on the banks of the river so boys had a lovely time playing in it and watching the rafters coming down.

If you get chance to try white water rafting , give it a try, we loved it!

wohmum Sun 25-Aug-13 00:28:14

A quick update for anyoneinterested.

We ended up at La Isla which was pretty good and better than expected

It has decent loos and showers, nice little bar/restaurant/ takeaway, and direct access to a good size river for paddling , skimming stones,. We camped right next to the river which handily covered the traffics noise from the adjacent road.

We did a recce of this site which was lovely and would definitely try in future if we were to go back. It is much higher in the mountains a good hour up windy mountain roads from Potes (the main town in the area)
As its so much higher , it was definitely cooler as well, so warmer gear needed!

We also stopped at these sites

Near Madrid: - ok, but v big. Nice 'free camping' area as well as the typical regimented rows. Plenty of shade , decent pools and plenty of activities ( tennis etc) if you want that.
Was roasting hot !

Costa Dorada (an hour South of Barcelona) :

Direct on a lovely beach with lots of sand and good waves for jumping!
Decent sized shady pitches, ( we had a beach front one which was fab, but a bit windy in the afternoons) . Good loos/showers/shop/restaurant etc.

Hope these help anyone else looking at Spain for next year.

OneHolyCow Thu 05-Sep-13 08:33:32

That looks great wohmum. That La Isla campsite looks very nice!

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