Spain has perfect camping weather, and many campsites are open all year round with particular bargains to be enjoyed outside of high season. The country is well serviced with around 400 campsites throughout, although most of these are on or around the costas.
Many of the larger ‘car-parky’ sites are geared more towards campervans and in particular the unwieldy RVs so expect gravel parking spaces rather than wild liberating camping areas with no road markings to indicate the area you have to park within.
Based on two human beings, one very handsome quadruped, a campervan and access to electricity prices vary between €18 per night and anything up to €40 per night during the high season (usually July, August and Semana Santa).
A good way of saving is to get an international camping carnet which you can order from www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk and offers off season savings or an ASCI card available from www.campingcard.co.uk which when used during certain (off season) periods, means you won’t pay more than €16 per night, depending on your party size.
It is legal to wild camp in Spain so long as a few basic rules are adhered to.
Firstly, your party size mustn’t exceed ten people; secondly, you must not wild camp within 1 kilometre of an official campsite; thirdly, you mustn’t pitch up in urban areas, touristic areas and military zones. Neither are you supposed to wildcamp in national parks.
That said, we’ve seen many an RV parked overnight near official campsites, near touristic beaches and in national parks. In our 18 months of travelling around Spain, we’ve never been asked to move on or had any trouble with the Police.
Wild camping etiquette
We abide by the following wild-camping etiquette wherever we are:
We don’t park near people’s houses.
We don’t make noise.
We don’t put furniture out or put our awning up.
We don’t leave any rubbish.
We are polite.
We are discreet.
We have heard tales of people being ‘gassed’ in their motorhomes and then robbed whilst they are intoxicated. We’ve only heard about this second and third hand and so whether or not these anecdotes are legitimate we don’t know and hopefully won’t ever find out.