Camping & mobile home holidays in Spain
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The Spanish Costas we feature for camping & mobile home holidays
The Costa Brava is all about relaxation, sandy beaches, little known coves, sea as clear as glass, charming, ancient villages, taking in the abundant scenery, sitting with friends outside a street café.
The Costa Dorada, or Golden Coast is a beautiful region of Spain with over 200 kms of coastline, ancient castles overlooking towns, gorgeous beaches facing the Mediterranean Sea, holidays to enjoy and look back on with deep affection.
The Costa Verde, or Green Coast, in northern Spain, less frenetic than the Costas along the Med coast, has spectacular scenery and beaches where surfers capture the rollers as they finish their journey down the Bay of Biscay.
The main mobile home camping regions for Brits going to Spain are in the north east in the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, then down in the southern Costa del Sol and up north again to the Costa Verde, the Green Coast in the northwest where Spain and France share a border.
Now if you decide to travel by car to your camping resort it may in at first glance appear to be a long and arduous drive, and in the case of the Costa del Sol it certainly is as you would need more than 2 weeks to get there and back by car and still have time left for a decent holiday.
If your camping resort is on the Costa Verde then you really only have to drive a little further than you would if you were to holiday in Biarritz, for example. Catch a ferry to Caen or St Malo and drive down the west coast where you drive over the border into the Costa Verde just below St Jean de Luz.
But you can also get to that region by taking the overnight Portsmouth to Santander ferry and reach your camping resort as fresh as a daisy. It may cost you a little more but it saves a long drive.
You can do the same ferry trip if you are camping on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, and then drive across Spain to your resort, but for my money I would take a ferry to one of the northern ports; Calais, Dunkerque, Channel Tunnel, Dieppe or Caen, drive due south and head for Perpignan. You get to see all the sights that way and you can do the trip at your own speed.
The Costas we are interested in for camping and mobile home holiday purposes are Costa Verde, Brava, Dorada and del Sol, but as the name Costa implies, they are all around the Spanish coastline starting with Costa Brava at the north easternmost part of the country.
Costa Brava shares a border with southern France quite near to Perpignan, and as we follow them down the coast there are some which you may not recognise such as Maresme the capital of which is Barcelona. Next down comes Dorada which we have all heard of, the capital of which is Tarragona, and just below there is Costa Azahar whose capital is Castellón.
Valencia comes next, followed by Costa Blanca and the city of Alicante which is a very popular holiday destination. It becomes hotter as we travel further south into Costas Calida, Almeria, Tropical, del Sol and Costa de Luz in the far south west where Spain shares another border with Portugal.
The Costa Brava has simply masses of beaches which come in all sizes ranging from several kilometres long and very often very busy with tourists in high season, to some virtually ‘private’ beaches nestled in small coves. They are nearly all made up from gorgeous yellow/white sand.
There is a beautiful fishing village called Cadaqués which is often referred to as an island on the coast. It has gained that name because it is relatively protected from mass tourism by a long, winding road through the mountains of Cap de Creus. However, tourists are difficult to shake off and the town which has a mere 3,000 population for most of the year is swelled to something akin to 10 times that number in high season. There’s no wonder the fisher folk can't wait to get back to sea!
One of the "must see" places in the Costa Brava is the particularly beautiful white village of Cadaqués which nestles between the capes Norfeu and Creus and is flanked by mountains. Over many years this village has gained the reputation of having a distinctly bohemian-chic feel to it, and is known as a meeting point for artists, intellectuals and free spirits, and we all know one or two like those don't we?
Seriously though, it has been the haunt of Picasso Mark Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Matisse, Mauric Boitel and, as rumour has it, Mick Jagger has spent time there too. Now should you wish to settle here, albeit for just a couple of weeks in a tent or a mobile home, we must warn you that this village and area have the reputation of being exclusive and up market resort favouring the arty tarty brigade rather than families looking to enjoy themselves.
You will find that a camping or mobile home holiday in the Costa Brava which, let's face it, is only really a couple of flight hours from the UK but it takes you into a different world; a world which has one of the most romantic, gorgeous, unspoilt stretches of coast in Europe. This is the very same coastline as is the Cote d'Azure though a little further south and which is far, far less expensive.
If you are a foodie then you will appreciate that Catalonia is Paradise for you, and until reading this you may not have known that this region has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred chefs in Spain. Drinks are abundant and cheap, especially from supermarkets and shops.
The Costa Dorada is also a much used region for camping and mobile home holidays and, as it is a tad further south than Brava it becomes just a little warmer. Costa Dorada, means "Golden Coast" in English and it is also a part of Catalonia, between Cunit and Alcanar in the province of Tarragona on the Mediterranean Sea.
If this is your first holiday on the Costa Dorada you may occasionally be stumped for things to do, apart from lazing on the beach and swimming in the Med that is, so we have a few suggestions for you for things to do here.
Bonavista Market – This is a Sunday morning market and the largest on the Costa Dorada to boot. Make sure you get there early because most Continental markets shut up shop at lunch time. Here you will find all sorts of things from clothes to shoes to handbags as well as hand stitched tableware and ceramic pottery. Many of the locals use this market to purchase their weekly amounts of seafood, olives and fresh fruit.
NB: This is a foreign marketplace and there are bound to be more than a few stallholders doing their best to part you from your money so take care!
Cat Ocean Fly - 3 hours relaxation on a catamaran
You could easily get used to this laid back lifestyle as you sit back and relax on the rigging nets as this luxurious Catamaran glides through the Med’s gin-clear waters along the Costa Dorada’s golden coastline.
After a while, there is a stop off when the anchor is dropped for you to take a dip to cool off with a swim or snorkel. And as this is a pre-planned, pre-paid trip you have no need for money, so best leave it back home as all drinks such as beer, wine and softs are included.
Barcelona Door To Door
You may like a trip to Barcelona to while away a day, and we can suggest a coach trip which is just the ticket (no pun intended). The coach will drop you off in the city and give you 5 hours to mooch around this cosmopolitan capital with its mosaic plazas, galleries of columns and the house where Gaudí spent his final days, poor chap. There are street cafés and bars aplenty when you feel like a sit down.
NB: Unfortunately Barcelona has the reputation of being the worst city in Europe for petty street crime so lock everything down and hold onto things like your wallet, camera, phone etc.
There are so many things to do in the Costa Dorada, so many things to see and experience that sadly we do not have space for here, but we know very well that you will enjoy your time in this part of Spain immensely.
The Costa del Sol will provide you with a mass of things to do and see, either in Málaga with all its cultural and leisure activities to be explored, or on the vast sandy beaches where the most energetic activity is usually sun bathing, or even a trip to the desert region inland of the capital.
Golf is one of the favourite sports here, even in this heat, but there are plenty of other things such as walking, that most popular of pastimes or a visit to the crocodile park – take your camera for a few snaps.
The spectacular Nerja Cave is a "must see" as it Quote, Stands out for its geological, biological and archaeological importance." The cave was first opened in 1960 and since then has been declared as being a Project of Cultural Interest. There are numerous steps inside and outside is a Children's playground and picnic area.
The Málaga GR footpath
The Málaga GR is a pioneering footpath in Andalusia which is aimed at integrating all the geographic and environmental diversity of Málaga Province and arousing interest in natural areas. Of course, when word of this got around it became a Mecca for tourist walkers and mountain bikers.
It brings together sport, tourism and environment while at the same time linking linking some of the existing hiking paths in the province and connecting Málaga to the Spanish and European footpath network via the Mozarabic Way of St James and GR-92/E-12, a European footpath running across the Mediterranean basin, all the way to Greece.
You will have no difficulty at all in filling in your time here as the weather is normally hot which makes beaches and the sea so inviting that a great many people virtually live on them during their vacations. Then in the evenings they troll the bars and have a jolly good time.
Whatever, it is their holiday after all but we feel there is so much more to see and do this region to waste a week or two doing nothing.
The Costa Verde or Green Coast is lovely; so nice that a great many Spaniards take their holidays there, and anyone lucky enough to have a camping/mobile home holiday in that region should be well satisfied with what they get. This is a quiet area of Spain and easily accessed either by car or by boat to Bilbao.
We acknowledge that it looks like a fairly long haul in the car from any of the northern French ports but, having said that our meter makes it just over an 8 hour drive from St Malo port, and a tad more to wherever you have chosen as your destination. Ferries from the UK to Malo either dock around 9 am (overnight ferry) or 7.30 pm to 7.45 pm. The one unloading at 9 am allows ample time to reach the Costa Verde before the campsite barrier closes at 11 pm.
Driving there is simple and you are basically on one road from start to finish because you will skirt the major cities like Rennes, Nantes, and Bordeaux and you will be on either free double carriageway (as far as Nantes) and autoroute thereafter.
However, if driving that far isn’t suitable for you then you can nip onto the ferry direct to Bilbao. We would never knock that service as it is very handy but at the same time it is very expensive and can be uncomfortable sailing against the tides all the way down to the bottom of the Bay of Biscay.
The Costa Verde in northern Spain is a dream come true for surfers, just as it is on the bottom half of the French west coast. There are excellent waves all year round here; powerful, large and varied, and you will also find masses of different locations, so that you can practice your favourite sport with a range of swells and wind conditions on quiet beaches away from the crowds.
Lucky surfers can experience world class waves on the beaches of the Costa Verde, and some of the most important surfing competitions on the international circuit are held here.
Scenery? Well this is the Green Coast after all so scenery is implicit with lots of walking if that is your bag, cycling, eating and drinking feature highly in the list of things to do here. There are lots of mountains, lots of trees, beautiful landscapes and a wonderful 350 Km coastline with beautiful beaches all along it.
All in all, Spain has its own little micro climates just as France does, but a holiday here on the Green Coast is as quiet and relaxing as you will get anywhere without spending a fortune, so why not give it a try on your next holiday?
Last update: 11.10.2017
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